109 berry yummy fruit names in French to diversify your fruit vocab

Elinor Zucchet

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to load up on vitamins and antioxidants. And there is a delicious way to do this: fruits!

From the juicy blueberries of Québec to the sweet apricots of Provence and tangy passionfruit of La Réunion, knowing how to say fruits in French can come in handy, both when shopping… and when following a French recipe!

If you are in a francophone country at the moment, we have compiled an extensive list of types of fruit in French. We’ve also included practical tips and expressions to help you chez le primeur or au marché. And “cerise sur le gâteau” (French expression meaning icing on the cake - literally, cherry on the cake), you’ll find some yummy recipes at the end of the article.

French gâteau with a cherry on top.

List of fruits in French

Let’s start with the great news. Fruits in French is… drum roll… Fruits. What about the singular? Fruit. Piece of (fruit) cake, right? The only difference is the pronunciation: “frui”. As a rule of thumb, just add “s” at the end to get the plural form.

We’ve also added the best season to enjoy these fruits in France (when grown in mainland France).

Citrus fruits in French

There’s nothing more delicious than a fresh jus d’orange or a tarte au citron. If you visit the South of France, get ready to be intoxicated by the delicate smell of orange blossoms. And you might want to attend the world famous Fête du citron in Menton?

Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit and citrus in French.

EnglishFrench IPASeason
Bitter orangeOrange amèreɔɾɑ̃ʒ amɛɾə
Blood limeCitron vert sanguinsitɾõ vɛɾ sɑ̃gɛ̃
Blood orangeOrange sanguineɔɾɑ̃ʒə sɑ̃ginə
ClementineClémentineklemɑ̃tinəWinter/early spring
GrapefruitPamplemoussepɑ̃pləmusə
HarukaHarukaaɾyka
HyuganatsuHyuganatsujyganatsy
Ichang papedaIchang papedaiʃɑ̃ papəda
IyokanIyokanjjɔkɑ̃
KabosuKabosukabozy
KanpeiKanpeikɑ̃pe
KinnowKinnowkino
KiyomiKiyomikjjɔmi
KumquatKumquatkœ̃ka
LemonCitronsitɾõWinter/early spring
LimeLimelimə
LimeberryTilleultijœl
LimequatLimequatliməka
MelogoldMelogoldməlɔgɔl
OrangeOrangeɔɾɑ̃ʒəWinter/early spring
OroblancoOroblancoɔɾɔblɑ̃ko
PomeloPomelopɔməlo
TangeloTangelotɑ̃ʒəlo
TangerineMandarinemɑ̃daɾinəWinter/early spring
TangorTangortɑ̃gɔɾ
YuzuYuzujyzy

Stone fruits in French (drupe fruits)

From summer favorites, like peaches and apricots, to more exotic options, enjoy this colorful salade de fruits!

Peaches and stone fruits in French.

EnglishFrenchIPASeason
AçaíAçaíasaí
AcerolaAcérolaaseɾɔla
ApricotAbricotabɾikoSummer
BambanganBambanganbɑ̃bɑ̃gɑ̃
CherryCerisesəɾizəLate spring
CoconutNoix de coconwaks də kɔko
CoffeeberryCaféierkafeje
GuaranaGuaranagaɾana
GubingeGubingegbɛ̃ʒə
HackberryMûriermyɾje
LycheeLitchilitʃi
MangoManguemɑ̃gə
MarulaMarulamaɾyla
NectarineNectarinenɛktaɾinəSummer
NeemNeemnɛe
PeachPêchepɛʃəSummer
PequiPequipəki
PlumPrunepɾynəSummer
RambutanRamboutanɾɑ̃butɑ̃

Berries in French

Berry picking is one of the simple pleasures in life. Well, as long as you know which ones to pick! To be on the safe side, if you plan to go berry picking in a French speaking country, learn these berries in French! And no, we haven’t gone bananas! Banana IS a berry.

Blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry in French.

EnglishFrenchIPASeason
BananaBananebananə
BarberryÉpine-vinetteepinə-vinɛtə
BearberryBusserolebysəɾɔlə
Black currantGroseille noiregɾozɛjə nwaɾəSummer
BlueberryMyrtillemiɾtijəLate spring, summer
Cloudberry (technically an aggregate fruit)Mûre des maraismyɾəde maɾe

CranberryCannebergekanəbɛɾʒə
CurubaCurubakyɾyba
Dragon fruitFruit du dragonfɾɥi dy dɾagõ
ElderberrySureausyɾo
FeijoaFeijoafɛʒoa
GooseberryGroseille à maquereaugɾozɛj a makəɾo
GrapeRaisinɾɛzɛ̃
GuavaGoyavegwajavə
JabuticabaJabuticabaʒabytikaba
KiwifruitKiwikiwi
KubalKubalkybal
LangsatLangsatlɑ̃gsa
LingonberryAirelleɛɾɛlə
MaracujaMaracujamaɾakyʒa
PapayaPapayepapɛjə
PassifloraPassiflorapasiflɔɾa
PassionfruitFruit de la passionfɾɥi də la pasjõ
PomegranateGrenadegɾənadə
Prickly pear fruitFigue de Barbariefigə də baɾbaɾjə
Raspberry (technically an aggregate fruit)Framboisefɾɑ̃bwazə
Summer
Red currantGroseille rougegɾozɛjə ɾuʒəSummer
Saguaro fruitFruit du saguarofɾɥi dy sagaɾo
Star fruitCarambolakaɾɑ̃bɔla
Strawberry (technically an aggregate fruit)FraisefɾɛzəSpring
TamarilloTamarillotamaɾijo

Melon fruits in French

Melons are very popular fruits in France when summer comes along. As an entrée with cured ham or a dessert, there are few things more delightful as a ripe Melon de Cavaillon!

Melon fruits in French.

EnglishFrenchIPASeason
Banana melonMelon bananeməlõ bananə
CassabananaCassabananakasabanana
Crane melonMelon Craneməlõ kɾanə
Crenshaw melonMelon Crenshawməlõ kɾɑ̃saw
Doub palm fruitFruit du palmier Doubfɾɥi dy palmje du
European cantaloupeCantaloup européenkɑ̃talup œɾɔpeɛ̃Summer
Fony baobab fruitFruit du baobab fonyfɾɥi dy baɔba fɔni
Gaya melonMelon Gayaməlõ gɛja
Honeydew melonMelon d'eauməlõ doSummer
Horned melonMelon cornuməlõ kɔɾny
Tigger melonMelon tigréməlõ tigɾe
WatermelonPastèquepastɛkəSummer

Pome fruits in French

In 1995, late President Jacques Chirac used the pomme as a symbol for his electoral campaign. The French TV satire program “Les Guignols de l’info” even created a fake slogan for him: “Mangez des pommes”. If you are also a pome fruit lover, don’t miss the list below!

Apple in French.

EnglishFrenchIPASeason
ApplePommepɔməSummer/Fall
Caqui/PersimmonKakikakiFall/Winter
HawthornAubépineobepinə
JaguaJaguaʒaga
KhirniKhirnikiɾni
Lovi-loviLovi-lovilɔvi-lɔvi
MedlarMèflemɛflə
NokaidōNokaidōnɔkɛdō
PearPoirepwaɾəFall/Winter
QuinceCoingkwɛ̃Fall
RamontchiRamontchiɾamõtʃi
RowanRowanɾɔwɑ̃
SapodillaSapodillasapɔdija
SaskatoonAmélanchieramelɑ̃ʃje
Scarlet firethornÉpine-vinette écarlateepinə-vinɛt ekaɾlatə
ShipovaShipovasipɔva

Multiple fruits in French

Here is a little gastronomy tip for you: try combining fig chutney with foie gras… There is really nothing else to add.

EnglishFrenchIPASeason
BreadfruitFruit à painfɾɥit a pɛ̃
FigFiguefigəSummer/Fall
JackfruitFruit du jacquierfɾɥi dy ʒakkje
PineappleAnanasanana

Tips for learning the names of fruits in French

Watch cooking videos in French

Alright, enough talking about fruits. It’s time to eat them! Below, you’ll find a few classic French recipes with fruit… Looking for more? Check Marmiton, the French cooking bible!

Go fruit shopping at a market or supermarket in France or Quebec

Ready to get cooking? Then you’ll need some ingredients!

Don’t forget to bring your own bag if you don’t want to pay for one. The price might be shown per kilo (or “livre” in Québec) but also per piece, so watch out! Here are a couple of examples of things to say:

  • “Bonjour, je voudrais 500 grammes de fraises, s’il vous plaît".
  • “Bonjour, je voudrais 2 kilos d’oranges, s’il vous plaît".
  • “Bonjour, je voudrais 2 mangues, s’il vous plaît".

The vendor will typically answer: “Ce sera tout?” If you’re not finished, keep ordering, and if you are, just answer “Oui, merci”. Pay, and choose one of these expressions to say goodbye in French.


Now that you've mastered fruits in French, it’s time to tackle vegetables. And if you try some of the recipes above, please send us a picture. Or encore mieux, please invite us! There is only one thing left to say: Salade de fruits, jolie, jolie, jolie.

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