12 Juicy Fruits That Start With J (Including Pictures)

Many plants produce fruit. Some we are familiar with, whilst others we don’t learn a lot about.

With so many varieties of fruits in the world, isn’t it a shame that we don’t take a second to learn about what’s out there and what different fruits may have to offer?

Whether you’re looking for a new variety of fruits to switch up your diet or you’re simply looking to learn more about what nature has to offer, we’ll share a glossary of some amazing fruits that start with J. 

Jambul Fruit

Also known as Jamun, black plum, and java plum, jambul fruit is a delicious summer fruit that is widely cultivated across tropical regions for its distinctive sweet plum taste. Jambul fruit is native to India and can be recognized by its rich deep purple color and grape-like shape.

The jambul fruit comes from the Syzygium cumini tree. The flowering tree is popularly grown for its fruit and flowers which are commonly used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The tree is known to bear fruit during the summer months of May and June.

The Syzygium cumini tree is characterized as a flowering plant that is a part of the myrtle family. Members of the myrtle family include the guava, allspice, and eucalyptus. 

Jatoba Fruit

The jatoba fruit is most recognized for its distinctive unpleasant odor. Commonly called the ‘stinking toe fruit,’ this fruit has certainly made a name for itself.

The jatoba fruit, also known as locust, is a fruit that comes from the jatoba plant. Scientifically known as Hymenaea courbaril, the jatoba tree is a plant that can be found in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America.

Commonly used for culinary purposes, the jatoba fruit stands to be a widely consumed fruit for indigenous tribes in South America. Despite its unpleasant smell, the fruit is said to have a sweet taste and a unique texture that means it can be ground to a powder for baking. 

Juniper Berry

Juniper berries come from the juniper tree. The juniper plant originates from Europe but is widely cultivated around the world.

Commonly misconceived as a berry, juniper berries are actually characterized as modified conifer cones that have a unique flesh that gives them the appearance of a berry.

However, despite their hidden identity, juniper berries stand to be a widely cultivated fruit around the world most commonly used as a spice for culinary purposes and making beverages as a result of its unique and distinctive taste and scent. 

Jujube Fruit

Jujube fruit, also known as red date or jujuba, is a red berry that comes from the Ziziphus jujuba tree which is a part of the buckthorn family. The thorny shrub produces sweet edible fruit of deep red berries that wrinkle when overripe, looking a little like a date.

The jujube is native to southern Asia. The fruit of the Ziziphus jujuba tree contains small seeds similar to an olive pit. The jujube fruit is widely cultivated across southern Asia, America, and Europe as it is recognized for its distinctive sweet and apple-like flavor and chewy date-like texture.

Due to its sweetness, the fruit is often dried and consumed as a healthy candy. It is also used for culinary and medicinal purposes. 

Junglesop Fruit 

Scientifically known as Anonidium mannii, the junglesop is characterized as a large and thick tree that can commonly be found in the tropical areas of Africa. The tree is recognized for producing highly sought-after edible fruit.

The junglesop fruit is widely cultivated across Africa as a delicacy. Though it’s said that the fruit has an acquired taste, it is nonetheless in high demand across the continent as it has a rich and unique sweet and sour flavor.

The junglesop tree only starts producing its fruit seasonally after 10 years. The size of the fruit can be anywhere from 5 kg to an astounding 15 kg making it one of the largest fruits in the world. 

Jostaberry Fruit

The jostaberry fruit is a cross between a variety of berries including the blackcurrant and the European gooseberry. Classified as part of the Ribes family, the jostaberry fruit is related to other berries such as currants and gooseberries.

The edible fruit consists of a unique flavor that is said to be a blend of blackberry and gooseberry. It’s this unique flavor that makes it a popular fruit as it can be consumed raw and can be cooked.

It also stands to be a highly nutritious fruit and is commonly used for culinary purposes, hence it is widely cultivated across the world.

The jostaberry looks like a cross between a blackcurrant and a blueberry. It is native to Germany but can be found in several regions across Europe, North America, and Australia. 

Jocote Fruit

The Jocote fruit is a unique fruit that comes from the flowering plant Spondias purpura which can be found growing in tropical climates. The Spondias purpura is a member of the cashew family and is native to the tropical regions of America.

Commonly known as Jocote, the jocote plant is recognized for producing the jocote fruit also known as the hog plum. The jocote fruit is widely cultivated across Central and Southern America. It stands to be a popular fruit due to its sweet, sour, and citrus plum-like flavor.

The fruit is commonly used for culinary and medicinal purposes and is said to be nutrient-rich. Though a popular fruit, the jocote tree is currently under threat due to deforestation. 

Jackfruit

Jackfruit has long been used for culinary purposes due to its unique sweet and sour tropical flavor. However, it is now more commonly recognized as a key meat substitute for making dishes such as vegan pulled pork.

The jackfruit is a unique and particularly hardy fruit that has long been sought after. Commonly found in tropical climates, jackfruit can be found growing in several regions including Asia, South America, and Africa.

The fruit consists of a thick coarse rind that contains stringy pulp and is classified as the largest fruit to come from a tree as it can weigh up to 55 kg. Jackfruit comes from the jack tree which is classified as a member of the Moraceae family which includes fruits such as the fig and the mulberry. 

Jelly Palm Fruit

Jelly palm fruit comes from the Butica palm tree which is native to Brazil. The jelly palm fruit grows in clusters similar to a grape and consists of edible orange-yellow skin. The unique jelly palm fruit is most commonly cultivated for its unique properties.

The fruit contains high levels of pectin which is used as a natural solidifying agent for making jelly and jam. However, due to its sweet and tropical flavor, it is also frequently eaten fresh.

Jelly palm fruit is said to consist of a unique flavor that can be described as a combination of pineapple, apricot, and banana. Though a popular fruit for eating, the Butica palm is also widely cultivated across Southern America as an ornamental plant. 

Jaboticaba Fruit

Jaboticaba fruit also known as the Brazilian grape is a fruit that comes from the Plinia cauliflora which is native to Brazil. The jaboticaba fruit is a member of the myrtle family which includes other fruits such as the guava and acca.

The fruit is recognized for its unique thick white pulp which is often either eaten raw or used for culinary purposes for making jelly, jam, and even wine.

The jaboticaba fruit consists of a thick deep purple skin that looks similar to a grape. Due to its sweet taste and unique gelatinous flesh, the jaboticaba fruit is widely cultivated.

Japanese Persimmon Fruit

The Japanese persimmon fruit is remarkably similar to the tomato fruit. Because of this similarity it is commonly referred to as a vegetable-like fruit, but biologically, it is classed as a berry.

The Japanese persimmon fruit offers a sweet and tart flavor and is commonly used for culinary purposes. The fruit is native to China but is most widely cultivated in Japan and Korea.

Japanese persimmon fruit has a glossy skin that can be found in yellow, orange, and red shades with a similar shape to a tomato. 

Juneberry

The juneberry is a popular berry native to Canada that can commonly be found growing in the wild. The juneberry, also known as the Saskatoon berry is recognized for its sweet flavor that is similar to a blueberry but it is in fact classed as a relative of the apple.

It is most commonly used for culinary purposes as it’s a great ingredient for adding a berry sweetness and zest to desserts.

The juneberry has also long been used for medicinal purposes as it is said to contain a host of beneficial properties, hence, traditionally it was used for its antioxidant properties by native North Americans. 

Final Thoughts

Mother Nature stands to offer a wealth of variety. From sweet and sour fruits to jelly fruits and ‘meat’ fruits, the options are endless.

Our glossary of fruits starting with J just gives you a glimpse of the wonderful and unique fruits out in the world. Some are great for cooking whilst others are purely ornamental. Each stands to offer something wonderful. 

Morgan Daniels

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