Whether you enjoy eating fruit as a snack, for using it as an ingredient for culinary purposes, or for making it into a cosmetic product, there are so many fruits available in the world that offer and provide a host of benefits, nutrients, and unique flavors.
With so many different types of fruits out there, it’s impossible to even scratch the surface of uncovering the wonderful fruits of the world.
To give you a head start, we’ve created a list of some of the most recognized and quirky fruits from around the world that start with A.
Apples stand to be one of the most widely consumed fruits across the world. Originating from Central Asia, the Apple has become a favorite for many reasons.
This edible fruit grown on the apple tree offers a host of health benefits. Not only is it classed as a nutrient-dense fruit, but it is also rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols.
Apples are widely recognized around the world, not only for their delicious taste but also their rich history as it is considered to have both mythological and religious significance.
Apples are commonly used for culinary purposes for baking. Different types of apples offer different flavors, from the sharp Granny Smith apple to the sweet and juicy Gala apple.
Scientifically known as Prunus armeniaca, the apricot is a fruit that is widely cultivated around the world. This sweet and peach-like fruit is related to the rose family and is commonly found in regions of the Mediterranean but they originate from China.
This edible fruit can be eaten fresh as a juicy snack, cooked or dried. Commonly used for culinary purposes, the apricot fruit makes for a delicious jam but it is also used for its distinct flavor to add to liqueurs and beverages.
Apricots are rich in nutrients and contain a high amount of vitamin A.
Avocado fruit is classified as a single-seeded berry in botanical terms. Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, this unique fruit originates from south-central Mexico, but is widely used across the world as a popular fruit for eating as it contains a rich and creamy texture.
Unlike other fruits, avocados are not sweet, but they do offer a great taste and texture that make them ideal for use for culinary purposes. Avocados are commonly used for eating fresh or making dips.
Avocados hold a host of health benefits that make them highly desirable. They are considered to be rich in fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants.
Acai berries are rich in nutrients and are considered to be a super fruit as a result of their properties like their high antioxidant level. The berries are considered to possess great health benefits such as improving skin conditions.
Acai berries are native to Basin in the rainforests of South America. Acai berries come from the acai palm tree. The berries of the palm tree are round with dark purple skin and yellow flesh. The berries contain a single large seed like that of a plum or apricot.
To make the berries edible, they must be soaked and then mashed into a paste that offers a sweet, fruity, and chocolate flavor. As they cannot be consumed fresh, acai berries can commonly be found in the form of puree, powders, juices, or even used as an ingredient for culinary purposes as a result of their unique flavor.
Scientifically known as Pyrus pyrifolia, the Asian pear is a variety of pear that is native to East Asia but can be found all over the world from Australia to the US.
The Asian pear consists of a juicy and watery and grainy texture. Hence, it is not popular for use in baked goods. Instead, this pear is popularly eaten raw as it offers a sweet, fragrant, and juicy flavor. However, they are commonly used for culinary purposes for marinating meat.
These round pears are nutrient-rich as they offer a great source of vitamin C and they are high in antioxidants.
Alpine strawberries represent the old-world strawberries that were eaten by our ancestors. Alpine strawberries are slightly more rugged in appearance but offer a sweet and sour flavor.
As a relative of the rose family, alpine strawberries produce a strong and distinctive floral aroma. Also known as woodland strawberries, alpine strawberries can be found in areas of Europe, Asia and North America, South America, and Africa.
Asam payak is a small fruit that derives from a variety of palm trees. Scientifically known as Eleiodoxa Conferta, the asam payak fruit originates from the swampy forests of southeast Asia.
There are two varieties of this fruit, red and yellow. Asam payak is an edible fruit that can be eaten raw but it can also be cooked. The fruit offers a distinctive sour and fruity flavor that tastes somewhat like star fruit. The fruit can be found with scaly skin and a juicy pulp with a wide lobe.
Asam payak is a nutrient-rich fruit that is high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Asam Kumbang, also recognized as wild mango, is one of many species that originates from southeast Asia. Tthe fruit can commonly be found in the forest areas of Borneo. However, it can also be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The Asam kumbang fruit is a rare fruit that is not commonly distributed. The fruit bears resemblance to mango but with black skin instead of green. Unlike a mango, the asam kumbang fruit offers a plum-like aroma and sweet and sour flesh.
Asam kumbang is nutrient-dense, containing a high content of vitamin C and A, iron, potassium, and magnesium. The fruit is sought after for its nutritional value.
The apple guava is a tropical fruit variety that is commonly found in subtropical and tropical regions and cultivated around the world. The apple guava is however native to Central America, Mexico, northern South America, and the Caribbean.
The apple guava offers a sweet and slightly tart flavor and it has a rich floral aroma. Commonly consumed raw and used for culinary purposes, this fruit is known for its nutritional value as it is rich in vitamins.
Arava melon is a variety of the widely cultivated Galia melon. Scientifically known as Cucumis melo var. Reticulatus, the Arava melon is characterized as a hybrid of the cantaloupe and honeydew melons.
The Arava melon originates from southern Israel. It is a deliciously sweet and juicy fruit that offers a floral aroma and tropical flavor.
It is is commonly eaten raw and used for culinary purposes. The melon is frequently added as an ingredient to make everything from soups and salads to cocktails and sauces.
The Arava melon consists of highly nutritious properties. It stands to be a great source of vitamins and offers a high antioxidant level which is said to promote health benefits.
Amanatsu is a citrus fruit that resembles the color, texture, and flavor of an orange. The amanatsu orange originates from Japan and is seasonally available in Japan from late spring through to the summer.
The amanatsu orange is characterized as a hybrid of a pomelo and a sour orange which are also native to Japan. The amanatsu fruit offers a sweet and sour, zesty flavor that makes it a popular fruit for eating fresh, making juices, and using for culinary purposes.
This nutrient-rich fruit contains a variety of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
The alupag is a unique fruit that is native to the Philippines but it is widely cultivated in surrounding regions of southeast Asia. Scientifically known as Dimocarpus Didyma, the alupag is a fruit that possesses a rough outer shell, juicy, opaque flesh, and a large black seed.
The alupag fruit consists of a similar taste and texture to lychee fruit.
Commonly cultivated for the purposes of oil extraction, the argan fruit stands to be one of the most popular fruits in the world.
You may have heard of argan oil in the use of cosmetics, however, the argan fruit has long been used as a fruit for feeding livestock in native regions of south-western Morocco. The oil extracted from the argan fruit is also frequently used for culinary purposes and for making into sauces, dips, and pastes.
The argan fruit is used for its rich properties. It contains a host of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats making it ideal for promoting health benefits for the body, the skin, and hair.
I bet you didn’t know there were so many different types of fruit beginning with A…
Whether you’re a chef or a beautician, now that you have this list of unique fruits, you’ll now be able to add these fruits to your knowledge bank. If you’re feeling brave, you may even want to try a few.