Fruit That Starts With U – there are so many different types of fruit that you eat everyday and most of these are easy to name.
Word games are fun! Maybe only because mostly we are good at them. But have you ever got stuck with the letter U? Come to think of it, I bet only geeky people know about fruit names starting with a U. Oh well, if you’ve managed to reach so far, I’m certain the following list will help enrich your vocabulary of fruit names.
But what about the more unusual fruits? Fruits that you have heard of but not tried? Or fruits that come from a different part of the world that you haven’t even heard of? We’ve put a great list together for you, along with a description of the fruit and a photo where we can source one.
Have a look at our list of different fruits that start with the letter U!
Funny as the name may sound, this fruit has literally been played after “Ugly” as it’s not as easy on the eye as its fellow mates of the citrus family. Teardrop-shaped, this fruit is a natural hybrid of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.
It tastes just as juicy as an orange, with slight notes of grapefruit bitter, and sweet succulence like a tangerine. Having a grapefruit-like appearance, it’s mostly orange in color when it’s fully ripe but has a significant spectrum of varieties.
Its light aroma makes it all the more likable.
Ugni berries, alias named the Chilean Guava, are beautiful berries of mini size and grow in red and purple color. They can be eaten as a whole at once making them so much more savory and their strawberry-like flavor with chewy gum structure stands in for a perfect snack or dessert.
Mostly in America these are processed to produce jams, jellies and piquant drinks or can also be used as a topping to delish your favorite dish. Curiously enough, many of the commercial flavors of strawberries are extracted from these berries.
Also called Imbu, this fruit is a bonus to the list of fruits starting with “I” too. It is very popular in Brazil and is renowned as the Brazil plum. Ripening into the red from yellow and green, its sweet and tangy aroma is a blend of gooseberries and grapes.
Used to make delicious juices and jam, it is also a good source of fiber and vitamins. It’s a blessing for the semi-dessert regions of Brazil as the tree can withstand severe droughts.
Umbra or Ambarella is widely cultivated in Asia and is rich with numerous health benefits. This summer produce has succulent crunchy flesh, and hard green skin, with the tartness and flavors of pineapples and mangoes.
The fruits, over weeks, fall on the ground while still hard and green then ripening into golden-yellow. They are used in jams, stored as pickles, savored in juices, and are also eaten raw with some spices to give the perfect blend of mouth-watering flavors.
Usuma fruit owing to its close flavor to peanut butter has an easier alternative name – The peanut butter fruit. These berries have a unique oval shape and a peculiar taste. It is visible in a cluster structure like a bunch of grapes and the tree is alluring, bearing yellow flowers giving it an ornamental essence.
When ripe with bright red skin, it tastes pleasantly fruity and berry-like with a slight hint of sourness. Usuma fruits are eaten raw or also enjoyed in jams, drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes.
Uvilla Fruits – Goldenberry
This miniature yellow tomato fruit is better known as the golden berry in the markets. Uvilla, although standing for “little grape” in Spanish, is a fruit that distantly resembles tomato, potato and other nightshade family members.
The tree bears bell-shaped flowers and after their fall the petals form a case covering the entire fruit. This appetizing marble-shaped berry with sweet and tart flavors goes exceptionally well with chocolates. It has no surpassing for being an ingredient in jams, fruit sauces, ice creams, smoothies, fruit salads, and even toppings.
Ume or Umeboshi Fruit
Ume or Umeboshi fruit is widely used in Japanese side dishes, mostly as pickles because of its balance between salty and sweet flavors, and also impeccable health benefits. Although its usual applications are in marinades, toppings, and alcohols, it is also a good substitute ingredient in producing vinegar- the umeboshi vinegar, which is an excellent replacement for soya sauce.
The tree bears beautiful pink-white to red blossoms usually one month before the cherry blossoms, and you’ll find them overhead, flowering all the way through your picnics. Just beware of not consuming the seeds as they are poisonous.
Uva Rara Grape
Found in the northwest regions of Italy, Uva Rara is used popularly in the making of the red wine. Contrary to its rewording in Italian – “Rare grape”, it is nowhere near being unheard of. It is a great source of vitamins, making it an outstanding choice as table grapes, having a sweet and little to no acidic aroma.
These are best known as wine blending partners. Wines from this grape have a perfect bitter-sweet taste, finishing with a slight acidic hint, but it’s lack of pure perfume grandeur like other wines makes it a matter of personal taste. Varietals of the grape tend to be soft, with a perfumed smell and a bitter finishing taste.
Visually they are like dwarf custard apples and are commonly found in Africa. The fruit ripens from green to golden and over time appears burnt orange. When unripe the flesh is white and crunchy with a semi-acidic tint and on being ripped, it is softer with suggestive tastes of apple.
It has a rich textured yellow pulp with black seeds having scaled skins just like the custard apple. Their sweet taste makes them good to be eaten in their raw form and even cooked or preserved. Used in beverages Ububese is also rich in vitamin C.
Urava fruits are widely found in the mangrove regions and are remarkably sour in taste. Popularly known as the mangrove apple, people near seashores relish them raw and use them as a sour spice to flavor their fish dishes.
Remove the seeds and you have a delicious sweet and sour candy as enjoyed by the coastal natives. These are thick-skinned with deep green shades appearing as a funky little hat. Along with a variety of uses for the fruit, the leaves of this tree are also edible.
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For official definitions of the fruit you can also look at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.