Are you looking for fruits that start with H? Here are 21 fruits that begin with H, along with some helpful information about each one. Have you heard of them all?
Should you soon be appearing on Jeopardy and expect Fruits That Start with H to be a category, you will be all set as we list some pretty exotic fruits. Here are 21 fruits that begin with H, along with some helpful (and at times obscure) information about each one.
We can think of half a dozen reasons to want a list of fruits that begin with H. If you are just preparing for trivia night or working on a school project, let these fruits that start with the letter H inspire you! And if you are looking for a vegetarian recipe featuring an H fruit, we have listed some of our favorites.
Which of these fruits is the most heavily grown fruit in the world? (Scroll to the bottom to see the answer…and the astonishing amount!)
- Hala Fruit
- Hardy Kiwi
- Hawaiian Mountain Apples
- Hawthorn Fruit
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Highbush Blueberries
- Highbush Cranberries
- Himalayan Mulberries
- Hog Plums
- Honey Crisp Apples
- Honey Locust
- Horned Melon
- Husk Tomatoes
Hackberry is a North American tree and berry most of us haven’t heard of largely because it is difficult to pick. The berries are small and grow higher up in the trees making them not worth the bother to most people. They have a sweet purple skin enclosed in a crunchy shell. Hackberries have been eaten by humans for millennia as evidenced by remnants of them found deep in cave dwellings.
Hala Fruit is found in tropical regions around the world to include Southeast Asia, Florida, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands. It has a mildly sweet taste said to be a cross between pineapple and mango. Unfortunately, much of the fruit is wasted as you peel it, making it rather expensive by weight.
Hardy Kiwi are similar to the traditional kiwi we all know except that they are smaller and can be eaten whole without peeling. They don’t have the familiar kiwi fuzzy skin. Hardy kiwi get their name as they grow well in cold climates. Like so many fruits, kiwi are quite healthy and useful in a variety of recipes like Tempeh Tacos with Avocado Kiwi Salsa and Green Smoothie Popsicles.
Hawaiian Mountain Apples
Hawaiian Mountain Apples are grown and popular in (wait for it…..) Hawaii. They are not, however, native to Hawaii. They were brought by Polynesian settlers from Malaysia. They can be a very vibrant dark red and have a bell shape. They are a sweet crispy variety making them great for deserts. 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 grown and 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 apple nutrition guide.
Hawthorn Fruit are often used as a ketchup substitute. We are not quite sure why one would make a ketchup substitute, but this is an intriguing idea. These berries are sometimes just called Haws and they are known to make good jelly. They are also often used in homemade wines and schnapps. They are quite sour though, so they are rarely eaten raw.
Hazelnuts are grown extensively in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, the UK and the USA. It is an almost unique nut that is actually considered a fruit. Hazelnuts have a pretty good nutrition profile with one ounce providing over 4g of protein and a fair smattering of micro nutrients. Their real super power, however, is that they are the prime ingredient in Nutella. If you want a guilt free way to use this super power, try our Healthy Nutella Smoothie Recipe.
Heirloom Tomatoes are considered purer strains that haven’t been modified as have the many strains of tomatoes available today. To be considered an heirloom tomato, the plant from which the seeds that grew that tomato have to be traceable back to 1951 or before, though I am not really sure who the “tomato police” are that maintain this standard. Many heirloom tomatoes are sweeter than other varieties but lack the consistently uniform red color derived through genetic manipulation. Heirlooms are often grown and sold locally because they aren’t bred to be resistant to transportation and long shelf lives. If you want to know more about a variety of common tomatoes check out our tomato variety guide.
Highbush Blueberries are the variety you find in the grocery store. Blueberries are one of only three berries native to North America: blueberries, cranberries, and Concord grapes. So what is a berry? It’s a fleshy fruit produced from a single flower with no barrier between seed and pulp. That’s the botanical definition any who. And interestingly enough, by this definition, strawberries are not berries, while bananas are. Things that make ya go hmmm. Even more fun fact? Dogs can also eat blueberries! And if you want to know more about blueberries for humans, check out our blueberry nutrition guide.
Highbush Cranberries are not actually cranberries. They look and taste like cranberries, but are really from the honeysuckle family. They grow on bushes that range from 8-15’ tall, so they aren’t harvested by flooding their field as lowbush cranberries so famously are. Click here for the everything guide to cranberries, and for a treat as good as its name try Cranberry Bliss Bites.
Himalayan Mulberries are not surprisingly native to the Himalayan mountains, but have spread across India and China. These purple berries are said to be among the sweetest variety of mulberry and full of antioxidants as well.
Hog Plums are native to the tropical Americas. Unlike traditional plums they have a tough spiny exterior, so they aren’t normally eaten right off the tree. The plants are often used regionally in traditional medicine and said to aide in rheumatism, digestive issues, gonorrhea, colds, dysentery, and a variety of other ailments. If, however, you are more interested in traditional plums, check out our plums 101 guide and perhaps try a refreshing Plum Cobbler Smoothie.
Honeyberries look rather like an elongated blue berry. The plants are native to Russia and have been grown for centuries. These very cold tolerant berries taste like something between raspberries and blueberries. They can certainly be used in a variety of recipes as are blueberries. For something unique try them, or traditional blueberries, in this Blueberry Grilled Cheese Recipe.
Honey Crisp Apples
Honey Crisp Apples are just one of the 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the USA. There may be as many as 30,000 apple varieties worldwide today, and apples have been grown and eaten since the Roman Era and quite possibly before that.
Honeydew is just a wonderful fruit. They have been eaten for thousands of years and were once considered a sacred food in Ancient Egypt. At about 10 calories an ounce it is fairly low calorie with a good nutrition profile. It goes great on this Curried Melon Salad, or in a fruit salad, particularly when balled together with cantaloupe.
Honey Locust is a tree native to America also known as thorny locust. As its name suggests it presents a formidable array of thorns to make picking a challenge. It grows in Eastern Texas and as far north and east as Pennsylvania. Again, as the name “honey” suggests the pulp of this fruit is rather suite and was long used by native Americans in medicine. You won’t find many recipes for this fruit though it is said to make a nice tea.
Honeysuckles are native to the northern areas of North America and Eurasia. There are about 180 known species, so they come in a variety of colors but mostly red, blue and black. Unfortunately, most of species are poisonous.
Horned Melon or Kiwano melon is an exotic and odd-looking fruit grown in Central to Southern Africa. These are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes as well as drinks and deserts. Kiwano have become more available in the USA at international markets in recent years, and can be used to make a stunningly unique presentation with drinks and deserts.
Huckleberry are similar to blueberries and often found growing wild in the Pacific Northwest. Like other berries they go great in cobbler, pies, muffins, or preserves. Their tart taste makes them a bit hard to eat raw
Huito grows in rain forests in South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. It is made into jelly, ice cream flavoring, sherbet, and various drinks. Its most notable use, however is in coloring and Huito Blue is a patented color.
Husk Tomatoes are also called tomatillos, ground cherry, Mexican green tomato, and Mexican ground cherry. They grow in a thin husk thus the name. They can be eaten raw or cooked into desserts, jam, salsa, and salads.
Hyuganatsu is a yellow citrus fruit grown in Japan. It is used in flavoring various deserts to include cakes, cookies, sorbets, and custards. Its juice is also used in beer, sake, and smoothies.
The Answer is B, tomatoes. The world grows 170 million metric tons every year followed by bananas at 116 million tons, Apples at 76 million and oranges at 73 million.