Do you love fruit? Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which help you feel full longer. You could eat fruits at any time as a healthy snack or part of a meal.
One serving of fruit is about one cup, depending on which fruit. Here’s a list of 100 fruits that start with the letter A to make your shopping easier. Maybe you’ll find one you’ve never heard of before!
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Apples are good sources of fiber, vitamins C and K, potassium, copper, and phosphorus. They also contain quercetin, which is an anti-inflammatory compound that helps improve respiratory health.
Ambarella, also known as tropical pear, has a round shape and is colored light yellow to green with darker spots. You can easily confuse it with melon when it is unripe. The flesh of the ambarella is very juicy and is native to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Acerola cherry is native to South America and Mexico. It comes in a round shape with vivid red color. This fruit is high in vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. A cup of acerola contains about 160 calories.
Almonds are a seed that grows inside a fruit native to the Middle East, but you can also find them in California, United States. They are high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E. Almonds are also rich in monounsaturated fats, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.
The native name for Amazon banana is Musa sapientum. It has yellow or orange flesh and is native to South America. A ripe Amazon banana could be as sweet as an apple.
Apart from being native to South America, you could also find it in Jamaica and Central or northern Asia. Its fiber content is high, which makes it suitable for digestion aid.
Amaranth is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a small round grain that comes in various colors such as red, brown, pale green, or white. Amaranth grains have a slightly nutty flavor and are high in fiber and protein. You could eat it raw or cooked.
The marula tree fruit has a golden flesh-colored skin with a leathery texture. It’s native to Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland. A ripe Amarula could taste like mangoes or pineapple with a hint of banana; quite sweet indeed.
American plums are a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, and copper. One American plum contains about 80-100 calories, depending on its size. The plums are usually sour, and most of them have yellow-colored skin with red or purple flesh.
The apple cactus fruit is also known as hedgehog fruit because of its spines that cover the rind. It has reddish-brown spines on the outside, green skin, and orange flesh inside. This tropical fruit is native to Africa. The fruit tastes like strawberry jam due to its sweetness and low acidity.
Aronia berry is not your traditional berry but a tiny black drupe similar to blueberry in size, shape, and color. Aronia berries are high in antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and lower LDL cholesterol. One cup of Aronia berries contains about 60 calories.
The Asimina berry is high in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6. It is also a rich source of pectin, which helps reduce inflammation in the human body.
The wild variety of Asimina has green skin with bright yellow flesh inside, while the cultivated version has purple skin with orange flesh inside.
Ash gourd is native to India but is found throughout Asia, Africa, and America. Its botanical name is Cucurbita ficifolia, and it comes in a long shape that resembles a pumpkin without the top and bottom. It’s rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and protein.
The asphodel is a long leafy plant native to Africa, Europe, and Asia, but it can grow just about anywhere because it’s very adaptable. It has small white flowers that taste like lilies or violets, depending on where you live. You can eat the leaves raw or cooked.
The ash apple’s botanical name is Syzygium samarangense, and it tastes like a plum. It’s high in fiber and vitamin C. There are about 100-140 calories per cup of this fruit, depending on its size.
The Averrhoa carambola is native to Southeast Asia, but it grows in various parts of the world. It’s a tropical fruit that comes in yellow and green colors. These are versatile in the kitchen because you can eat them raw or cooked. The flavor ranges from sour to sweet, depending on how ripe they are.
The avocado pear is native to South America, but you could find it in most countries worldwide. It has a greenish-black shiny rind and flesh ranging from pale yellow to bright green depending on its ripeness. The fruit goes from soft and mushy when ripe to hard and fibrous when unripe. Avocados contain Vitamin C, potassium, protein, and fiber.
Ambrosia melons are native to China, Japan, and Korea. The skin is quite thick with various spots of green depending on how mature the fruit is. When ripe, it has red flesh that tastes like honeydew melon.
The ackee belongs to the same family as lychee and rambutan but tastes nothing like those fruits. Instead, it looks like a yellow pear when ripe with black seeds inside. It’s native to West Africa, but you could see it in other parts of the world, including Australia and some Caribbean countries.
This fruit comes from the Psidium guajava tree, which grows in tropical regions worldwide, including Asia, Africa, and Brazil. The apple guava has soft pink or white flesh with a sweet taste similar to apples.
This fruit is native to Asia and tropical parts of Africa, but you could find it in American markets too. It comes from the Xanthosoma sagittifolium tree, and it looks like a yam cut in half lengthwise with an apple stuffed inside.
This fruit has a green rind with brown or black spots. The flesh is orange-red when ripe and tastes sweet like dates but with a hint of almonds. The almond date is native to Africa, but it is also present in other places, including Hawaii, Brazil, and Mexico.
Apricots are technically not fruits because they don’t have seeds, but they taste so good. They come from the apricot tree, which grows in China, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin A.
The Araçá comes from an Amazonian berry that is covered by armor-like prickles when it’s ripe. It has a taste similar to pineapple and guava.
The arbutus berry comes from the Arbutus unedo tree that grows in temperate regions of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. It looks like a small strawberry when you peel off the orange-red rind surrounding it. It has a tart flavor.
The Argan fruit comes from an evergreen tree native to Morocco, but you could find it throughout the arid regions of North Africa. Its flesh is white, and it has a taste similar to dates. This fruit is inedible raw, but people use it in cooking oil and cosmetic products.
Native to Armenia, you could find Armenian plums or apricots anywhere from Asia to Europe to America. The fruit looks like an apricot with dark brown fruits on both sides — one which tastes sour, the other sweet – depending on ripeness.
This fruit comes from a thistle plant that belongs to the sunflower family. There are two kinds of artichokes: Jerusalem and Cynara cardunculus var scolymus (common artichoke). The fruit of the former tastes like artichoke, while the latter tastes like cardoon.
The Asian pear is one of the best-known fruits in China and Japan. It has a yellow rind with green or red flesh, depending on how ripe it is.
The anna cherimoya is native to Central and South America, but it is throughout the Caribbean. It looks like a small green grapefruit with yellow flesh that tastes sweet and sour at the same time.
This fruit is native to Indonesia and Malaysia, but you could find it in New Guinea too. It looks like an apple with yellow flesh that tastes more like a mango than anything else.
An often-overlooked Australian fruit, Ayers Rock plum is a green mound with brown specks on it. When it is ripe, the skin turns yellowish-white, and the inside flesh becomes sweet.
This fruit is native to north Brazil and the northwestern Amazonian regions of South America. It’s usually purple or black with fibers in its flesh that taste like chocolate when you chew them.
The African breadfruit has an oblong shape with rough brown skin that tastes like artichoke when you peel it off. The flesh is dark purple and sweet. You could find the African breadfruit in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and America.
Akebia fruit looks like a cluster of grapes. It has blue-violet and almost purple flesh inside, with a taste similar to apple or melon. This fruit is native to Asian countries such as China and Japan.
Amra is a sweet fruit native to India, but other places like Vietnam and the Philippines grow. The fruit has an oval shape and a green or yellow rind depending on ripeness. Its flesh tastes sour but juicy.
A relative of the famous mangosteen, Arickara plum has a brown shell with a purple flesh inside that tastes like mango and pineapple. It’s native to Southeast Asia but could be found anywhere from Mexico to Southern Africa.
The annatto tree is native to Central and South America. It has a small size, but its fruit is a little bigger than the average plum with red flesh that tastes like apricot. It’s usually eaten raw after being sprinkled with sugar or salt.
The Arctic pear grows in Northern Europe, generally near ocean coasts where it is cold most times of the year. Its skin is brown or black, while its white flesh tastes like a pear with hints of apple.
The amla fruit looks like a big yellow grape, but its texture is more rigid, and the taste is sourer. It comes from an evergreen plant native to India and Nepal. The fruit has antioxidant properties, touted as having medical benefits for human health.
This fruit grows in northeastern Brazil. The plant is a member of the palm family. The fruit looks like a tiny green peanut with black seeds inside that tastes somewhat sour but yummy when eaten as juice or added to cakes and cookies.
Aprium comes from an evergreen shrub that belongs to the grape family, native to America and Asia. It has a round shape with red or yellow rind depending on ripeness. The white flesh tastes somewhat like melon but sweeter and more delicious.
This fruit comes from a tree that grows in the mountains of south-central Mexico. The skin is yellow and rough, while the flesh has pink or purple specks inside with a sweet flavor.
Ada fruit grows in Southeast Asia and Australia, where it originated in New Guinea. Its skin is blackish while its flesh is white and tastes somewhat like passionfruit.
The Annona luschnathii is a medium-sized tree that produces small fruits with yellow or orange skin and white flesh. The taste is reminiscent of mango, banana, pineapple, and sugarcane.
The Antipy fruit comes from a tree native to Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia. It has black skin with pinkish-red dots on it that turns brown when the fruit ripens. Its flesh tastes sweet but can be somewhat challenging when eaten raw.
This pear grows in cool climates like Northern Europe, where apples are grown commonly. They have a similar shape but rougher surface than apples, while their white flesh tastes more fruity due to sugar and acid.
The Ausubo fruit is native to Brazil, Peru, and Guyana. It grows on a tree that often serves as shade for coffee beans. The skin looks like orange peel, and its flesh has small white dots inside with a sweet taste.
This fruit originated in Central America but could now be found in South America and Africa as an invasive plant. It has a black shell and white flesh with a taste that resembles a pineapple.