Are you looking for fruits that start with E? Here are 15 fruits that begin with E, along with some helpful information about each one. Have you heard of them all?
We can think of half a dozen reasons to want a list of fruits that begin with E. If you are just preparing for trivia night or working on a school project, let these fruits that start with the letter E inspire you!
- Emu Berry Fruit
- Enterprise Apple
- Evergreen Huckleberry
- Elephant Apple (Chalta)
- Emu Apple Fruit
- European Pear
- Eastern Hawthorn Fruit
- Egg Fruit
- Early Gold Mango
- Elands Sour Fig
Emu Berry Fruit
Emu Berry Fruit are native only to tropical and subtropical regions of Australia. Sometimes referred to as a “bush food”. Many foods found naturally in Australia have been eaten by the aboriginals for centuries, but they know how to prepare them to make them palatable. Emu berries are used as much in medicine as in food, and are often eaten raw as they are said to taste much like green apples.
Enterprise Apple is a fairly recently bred apple know to be disease resistant with the ability to retain is freshness for up to six months if stored just above freezing. This apple was developed through the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program. Like many types of apples it is great in cooking in a variety of apple recipes and is a nutritious fruit for snacking!
Evergreen Huckleberry is also known as California Huckleberry. It grows along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Coast from California to Alaska. Somewhat sweeter than blueberries they are often used in jams, jellies and pies. Recipes are available to include them in strudels, muffins, cobblers and other baking uses.
Eggplant is technically a fruit though most of us consider it a vegetable. Have you ever chopped it raw and put in on cereal? Me either! I rest my case, but for this list we will go with the fruit grouping (because they have seeds!). Eggplants are believed to have originated in India but spread around Asia, before traveling to Europe and North Africa via the Mediterranean Sea, where it was thought to cause insanity and death. Eggplant eventually made its way to America, where it was used as a table ornament until the 1900’s, when people finally got their act together and realized the beauty that is a perfectly crafted Eggplant Parmesan Recipe. Looking for a creative use for eggplant? Check out all of our eggplant recipes here (or learn about eggplant nutrition).
Elephant Apple (Chalta)
Elephant Apple (Chalta). Also known as Dillenia Indica, is a hard-shelled fruit native to India and China. Its name comes from the fact that it is generally eaten by Indian elephants who assist the tree by eating the fruit then dispersing the seeds. The fruit is sour and most commonly used in curries, jams and jellies. In many areas consumption by humans is not allowed as it is a primary food sources for elephants, so commercial sale is prohibited.
Etrog is a yellow citron fruit most commonly used in Jewish holiday ceremonies. American recipes are uncommon and it is a quite expensive fruit (currently $39.99 each on Amazon). International cooking uses it in marmalade, cakes, cookies, liquors and by itself candied.
Elderberry are said to be packed with antioxidants and vitamins that are beneficial to your immune system, so they are often used as a dietary supplement to relieve cold and flu symptoms. They are most commonly used in cooking in jams, jellies, syrups, or added to pies and cobblers. Their flower, elderflowers, are also used frequently in the kitchen (like in these Elderflower Hugo Cocktails).
Emu Apple Fruit
Emu Apple Fruit is an Australian native fruit from a tree that can grow up to 30’ or more high. The fruit is a purplish-red with speckles. Smaller than most apples at only 1-2” wide, it has a single large seed at its core. These apples ripen after falling to the ground and are rather sour.
Emblica is also known as gooseberry. While fairly common in Europe, they are harder to find in the United States. Your best bet is likely an international market. You can certainly buy them canned on-line which could be a good option for some recipes. They were recently on Amazon at $9.30 for a 15oz can. They can be red or green, and the red are a bit sweeter. Common uses include in jams, pies, or as a rhubarb substitute given their slightly sour taste.
European Pear is also known as Pyrus Communis but I don’t know why anyone would insist upon using the Latin name. Sometimes also called the common pear, it is native to central and eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the United States as it grows well in temperate regions. If you are looking for ideas to use all manner of pears and pear nutrition information look here, but our hands down favorite pear recipe is this Dutch Poached Pear recipe.
Eastern Hawthorn Fruit
Eastern Hawthorn Fruit comes from a shrub also known as a mayhaw that grows in the low-lying areas of the Southeastern United States, and is common in Alabama, Florida and Virginia. This juicy fruit is known for an acidic flavor and is often used in jams and jellies. It only grows to a diameter of just under an inch.
Egg fruit is a tropical fruit grown in Mexico and several other Central American nations as well as India and the United States. It can be eaten fresh, made into jams, milkshakes, ice cream. custards, and even flour.
Early Gold Mango
Early Gold Mango is a variant of this always popular tropical fruit grown in Florida. Originally from South Asia, mangoes made their way across the tropics and into America by 1880. Today, mangoes are the most commonly eaten fruit in the world with India being the greatest supplier. It’s a stone fruit, meaning it has one hard seed surrounded by tasty fruit. Peaches, cherries, and plums are all stone fruits as well. If you need information on how to select, cut, or use mangos, check out mangoes 101 for health information and much more. You might also try a cool Mango Margarita Slush or Mango Smoothie Recipe.
Entawak is a tropical fruit grown in Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo, so you won’t likely find it outside of international markets. It is a round fruit about 3-4 inches in diameter often tasting like a pumpkin though it is actually a relative to the jackfruit. It is commonly eaten raw.
Elands Sour Fig
Elands Sour Fig is a South African fig often grown for medicinal purposes. The fig is the fruit of a colorful purple flowered succulent. The figs are often dried or made into jam. Good luck finding this one. An Amazon search yields Fig Newtons and a variety of other figs, but not this regional fig.