Common Vegetables in Swahili

by Spoken Swahili Staff on Jan 30, 2015

vegetables - mboga
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The following are the Swahili translations of some common vegetables found in East Africa.

VegetableMboga , VegetablesMboga

Hindi (Corn)

Singular: Hindi
Plural: Mahindi

corn - hindi
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Karoti (Carrot)

Singular: Karoti
Plural: Karoti

carrot - karoti
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Tango (Cucumber)

Singular: Tango
Plural: Matango

cucumber - tango
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Kitungu Saumu (Garlic)

Singular: Kitungu Saumu
Plural: Vitungu Saumu

Mboga ya Saladi (Lettuce)

Singular: Mboga ya saladi
Plural: Mboga za saladi

lettuce - mboga ya saladi
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Uyoga (Mushroom)

Singular: Uyoga
Plural: Uyoga

mushroom - uyoga
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Njegere (Pea)

Singular: Njegere
Plural: Njegere

Kitungu (Onion)

Singular: Kitungu
Plural: Vitungu

onion - kitungu
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Kiazi (Potato)

Singular: Kiazi
Plural: Viazi

Nyanya (Tomato)

Singular: Nyanya
Plural: Nyanya

Kabeji (Cabbage)

Singular: Kabeji
Plural: Kabeji

cabbage - kabeji
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Boga (Pumpkin)

Singular: Boga
Plural: Maboga

pumpkin - boga
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Pilipili Hoho (Capsicum)

Singular: Pilipili Hoho
Plural: Pilipili Hoho

Kiazi Kitamu (Sweet Potato)

Singular: Kiazi Kitamu
Plural: Viazi Vitamu

Pilipili Kali (Green Chili)

Singular: Pilipili Kali
Plural: Pilipili Kali

Kiazi Kikuu (Yam)

Singular: Kiazi Kikuu
Plural: Viazi Vikuu

Zeituni (Olive)

Singular: Zeituni
Plural: Zeituni

Biringani (Brinjal, Aubergine, Eggplant)

Singular: Biringani
Plural: Mabiringani

Muhogo (Cassava)

Singular: Muhogo
Plural: Mihogo

cassava - muhogo
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Bamia (Okra, Lady’s Finger)

Singular: Bamia
Plural: Mabamia

Sukuma Wiki (Kale)

Singular: Sukuma Wiki
Plural: Sukuma Wiki

Mchicha (Spinach)

Singular: Mchicha
Plural: Mchicha

spinach - mchicha
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Dengu (Green Gram)

Singular: Dengu
Plural: Dengu

Haragwe (Bean)

Singular: Haragwe
Plural: Maharagwe

bean - haragwe
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Koliflawa (Cauliflower)

Singular: Koliflawa
Plural: Koliflawa

cauliflower - koliflawa
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Tini (Beetroot)

Singular: Tini
Plural: Matini

11 Responses

  1. Gladys Mumo says:

    I enjoyed testing how much have learned to know new words of vegetables in swahili.
    Thank you.

    June 9th, 2017 at 7:22 AM
  2. Stella Akex says:

    This is awesome. You made me know much that I knew nothing about.

    June 22nd, 2017 at 12:31 PM
  3. Abdulla Mohammed says:

    Great job. The picture you mentioned for Dengu (green gram) is called Choroko in Swahili not Dengu. Please correct.


    April 17th, 2018 at 7:37 PM
  4. J says:

    Nivizuri lakini kuna mchichi wa kawaida uuzwa sana sokoni ebu mwaweza fafanulia

    August 6th, 2018 at 10:28 AM
  5. rhoda karimi says:

    how is terere called in English

    November 3rd, 2018 at 9:40 AM
  6. mswahili says:

    Green gram zinaitwa pojo. tafadhali badilisha

    January 9th, 2019 at 7:02 PM
  7. None says:

    Kale is not sukumawiki

    June 18th, 2019 at 8:49 PM
  8. Moris Onsongo says:

    Great post, thanks.

    July 10th, 2019 at 1:47 PM
  9. Albert Mswahili says:

    Green grams is pojo in swahili..

    August 11th, 2019 at 11:21 AM
  10. Maurice Mutua says:

    Rhoda Karimi Terere is called Amaranthus .

    January 9th, 2020 at 10:56 AM
  11. Richard says:

    Terere (Amaranth/Amaranthus) ina jina lingine la Kiswahili au ni mchicha bangi tu?

    January 13th, 2020 at 11:34 AM

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