Fruit is a wonderful thing. It comes in a huge range of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and has an astonishing range of uses. Some fruits are eaten straight from the tree, whilst some are used in the culinary industry.
Some fruits are used in medicine, and others aren’t used at all. With so many different types of fruit, all of which offer something different, understanding the world of fruit isn’t easy.
Especially when we consider there are over 2,000 different types of fruit around the world. This can make it harder to learn more about fruit. However, one neat way to learn is by looking at fruits that start with different letters.
That’s exactly what we’re going to do today. In this post, we’ll take a look at fruits that start with the letter F. If you want to broaden your knowledge of fruit, keep reading!
We’ll kick start our list with an obvious fruit. As far as the letter F goes, the fig might be the most well-recognized fruit.
There is great debate regarding figs because they are technically classified as an inverted flower, but they are used and considered a fruit.
Fleshy, pulpy, and seedy, figs are messy fruits to eat but they are full of honey-like sweetness. There’s also an underlying hint of berry to them too.
The Fairchild tangerine fruit is an interesting fusion of Orlando tangelos and Clementine mandarins. They are hugely popular in the United States thanks to their strong citrusy and sweet flavor.
They can be eaten raw or included in dessert recipes. They share the same appearance as other tangerines.
We don’t know about you but the fukushu kumquat sounds awesome. This orange-like fruit has a sweet flavor often compared to the orange and tangerine. We can eat the entire fruit including the seeds and skin.
Having said that, most people like to skip on the seeds and skin. We love the floral aroma and sharp tangy, yet sweet taste this fruit has to offer.
Another fruit with a quirky name is the farkleberry. This fruit has a mind blowing tart and bitter taste that isn’t for the faint-hearted. The farkleberry is edible and non-toxic but completely unpalatable for human consumption.
They are simply far too sharp. Small, oval-shaped, and blueshish-black in color, the farkleberry is instead used as animal food and fertilizer.
Next up, we have the fibrous satinash fruit. Scientifically, this fruit is known as Syzygium sibrosum. The fruit grows in bunches of small, oval-shaped vibrant red berries. They can also be found in a bright pink color.
Native to Indonesia, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, this fruit has a sour taste that is much more palatable than the farkleberry. These berries make delicious jelly or jam
Also known as blue grape, the next fruit on our list is the false jaboticaba. The false jaboticaba is an evergreen tree found in Costa Rica. It is a relative of the jaboticaba tree that produces larger fruits that have a deep blue tinge and thicker skin.
Plum-sized, these fruits have a sweet grape-like taste and two large seeds. They are usually eaten raw or used to make drinks.
You may know the field cucumber by the name slicers. They are a variety of cucumber that grows in a field rather than in a greenhouse. Despite what many people believe, they are in fact, classified as fruit.
Compared to other cucumber varieties, these fruits have thicker skin. Underneath the skin, you’ll find a watery, almost transparent flesh that is super refreshing and savory. Field cucumbers can be used just like any other cucumber.
There are some debates about the next fruit but it is scientifically classified as a fruit. Filberts are hazelnuts that originate from Eastern and Southern Europe. They are small and oval in shape and have a pulp surrounded by a smooth, yet tough shell.
Like most nuts, filberts have a nutty, earthy taste and can be roasted. Roasting the filbert makes it sweet and crunchy. The shells are quite bitter but the pulp is delightfully sweet and creamy.
The Facell mango is named after the man who first cultivated the variety. That man was Michael Fascell. As a result of their cultivation, Fascell mangoes are a hybrid variety of the popular tropical fruit.
Most Fascell mangoes are oval-shaped and green-yellow in color. Some also have a dash of red across them when ripe. In terms of flavor, they are mostly sweet.
10. Fazli Mango
Another variety of mango that starts with the letter F is the fazli mango. This variety of mango is very large, with each fruit weighing up to two pounds. When ripe, the fazli mango is yellow in color.
The fruit can be eaten raw, but most people make chutneys and jams with it. When eaten raw, the fazli mango is dense and sweet. The peel is so thin that most people eat it too.
You can find feijoa fruit all over South America. They are similar in size and shape to a chicken egg. When ripe, they are bright green in color. One of the most interesting things about feijoa is its flavor.
The feijoa’s flesh features a unique sweet, minty, apple, and pineapple-like flavor. Despite this impressive flavor profile, the feijoa is best known for its amazing scent.
12. Finger Lime
Commonly referred to as the citrus caviar, finger lime is a citrus fruit found in Australia. It is also now grown in California. Despite the name finger lime, this fruit can be bright pink and red in color.
You can easily enjoy the finger lime by cutting one end off and squeezing the bottom to push the jelly-like flesh out. This flesh resembles caviar, hence the name citrus caviar. The flavor of this lime is tart. They pair well with seafood.
13. Fe’i Banana
Next, we have fe’i bananas. The fe’i banana has a very different appearance to normal bananas we buy in the store. This type of banana is much smaller, wider, and orange and red in color.
The banana flesh is also orangey-yellow in color, a little bit like a pumpkin. This variety of banana can be eaten raw but most people like to cook them first. Thanks to the sweet taste of the fe’i banana, it is commonly used in sweet and savory cooking.
14. Fuji Apple
You might not have heard the name Fuji apple before but it is actually one of the most popular varieties of apple in the world. They’re red and yellow in color and have a super sweet flesh.
This type of apple is also very juicy, making it a solid choice for baking and juice recipes. This apple is also used to make cider.
Forest strawberries is another name given to the popular wild strawberry. They look almost identical to the strawberries you can buy in store but they tend to be a lot smaller when it comes to size.
Despite being wild, they are completely safe to eat. They have a rich, sweet, and juicy flavor that overpowers normal strawberries. Unfortunately, their small size makes them hard to enjoy.
The five flavor berry is an interesting fruit. They were given the name five flavor berries because they are unique in the way they have 5 different flavors. This berry is known to be sweet, salty, sour, pungent, and bitter.
Due to the risk of encountering an unpleasant tasting berry, most people avoid this fruit when raw. Instead they cook them first. The berry is also used in Eastern medicine.
17. Florida Cherry
Also known by the name Surinam cherries, the Florida cherry is a small orange and red berry that looks like miniature pumpkins.
We know this berry is ripe when it turns red, but we have to wait until they turn a darker, almost purple red before we can eat them. When ready, this berry has a tangy, refreshing taste.
18. Flatwoods Plum
The final fruit on our list that starts with F is the flatwoods plum. This fruit is interesting because it is edible and toxic. Yep, you read that right, this bitter and sweet fruit has toxic leaves and a toxic pit.
However, as long as we de-pit them, they are safe to eat. They look just like a normal plum but taste very bitter and slightly sweet. They are usually used to make jams and jellies.
Are there any cupcake recipes that include fruits starting with the letter F?
Looking for unique flavors for mothers day cupcake recipes? How about trying some fruit-filled creations starting with the letter F? Strawberry, fig, and fruit punch flavors can add a delicious twist to your homemade cupcakes.
That concludes our list of fruits that start with the letter F. Now you’ve made your way through our list, you should know a lot more about the world of fruits.
There’s a good chance you won’t have heard of most of the fruits on this list before you read it.
Now you know more about each of these fruits, why don’t you see if your local grocery store has any. You could always give them a try and see what you think.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most popular fruit in America is the banana. Aside from taste and health benefits, this is mainly down to the convenience of the fruit.
Interestingly, it is believed that the fig is the oldest known fruit to humans. This fruit has been around for thousands of years and was commonly eaten in ancient times.
When it comes to sweetness, it is widely accepted that the carabao mango is the sweetest fruit in the world. It even holds the record in the Guiness Book of World Records.