30+ Vegetables In Albanian: An Easy Guide

Are you wondering about the translations of some of the fruta (fruits) and zarzavate (vegetables) in the Albanian language? In today’s post, we will walk you through the exact meaning behind the commonly used vegetable ingredients like Shpargulli mjekësor, Lakra, or Fasule Frengjish. In addition, we will also list down the five major traditional dishes which make use of most of the items we will discuss today. So, if you are up for that, then let’s get the ball rolling!

The Albanian Cuisine

When it comes to Albanian cuisine, most of their traditional dishes mainly make use of a wide variety of vegetables, making it one of the healthiest out there. Some of the most commonly used vegetables and ingredients include tomatoes, leeks, peppers, cabbage, local nuts, garlic, fresh fruits, and fish. In addition, it is not new for them to use olive oil in cooking almost anything since this is part of their history, and they are one of the largest producers and exporters of this oil.

While it is true that they also have lamb, pork, chicken, and other types of meat, most of the Albanian recipes do not make use of much of it, which is why the country is considered vegetarian. To give you an example of what you can expect from their local dishes, below are the popular ones you shouldn’t miss!

Top 5 Vegetable Dish In Albania

Top 5 Vegetable Dish In Albania
  1. Tarator / Tzatziki – This type of healthy dip and soup is best known in the country, especially during the summer since it is served cold. It is made of cucumber, olive oil, parsley, dill, salt, and some mint.
  2. Turli Perimesh – This type of mixed vegetable dish is perfect as a side dish for meat and is perfect for those seeking a gluten-free and vegan snack. It is made of chopped zucchini, squash, whole tomatoes, parsley, and olive oil. You can serve this one in just 15 minutes!
  3. White Cabbage Salad – This healthy recipe is best served with boiled potatoes or a side dish to grilled meat or sausages and is somewhat similar to the American Coleslaw recipe. It is mainly made with simple ingredients, including white cabbage, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oil. If you’ve got leftovers, you can quickly keep them and serve them as a spread for a sandwich.
  4. Sallatë Jeshile – Also known as “green salad,” this delicious and filling meal is perfect as a side dish to almost anything. It is surely a delight to try out since it mixed a number of ingredients (that give several textures), such as romaine lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, olives, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. To do this, all you have to do is toss them together and serve the food in an instant!
  5. Sarma – While it is not just made of vegetables alone, this is nominated as the number 1 most popular dish from Taste Atlas, which means that you should try this out when you visit Albania. The Sarma looks somewhat like the Japanese Gyoza, but instead of using a spring roll wrapper, you can use cabbage (or collard greens and swiss chard) instead. Inside the cabbage can be any meat like ground beef, sauerkraut, ground pork, and rice with various herbs and seasonings.

Now that you already have an idea of some of the uses of vegetables in Albanian cuisine let’s now move forward and identify the translations for each.


Vegetables In Albanian Language

Vegetables In Albanian Language

Contrary to common belief, traveling through the Balkans region is not challenging, especially if you are a vegetarian. Some of the country’s best food is made of juicy meat, but you can still find the best veggie-based food in Albania for a low price. As a rule of thumb when visiting Albania, please try to look for restaurants that serve traditional Albanian food because this has the highest chance of you finding vegetable dishes! Below are some of the vegetable terms you may find when reading a food menu:

English Albanian
Beans Fasule / Groshe
Bell pepperPiper zile
Bitter gourdKungull i hidhur
Bok ChoyBok Çoj
Bottle gourdKungull shishe
Chili Djegës
Chili pepperSpec djegës
Green beansBishtaja
Spinach Spinaq
ZucchiniKungull i njomë


Fruits In The Albanian Language

Fruits In The Albanian Language

Now that we already have an idea about the common vegetables used in Albanian cooking, allow us to also walk you through some of the common fruits you may also look for in their menu.




Which of these vegetables and fruits are your favorites? Could any of these be a perfect combo with the popular Tavë Kosi? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

No matter what it is that you want to try out among all these, we hope that you were able to learn the correct translations in this post today and that you’ll find a way to use them in a sentence. If you enjoyed this post, feel free to read out previous posts and language learning tips in Albanian, like how to introduce yourself like a pro, the best slang words, and how to read the time and date like a local.


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