Fruits are an important part of human food, as they contribute to a balanced and healthy diet, and provide us with all sorts of good nutrients. Plus, they make for an excellent breakfast, snack, or dessert, and there are plenty to choose from! That’s why we are going to introduce some of our favorite fruits, particularly, ones that start with P!
There are fruits to suit all tastes and preferences, and there are probably plenty of fruits that you have never even heard of!
After all, if we’re going to talk about fruits, we need to narrow down the list somehow, and this is a fun way of doing it!
So without further ado, here are some of our favorite fruits that start with P, that we think you should know about.
The papaya is a fruit native to Central America, best known for its sweet taste, packed with nutrients. It has juicy flesh which is super healthy, as it has lots of antioxidant properties, and is also said to improve digestion.
But that’s not all! Papayas are also used to make soap, as it can brighten the skin, and in some places, it is used as a natural meat tenderizer thanks to the enzymes it contains.
The Passion Fruit is native to Brazil and is easy to identify for its outer maroon dark color, and its inner bright yellow color. Despite it being pretty big, it belongs to the berry family! It can be eaten in many ways but is most often enjoyed as a drink.
The Paw Paw fruit is incredibly unique! Native to the United States and to Canada, for hundreds of years it was grown and consumed by Native Americans, and nowadays it is enjoyed all over the world.
The flavor is a weird mixture between mango and banana, and it is said to be very refreshing. Fun fact, it is rumored that the Paw Paw was the favorite fruit of George Washington himself!
The peach is a highly popular fruit, consumed in everyday life all around the world. It is round and fuzzy and is known for having a booty shape (that’s why people talk about wanting to have a peachy butt).
Peaches are also full of vitamins A and C, and are the third most popular fruit in America! Fun fact, August is the official national peach month!
Pears are an incredible fruit to consume and are a traditional favorite. They are native to both Asia and Europe, and there are plenty of different varieties (over 3000 types of pears!).
They are also one of the fruits with the highest content of fiber (so they’re great if you’re struggling to go to the toilet), and they are also pretty tasty and delicious!
The Pequi is a fruit popular in Brazil and South America, consumed day-to-day by many. It is as big as an orange, more or less, and it can take up to half a year or so to be fully ripe. But patience has its reward, as it is super tasty!
The Persimmon fruit is part of the rose family, and it’s pretty delicious. It has a mildly sweet taste, and the texture is similar to that of apricots, and it’s the favorite of many people.
The reason why it isn’t super popular, however, is that it’s hard to grow and therefore more expensive than other similar fruits.
The Phalsa fruit is small, round, and red. It is weirdly both sweet and sour and is cultivated exclusively for its flavor and its use as a fruit enjoyed by many. That being said, the root of the plant is also useful, as it has medicinal properties and uses.
The Pili fruit, typical of the Philippines, is best known for the seed that it has inside, as Pili nuts are quite popular and are eaten both raw and roasted. That being said, the pulp of the fruit is also edible and can be enjoyed in many ways.
Pineapples are an incredibly popular fruit, indigenous to South America. They are eaten in all sorts of ways and are great by themselves, added to desserts, cooked and added to meals, as toppings, and more!
Truly, pineapples are one of the most versatile fruits out there, and they can even go well on pizza (if you’re team pineapple pizza, it’s a pretty big ongoing debate).
Oh and fun fact, due to the high amount of enzymes, when you eat a pineapple the pineapple also starts eating you, it’s why they cause that tingly feeling on your tongue and lips!
The Pineberry is a type of strawberry, easy to identify because it has a completely different color scheme. Instead of being a vibrant red, it is white and has small red seeds on it.
The taste is also slightly different, with most people saying that pineberries taste more like pineapples than strawberries.
The Pitaya fruit, most often known as the dragon fruit, comes from a certain type of cactus, so it grows in desert regions.
It is bright pink with green thorns on the outside, and white with black seeds on the inside, so it looks super cool. A lot of people love dragon fruit, and the texture is like a weird mix between kiwis and apples.
Plantains are essentially long thick bananas, that are larger than normal, and used for cooking. The reason why they are consumed when cooked is that they can withstand higher levels of heat, and they are delicious with all sorts of dishes and desserts.
They are especially popular when fried and coated with sugar, and they originated in the Caribbean.
The Plum is a super healthy fruit, which is especially good for your heart. It is part of the rose family and can be grown all around the world (except for in Antarctica). It also has many varieties, with over 200 different types of plums, but the most popular are European plums and Japanese plums.
The Poha berry is a fruit native to Chile and Peru, but it has become extremely common and popular all over South America. It is sometimes better known as the goldenberry, due to its golden yellow color. It is best enjoyed as part of a fruit salad, or by itself as a juicy snack.
The Pomegranate is a deep purple fruit native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s unique in that you eat the seeds, and you have to knock them out of the outer shell, which can take quite some effort!
That being said, they are super healthy to eat, and very tasty, especially as they are full of antioxidants. The pomegranate is also very important in Greek mythology, as the God Hades “kidnapped” the Goddess Persephone by feeding her some pomegranate seeds.
If you like citrus flavors, then you will absolutely love the Pomelo fruit. It is a cousin of grapefruit, and it is especially popular in Southeast Asia. It is large and round, with a thick yellow rind and pink flesh. It can be eaten by itself, in salads, or as juice, and it has a strong sweet taste that many love!
The Ponkan is a citrus fruit, as large as an orange, that is considered to be a hybrid between a mandarin and a pomelo. It is popularly found in China, Japan, Brazil, and the US. People describe it as being incredibly tasty and refreshing.
The prickly pear isn’t simply a pear with spikes on it, making it prickly. Instead, it is a fruit that comes from a specific type of cactus and is therefore popular in desert regions.
The name comes from the fact that it looks a bit like a pear, but as it comes from a cactus, it is prickly and full of spikes. Most often, this fruit is eaten raw (although it can also be cooked) and it is absolutely full of vitamin C, making it super healthy!
Prunes are a kind of dried fruit and are essentially just plums with added water that are then dried under the sun until they’re wrinkly and empty of any juice
. They are actually the second most popular type of dried fruit (raisins take the first place), and they are full of healthy vitamins.
The Pulasan fruit is a type of soapberry, easily mistaken for rambutans or lychees. It is a deep dark purple on the outside, with white flesh on the inside, and has an incredibly sweet flavor.
It can be found in Southeast Asia, and you won’t really get it anywhere else as it sadly hasn’t become popular in other parts of the world.
There are plenty of other fruits that start with the letter P, but we couldn’t possibly name them all.
We hope that you have discovered at least one or two new ones within our list of favorites, and since we bet you haven’t tried them all…why not make it a bucket list to have a taste of each and every one of them!
You never know, one of them might become your new favorite fruit!
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