While I would love to say that finding fruits starting with R is easy, that’s not 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 R, so we had to dig a little deeper, and find fruits that are probably a bit more exotic, except for raspberries.
So, what fruits start with R? In this article, we’ll cover 10 unique fruits that start with R.
Rambai are small fruits from evergreen trees that grow wild in parts of Southeast Asia and are purposefully cultivated in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and Peninsular Malaysia.
They’re small in size, averaging 2-3 centimeters in diameter, and have an oval, round shape. They grow along slender branches, often in large quantities. Their skin is firm, semi-thin, and depending on the variety, their colors can range from salmon, brown, to yellow. When mature, the Rambai acquire wrinkly skin and become soft, a sign that they’re now ripe.
Underneath the skin, their flesh is divided into 3-5 segments with a smooth, delicate surface that contains a juicy, slippery, and translucent white pulp. You’ll also find small, brown seeds that are tightly stuck to the core. Their flavor is pretty mild and slightly acidic, as well as both sweet & sour.
Depending on where they’re grown, Rambai can be available in the Summer and the Winter.
Rambutan is a tropical fruit better known for its reddish appearance and unique white flesh. It is a member of the Sapindaceae (or soapberry) family, which also includes fruits such as the lychee fruit and longan fruit.
It is native to Southeast Asia, particularly countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, however, its seeds have also spread to other climates, so growers from Central America and Hawaii also cultivate and harvest the fruit.
The fruit’s name derives from the Malay word “Rambut” (which stands for “hair”), a reference to the long, hairlike spines on its rind, akin to the ones you’re able to find on dragon fruits. A Rambutan is about the size of a large kiwi or a small apple, but its taste is probably closer to an apple, a balance between sourness and sweetness. They also have a large seed in the middle.
Ramontchi, also known for its botanical name Flacourtia indica, is a fruit that is native to Africa, as well as tropical and temperate parts of Asia.
The fruit is about one inch thick, and as it matures, its color changes from light-green to a red ripening purple. It is very fleshy and its pulp is yellow with a sweet and acidic tang.
Ramontchi is a fruit that can be eaten raw or be made into jelly or jam, as well as fermented to produce wine.
The raspberry is the edible fruit of a variety of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family, more specifically in the subgenus Idaeobatus.
It is a small, deep-colored berry that has a tender texture and a very pleasant aroma. The most common and most cultivated variety is the red raspberry (like the one in the image above), but there are several other varieties, such as purple, black, and golden raspberries.
Raspberries are generally available in the middle of Summer (peak season), but they’re also available year-round in some markets, both in a fresh and frozen state. The world raspberry production is focused in Eastern Europe and Russia, with Russia producing 20% of the world’s raspberries.
Whilst raspberries taste delicious when eaten fresh, most raspberries are actually frozen or processed into jams and other products.
Rangpur is a fruit that was introduced in Florida in the late nineteenth century by Reasoner Brothers of Oneco, who decided to create a hybrid between the mandarin orange, and the citron, one of the original citrus fruits.
The Rangpur looks like a mandarin orange on both the inside and outside, but it has a very acidic taste, unlike the mandarin orange. It’s named after a city in Bangladesh, but it’s also known for several other names, depending on the region where it’s available.
For instance, in the Indian subcontinent, it is known as Sylhet lime (another region in Bangladesh), surkh nimboo, and sharbati. It is known as canton-lemon in South China, and hime-lemon in Japan, limão-capeta, limão-cravo, limão-rosa or limão-galego in Brazil and Portugal (namely in the Island of Azores), and mandarin-lime in the United States.
Since they’re very acidic, they can be used as a substitute for limes and lemons, which are also very acidic — which means they can be used to flavor a variety of foods.
The red mombin is an edible plum-like fruit that is either red or yellow, depending on the variety, although the red variety is the most common, particularly in Florida, where it is grown within the United States.
It’s worth mentioning that red mombin is a member of the sumac family, and as such it’s quite close to the poison ivy plant, mango, and pistachio. You’re able to eat it fresh, but people also convert it into juice and jellies, and it’s also used in traditional medicine.
Flowering takes place during February and March and fruiting starts in June, and they begin to reach a fully mature state between July and September.
Riberry is a pear-shaped fruit over ½ inch in length that bears a bright cherry red color. Other common names for this fruit include small leaved lilly pilly, cherry satinash, cherry alder, or clove lilli pilli.
It is native to the sub-tropical areas in Queensland and New South Wales, and for thousands of years, the Aboriginals on the East Coast relied on it as a core food source.
The fruit has a refreshingly tart, spicy flavor with a hint of cloves and cinnamon, but it can vary in taste depending on the selection.
The Rollinia is a large, conical fruit that has a surface covered with soft spines which bruise and blacken with handling, giving it a rather unappealing appearance. As it matures, the fruit goes from green to yellow, and unlike some fruit species, it is propagated by seeds, taking three years to bear.
It is also commonly known as biribá (in Brazil), lemon meringue pie fruit, wild sugar-apple, or aratiku. It’s quite a delicacy, but it has a shelf life of less than a week, which is why it’s not more commonly cultivated. Its pulp is very soft and sweet, and the reason it’s sometimes referred to as lemon meringue pie, it’s because it tastes like it.
However, it seems like its flavor will also vary based on the selection, so it can either be very delicious, or quite mild.
The rose apple is a nearly round, oval, or slightly pear-shaped fruit that is between 4-5 centimeters long, bearing a smooth pale-yellow, and sometimes pink-red skin. It’s also known as jambosier, plum rose, or Malabar plum.
These apples have a juicy and sweet flesh, with some notes of a rose-like scent in the flavor, something that isn’t particularly easy to put into words.
The rose apple trees bloom and fruit sporadically all year, but they’re not as abundant in the Summer as they are in other seasons. Also, a mature rose apple tree will yield 2kg of fruits every season, which is not a very good yield for a tree that occupies so much space.
Also called the fruit of the rose, rosehips usually have a red-orange color, although they can also be found in yellow and black colors.
They have a sweet, citrusy, and almost cranberry-like taste, but when under-ripe, they taste very firm and tart, so it’s better to wait until they’re fully ripe.
Rosehips grow after the rose petals have bloomed and started falling off, so they usually begin to grow during mid-fall and be ready in late fall. They also grow during the winter months. They’re the perfect fruit to fend off colds because they have twenty times more vitamin C than oranges.