A punnet is a small container or basket for fruits or vegetables. Punnet is of uncertain origin but is thought to be a diminutive of pun (British dialect word for pound). Punnet is used mostly in Commonwealth countries (though not Canada) and it’s first recorded usage is around 1815 to 1825.
Punnets are usually small and light, yet sturdy and are used to protect fragile fruits and veggies that are susceptible to bruising, spoiling and squashing. A rather good example of a punnet would be the containers that strawberries or other berries are often sold in.
Oranges in a cream punnet.
Punnet is a new word for me and one that I rather like, though I do have a fondness for British slang. What do you think of the word punnet?
Namaste ~ Ella