Del Rosario loves eating vegetables and I enjoy educating others about their benefits.
Along with vegetables, fruits are a major dietary source of vitamin A, vitamin C, some minerals, and an excellent source of dietary fibre as well.
A variety of fruits is more likely to yield a wider intake of nutrients. Bananas are an excellent source of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). Kiwi fruits are also a better source of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) than citrus fruits.
Fresh fruits are fairly low in calories because they contain much water and little fat. However, the addition of sugar to the canned and frozen fruits increases the calories considerably. The less sugar, the fewer calories.
The improved transport and storage system have resulted in an increasing range of varieties of fruits being readily available throughout the year.
I always buy fresh fruits—I think it is a wise choice to buy and eat fresh fruits and get all the nutritional value it has for a healthier you and your family.
The following is a brief outline of the many fruits available to enjoy; some will have a link to a more detailed explanation that will guide you choose the right fruit for your need.
Kinds of Fruits A—Z
- Apple. Apples are the the most popular of all fruits and also generally available all year round. Perfect for eating raw as a snack and an ideal for making puddings and desserts.
- Apricot. Apricots are delicious when ripe. They also provide beta-carotene and are a rich source of minerals and vitamin A.
- Avocado. Avocados are the only fruit that contain fat (monounsaturated fat). They are best eaten raw, sliced, or added to salads.
- Bananas. Bananas are rich in potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and dietary fibre. They also have high energy value and are really good for growing children and athletes. They are also excellent for low-salt, low-fat, and cholesterol-free diets. Hundreds of different varieties of banana flourish in the tropics, from sweet yellow pygmy to large fibrous plantains and green bananas, which can only be used for cooking. ()
- Blackberry. The blackberry has always grown in the wild and is a widespread genus. It also seems to be a native to many parts of the world including Britain, North America, and Africa. Captain John Smith was introduced to the blackberries that were growing in the wilds of America. The blackberry is also a member of the rose family—not a true berry, but a collection of drupelets. The blackberry is a climber. It's also high in vitamin C.
- Canteloupe. Sometimes called rockmelon, the cantaloupe was first cultivated in Italy and named after the city of Cantalupo. A canteloupe has a hard, scaly rind, not netted, should be football shape or almost round. It's an excellent source of vitamin A, high in vitamin C and magnesium, and also a fair source of thiamin, some calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, riboflavin, and niacin.
- Cherry. Sweet cherries can be eaten raw, stewed, or in tarts and cakes. Remember to buy cherries with their stings on and use any without the stem first as they don't last long. Cherries are very high in vitamin C and potassium and also contain fibre.
- Custard Apple. Custard apples have a thick scaly skin and a soft, smooth flesh with inedible seeds. They are picked before they are fully ripe, so allow 4-5 days for firm fruit fruit to ripe. They're a good source of vitamin C, fibre, magnesium, and potassium. ()
- Dates. Dates are extremely delicious. They also supply a significant amount of iron, making them an excellent food for anaemia or chronic fatigue. They contain more natural sugar than any other fruit.
- Durian. Despite the fruit's disgusting smell, when durians are ripe, the flavour of the flesh is the most delicious of tropical fruits. This fruit is eaten fresh and chilled, scooped out using a spoon and discarding the seeds. The rich, custardy flesh can be eaten just as it is or it can be pureed to make ice cream or milk shakes. The flesh is also used for making jam, cakes, and it is available canned.
- Figs. Figs are oval or pear-shaped and can be eaten fresh or dried. They are well known for their laxative and digestive properties. Their high, natural sugar content makes them the sweetest of all fruits. The flavour varies, depending on where they were grown and how ripe they are.
- Grapefruit. One of the largest citrus fruit, grapefruits are a cross between the pomelo and the shaddock. High in vitamin C, grapefruits are best eaten raw, a traditional breakfast fruit. The best way to eat is to cut them in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Grapes. Have been used in wine making for thousand of years and red wine is known to help prevent heart disease. They are a great energy source because of their natural fruit sugar content.
- Guava. These are delicious eaten raw while the whole fruit is edible. An average-sized guava contains about seven times the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Guava also provides vitamin A and is high in fibre. ()
- Gooseberry. Gooseberries are a member of Saxifrage family and botanically a berry. Some varieties are hairy and with colours ranging when ripe from green, white, yellow and red to almost black. All varieties can be picked young and cooked when green. High in vitamin A and C.
- Jackfruit. When unripe, both the jackfruit seeds and its flesh are eaten as vegetables. Ripe fruit also may be eaten on its own or added to a fruit salad.
- Kiwifruit. Kiwifruits are best eaten uncooked. The easiest way to eat them is to cut the fruit in half and scoop the flesh out of the skin with a spoon. Or you can peel them and cut into cubes or slices. ()
- Kumquat. The name means "golden orange" in Chinese. Kumquats are often preserved in sweet syrup and used for marmalade and garnishes, but fresh ones are delicious in fruit salads or for eating just as they are.
- Lemon. Rarely eaten on its own, lemons are an indispensable ingredient in the kitchen. Lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar in sauces, for seasoning in vinaigrette and as instant dressing for fish and shellfish. The best way to store lemon is in the vegetable crisper in the fridge you can put lemons in fruit bowl for a shorter, check them often - if one starts to spoil, the rest will quickly follow. (. .)
- Lime. Limes are only green because they are picked unripe but if left to ripen they turn yellow. Limes can be used like lemons but as juice, it is more acidic, so usually less is needed. To make the juice flow more, you can microwave the limes for 2-3 seconds before squeezing. Mostly used in drinks (lime cordials) and cooking.
- Lychees. Fresh lychees are best eaten raw as a refreshing end to a meal. Simply remove the shells, and then nibble or suck the flesh off the stone. They are also rich in vitamin C.
- Mandarins. Or tangerines, mandarins are named after the city of Tangier in Morocco—a citrus fruit that is a variety of orange. Always choose deep orange to orange-red fruits, heavy for their size with bright luster. Loose skin is normal, but avoid fruits with punctures, soft mould spots or very pale skins.
- Mango. Mangoes grow in many tropical climates worldwide, The fruit ranges in colour from green to golden yellow and orange-red, and its flesh is a juicy, deep orange surrounding a large flat inedible stone. Mangoes also make excellent ice creams, sorbets, sauces and drinks like smoothies. (.)
- Mangosteen. Contrary to its name, the mangosteen doesn't resemble or taste like the mango. It resemble an apple, having a short stem and four thick leaf-like bracts which form a rosette encasing the brownish-purple fruit.
- Nectarine. The nectarine flesh is rich, sweet and juicy and is well suited for eating fresh and for using in ice cream, pies and fruit salads. Colour ranges from silvery white or yellowy orange to pinkish red. The white-fleshed varieties are considered the best and usually the most expensive. Nectarines are often described as a cross between a peach and a plum, but nectarines are actually a variety of smooth-skinned peach.
- Oranges. Oranges are best eaten in their natural state but can be used in variety of desserts, pastries, fruit salads, mousses, souffles, ice creams and sorbets. It can be squeezed for juice or used to marinate poultry or fish. Oranges fall into two groups: sweet oranges, which can be eaten raw, and bitter oranges, which cannot be eaten raw, but are used for making marmalade, jams, and jellies instead.
- Passionfruit. The most popular variety is the purple passionfruit about the size of a chicken egg. It has a highly fragrant, sweet, but slightly tart, tasting fruit that can be spooned out and eaten fresh or added to fruit salad, pavlova, and it makes a very popular drink, ice cream and sorbets and a flavouring for all kinds of desserts.
- Papaya. Or pawpaw, a large tropical fruit whose ripe flesh can be juicy, creamy, orange-red, or yellow. In the centre is a mass of large peppery black seeds, which are edible and sometimes crushed and used as a spice. Ripe papaya is eaten as a breakfast fruit or as a dessert. It can also be pureed for ice cream, sorbets and iced drinks.
- Peaches. The most familiar peaches are round or "beaked" with a pointed, and they are seldom sold by variety but by the color of their flesh—yellow or white. Which you choose is a matter of preference, some people believe that white peaches have the finer flavour. Peaches are delicious eaten on its own or in a fruit salad.
- Pear. Pears contain a small amount of vitamin A & C and some potassium and riboflavin. Pears should always be bought when they are in perfect condition as they deteriorate quickly.
- Persimmons. The persimmon fruit of a tree originally from Japan, persimmons are now widely grown in all parts of the world. Resembling a tomato in appearance, the fruit is round and smooth-skinned, changing from yellow to red when it ripens. Eat as a dessert in fruit salads, in baking, or as preserves.
- Pineapple. Derived from the Spanish word 'pina' meaning pine cone. Pineapples have a juicy, sweet-but sometimes slightly tart-fragrant flavour. They are best eaten fresh, serve pineapple flesh in slices, wedges or chunks. It is also available in cans, dried and glace. A good source of vitamin C.
- Plums. Plums contain more antioxidant than any other fruit. Plums are delicate so make sure that the one you buy are unblemished, and they should be plump and firm. The small sugar plum is dried to make prunes. Delicious stewed, plums are also ideal for making chutneys.
- Pomegranates. An exotic-looking fruit about the size of a large apple with a thin, tough skin (usually golden to deep red), pomegranates filled with edible seeds contained in a crimson-colored pulp. To use, cut the fruit in half with a very sharp knife and scoop out the tangy sweet seeds, separate them from the white pith and eat them fresh. Can be added to salads, use as a garnish on sweet and savoury dishes or press to extract juice.
- Pomelo. A small citrus tree native to tropical Asia and the tropical world. Similar to grapefruit but larger and with a very thick rind. The rind comes off readily making segmenting the fruit easy. The flesh varies from yellow to pink, and it is generally sweeter and not as tart as grapefruit.
- Rambutans. The rambutan fruit grows in clusters, with a deep crimson outer skin. The flesh is translucent, and the pale seed is edible when young. Related to lychees and are sometimes known as "hairy lychees".(about 5cm / 2inches in diameter) and look quite different but have a similar texture. They can be added to salads, made into jams or jellies, but they are best eaten on their own.
- Sapodillas. These are a tropical fruit with rough, brown skin but are sweet and luscious—like vanilla flavoured banana custard. Make sure the fruit is soft and thoroughly ripe as unripe flesh can be quite bitter.
- Star apple. The star apple fruits are green to purple with a smooth skin. When sliced horizontally the flesh is translucent white with the seeds forming a star shape. It is best eaten ripe, scooped straight from the skin. It is ripe when soft and should be eaten immediately, but it is still alright to refrigerate for a few days.
- Strawberry. A unique fruit, the seeds grow around the outside of the fruit rather than inside it. Comes in many different sizes, colours and shapes, ranging from cone-like, to oval, or heart-shaped. Best to eat on their own or with natural yoghurt. Use strawberries in desserts, fruit salads, preserves, or in milkshakes.
- Tamarillos. These are related to tomatoes and sometimes called "tree tomatoes." They are the size of an egg tomato, with dark red skin. The fruit has a strong, sweet flavour that makes it suitable for both sweet or savoury dishes. It can also be used in jams, chutneys, and sorbets.
- Watermelon. The high water content of watermelons means that they are low in calories. They contain some vitamins B and C. Watermelon is excellent juiced, chopped up into a fruit salad, or just eaten in chunky slices.
Jaz Cris Fernandes on June 28, 2020:
Thanks for imformation it helped me a lot Excellent and well written. Good Job Thank you for sharing.
ALAMI on May 30, 2020:
19 Month ago i dont know where all this fruit are from
Gooseberry on January 01, 2020:
Gooseberry,gooseberry, gooseberries are delicious!
arorahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh on August 30, 2019:
i didden know those fruits im so gonna be the bestkid in class
sharanyaar on August 05, 2019:
Good Article for types of Nutrition Fruits .Thanks
hooman on April 09, 2019:
thanks helped a lot on mah homework
Fat doge on January 29, 2019:
Name on December 08, 2018:
… well I did not know there were so many fruits ……………………………………………………………………..
kre7forife on November 30, 2018:
egg fruit almost made me throw up
Kumarswami on October 14, 2018:
Thank for imformation
aaaa on September 28, 2018:
Tommy on August 03, 2018:
Pls where can i get elderberries
Tina Frank on July 18, 2018:
Thank you forthe information, I've learnt alot from you today and I'm happy because i have this fruit and i do'nt know the name but now i know it----Custard Apple.Thanks and God bless you.
Navi on July 12, 2018:
I really like the way of writting
Mr.X on July 01, 2018:
Wow is interesting fruits some thing i dont see and hear them is very good
Darsheel giri on September 21, 2017:
good i liked it
star on August 12, 2017:
I like it
Well done ....
GRETEL on July 31, 2017:
Francis on May 26, 2017:
Detail informations on fruits, i learn alot!
Bobby on February 16, 2017:
What about honeydew?
Maggie zhu on January 12, 2017:
This is so cool. I have never seen this before and now I know
Emma Watson on September 24, 2016:
Ugh! Yummy fruits! Keep up the good work Delishably! ~Yours truly, Emma Watson
Cherry Ezri on July 30, 2016:
I never knew that there were this many kinds of fruit
SyeD OMAr ShAh on June 12, 2016:
Amazing fruits I like it soo much
Shayan on May 25, 2016:
These some fruits name i heard im so excited to eat then think if i see them how much excitement ill get cant think that much i can get excitement
Natasha Baker on March 10, 2015:
I was looking for information on dragon fruit, sadly not there, otherwise an amazing compilation of fruits, a lot that I've never heard of before, thanks!
Almarie Laing on February 16, 2015:
cool i got all information i need
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on February 07, 2015:
Awesome ! :) So many fruits ! :) You forgot the most delicious :) blueberries . Great hub
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 25, 2015:
There's so many fruits I never heard of. I want to try them all, if they're available at my local grocery store.
kai on October 18, 2013:
Can't believe that there's that many fruit in the world
Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on September 07, 2013:
awesome hub =) Love the way it was written
dearlee hanapi on September 03, 2013:
i love fruits, fruits its my favorite to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
grace on March 20, 2013:
i love this cause it helped me with my S A
kadian samuels on March 19, 2013:
i love fruit thik about starberry
mecheshier on January 11, 2013:
Fabulous Hub. What a great and excellent info. Thanks!
Maddie Kramer on December 09, 2012:
You need more fruits on here
Grell sutcliff on July 05, 2012:
Great list. But where is the honey dew and the cantolope?
roohi on June 05, 2012:
i appreciates god that he created so many fruits by looking good by tasting also too god yummmmmmm
Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 16, 2012:
Well! I am dumbfounded by the expanse of the information reserve you have here! Amazing research and depth! Haven't heard of many of these!
But seriously! amazing array of delicious, nutritious, rejuvenating,refreshing fruits... represented in a beautiful manner!!
Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on April 16, 2012:
Great Hub. Well written and informative, with beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing.
Laxita Tilia on March 01, 2012:
Excellent and well written. Good Job.
Please put up with the pics so it becomes easy for the kids to understand.
muhammad asif on January 19, 2012:
i was very nice website ifound from here
me on December 30, 2011:
Were is the catalope?
shariff proline d. libao on November 08, 2011:
while you are typing the descriptions of the fruits,
wishing you should put a pictures behind the description of the fruits...
tamaya on November 07, 2011:
u deserve it
seed-nursery from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. on October 23, 2011:
Great list of fruits to try!
jasmin on October 13, 2011:
wow.. i really like it... God bless
dafny on October 11, 2011:
it is so delicious differents kinds of fruits
Sentorita on September 11, 2011:
Fruits are good for the health and contains vitamins like vitamin A,B,B1 and so other vitamins.
Lime kills fat.
sugarcane is good for the eyes.
marpauling on May 26, 2011:
Wow, This is amazing hub. I really like it.
MM Del Rosario (author) from NSW, Australia on April 02, 2011:
Thank yu very much for visitng my fruit hubs,, I enjoy compiling and research this topic, hope to add more exotic and tropical fruits...
Stay healthy !!!
mannyrolando on January 17, 2011:
Excellent! I have always loved fruit and have lately been trying new fruits and vegetables since I have given up meat. Thank you!
PaperNotes on August 31, 2010:
I love fruits! Thanks for this compilation.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on April 05, 2010:
So many fruits I was unaware of. although I remember some popular ones in South America. nice list.
mega1 on April 03, 2010:
This is great! except I missed one of my favs - cantaloupe! I am hungry now!
Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 02, 2010:
This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL and well written hub! My mouth is watering! Thanks so much for all the information and advice, Rosario! Rated it up!!!!!
SidneyMorgan from Australia on April 02, 2010:
Nicely compiled list of fruits with some good information on each one well done.