Photo: Zipa Kempinsky

In Israel, the person who runs our neighborhood vegetable stall, the ירקן, is an important figure. Guy explains why.

New Words and Expressions:

Yerakot – Vegetables – ירקות

Yarkan – Vegetable seller – ירקן

Yerek – Greens – יֶרֶק

Haser li yerek – I am missing my greenery – חסר לי ירק

Hanut yerakot, yarkaniya – Vegetable shop – חנות ירקות, ירקנייה

Mishlo’ach yerakot habaita – Vegetables delivered home – משלוח ירקות הביתה

Sal yerakot organiyim – Organic vegetable basket – סל ירקות אורגניים

Hanut ha-yerakot ha-schunatit – Neighborhood vegetable shop – חנות הירקות השכונתית

Agvaniyot – Tomatoes – עגבניות

“Bo, bo, shamarti lecha”, “Bo’i, bo’i, shamarti lach” – Come here, I kept this for you – בוא, בוא, שמרתי לך / בואי, בואי, שמרתי לך

Efshar lit’om? – Could I taste? – אפשר לטעום

Kartonim – Cartons, boxes – קרטונים

Kama ze? – How much is it? – כמה זה

Kama ha-melafefonim? – How much are the cucumbers? – כמה המלפפונים

Yesh yoter yafim/yafot? – Do you have nicer ones? – יש יותר יפים/יפות

Yesh eshkoliyot yoter yafot? – Are there nicer grapefruits? – יש אשכוליות יותר יפות

Matai yihye mango? – When will there be mangoes? – מתי יהיה מנגו

Matai yihyu anavim? – When will there be grapes? – מתי יהיו ענבים

‘Yagi’u kishu’im ktanim?’ – Will there be small zucchini – יגיעו קישואים קטנים

Ten li, tavi li – Ten li, tavi li – תן לי, תביא לי

Tishmor li anavim – Please keep some grapes for me – תשמור לי ענבים

Shamarta/shamart li? – Did you keep some for me? – שמרת לי

Bashel – Ripe – בשל

Bosri – Unripe – בוסרי

Rotev agvaniyot – Tomato sauce – רוטב עגבניות

Agvaniyot bshelot – Ripe tomatoes – עגבניות בשלות

Agvaniyot bosriyot – Unripe tomatoes – עגבניות בוסריות

Playlist and Clips:

Ehud Banai – Rehov Ha-agas 1 (lyrics)

Efrat Enzel – Rotev Agvaniyot

Gidi Gov – Tnu Ligdol Be-sheket (lyrics)

Ep. #67 about fraier

Ep. #83 about ten, give 

Ep. #201 about lit’om

Ep. #318 about tishmor li

Ep. #396 about shopping

Ledaber Ze Lo Mashmin – Foodies Podcast in Hebrew

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6 comments on “Eat Your Vegetables

  1. michele Laboureur says:


    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Merci beaucoup, Michèle !

      1. Perele von Shifer says:

        Guy you won’t believe this. I was multitasking, listening to you and skimming through a New Yorker restaurant review. Here’s what I saw: “You may have surmised by now that this is not a restaurant that puts vegetables on a pedestal.” How crazy is that??

        1. Guy Sharett says:


  2. alain cohen says:

    félicitations pour ce dixième anniversaire ! et bon courage pour la suite , nous serons à l’écoute . merci .

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Merci beaucoup, Alain ! Toda !

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