Are you wanting to broaden your knowledge of fruits starting with the letter B? If so we’ve got all the information you need.
This article takes a look at some of the more popular ‘B’ fruits, such as the blackberry and banana, as well as lesser-known fruits like the betel nut or bignay. With plenty of others waiting to be discovered, read on to see what other new ‘B’ fruits you can add to your shopping list.
With its bright yellow exterior and large size, the Babaco fruit is fairly easy to spot. Sometimes growing up to 12 inches long, every part of this fruit, including the skin is completely edible. Some say the sweet taste is similar to that of papaya.
The brown and yellow skin of a Bacuri fruit may be a little off-putting but the unique taste is considered to be light and refreshing. Native to the Amazon rainforest, this fruit can be found at local market stalls in Brazil.
This fruit can be found in India and Southeast Asia and can be eaten either fresh, dried, or as juice. With its sweet taste, it’s a popular fruit to make jam from, and when combined with milk and sugar, Bael creates a sweet drink known in India as Sherbet.
This distinctive yellow fruit is one of the most common fruits eaten and used in cooking across the world, and is known for its light sweet taste. Whether you’re baking it, juicing it, or eating it as it comes, with over 1,000 different varieties available, the ways to eat a banana are endless.
Hailing from the island countries of Haiti and Trinidad, this fruit is typically known for its incredibly large size and its treatment for insomnia. With a flavor similar to passionfruit, the Barbadine is usually made into a sweet drink or used as an ingredient in punch.
The Barbados Cherry is a brilliant source of Vitamin C and is similar in taste to fresh cherries you come across in most stores. It’s a sweet fruit that is perfect for turning into jams, jellies, or simply eaten as it’s found.
Barberries are often used in medicinal teas or salves thanks to their natural healing powers. Grown on shrubs with the same name, Barberry fruits can be cooked or dried, and are a perfect addition to nearly any dish.
This is a fruit that you would no doubt have encountered on a hike as there are over five hundred different plants in the same family, all of which produce these berries.
Similar to a tomato in shape, but not in color, this green fruit is commonly found in native dishes from the Philippines. Known for its uniquely sour taste, this fruit is perfect for adding a kick to soups and meats.
A smaller, lesser delicious cousin of the regular plum, the Beach Plum can be found growing in the wild along coastal regions of the mid-Atlantic states and in some regions of Canada.
Thanks to its bitterness, this fruit is typically used for jams, preserves, and wine which makes good use of its tart interior.
The Bearberry fruit can be found in North America and is a favorite forest snack of bears – hence the name.
When cooked, these small red berries have a sweetness that can be compared to dried cranberries, making them perfect for jams, desserts, or as a topping for oatmeal.
With a thick exterior shell, similar to velcro, many people are instantly put off trying a Beechnut. However, if you manage to get past the tough shell, you’ll be able to enjoy a slightly bitter but edible interior.
The best way to enjoy this fruit though is to coat it with your favorite seasoning, roast them in the oven and enjoy them warm.
This fruit is not a fruit to be enjoyed with many people describing the process of eating this fruit as enjoying a cigarette and a cup of strong coffee all at once.
With possible links to both mouth and esophageal cancer, this fruit is not typically used in cooking. Considered a stimulant, those who do enjoy the Betel Nut, chew it before spitting the remnants out.
This fruit was once known for growing in Asia, Australia, and the Philippines, but with new cultivations of different strains, this fruit can also now be found in Hawaii and Cuba.
Similar to a cluster of grapes, these red berries can be eaten straight off the vine when mature or added to numerous recipes.
Bilberries look incredibly similar to blueberries, but are brighter in color and don’t have the little star shape that a blueberry does on one side.
Used in place of blueberries when cooking, the bilberry is a perfect fruit choice for desserts, pies, smoothies, jams or simply to add into your morning pancakes.
Native to Malaysia, this fruit is similar in looks to a cucumber but with a very sour taste. The unique exotic fruit is ripe when it turns a golden yellow color. Typically it is pickled and served alongside meats in traditional Malaysian dishes.
This fruit, native to Peru and Northern Argentina, is also a firm favorite in the Amazon rainforest and is somewhat similar in looks to an artichoke. It’s a long and cone-shaped fruit with a bright yellow exterior and is picked when the skin begins to turn brown.
This fruit can either be eaten fresh or used to make wine.
Just as it says in its name, this fruit is extremely bitter. Similar to the shape of a cucumber, this fruit is also referred to as the Bitter Melon and is closely related to zucchini and squash varieties.
Packed full of nutrients, just one cup of chopped bitter gourd provides you with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, folate, potassium, and also zinc.
The black apple is similar in taste to any other apple you would commonly find at a grocery store, but instead of a red, pink, or green outer skin, this variety comes in dark purple. Commonly found in China, they can be used in any apple recipe.
A favorite with people all over the world, the black cherry boasts a taste that is neither too sweet nor too tart. Their pleasant taste is ideal for making jellies, jams, and marinades, but the tricky part is finding them in stores. Black Cherry trees can take up to ten years before they produce fruit.
The black mulberry is native to the Iberian Peninsula and this juicy, sweet fruit is a perfect replacement for blackberries. The tartness this fruit also makes it a perfect choice for both sweet and savory dishes, such as syrups, jams, and jellies as well as bread and cobblers.
Often confused with a blackberry, the black raspberry is incredibly popular with chefs and bakers and can be found on vines in the Pacific Northwest. The taste is sweet and slightly tart making it a perfect addition to pies, cobblers, and warm pancakes.
Hailing from Mexico’s coastal regions, this fruit is similar in texture to puddling with a moderate level of sweetness.
Many people compare the taste to that of pumpkin or nut butter, making this fruit a perfect ingredient for baked goods such as brownies or cakes, and even works well when blitzed into a smoothie.
Blackberries are considered a popular fruit thanks to their moderate level of sweetness and the fact that they are widely available in most grocery stores. They have also been found to be one of the healthiest fruits as they contain a high amount of antioxidants.
Whether it’s a blackberry pie, jam, smoothie, or topping, there are many ways to enjoy these delicious little fruits.
The blood lime fruit is a cross between multiple types of traditional limes and mandarin orange which provide it was a zingy citrus taste. They can be used in place of traditional limes, making them a perfect accompaniment to your favorite cocktails as well as marinades and sauces, and pies.
Blueberries are considered to be one of the most popular fruits in the world. Not only are they delicious, but they also have a huge range of health benefits.
Crammed with a ton of antioxidants, this little miracle fruit is used for treating UTIs, vision problems, helping to improve circulation, as well as being used as a natural laxative.
The plump berries can also be used in baked goods and alternatively, they’re perfect when used as dressings for salads.
The bottle gourd, or calabash as it’s otherwise called, is a popular member of the squash family and can be used in two different ways. With meaty flesh inside its bright yellow skin, it can either be added to meals as a delicious and nutritious ingredient, or it can be dried as used for decorative purposes.
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