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Fruit – Hedelmät – Finnish Vocabulary

Here’s a topic that’s excellent for beginners: learning the names of fruit (hedelmät)! Many of the more exotic fruits have a name that’s similar to English, so part of this task is luckily easy. You can also find some simple sentences as well as some sayings at the bottom of this article.

If you’re wondering why there are no berries on this page, that’s because we have a separate vocabulary list with berries.

Finnish English
ananas pineapple
appelsiini orange
aprikoosi apricot
avokado avocado
banaani banana
verkkomeloni cantaloupe
granaattiomena pomegranate
greippi grapefruit
hunajameloni honeydew
kiivi kiwi
klementiini clementine
kookospähkinä coconut
kumkvatti kumquat
limetti lime
litsi litchi
Finnish English
luumu plum
mandariini tangerine
mango mango
meloni melon
nektariini nectarine
omena apple
papaija papaya
persikka peach
päärynä pear
satsuma satsuma
sitruuna lemon
taateli date
vesimeloni watermelon
viikuna fig
viinirypäle grape
vaaleat (vihreät) viinirypäleet white (green) grapes
tummat viinirypäle dark grapes

Fruit Related Words

In the following list, you can find words that are related to fruit in various ways.

Finnish English
eksoottinen exotic
halkaista omena to split an apple
haukata omenaa to bite into an apple
hapan sour
hedelmäliha fruit flesh; pulp
hedelmämehu fruit juice
hedelmäpirtelö fruit smoothie
hedelmäpuristin fruit press, squeezer
hedelmäsalaatti fruit salad
hedelmäveitsi fruit knife
hillo jam
kirpeä tart
kivetön kirsikka pitted cherry
kuori peel, shell
kuoria omena to peel an apple
kuivattu dried
kypsä ripe
lohko section, slice
Finnish English
makea sweet
marmeladi marmelade
mehukas juicy
mädätä to rot, decay
mätä rotten
omenapuu apple tree
omenasose applesauce
persikan kivi peach stone
raaka raw
siemen seed
siemenetön seedless
siemenkota core (of apple)
sitrushedelmä citrus fruit
terttu bunch
terveellinen healthy
tuore fresh
viipale slice

Some Simple Fruit Related Sentences

Finnish English
Syön paljon hedelmiä. I eat a lot of fruit.
Syön usein melonia. I often eat melon.
Pidän viinirypäleistä. I like grapes.
Tykkään vesimelonista. I like watermelon.
En tykkää mangosta. I don’t like mango.
Ostan viisi omenaa. I buy five apples.
Ostin kolme päärynää. I bought three pears.
Avokadot ovat kalliita. Avocados are expensive.
Banaanit ovat tarjouksessa. The bananas are on sale.
Haluatko omenan? Do you want an apple?
Banaani on keltainen. A banana is yellow.
Minä kuorin omenan. I will peel the apple.

Sayings with Fruit

  • “Omena päivässä pitää lääkärin loitolla.”
    Literally: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    Meaning: Eating enough fruit will keep you from getting sick.
  • “Omena ei kauas puusta putoa.”
    Literally: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    Meaning: Children often take after their parents.
  • “Hedelmistään puu tunnetaan.”
    Literally: By its fruits a tree is known.
    Meaning: A person is known through their accomplishments.

Mistä hedelmästä sinä pidät? Pidätkö omenoista?
What fruit do you like? Do you like apples?

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