Fruits – Nepali to English translation

Aanp – Mango

Aiselu – Raspberry (yellow, red, black)


Aarubukhada – Plum


Amalaa – Gooseberry


Ambaa – Guava

Anaar – Pomegrante


Angoor – Grape

Anjir – Fig

Aru – Peach

Bayar – Indian Plum, Chinese Date

Bel – Wood Apple

Bhogate -Pummelo, Pomilo

Bhuin Katahar – Pineapple

Bimiro – Citron

Chaaksi – Mild Orange

Chutro – Barberry

Chinia Naspaati – Chinese Pear

Daakh – Grape

Daarim – Pomegranate

Haade Bayer – Bead Plum

Haade Okhar – Thick-shell black walnut

Haluaabed – Persimmon

Jaamun – Black Plum, Java Plum

Junaar – Junar Orange

Jyaamir – Lemon (very sour)

Kaathe Jyamir – Rough Lemon – (Citrus jambhiri)

Kaalo Jyamir – Rough Lemon (Chook-amilo Lemon)

Kaagati – Lime – (green)

Kaaphal -Bay-Berry

Kera – Banana

Khajoor – Date

Kharbooza – Musk Melon

Khurpaani – Apricot

Kimbu – Mulberry (black, red)

Lapsi -Nepalese Hog Plum

Lichi – Lichee Fruit

Loquat –Loquats

Maushambi – Orange (sweet)

Mayal – Wild Pear

Muntalaa – Kumquat

Nariwal – Coconut

Nashpaati – Pear

Nibua – Lemon (yellow)

Paiyun – Cherry

Papitaa or Mewaa – Papaya

Ram Phal – Custard Apple

Rukh Katahar – Jack Fruit

Sati Bayar – Pleasantly sour-sweet fruit (Nepal sumac)

Sariphaa – Custard Apple or Sugar Apple

Shayau – Apple

Suntalaa – Tangerine

Tarbooza – Watermelon

Khiniya (Khanyu) – ?  Wild fig?

Jyamir – ?

Katus – ? (chinquapin or chestnut)

Tiju – ? (tastes like Haluwabed – small green bitter berries)

Bel – ?

Haluwabed – Persimmon – looks like a tomato.

(credits – Jyoti Pathak of Taste of Nepal, Sunil Dhungana, Malini Onta)

Typical Nepali fruits

Nepali fruits of various occasions are special in Nepal. For example:

Katus, a jungle nut, is important fruit in Tihar festival. It is also called chinquapin or American Chestnut.

Bayar is another wild berry used in tihar. The dried fruit is mostly the seed with a thin dried and wrinkled skin to savour. Indian Plum is also commonly called bayar. But, the bayar that is used in Tihar is a wild berry different from Indian plum. It looks more like Chinese Date but, smaller and tastes different. It is also called Bher or Indian Jujube.

Lapsi – a sour fruit with a large stone. Used to make achar (pickle) and titaura. The fruit that is like a hog plum is typically found only in Nepal and surrounding area. So, it is named “Nepali Hog Plum”. The small fruit is mostly comprises of the seed and a little gunky edible part.

Please comment on other Nepali fruits and translation of the names.

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