The remains of peas and fava beans have been found in Finland dating from 500 BC. Legumes bear fruits, known as pulses in English, which we typically label as vegetables.

The Finnish word Hedelmä (fruit) has been considered to be a loan from a Baltic language, with a comparison to Lithuanian žíedas (blossom, flower) made. However, I propose that there is a Greek word which demonstrates better phonetic and semantic parallels: Χεδροπά.

Χεδροπα/Hedropá (pulse, leguminous fruit) is interestingly considered to be of Pre-Greek origin, meaning that the word has not been etymologically traced back to Proto-Indo-European. However, there is a folk etymology for the word: Χείρ+δρέπω/Hand+pluck. Although it is unsure given their PIE and Proto-Uralic etymologies, I like to compare Finnish Käsi with Greek Héri (Χέρι; compare the Doric variant Hérs/Χέρς).

I’ve previously discussed the similarities of Finnish marja (berry) and Greek moréa/μορέα (mulberry) as it pertains to berries (although I will later be making a more in-depth post) – as well as mustikka with múrtila/μύρτιλα (bilberry) – but historically, sweet fruits in Finland were not common (lingonberries and cloudberries come to mind). Meanwhile, pea soup is a Finnish staple; and according to this article, it’s traditional to eat it on Thursdays.

While most modern Greeks might not recognize the word χεδροπά from a glance – and while Finns probably wouldn’t associate the taste of peas with a sweet hedelmä, it is nonetheless a fascinating term for constructing the Finngreek language.
Fruit, Legume = Hedelmä = Hedropá/Hedrepá, Hedabaa (simplified) = Χεδροπά, Δρέπω
Bear fruit = Kana Hedropaa/Heđabá

Sakaripurahedabaa morjaa = The berry is a sweet, red fruit
Den itseram atta hedropaaontae! = I didn’t know that this is a fruit!
Hamaathae poljohedrepaa aksvaa = From the ground, many fruits grow
Ruhumehe puulubuutara heđabákana = After the rain, the tree-garden bears fruit

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