Common Fruits in Swahili

by Julius Muange on Jan 23, 2015

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The following are the Swahili translations of some common fruits found in East Africa.

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Tofaa (Apple)

Singular: Tofaa
Plural: Matofaa

Parachichi (Avocado)

Singular: Parachichi
Plural: Maparachichi

Ndizi (Banana)

Singular: Ndizi
Plural: Ndizi

Cheri (Cherry)

Singular: Cheri
Plural: Cheri

Nazi (Coconut)

Singular: Nazi
Plural: Nazi

Tomoko (Custard Apple)

Singular: Tomoko
Plural: Matomoko

Tende (Date)

Singular: Tende
Plural: Tende

Zabibu (Grape)

Singular: Zabibu
Plural: Zabibu

Pera (Guava)

Singular: Pera
Plural: Mapera

Fenesi (Jackfruit)

Singular: Fenesi
Plural: Mafenesi

Limau (Lemon)

Singular: Limau
Plural: Malimau

Ndimu (Lime)

Singular: Ndimu
Plural: Ndimu

Embe (Mango)

Singular: Embe
Plural: Maembe

Chungwa (Orange)

Singular: Chungwa
Plural: Machungwa

Papai (Papaya)

Singular: Papai
Plural: Mapapai

Passioni (Passion Fruit)

Singular: Passioni
Plural: Passioni

Njugu (Peanut)

Singular: Njugu
Plural: Njugu

Pea (Pear)

Singular: Pea
Plural: Mapea

Nanasi (Pineapple)

Singular: Nanasi
Plural: Mananasi

Plamu (Plum)

Singular: Plamu
Plural: Plamu

Komamanga (Pomegranate)

Singular: Komamanga
Plural: Makomamanga

Rasberi (Rasberry)

Singular: Rasberi
Plural: Rasberi

Stroberi (Strawberry)

Singular: Stroberi
Plural: Stroberi

Chenza (Tangerine)

Singular: Chenza
Plural: Machenza

Tikitimaji (Watermelon)

Singular: Tikitimaji
Plural: Matikitimaji

watermelon - tikiti maji
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36 Responses

  1. Aggrey says:

    Horned Melon?

    November 9th, 2016 at 8:48 PM
  2. Spoken Swahili Staff says:

    Horned Melon is sometimes called Kiwano and sometimes called Gakachika.

    November 10th, 2016 at 6:46 PM
  3. Zanele Kawalya-Kagwa says:

    Good

    January 16th, 2017 at 6:38 PM
  4. Vilma says:

    What is a loquat in swahili

    February 16th, 2017 at 2:38 PM
  5. Rabar Collins says:

    Strawberry is stroberi/forosadi, custard apple is tomoko/stafeli, avocado is parachichi/pea, pear is peazi and passion fruit is karakara/pasheni . Addition: baobab fruit is ubuyu and tamarind fruit is ukwaju.

    February 18th, 2017 at 9:48 PM
  6. Pongolani says:

    The correct swahili word for peanut is karanga and not jugu.

    March 10th, 2017 at 11:08 AM
  7. Mbugua kamau says:

    What do call locust fruit in swahili name??

    March 30th, 2017 at 2:46 PM
  8. Catherine Chiko says:

    rasbery is also known in kiswahili zabibu

    July 17th, 2017 at 4:14 PM
  9. Salma jamal says:

    What is bitter melon in Swahili??

    July 19th, 2017 at 3:31 PM
  10. Rutmuf says:

    Mpafu inaitwa je kwa kingereza?

    August 5th, 2017 at 3:22 AM
  11. A says:

    I think you have interchanged Lime and Lemon.
    Lime Limau
    Lemon Ndimu

    August 29th, 2017 at 8:57 AM
  12. Alma says:

    @Pongolani.. Njugu is correct.. Sisi tunaita peanuts njugu

    August 29th, 2017 at 10:23 PM
  13. Fatuma says:

    What do we call Bitter Melon and Koki in swahili?

    September 22nd, 2017 at 12:47 PM
  14. ChriKo says:

    Vilma asks what a loquat is called in Swahili. It is sambia. Concerning Mbugua\’s question, do you mean the Mediterranean or the African locust bean? The first is called karuba and the second nienzi or lopa.

    December 20th, 2017 at 8:25 PM
  15. Zawadi says:

    Pongolani says:

    The correct swahili word for peanut is karanga and not jugu.

    I disagree with Pongolani on referring to peanut as karanga. People fry peanut and when it is fried, it is called Njugu Karanga (Fried Peanut). With time some people dropped the Njugu part and started referring to the fried peanut as karanga when buying. The seller would understand that they mean fried peanut. Karanga became common and people just started referring to peanut as karanga. Therefore, those who did not grow up during the time when fried peanut was properly called njugu karanga continued calling peanut karanga instead of njugu. If you do not have this background you may assume that it is called so. Karanga simply means fry while Njugu means peanut.

    January 15th, 2018 at 12:35 PM
  16. Andrew Nganga says:

    This is great and very helpful, please update so it grows

    April 9th, 2018 at 7:34 PM
  17. Jmhoja says:

    In Tanzania njugu is peanut stone or you can say njugu mawe

    April 20th, 2018 at 8:27 AM
  18. b, nyambu says:

    very great swahili meanings

    May 29th, 2018 at 4:49 PM
  19. Aman says:

    Tunda linaloitwa kungu kwa kiswahili linaitwaje kwa kingereza

    June 26th, 2018 at 7:41 PM
  20. Iqbal Karim says:

    Njugu mawe is totally a different item from njugu. And also when the peanut is inside its pod we call it njugu nyasa

    September 1st, 2018 at 7:29 AM
  21. Henry says:

    I have truly never heard of Njugu Mawe in my entire life. In Tanzania at least in Dar es Salaam, if you say Njugu mawe it might really confuse someone. It is almost like you\’re asking for stones in your raw peanuts.

    September 14th, 2018 at 1:14 AM
  22. Henry says:

    Or rather like you\’re asking for \’stone hard peanuts\’ swahili is a very poetic language, a metaphor can easily be taken literally.

    September 14th, 2018 at 1:16 AM
  23. Khalidon King says:

    Feijoa in Swahili ni tunda gani

    December 1st, 2018 at 3:05 PM
  24. Abby Chams says:

    I thought peanuts was “karanga”. I’m Tanzanian and I live in Dar and that’s what we call peanuts.

    December 17th, 2018 at 1:02 PM
  25. Aika says:

    I have the same question as Aman, what is kungu/Makungu in English?

    December 29th, 2018 at 7:23 AM
  26. Liz says:

    What is prunes in swahili

    January 30th, 2019 at 8:29 AM
  27. Naren Varambhia says:

    1) Njugu are raw peanuts and roasted Njugu are called Karanga;
    2) Njugu Mawe are nuts roasted but extremely hard to chew and eat. We used to buy these from the vendors who sold Karanga roasted / bolied, bisi (popcorn) and Daria (roasted chick peas; and
    3) I would like to know what Khungu/Makhugu is called in English and its botanical name.

    March 15th, 2019 at 9:47 PM
  28. Deb says:

    Njugu mawe is normally used to refer to macadamia nuts.

    March 20th, 2019 at 9:18 PM
  29. Wanto says:

    Pasion fruit kwa Kiswahili ni karakara/pesheni. Lime ni limau, Lemon ndio ndimu.

    April 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 AM
  30. Sadiq Rashid says:

    What is KHUNGU called in English?

    June 10th, 2019 at 11:37 AM
  31. Beauty says:

    Its not Rasberry its actually Raspberry

    July 10th, 2019 at 10:22 AM
  32. Seif says:

    Kungu is Indian Almond . The tree is or9hinslly from India.
    Zambarau is Java Plum .it is also originally from Asia.

    August 5th, 2019 at 5:50 PM
  33. wellujoyce says:

    passion fruit in swahili is bohora not pasioni
    and also we call plum tunda damu

    August 24th, 2019 at 10:16 PM
  34. Robert says:

    I saw a picture of a big green fruit. A Kenyan told me he only knows The swahil name of it which is Vene. Does anybody here know this fruit and also know it english Name.

    August 27th, 2019 at 2:12 AM
  35. Robert says:

    What is swahii for rhubarb, kiwi, plums, apricot, egg fruit and greengages

    August 27th, 2019 at 2:20 AM
  36. Emmanuel Kirwa says:

    Great Swahili names

    September 9th, 2019 at 5:39 PM

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