While I would love to say that finding fruits starting with Y is an easy task, 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.
So, what fruits start with Y? In this article, we’ll cover 6 different unique fruits that start with Y.
Yuzu is a citrus fruit that looks like a small grapefruit with uneven skin, and depending on how ripe it is, its colors can be either yellow or green. They’re very aromatic, and they can drastically vary in size, with some of them being almost as large as a regular grapefruit.
Yuzu originated and still grows in the central China and Tibet region, however, it is most popular in Japan where it was introduced during the Tang dynasty and is still cultivated to this day.
The word “Yuzu” is Japanese, and the Japanese deem Yuzu a traditional fruit, but it’s not eaten raw like an orange or tangerine as it’s normally used to season local food to bring out the flavor and fragrance of Japanese cuisine.
Besides Japan, Yuzu is also cultivated in countries such as Korea, Australia, Spain, Italy, and France, but according to the Japanese, they produce the fruit of the highest quality because it is grown in inland mountain areas, where there is a significant temperature gap between day and night. Additionally, the branches of the Yuzu tree are covered in extremely sharp thorns that damage the fruit during heavy winds.
This has contributed to the notion that the Yuzu fruit is very difficult to maintain, not to mention the fact that if you wish to grow a Yuzu tree from seed, it would take you 15-20 years before it bears fruit, therefore, different growing methods are employed (i.e: grafting) to help them bear fruit much faster.
The youngberry fruit is a complex hybrid between three different berry species from the genus Rubus of the rose family: raspberry, blackberry, and dewberry. The youngberries are eaten fresh or you can also use them to make juice, jam, or desserts.
The person that created the youngberry was B.M. Young by crossing the “Phenomenal” blackberry-raspberry hybrid with the “Mayes” dewberry, adding another berry to a similar collection of berries such as the loganberry, nectarberry, and boysenberry.
Youngberries have a solid core surrounded by fresh drupes that are quite fragile and larger than those of actual blackberries. They are shaped like an oblong with a tapering conical shape and turn deep-purple (almost black) when they’re fully ripe.
Like most blackberry and raspberry varieties, yumberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, proving to be a reliable source of vitamins A, C, and B1, as well as calcium.
The yumberry fruit is native to eastern Asia and is grown primarily in parts of south-central China, where they have been cultivated for the past two millennia. The tree of the yumberry fruit is very beautiful, and it is used to adorn the streets and parks in China, as well as the many gardens across the country.
Yumberries have a very distinct appearance; they’re small, shinny, maroon-colored, and are shaped like small grapes, so they can be eaten in a single bite. Its flavor isn’t quite like a blackberry, a raspberry, or any other fruit that you can easily come across in Western countries. It is quite sweet but it has a unique tartness, but overall it’s super yummy like its name suggests.
Yumberry is also a fruit that you can find in Japan, however, it’s one of the most expensive fruits that you can purchase, and you even have special tours dedicated to going on yumberry hunts. It is not only referred to as yumberry though, so if you’re traveling to different parts of the world, you might come across different names such as Yangmei, Chinese bayberry, Japanese bayberry, red bayberry, waxberry, or Chinese strawberry.
Yantok is a fruit that is about an inch and a half from top to bottom. The skin is beige, not smooth, but of a soft woody texture, and with overlapping layers.
Once you crack the skin open, you can immediately see a fruit stoned like a rambutan, as well as with a soft, watery texture. The fruit is just plain sour, and there’s no reason to believe why one should eat it raw.
This fruit can also be referred to as rattan fruit, and while it doesn’t seem to have a culinary use, it seems it can be used for medicinal purposes. It appears that the fruit can produce a reddish color known as “Dragon Blood”, which some people believe has medical use.
Some sources suggest that the Yantok fruit has an active substance that can be used to create beauty products and that its nutrient structure can be beneficial for the heart, eyes, and brain, however, there’s no great scientific evidence to determine whether these claims are real.
Yali pears are botanically classified as Pyrus pyrifolia, and they’re an Asian variety of pears that belong to the Rosaceae family along with apricots and apples. Yali pears are also called Ya Li, or Chinese White pears, and they’re among the most popular pear varieties in China, accounting for over 34% of the country’s pear exports.
They’re medium to large and have a teardrop shape, usually slanted to one side with a large base tapers to a small, round neck with an unusually long, brown stem. The skin goes from green to yellow when ripe, whilst the flesh is white to cream-colored, crisp, moist, fine-textured, and aromatic, containing only a few seeds encased in a central core. They’re quite sweet and juicy, hence their popularity in Asian countries.
They’re native to China, but they’ve also been cultivated in Japan for thousands of years, though nowadays you can pretty much find them all around the world.
York Imperial Apple
The York Imperial apple can be characterized by its red skin, which contains streaks of yellow and russet specks, not to mention its flattened oblong shape. It has a creamy white flesh that is crisp and coarse, and its flavor is sweet and slightly tart.
The apple itself was developed in the 1820s by Quaker nurseryman Jonathan Jessop on his “Springwood Farm” near York from grafts of a tree from John Kline’s farm at Hellam, in other words, he used a technique that joins two plants into one, combining the characteristics of both plants.
The York Imperial apple gained a lot of popularity early on because it had unique qualities, for instance, it could be stored for a long period without losing flavor. In a time when refrigerators still didn’t exist, this was unprecedented, which also made it ideal for other purposes as well.
They are/were harvested in the fall, but they could be kept stored during the Winter months in wooden barrels or boxes in root cellars or basements up until April or May without spoiling.
Nowadays, the York Imperial apple is deemed an “antique apple” because it’s been grown for more than 180 years, and you won’t commonly see it being sold in the fresh fruit bins of major supermarkets. They can be found at orchards and roadside stands throughout the state of Pennsylvania.