It’s a commonly known fact that all fruits have seeds, right?
Well, in actual fact, there are plenty of fruits out there that can be grown without any seeds in them too!
Fruits like bananas, grapes, pineapples, tomatoes, and some cucumbers can be grown completely seedless in the natural world.
However, for this list, we’re only concerned with the fruits that do grow with seeds.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common seedy fruits out there:
One of the most common fruits in the world and one with plenty of different varieties growing across the globe, apples are a staple food of pretty much every global cuisine.
They make great snacks when eaten on their own but can also be used for a variety of cooked and baked dishes.
They contain a series of small black seeds that, whilst not very tasty, are perfectly edible.
In fact, an old wives tale used to scare children was that eating an apple seed would cause an apple tree to grow inside you!
Of course, children nowadays can easily look this up on the internet to find out it’s not actually true.
Very similar in flavor and texture to an apple, pears are another very common seedy fruit.
They’ll have a similarly juicy and sweet flavor to an apple but the texture of the flesh is often slightly softer and somewhat grainy.
In cooking, pears can be used basically interchangeably with apples and can produce an altogether different tasting dish.
Native primarily to Western Asia and the Mediterranean, figs grow on fairly large trees with a series of several seeds growing inside.
The fruit will often grow purple in color when fully ripe but will often go through shades of green to get there.
Most people use figs in cooking desserts but they can also be eaten on their own, as a snack.
The biggest downside to growing figs is that they don’t keep for very long and will deteriorate pretty quickly while being transported.
For this reason, you’ll often see dried figs being sold in grocery stores outside of the countries that grow them.
This particular seedy fruit boasts a very unique aesthetic and appears quite unusual compared to fruits that you’ll see in most North American supermarkets.
They are mainly native to Central and South America and grow on fairly small, thinly branches trees.
The deep yellow outer skin and flesh enclose around a series of dozens of small black seeds which, whilst edible, aren’t very tasty and are often avoided.
In fact, the entirety of the papaya fruit is edible, skin and all. That means there’s no reason not to devour the whole thing if you get a hold of one!
Sometimes referred to as Chinese gooseberry, the kiwi fruit is fairly commonplace in grocery stores across the world these days.
They boast a fuzzy, brown outer peel with bright green or sometimes yellow flesh inside.
Each fruit will house a few dozen tiny black seeds which are also completely edible, though not to the taste of many who prefer a completely smooth flesh for their healthy snack.
Of course, kiwi fruits are now culturally linked to the country of New Zealand, whose inhabitants often refer to themselves as kiwis.
Everybody in the world should be familiar with the orange fruit. If not, they will probably have seen or heard of one of the many varieties of orange that grow across the globe.
The seeds in this fruit are usually a light brown or white color and can easily be planted to grow into a full-sized orange tree.
However, the tree that grows oranges needs the right climate to grow prosperously and colder climates often can’t support them.
Plenty of orange varieties are grown across the United States in places like California, where many are grown for their delicious juice.
Another old wives tale exists about the consumption of watermelon seeds. It was once believed that eating them could grow an entire watermelon in a person’s stomach but this, of course, was soon found to be untrue.
The watermelon has a fairly bold appearance compared to most other plants, with different shades of green on its outer shell giving way to bright red flesh inside.
The seeds are often completely black, making them stand out starkly against their brightly colored backdrop.
This makes it pretty easy to remove the seeds completely for those who don’t enjoy the crunchy texture they provide.
Another fruit with a delightfully bright aesthetic, the persimmon is mainly native to China.
In fact, in 2019, it was found that China was responsible for producing around 75% of the whole world’s persimmon supply!
The fruit often grows into a bright red or yellow color and looks almost like a tomato.
Interestingly, the persimmon tree is known to be dioecious, meaning that its male and female flowers grow on completely separate trees.
Persimmons are consumed in a variety of ways but are most commonly enjoyed raw, as a snack, but scooping out the interior flesh with a spoon.
The passion fruit is another on our list that boasts a pretty spectacular appearance.
They will often grow with a very extravagant flower in colors of white and purple, which some gardeners grow just for aesthetic pleasure.
The fruit itself is also purple on its smooth, exterior shell. However, the flesh inside contrasts greatly with its bright orange color and series of several jelly-like seeds.
In many parts of the world, passion fruits are grown primarily for their juices, which taste very sweet and positively delicious!
Pomegranates were originally thought to have grown in the Mediterranean but have since been cultivated in North America, where they grow frequently.
They have a shiny red exterior which is similar in appearance to a red apple but the interior tells a much different story.
The pomegranate fruit is full of bright red seeds which are often eaten on their own or used as a garnish or accompaniment to culinary dishes like salads.
There have been plenty of methods developed for removing the seeds from a pomegranate but probably the most common is to cut the fruit in half and bang the outer shell with a spoon to let the seeds fall into a bowl.
Strawberries are particularly interesting fruits when it comes to seeds. This is mainly because it’s one of the few fruits that grows its seeds on the outside.
There are plenty of varieties of strawberries growing in the world, all with slightly different shapes, sizes, and tastes.
In general, though, strawberries are all known to have a distinctly sweet and juicy flavor and texture, making them a delight to eat as a snack.
They pair exceptionally well with a variety of sweet foods like chocolate and whipped cream, making them a staple ingredient of many dessert recipes.
The first stone fruit on our list, it’s very difficult to ignore the seed that grows inside of a peach.
The seed actually grows inside a large pit at the center, which protects it until the natural growing conditions around the seeds are just right.
Peaches are known for being very juicy and having a mild, but sweet flavor that many people enjoy.
They are also useful for a variety of other consumption methods. They can be dried and eaten as a snack but also cooked into things like jams and tarts.
Contrary to what you might think about green peppers, they are, in fact, fruits.
People often confuse them for vegetables because of the primarily savory dishes that they are used for.
They most commonly grow in varieties of green, yellow, and red. These varieties all have very similar flavors and textures, and can therefore be used interchangeably.
The seeds inside a bell pepper are a very pale yellow color and pretty close to white. While they are also completely edible, many people choose to remove as many of them as possible before adding them to a dish.
The final fruit on our seedy list is another with a seed that you really can’t miss!
Avocados hold a large, rough, brown stone at their center which protects the seed inside.
This stone is often removed and discarded before scooping the flesh out of the fruit’s shell. This flesh can then be sliced, smashed, or blended into a variety of different creamy, savory dishes.
Avocados are also known for being one of the best sources of potassium you can get from fruits and also contain plenty of natural fats and carbs for energy.
Like was said at the start, there are way more types of fruits that grow with seeds than there are that don’t. This is why having seeds are often used as a determiner of whether something is a fruit or not.
This means there are plenty of fruits in the world that we didn’t have space for on our list.
We hope you enjoyed learning some fun facts about some of the most common and most exotic seedy fruits out there!
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