7 Real Fruits That Start With Q

While I would love to say that finding fruits starting with Q is extremely easy, that’s not really the case, especially if you’re searching for ACTUAL fruits.

Fruit is a byproduct of a plant according to botanical experts, they need to contain seeds and, in most cases, be consumed as food. 

Unfortunately, there aren’t any widely popular fruits that start with Q, so we had to dig a little deeper, and find fruits that probably usually go under a lot of people’s radar. 

So, what fruits start with Q? In this article, we’ll cover 7 different unique fruits that start with Q. 

Quince

quince
Quinces we’ve picked up.

The bible mentions the “forbidden fruit”, which is commonly identified as being the apple, but many people believe it was actually the quince that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. 

Before being renamed by the French in the 14th century and becoming a huge sensation throughout Europe, the quince was known merely as the fruit of the Persian Cydonia tree. It looks somewhat like a bulky green pear, but its soft fuzzy skin, as well as its crispy and tart texture, make it a rather tasty and versatile fruit. 

One of the most popular uses for the quince is the making of marmalade. For instance, the way we make marmalade (whenever we’re back in our village in Portugal) is by boiling the pulp of the quince with sugar until a homogenous and dense broth is left. 

quince marmalade
Quinces turned into marmalade.

Quinces are not really eaten raw and most people will typically cook them in some way, as it eliminates a lot of its tartness and brings out a rather fragrant aroma. 

Quinces pack a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamins A and C, as well minerals such as iron, potassium, and magnesium. While it’s not particularly rich in a given nutrient, it is versatile. It’s also been used for its medical properties, particularly in Asia where locals used to soak its seeds to form a mucus that could soothe inflamed skin and relieve digestive discomfort if ingested. 

Quenepa

Quenepa
Quenepa

The scientific name of the tree is Melicoccus Bijugatus and the locals in Puerto Rico call its fruit Quenepa, a fruit that is especially abundant in the municipality of Ponce, where a yearly celebration called the Festival Nacional de la Quenepa generally occurs on the second weekend of August, though not always. 

festival nacional de la quenapa
Poster for the quenepa festival.

Quenepa is not the only name given to this fruit and there are, in fact, many other names for it— including Bajan ackee, genip, guinep, genie, ginepa, kenèp, quenepa, quenepe, quenette, chenet, skinup, and the list goes on. 

It is a small fruit that grows in grape-like clusters and it has a thin, leathery green skin that often has some brown scarring, which is normal. Inside is a large central seed surrounded by a layer of orange or salmon-colored, jelly-like pulp that clings to the seed. The fruit is enjoyed primarily for the pulp, which is pleasantly sweet-tart, reminiscent of lime and lychee.

Quenepa is primarily eaten out of hand as a snack, often with chile powder, salt, and lime, but it can also be made into jam, jelly, and juice.

In the Caribbean, quenepas are sometimes soaked with rum to make a traditional drink known as Kenep Trempe in Haiti and Bilí in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The seeds are sometimes eaten after roasting.

Quararibea

Quararibea
Quararibea

Quararibea is a large semi-deciduous fruit tree native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It produces yellow-orange fruits that are soft, juicy, sweet, with two to five seeds. The fruit is usually eaten out of hand, though it can also be squeezed.

It is also known as the South American sapote or Chupa-Chupa, which is how most people refer to it in Brazil. 

Even though it’s popular, its quality varies tremendously, with some trees producing tasteless or very fibrous fruits. Time has not been invested in producing preferred cultivars, so it’s not as easy to come across better qualities, though it seems that Quararibea grows best in deep, moist soil. 

A good quality Quararibea has an amazingly sweet taste, as you might be able to guess from this video on YouTube from an explorer that finds Quararibea and eats it (it is in Spanish)

Quandong

quandong
Quandong

Quandong is a fruit that grows throughout the arid and semi-arid areas of Australia.

It is particularly popular in far-west New South Wales where it’s cultivated enthusiastically as it’s one of the few drought-tolerant fruit trees. Its tree is an evergreen species, which means it remains green and functional through more than one growing season.

This unique tree gives us the Quandong fruit that generally takes four years to grow. It is red or sometimes yellow, and it’s about 20-25 millimeters wide. It has a hard shell that covers its brain-like nut, which is why fruits of this type are often called drupes

Quandong can be stewed to make pie fillings for Quandong pies or even make fruit juice, and its seeds can be extracted to be crushed into a paste that can be used for sore gums or an oral gum boil to ease the pain, a few characteristics that make this fruit quite versatile

Queen Anne Cherries

queen anne cherries
Queen Anne Cherries

Queen Anne Cherries are sweet light-colored cherries that also go by the name Royal Ann(e), which were apparently brought to the United States in 1629 by the colonists. 

While they’re very similar in appearance to the Rainier cherries, some people suggest that Queen Anne Cherries are softer, sweeter, and more aromatic. However, that might not always be the case. You’re able to find them in Michigan and Oregon, as well as Washington. 

You might recognize Queen Anne Cherries from the “Queen Anne Cordial Cherries”, a rather old brand of cordial cherries in the United States, which are essentially cherries suspended in a creamy center and encased with smooth, milk chocolate.

Although the cherry season is typically in the summer, cordial cherries are a popular gift item during the Christmas season. 

Querina Apple

Querina apple
Querina Apple

The Querina apple was actually developed in Angers, France, to be scab-resistant and moderately resistant to mildew, or at least that’s what they ended up with at the “Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique” in France after combining traits of the Jonathan, Golden Delicious, and Rome apples.

The apples are medium to large in size and have an alluring skin; purple-red strikes that cover a green-yellowish background. They’re firm, aromatic, and they taste like a blend of sweet and tart. 

Quinault Strawberry

Quinault strawberry
Quinault Strawberry

Strawberry is the quintessential late spring to early summer fruit. It’s sweet, refreshing, so it’s rare to have someone that doesn’t enjoy munching on strawberries.

Given their popularity, gardeners started opting for varieties like the Quinault that are able to produce two strawberry harvests per year, generally in the late spring or early summer and again in the fall, but they’re harvested abundantly in late spring/early summer. 

This strawberry cultivar is named after an area in Washington because it was developed by researchers at Washington State University. 

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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