Because Portugal is much more than Lisbon!


Travelling or living in Portugal and facing some language dilemmas? Make no drama about it! Here you'll find useful language info divided into several topics.
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  1. Abacate (Persea americana) - Avocado
  2. Abacaxi (Ananas comosus [cultivar])1 - Brazilian Pineapple
  3. Açaí (Euterpe oleracea) - Acai, Açaí, Assai, Asai Palm
  4. Acerola (Malpighia punicifolia) - Acerola, Barbados Cherry, Wild Crepe Myrtle, West Indian Cherry
  5. Alperce (Prunus armeniaca) - Apricot
  6. Ameixa (Prunus domestica) - Plum
  7. Amora-negra (Morus nigra) - Black Mulberry
  8. Amora-silvestre (Rubus fruticosus) - Blackberry
  9. Ananás (Ananas comosus [cultivar])1 - Pineapple
  10. Anona (Annona cherimolia) - Cherimoya
  11. Asímina (Asimina triloba) - Paw-paw
  12. Banana (Musa spp.) - Banana
  13. Cacau (Theobroma cacao) - Cacao
  14. Cajú (Ancardium occidentale) - Cashew
  15. Cereja (Prunus spp.) - Cherry
  16. Côco (Cocos nucifera) - Coconut
  17. Dióspiro (Diospyros) - Persimmon
  18. Figo (Ficus carica) - Fig
  19. Framboesa (Rubus idaeus) - Raspberry
  20. Goiaba (Psidium guajava) - Guava
  21. Goji (Lycium barbarum) - Goji Berry, Wolfberry
  22. Jaca (Artocarpus heterophyllus) - Jackfruit
  23. Kiwi (Actinidia delciosa) - Kiwi
  24. Laranja (Citrus) - Orange
  25. Laranja-doce, Laranja-baía (Citrus sinensis) - Navel Orange
  26. Lima (Citrus aurantifolia) - Lime
  27. Limão (Citrus limon) - Lemon
  28. Maçã (Malus)2 - Apple
  29. Manga (Mangifera indica) - Mango
  30. Maracujá (Passiflora edulis) - Passion Fruit
  31. Marmelo (Cydonia oblonga) - Quince
  32. Melancia (Citrullus lanatus) - Watermelon
  33. Melão (Cucumis melo)3 - Crenshaw Melon
  34. Meloa (Cucumis melo)3 - Melon
  35. Mirtilo (Vaccinium myrtillus)5 - Bilberry
  36. Morango (Fragaria) - Strawberry
  37. Nectarina (Prunus persica ssp nucipersica) - Nectarine
  38. Nêspera, (Eriobotrya japonica)4 - Japanese Plum, Loquat
  39. Oxicoco (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - Cranberry
  40. Papaia (Carica papaya) - Papaya
  41. Pêssego (Prunus persica) - Peach
  42. Physalis (Physalis angulata, Physalis peruviana) - Physalis, Cape Gooseberry, Golden Berry, Groundcherry
  43. Pitanga (Eugenia uniflora) - Pitanga, Surinam Cherry
  44. Romã (Punica granatum) - Pomegranate
  45. Tâmara (Phoenix dactylifera) - Date
  46. Tamarindo (Tamarindus indica) - Tamarind
  47. Tangerina (Citrus reticulata) - Tangerine
  48. Toranja (Citrus paradisi) - Grapefruit
  49. Uva (Vitis spp.) - Grape
  50. Vacínio (Vaccinium)5 - Blueberry
1 To clear doubts on much which you can find on the internet on this matter: ananás and abacaxi are both the same plant, Ananas comosus, except they are different cultivars. Ananás is much more stingy and zesty, while abacaxi is much sweeter. So be careful if you're paying an anánas' price for what could be a sweeter (and cheaper for the supplier) abacaxi.

2 There are dozens of variants in the country all with different names (and some don't even say maçâ before it). Try them all to see the differences, there are many.

3 It's difficult to explain what we choose from Cucumis melo cultivars, but here's the bottomline: meloa is small, round, very sweet and green on the inside; melão is bigger, oval, light white-orange and normally not as sweet (unless you know how to pick them)

4 Many are unware of this fact, but Portuguese actually eat a variant / cultivar of the Japanese plum, so differentiating between European and Asian cultivars is pointless :)

5 Although many in the country believe they are buying blueberries, they are actually buying bilberries, it's very very difficult to buy blueberries in the country.