Since it’s summer, we’re continuing our fruits theme! In addition to the fruits that are grown in our area, we’re discovering tropical fruit names in French.
Tropical fruits in French translate to des fruits tropicaux, but you will often hear the term fruits exotiques (exotic fruits) used as well.
Tropical fruit names in French
Here are a few tropical fruits that you can find in most supermarkets nowadays.
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Pineapple – un ananas
Pineapple in French can be pronounced in two ways. You can either pronounce the “s” at the end of the word or not.
Banana – une banane
Starfruit – une carambole
Guava – une goyave
Pomegranate – une grenade
Passion fruit – un fruit de la passion, une grenadille
Lychee – un litchi
Longan – un longane
Mango – une mangue
Coconut – une noix de coco
Papaya – une papaye
Dragonfruit – un pitaya, un fruit du dragon
Tamarind – un tamarin
Ideas to explore
There are many ways to have fun while learning tropical fruit names in French. While kids will undoubtedly love discovering the unfamiliar tastes, these fruits also have interesting textures that you can explore together.
You can do a fun sorting activity where you invite your child to sort the fruits into bowls according to the texture of their skin.
Smooth – lisse
Rough – rugueux (masculine), rugueuse (feminine)
A fun process art project for kids could be for them to paint the peel of fruits such as pineapple, lychee, coconut, and dragonfruit. They can paint it using the corresponding colour or get creative. They can then stamp each variety of peel onto a sheet of paper.