Fruit plays an incredibly important role in our lives and more specifically in our diets. In this article, we’ve focused on the beautiful fruits that start with the letter R.
Let’s Discuss about the Fruits Start with R
Take a look at our list below to see just how many of these delicious snacks you recognize and which new fruits you can add to your future recipes!
The well-known Raisin, created by drying out a grape, is produced in many regions of the world and is one of the most loved fruits around. They can be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking, and even brewing to add a sweet, delicate taste to the dish.
Often mistaken for a Sultana, the Raisin is made from a dark-colored grape, while a Sultana is made from a golden-colored grape.
These small spherical berries are a member of the Gooseberry family and grow wild in the UK. Typically found in open woodland, hedgerows, or on river and stream banks, this deep red berry has a sweet taste to it when ripe with a small hint of sharpness which many people find to be pleasant.
Usually, they are available from June to early September and can easily be grown in allotments.
Red Banana are native to Southeast Asia and are of great nutritional value. Covered with red skin, these bananas are yellow inside and taste similar to regular bananas but white with a hint of raspberry sweetness. They are perfect for adding to dessert but also pair well with many savory dishes.
This fruit is also rich in Vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, magnesium, as well as many antioxidants.
Typically found growing in tropical as well as sub-tropical climates year-round, these little fruits are packed full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and is considered a ‘superfruit’. Around 2 centimeters in diameter, these little berries are made up of hundreds of tiny finger-like sections, similar to those you’d find in other citrus fruits.
They are sweet and tart, with a juicy pulp that can also stain hands and lips. In China, the juice of this fruit has been trademarked under the name ‘Yumberry’.
This fruit is a hybrid between the citron and mandarin orange and was first introduced to Florida in the late nineteenth century. However, this fruit originated in India where there used to be several settlements called Rangpur – hence the name.
The juice of this fruit is extremely sour with a floral, honeysuckle aroma. Although this fruit has ‘lime’ in its name, it’s actually bright orange and can be peeled and segmented like a clementine.
Raspberries are considered to be one of the most well-loved fruits thanks to their sweet flavor and year-round availability.
These small berries can grow to around 3 centimeters in diameter and despite resembling berries, Raspberries are actually developed from tiny round drupelets which fuse to form the bubbled appearance.
The most common raspberry is a luscious deep pink color, however, that also comes in red, black, gold, and purple. The sweet-tart, tangy flavor is perfect for both sweet and savory dishes and they are incredibly versatile.
This popular variety of mangoes is typically grown in and around the South Indian state of Karnataka and is sometimes referred to as Sweet or Pairi Mango.
Oval in shape, the skin of this fruit is a mixture of red and yellow colors, but unlike the pulp, it is inedible. The taste of the pulp is warm and sweet and has a rich aromatic flavor.
Packed full of Vitamins A and C, this fruit is a great source of nutrients and can be used to make drinks, jams, or eaten by itself.
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This fruit is incredibly popular in Morocco, with its name meaning ‘Garden Loaf’ in Arabic.
Round and flat, this fruit typically has smooth skin, but can sometimes be a little rough, and displays a small nipple at the apex which is surrounded by an inverted ring. The pulp is fruity, acidic, sweet, and pleasant, however, it does have a bitter edge to it.
Ripe in February/March this fruit has been described as a cross between a citron and lime.
Native to the Philippines, the Rata is a round fruit with high acidity, making it ideal for jams and jellies. The skin of this fruit is thin and has a short sharp point at the flower end. With soft buttery flesh, this fruit is also perfect for eating fresh, straight from the tree.
Riberries, or Lilly Pilly Berries as they are otherwise known, are small round fruits that vary in color from pink-red, violet, and magenta.
Grown in large clusters, the Riberry has a sweet-tart, musky, and metallic taste with spicey notes, similar to those of cloves or cinnamon.
With so many different varieties of this fruit, each one differs slightly in texture, but typically they have firm, shiny, and taut skin and can be used to make jams, jellies, syrups, and chutneys, or as a sweet addition to salads, cakes, pies, bread, and tarts.
Native to Portugal, Rocha Pears tend not to be as juicy as other pear varieties, but instead are drier and mildly sweet.
Oblong in shape, these medium-sized fruits consist of thin green-yellow skin, with white, crunchy flesh inside.
A traditional Portuguese recipe for Rocha Pears is to poach them in wine and serve them slightly warm. However, they are also a perfect accompaniment for your morning oats or an after-dinner cheese board.
The Rockmelon, or Cantaloupe as it’s often referred to, originated from Egypt and was introduced to Europe in the 15th Century.
Typically small to medium-sized, these melons can weigh anywhere between 1 to 11lbs and have a round to oblong shape to them.
Their exterior is rough and firm and is generally beige-green. Their flesh is normally bright orange and they tend to have a central cavity that is filled with fibers and seeds.
Their aroma is described as musky yet floral, and they have a distinctively sweet, fruity taste to them, making them a great choice for breakfast or as an ingredient in a fresh fruit salad.
These fruits are heart-shaped and covered in small diamond-shaped sections, each of which contains a soft, spiky protuberance.
Incredibly popular in the Amazon region of South America, and Indonesia, these fruits tend to have a lemon meringue pie flavor to them. As they mature, the fruit changes in color from green to yellow, but typically they are harvested when they are still green.
The flesh of this fruit is bright white with a gelatinous texture and an almost creamy consistency. It has a sweet-tart flavor, similar to that of pineapple, banana, and coconut.
Native to Southeast Asia, the Rose Apple, or Wax Apple as it is sometimes called, is delicate in taste and with shiny wax-like skin.
You may be mistaken for thinking that Rose Apples are apples, however, they are another fruit altogether. This fruit is typically round, oval, or slightly pear-shaped with a hollow center. The delicate taste is a combination of watermelon and apple.
The Roselle is a shrub that originates from Africa but is now widely cultivated in Asia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific. The fruit changes in color as it matures, turning from green to bright red. Roselle has a similar taste to that of cranberry, rhubarb, and redcurrants.
The leaves of this fruit are edible and its red fruit calyces are generally used for making teas, juices, jellies, jams, ice cream, and spices. This fruit also provides a sweet hit when used as part of a salad.
Rose Hip is the fruit that can be found growing on the blossom of the wild Rose Canina plant.
Typically it is red to orange in color but can also be found in dark purple and black depending on which species you come across. They can be eaten raw, however, you should always try to avoid the small hairs that can be found inside the fruit as these are used as itching powder.
This fruit is commonly used in herbal tea but is also a popular ingredient in Palinka, which is a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy, as well as jams, jellies, syrup, and soup.
From Southeast Asian heritage, the Rosigold Mango is now more commonly found in Florida for home growers who are limited on space.
Perfect for being grown in pots and containers, this fruit weighs just under a pound, however, the tree which the Mango grows on can reach up to 8 feet in height.
When mature, the skin is yellow with an orange-red blush to it. The flesh of this fruit is a glorious orange-yellow color and has an intensely rich, sweet flavor.
So there you have it – some of the most flavorsome and interesting fruits start with R.
There are some of the more popular, well-known fruits start with R, such as raisins and raspberries, but also some fruits start with R that you probably haven’t heard of before, like rollinia and rata.
Why not give some of these fruits a try? You never know you might just find your new favorite!
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