Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge around food or incorporate some new fruits into your diet, this list is for you.
Learn about these 20 fruits that start with J from around the world. From stinky fruits to hidden delicacies, there is plenty to experience.
1. Jungle plum
Originating in either South America or southern India, the jungleplum is a purple fruit that grows to be about ¾” in diameter. This small fruit ripens to have a dark purple color with clear-green pulp.
The succulent, sweet flavor of a jungleplum finishes off with a sour note similar to that of tamarind.
The jack fruit, not to be confused with Jackfruit, is a type of mango from southeast Asia. Smaller than its common mango relatives, the jack fruit packs a flavor similar to a pineapple-mango combo.
The skin of this mango is usually brown, and its interior is yellow-white. Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, the jack fruit grows in trees that can grow to be 150 feet tall!
3. June Plum
June plums grow in clusters of up to 12 fruits, with each fruit measuring 9-10 cm in length. They grow in green and yellow hues, developing a pineapple-like taste over time. Crisp, dense June plums are best for eating.
On top of eating for flavor, in Asia, these fruits are also used to help alleviate coughs and fevers.
The jostaberry is a cross between blackcurrants and gooseberries. This berry is edible both raw and cooked, tasting more gooseberry-like raw and more blackcurrant-like as it ripens.
Created by those who wanted thornless gooseberry plants, the jostaberry was created in England in the 1880s.
At first, this hybrid did not create enough fruit for consumption. After a few years and plenty of tweaks, we developed the jostaberry we know today.
5. Java Apple
The java apple has bears little resemblance to the apples we are used to seeing. With an appearance closer to that of Asian pear, it is native to the forests of Malaya and the Nicobar Islands.
The java apple is a watery fruit with a light sweetness – some are more impressed by its flavor than others.
These small fruits only grow to be 1-1.5 cm in diameter, starting off green and ripening into a dark purple or black color. Tiny seeds are found in the center of the fruit and, when opened, jaltomatos exude a smell similar to that of grapes.
Strangely enough, their flavor is described as a cross between a grape and a tomato…
Jackalberries are called so because the jackals of Africa are fond of the fruit. Humans are also fans, having used the jackalberry for nutrition for centuries.
The taste of the green-yellow jackalberry has been likened to that of a lemon, although it gains sweetness as it ripens.
This tropical fruit ripens to a red or purple color, edible skin and all. The riper the jocote, the sweeter its pulp.
Popular in Central America, there are over 50 recorded varieties in Nicaragua alone. They can grow in clusters or alone, with each jocote growing to 2.5-5 cm in diameter.
9. Java Plum Jamun/Jambul
The java plum is also called jamun, jamul, or jambolan plum. Native to southeast Asia, the java plum plant can grow to be almost 100 feet tall, living more than 100 years!
The java plums themselves grow in large quantities on each tree. They have a slightly acidic taste and are often used in jams. This tree is considered an invasive species in Florida, South Africa, and on several islands.
Jaracatia is a strange sight, growing in an orange, 5-lobed ovaloid shape. It gives off an intense aroma with a pulp that resembles that of the papaya.
Originally found in South America, this fruit is used to make compotes and syrups, especially in Brazil. Jaracatia should be eaten raw and ripe; unripe jaracatia contains an irritating milk that could cause digestion issues.
Jujubes are also known as Chinese dates. Grown in Asia but popular worldwide, jujubes are small round fruits that are dark red or purple.
Jujubes are often dried out and used in sweets. Low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals, they are also consumed to help with sleep issues and anxiety.
Jatoba fruit, also called the stinking toe fruit (P.U.!), comes from the largest tree in the Caribbean.
Jatobas are 3-5 inches long and are found within a large pod. The pod is brown and the kidney-shaped jatoba fruits are cream-colored. When the pod is opened, an unappealing smell is released – hence the fruit’s nickname. Nevertheless, jatoba fruit is dense and dry with a sweet taste.
Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, growing up to 40 pounds or more! The skin is a greenish color with small spiky knobs. The flesh is a yellow color with a banana-like flavor.
Jackfruits are very popular in Asia but are sold in supermarkets all over the world.
14. Juniper Berry
Even though it’s called a berry, this fruit is a cone with a berry-like appearance. Juniper berries are used in spices and gin most often in Europe and North America.
Juniper berries combine a piney flavor with citrus notes. The skin of the juniper berry is bland, which is why these cones are often crushed.
The jua is the relative of the jujube. It is round, with yellow skin and white pulp. Typically growing to be about 1” in diameter, jua fruit gives off a sweet flavor.
Jua is native to northeast Brazil, thriving in arid and sandy areas.
Jaboticaba, also called jabuticaba or the Brazilian grapetree, is common in South America.
They grow into a purplish-black color with a white pulp, usually maturing at 3-4 cm in diameter.
Jaboticabas are eaten raw or used for jams, wines, and juice. Their flavor is similar to Muscadine or Kyoho grapes.
This rare fruit comes from the African jungle. While edible and said to be similar to the soursop fruit, little is known about the junglesop.
Junglesop is sought after in Africa, but the taste can vary greatly from fruit to fruit. Some people have described junglesop to have an acquired taste.
18. Jussara Palm
The jussara palm fruit comes from a type of acai palm, bearing dark purple, round fruit. Measuring at ½” per jussara palm fruit, you can use this fruit much like you’d use the acai.
While the fruit is edible, this plant is primarily used for its hearts of palm.
19. Jelly Palm
Jelly palm fruit is tarty and sweet. They grow the same size and shape as cherries, but in clusters on the Pindo palm tree. People forage for this fruit in Brazil.
The tropical flavor of the yellow jelly palm fruit has nuances of pineapple, coconut, banana, and apricot.
20. Jamaican Nutmeg
Jamaican nutmeg fruits are softball-sized fruit that contains special seeds. These seeds are the actual source of the nutmeg-like flavor, which is why they are used to make spices.
The fruit eventually burst open, revealing the seeds which are highly sought after for both culinary and medicinal purposes.