What do you call this fruit:

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It's scientific name is Elaeagnus angustifolia; the only word I found for it is Russian Olive, but I doubt it is the word a native would say!

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    In my limited experience, the only native speakers who know what these are are people familiar with Persian culture, and thus use the Persian word: senjed
    – Juhasz
    Apr 26, 2019 at 18:53

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Given this USDA Article, it does seem that Russian Olive is the colloquial term in the US.

This would be similar usage to Kalamata Olives, although in the US I have used (and have heard others use) the term Greek Olives instead, as "Greek" is a lot simpler than remembering "Kalamata". "Russian", by contrast, is a familiar term, so I would not be surprised to hear "Russian Olives" in the US.


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