Are you looking for fruits that start with G? Here are 29 fruits that begin with G, along with some helpful information about each one.
We can think of half a dozen reasons to want a list of fruits that begin with G. If you are just preparing for trivia night or working on a school project, let these fruits that start with the letter G inspire you! And if you are looking for a vegetarian recipe featuring a G List fruit, here is a pretty comprehensive list.
- Gala Apple
- Galia Melon
- Giant Lau Lau
- Goji Berry
- Golden Apple
- Golden Delicious Apple
- Golden Kiwi
- Gorham Pear
- Governor’s Plum
- Grand Nain Banana
- Granny Smith Apple
- Greek Fig
- Green Adjou Pear
- Green Apple
- Ground Plum
- Grosella Negra
- Guyandotte Apple
Gala Apples originated in New Zealand in the 1930s. They are known for their sweet flavor and crispness. In 2018 they took the crown away from the Red Delicious for America’s most eaten apple a place the red delicious held since the 1940s. There may be as many as 30,000 apple varieties worldwide today, and 2,500 of these are grown in the United States. Apples have been eaten since the Roman era and quite possibly before that. If you want more information on just a few of the most popular American apples, check out our Apples 101 Nutritional and Variety Guide.
The Galia Melon outwardly looks like a cantaloupe, but the inside is a light-green. They were developed in 1973 at an agricultural research center in Israel. Today they are grown in South and Central America as well as Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel.
The Gamboge Fruit is native to the tropical regions of SE Asia. Locally, it is eaten raw, cooked, in jam or made into wine. They are now grown in both Australia and Florida.
The Genip is a juicy fruit found around the Caribbean to include Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. They are also found in some Central and South American nations. You peel them to reveal a salmon-colored pulp that is tangy and just a little sweet.
Giant Lau Lau
The Giant Lau Lau is a native of New Guinea but hasn’t been commercialized much outside of New Guinea. The trees are often grown decoratively, but the taste is generally described as astringent or bland.
The Goji Berry is native to Asia and has been used in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisine for almost 2,000 years. It has also been long used in these nations for medicinal purposes, and in the last 20 years entered Western markets as a health food. The health benefits of Goji berries have been the topic of legal challenges here in the USA. For cooking purposes, they are often eaten dried and can be used in place or raisins. This led to them being used in some energy bars as a supposed super fruit.
Golden Apple Fruit are native to Central and South America. They are a green (turns yellow upon ripening) oval fruit with a thick skin. They are used to make preserves, added to soups, candied, as a flavoring, and in drinks. Their flavor is something like pineapple and mango.
Golden Delicious Apple
Golden Delicious Apples are in the Top 15 among America’s favorite apples. This is no participation trophy when you consider that there are around 2,500 apple varieties in the USA. Interestingly, they are not related to the Red Delicious. They appear to be another hybrid apple, but one created by nature without human coaxing. They first appeared on a farm in Clay County West Virginia in the early 1900s. Clay County has held a Golden Delicious Festival every year since 1972, and in 1995 the golden delicious became West Virginia’s official state fruit.
Golden Kiwi, unlike green kiwi, have a smooth golden-brown hairless skin and bright yellow pulp with fewer seeds than its green cousin. They are patented by the Zespri fruit company in New Zealand, and have a sweet taste that some say has a hint of mango or pineapple. For more on how to store, cut, select, and use Kiwi check out Kiwifruit 101: Everything You Need To Know About Kiwis. Want a stunning summer treat combo. Use green kiwis in some and golden kiwis in the rest of these Green Smoothie Popsicles (Sugar-free).
Gooseberry is a name for many varieties of Ribes. They can be green, orange, red, purple, yellow, white or black. They are native to much of Europe and Western Asia. Gooseberries are often eaten raw, but are good in desserts as well.
Gorham Pears were developed in New York State around 1910. They are described as creamy, juicy, and sweet. Pears are grown and consumed around the world, and there are almost 3,000 varieties. It is a high fiber fruit that can be eaten raw, dried, candied, juiced, made into wine or schnapps, etc. Check out our guide on Pear Types 101. Nutrition Info and a Whole Lot More, and perhaps consider yet another way to enjoy pears in Pear Pizza with Gorgonzola and Thyme.
Goumi Fruit is a red cherry like fruit grown primarily in China, Japan, and Korea though it can be found in the USA and Europe. They have a sweet-tart flavor, but many people find them too tart, so they aren’t eaten raw as often as say cherries are. They can be cooked, often with a sweetener, and used in pies, syrup, and a variety of baked goods.
The Governor’s Plum is also known as the Madagascar Plum and is native to many areas around Africa and tropical regions of Asia. It also grows in Florida where it has a reputation as being somewhat invasive. The small fruits have a yellow pulp with a sweet yet acidic taste. They are often eaten raw, in jam, or in wine.
Granadilla is also called the Sugar Fruit as it is like an extra sweet passionfruit with a taste like papaya. It grows in tropical regions of Central & South America, The West Indies, and Australia. They are available in the USA, but are quite pricy.
Grand Nain Banana
The Grand Nain Banana is a variety native to Southern Asia, primarily India. It appears to have been first cultivated by humans around 10,000 years ago. Bananas are still wildly popular around the world, and did you know that 96% of American households have bought a banana in the last month? There are many varieties of bananas, ranging from starchy plantains to sweet, dessert varieties! For a whole lot more check out Bananas 101: Everything You Need To Know (ripening, storing, nutrition) and our companion post on 15 Healthy Banana Recipes (Great For Overripe Bananas)
Granny Smith Apple
Granny Smith Apples are also known as Green Apples or Sour Apples. They originated in Australia in 1868 and were named after Maria Smith whose nickname was…..”Granny” of course. She is credited as being the cultivator of this now famous apple. They are well known for being light-green, crisp, juicy, and tart. They stay firm in cooking making them one of the most popular baking apples. As recently as 2019, Granny Smith apples were the 3rd most popular apple in the USA. They are great in this Savory Apple Tart with Flaky Phyllo Crust Recipe.
Grapefruit are a relatively recent discovery. They originated in 18th century Barbados, and are believed to be a cross between an orange and a pomelo. The name comes from how they grow in clusters like grapes. They come in three common types:
- Red: With a red-blushed skin, these are the sweetest, and also have the most lycopene (an effective antioxidant)
- Pink: Which are not as sweet as red, but great for juicing.
- White: With a pale/yellow skin are the least sweet.
For more on how to select, store, cut, and more on grapefruit check out Grapefruit 101: What you need to know about your favorite winter citrus. And for a decadent, but guilt free healthy treat, try this Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl with Strawberries and Ginger Recipe.
Grapes likely first came from the Middle-East where cultivation probably began as long as 8,000 years ago. The first evidence of winemaking was in Georgia (the country, not the home of the Atlanta Braves Georgia). Grapes are among the fruits with the highest concentration of sugar. Combining that with the fact that yeast occurs naturally on the skin of grapes, and wine making was a natural use of grapes. For a whole lot more on the super powers of grapes (besides wine making) check out Grapes 101: Everything You Need To Know About Grapes..
The Grapple is a brand name apple. The company uses Fuji or Gala apples soaked in a grape flavoring to make them taste like Concord grapes.
Greek Figs simply refers to any variety of fig that comes from Greece. While figs likely originated in Egypt, they came to Greece thousands of years ago where they became an important staple. The Greek climate is ideal for growing these nutritional power houses. Figs are high in fiber, micro nutrients, and a host of vitamins.
Green Adjou Pear
Green Adjou Pears are a cultivar of European Pears. Pears are grown and eaten around the world, and there may be as many as 3,000 varieties. It is a high fiber fruit often eaten raw, dried, candied, juiced, in wine, schnapps, etc. Check out our guide on Pear Types 101. Nutrition Info and a Whole Lot More, and perhaps consider yet another way to enjoy pears in Pear Pizza with Gorgonzola and Thyme.
Green Apples refers to any apple with a green skin when ripe. There are dozens of varieties many of which are very popular like the Granny Smith, Newton Pippin, Crispin, Lodi, Golden Delicious, and Aurora. Green apples are often a baker’s favorite and any of these would be great in this Easy Apple Galette Recipe (with Maple Caramel Sauce).
Ground Plum are found in the Great Plains region of The United States and Canada. They tend to grow in prairies and pastures, and were commonly eaten by many native tribes, and also used as a medicine for horses.
Grosella Negra are also known as Black Currants. They are small tart berries native to Europe and the Northern Asia. These vitamin C rich berries can be eaten raw, but are more commonly cooked into both sweet and savory dishes. Jams are an obvious use.
Grumichama are also known as Brazilian Cherries and are native to South America, but can also be grown in Florida and Hawaii. The purple-black fruit are very similar to common cherries, except for their white pulp, and are similarly used in jellies and pies. If you can find them, they will be a bit more expensive than say Bing Cherries, but probably as nutritious. 9 Unexpected Cherry Benefits (and why you should be eating more!).
Guarana is a Brazilian native used mostly for medicinal and purported health benefits. There are numerous claims that it can reduce fatigue, boost energy, and serve as a learning aid. It does contain caffeine which may be the genesis of these claims. Still other sellers of Guarana claim it can lower cancer risk and aid in weight loss. There is also evidence that it can be dangerous if consumed in high quantities.
The Guava is a tropical fruit grown and eaten around the world. They are likely native to Mexico and Central America. The sweet refreshing juice from Guava is best used in Hawaiian POG Juice. If you haven’t tried this, you seriously need to give it a try. Easy Hawaiian POG Juice Recipe (5 minutes).
Guavaberries are not related to Guava. They are a blueberry sized fruit that grows wild in Central and South America, but has been introduced to Florida and Hawaii. They are often used to make jam and drinks to include several popular European Schnapps varieties.
Guyandotte Apples are extinct. Not even Amazon can deliver these. Sorry, it was last alphabetically, so we thought we would have fun. Unless of course, the editor catches us (play ominous music here).