Vocabulary

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A functional command of the vocabulary of the conventional and familiar produce will help you feel more confident in the mercado…

This pronunciation guide is approximate so that even if you have minimal Spanish-speaking ability, you’ll be able to sound the words out well enough to be understood– at the very least! Rolling Rrr s and other sounds not familiar to the English palate have been excluded or estimated.

A list of herbs follows the list of fruits and vegetables. If you notice something is missing that you think should be included,  please make suggestions in the Comments area, below.

*Foods indigenous to Mexico and known only by their Spanish– or sometimes Nahuatl –names are not included in this list, but will be revealed over time elsewhere on this site.

 

~Buen suerte! (BWEN  SWAIR-tay- “Good luck!”)

Conventional Produce

English
Spanish
Pronunciation
 
AppleManzanaman-TSAN-a
ApricotChabacanocha-ba-CAH-no
ArtichokeAlcachofaal-ka-CHOH-fah
AsparagusEspárragoses-PAR-ra-goss
AvocadoAguacateah-gwa-CA-tay
BananaPlátanoPLA-ta-no
Bean, GreenEjoteEh-HO-tay
Beans, driedFrijoles,
Alubias (white kidney)
free-HOL-ehs
a-LOO-bee-ahs
Beets, BeetrootBetabélbeh-tah-BEL
BlackberryZarzamorasar-sah-MOR-rah
BlueberryMoras AzulMO-rahs a-ZOOL
BroccoliBrócoliBROH-co-lee
Brussels SproutsColes de Bruselas
Repollitos de Bruselas
KO-les day broo-SELL-es
reh-poy-EE-tohs day broo-SELL-es
CabbageCol, Col Blanco
Repollo
kohl / BLAN-ko
reh-POY-yo
CarrotZanahoriasa-na-HO-ree-ah
CauliflowerColiflórkoh-lee-FLOR
CeleryApioA-pyo
CherryCerezase-RAY-za
CornMaiz
Elote
my-EEZ
eh-LO-tay
CucumberPepinope-PEE-no
EggplantBerenjenabhair-en-HEN-a
Fava Bean(s)Haba(s)HA-bva(s)
FennelHinojoee-NO-ho
FigHigoEE-goh
GarlicAjoAH-ho
GingerJenjibrehin-HEE-bray
GrapeUvaOO-va
GrapefruitToronjatoh-RON-ha
GuavaGuayabaweye-AH-bah
LeekPoro
Ajoporro
POR-ro
LemonLimaLEE-ma
Lettuce, leafLechugaleh-CHOO-ga
Lettuce, RomaineLechuga Romanaleh-CHOO-ga ro-MA-na
LimeLimónlee-MOHN
MangoMangoMAHN-go
Melon, Cantaloupe etcMelónmay-LOHN
Mushrooms, conventional buttonChampiñones
Hongos
cham-PEE-nyohn-ess
AHN-gohs
Mushrooms, wildSetasSEH-tas
Onion, GreenCebollas Cambraysay-BOH-yas cam-BREYE
Onion, redCebolla moradasay-BOH-ya moh-RAH-da
OrangeNaranjanah-RAHN-ha
PapayaPapayapa-PEYE-ya
PeachDuraznodoo-RAZ-noh
PearPeraPAIR-ah
PeasChícharosCHEE-cha-roh
Pepper (bell)
-Green
-Red
Pimiento
-Verde
-Rojo
pee-MYEN-toh
-VAIR-day
-ROH-ho
PineapplePIñaPEE-nya
PlantainPlátano MachoPLA-tah-no MAH-cho
PlumCiruelaSEER-wel-ah
PotatoPapapah-pa
RadishRábanoRA-ba-noh
RaspberryFrambuesafram-BWAY-sah
ShallotsEchalote-SHAL-ot
SpinachEspínacase-SPEEN-ah-cahs
Squash (hard)Calabazaka-la-BAH-sa
StarfruitCarámbolaka-RAM-boh-la
StrawberryFresaFRAY-sah
Sweet PotatoCamoteka-MOH-tay
Swiss ChardAcelgasa-SELL-gahs
TangerineMandarinaman-da-REEN-a
Tomatillo (green husk tomato)Tomate verde
Tomatillo
toh-MAH-tay VAIR-day
toh-mah-TEE-yo
TomatoJitomatehee-toh-MAH-tay
TurnipNaboNAH-bo
WatercressBerroBVAIR-ro
WatermelonSandíasan-DEE-a
ZucchiniCalabacitaka-la-ba-SEE-ta

 

Fresh Herbs

ENGLISH
SPANISH
PRONUNCIATION
basilalbahacaal-BVA-ka
chivescebollinosay-boy-EEN-o
cilantro/ coriandercilantrosee-LAN-tro
dilleneldoee-NEL-doh
marjorammejoranamay-yo-RAH-na
minthierbabuena
menta
YAIR-ba BWAIN-a
oreganooréganoo-RAY-gah-no
parsleyperejílpeh-ray-HEEL
rosemaryromeroroh-MAIR-oh
sagesalviaSAL-vya
thymetomillotoh-MEE-yo
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