An almost complete list of nuts and seeds in Korean

Did you ever wonder why the name of this website is ♣️Sesame Sprinkles♣️? There are many reasons! In short, sesame seeds are essential in Korean cuisine – for flavor and nutrients. Sesame, as well as other seeds and nuts, are a source of diverse proteins, fatty oils, minerals and vitamins. They are generally components of a balanced diet – plant-based or not! 💪🌱 [By the way, avoiding animal-based ingredients still leaves you with innumerable plant-based options with fascinating vegetables, fruits, grains, mushrooms and seaweed.]

Below word list provides the names of nuts and seeds in Korean language. 🗒🌰🇰🇷🇰🇵 Do you enjoy munching on nuts and seeds? 🐿 Or do you need to avoid them because of allergies? 🤒 Are there any critical nut- or seed-based allergens missing? ❓ Let’s gather them all here and create the biggest collection of Korean words for nuts and edible seeds! ❗️ Comment below or send me a message!

The vocabulary first covers seeds which are commonly referred to as “(tree) nuts”, followed by the so-called “oil seeds”. [Find most seeds belonging to the category of grains and pulses in a different list here.] In addition to that, vegetable oils and fats which are produced from nuts and seeds are listed below as well.

⚠️ UPDATE: For visual learners [like me], there are now pictures of food items along with the respective Korean name, pronunciation and English translation. Refer to the image slideshow at the bottom of this page!👇

Sesame seeds and sesame oil sold at Mangwon market 망원시장 in Seoul 2019.

Names of nuts and seeds in Korean

plant-based ingredients 식물성 재료 植物性材料 singmulseong jaeryo

🌰 nuts 🥥🥜

  • nuts in general – 견과류 gyeon-gwaryu 
  • acorn, oak nut – 도토리 dotori
  • almond – 아몬드 amondeu
  • Brazil nut – 브라질너트 beurajil-neoteu
  • cashew – 캐슈넛 kaesyu-neot / 캐슈너트  kaesyu-neoteu
  • 🌰 chestnut – 밤 bam
  • 🥥 coconut – 코코넛 kokoneot
  • gingko nut – 은행(씨) eunhaeng(ssi)
  • 🌰 hazelnut – 헤이즐넛 heijeulneot
  • macadamia – 마카다미아 makadami-a
  • 🥜 peanut, ground nut – 땅콩 ttangkong [botanically not a nut, but a legume!]
  • pecan – 피칸 pikan
  • pine nut – 잣 jat
  • pistachio – 피스타치오 piseutachi-o
  • walnut – 호두 hodu

other seeds 기타씨앗 🎃🌻

  • seeds in general – 씨 ssi / 씨앗 ssi-at
Left: Roasted sesame seeds (참깨) | Right: Raw perilla seeds (들깨)
  • chia seed – 치아씨 chi-a-ssi
  • flax seed – 아마씨 ama-ssi
  • hemp seed – 삼씨 sam-ssi / 햄프씨드 haempeu ssideu / 햄프시드 haempeu-sideu
  • mustard seed – 겨자씨 gyeoja-ssi
  • poppy seeds – 양귀비씨 yang-gwibi-ssi
  • perilla seeds – 들깨 deulkkae
  • 🎃 pumpkin seeds – 호박씨 hobak-ssi
  • rapeseed – 유채씨 yuchae-ssi / 평지씨 pyeongji-ssi
  • sacha inchi, Inca nut – 사차인치 sacha-inchi
  • sesame seeds – 참깨 chamkkae
    • roasted sesame seeds – 볶은참깨 bokkeun chamkkae
    • black sesame seeds – 흑임자 heukimja / 검은깨 geomeun-kkae / 검정깨 geomjeong-kkae
  • 🌻 sunflower seeds – 해바라기씨 haebaragi-ssi

🏺 Plant-based oils from nuts and seeds 식물성 식용유 🛢

  • cooking oils in general – 식용유 食用油 sigyong-yu
  • oil in general – 기름 gireum
  • vegetable oil – 식물성 식용유 singmulseong sigyong-yu
  • vegetable seed oil – 채종유 菜種油 chaejong-yu
  • 🌼 canola seed oil – 카놀라유 kanolayu
  • 🥥 coconut oil – 코코넛오일 kokoneoto-il / 코코넛유 kokoneut-yu
  • 🍇 grape seed oil – 포도씨유 podossiyu
  • olive oil – 올리브유 olibeu-yu
  • 🌻 sunflower seed oil – 해바라기씨유 haebaragissi-yu
  • 🌴 palm oil – 팜유 pamyu
  • 🥜 peanut oil – 땅콩유 ttang-kong-yu
  • perilla seed oil – 들기름 deulgireum
  • sesame oil (from roasted sesame seeds) – 참기름 chamgireum
  • 🥜 soybean oil – 대두유 大豆油 daeduyu / 콩기름 kong-gireum

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⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow with images of nuts and seeds together with the respective Korean names, pronunciation and English translation 👇

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✍️ Work is still in progress! This list will be expanded gradually! ✍️

📝 Any questions, comments, vocabulary suggestions and language feedback are welcome! 🤗

Spelling of Korean pronunciation follows the system of Revised Romanization.

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