Learning how to do groceries is critical to survive anywhere. Today we kick things of with Fruits & Vegetables. They are an absolute for a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you know the Korean names of a few before going to the market.

Local Fruits & Vegetables

I have a luxury that many Korean learners do not have: My roommate is a Korean. This means when I learn something new I can immediately put it in practice. That is why I decided that during the summer I am going to focus on learning how to talk about groceries in Korean. Food is important, no?

Now you might wonder why I am telling you this. Simple, the fruits and vegetables that I included in this vocabulary list are all fruits and vegetable found in Belgium. So you won’t find things like kiwis or bananas because they simply do not grow in Belgium.

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Grammar tip! Learn how to count them with native Korean numbers & counting nouns.


If you love fresh fruits then Belgium might not be the country for you as there are only a few fruits that are capable to really flourish here. Nonetheless our fruits are really tasty. Our pears especially famous and a personal favorite.

  • Strawberry – 딸기
  • Apple – 사과
  • Grapes – 포도
  • Raspberry – 라즈베리
  • Cherry – 체리
  • Sour cherry (‘krier’) – 앵두
  • Gooseberry – 구스베리
  • Melon – 멜론
  • Pear – 배
  • Prune – 자두


Vegetables are more present in Belgium and you will have a great selection to choose from throughout the years, but there are a few vegetables that I would truly call Belgian such as asparagus and Belgian endive. I have divided the vegetables in common vegetables, those that are more commonly used, and the lesser known and/or used vegetables.

Common vegetables

  • Potato – 감자
  • Belgian endive – 벨기에 엔다이브
  • Asparagus – 아스파라거스
  • Carrot – 당근Celery – 셀러리
  • Cauliflower – 꽃양배추
  • Celery – 셀러리
  • Champignon  – 양송이
  • Peas – 완두
  • Cucumber – 오이
  • Bell pepper – 피망
  • Leek – 리크
  • Red cabbage – 적채
  • Spinach – 시금치
  • Tomato – 토마토
  • Union – 양파
  • Lettuce – 상추

Other vegetables

  • Jerusalem artichoke – 뚱딴지
  • Endive –  엔다이브
  • Eggplant – 가지
  • Kale – 케일
  • Broccoli – 브로콜리
  • Chinese cabbage – 배추
  • Courgette – 호박
  • Celeriac – 셀러리 뿌리
  • Koolrabi – 콜라비
  • Rutabaga – 순무의 일종
  • Corn – 곡식
  • Oyster Mushroom – 느타리버섯
  • Parsnip – 파스닙
  • Pumpkin – 펌프킨
  • Turnip – 순무
  • Rhubarb – 대황
  • Radish – 무
  • Savoy cabbage – 사보이 양배추
  • Cabbage – 양배추
  • Scorzonera – 쇠채속
  • Soybean sprouts – 콩나물
  • Brussels sprouts – 방울 양배추
  • Fennel – 회향

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Nick is a someone who enjoys exploring new and different things. 2 years ago when he met his Korean friends he decided to go for it and learn Korean. Now he is struggling with the language while sharing an apartment with his Korean roomie.

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