这个季节的当季水果有什么?(What fruit is in season now?)

René was tired of eating out and often went to his local market to buy fruit and vegetables. It was early April, and there was an abundant supply of strawberries (草莓cǎoméi) and mangoes (芒果mángguǒ).

René thought how do you say what fruit or vegetable is in season?
René knew the word for season (季节jìjié), but wanted to know how to express 'in season.' He called his Chinese teacher and after doing his best to explain what he wanted to say, she replied:

这个季节的当季水果有什么?

(lit: 'this season fruit that is just now have what?')

当 means 'just at a specific time.'

Having learned the expression René knew he could easily substitute 'fruit' for 'vegetable.'  A couple of weeks later, he was taking a drive to the countryside and found the expression very useful when talking to some country folk in a village.
René had learned most of the names of vegetables and fruit in Chinese, but he had enormous trouble trying to recall the word for kiwi fruit and lime. Last night while shopping at Jenny Lou’s he came across these two fruits and decided to scribble them down on a piece of paper:

猕猴桃
míhóutáo
kiwi fruit

青柠檬
qīngníngméng
lime

While at the cash register, René received a text message from a German friend who was shopping in a large supermarket in the basement of a fancy department store and wanted to know coincidentally, how to say lime in Chinese. René sent off a quick reply.

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