Vegetable Names in Japanese
To learn more やさい vegetable names:
・Watch the video and listen to the pronunciations.
・Print and make your own Nihongo flashcards for practice here.
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ゴーヤ bitter gourd
さつまいも sweet potato
しいたけ shiitake mushroom
だいこん Japanese radish
ちんげんさい bok choy
ピーマン green pepper
モロヘイヤ Egyptian spinach
れんこん lotus root
The standard rule is to write native Japanese words in hiragana and 外来語 (gairaigo), foreign borrowed words, in katakana. However, in biological contexts, fruits, vegetables, plants, and animals are written in katakana.
That said, sometimes words are written in katakana simply to make them stand out, especially when they are next to hiragana, as in うさぎリンゴ or ウサギりんご.
For more, learn fruits in Japanese here and learn how to count fruits and vegetables in Japanese in the video.
Download and make your own Nihongo flashcards: Vegetables