Looking for fruits that start with L? In this helpful guide, we are covering 29 fruits that start with L along with fun recipes using them!
We can think of any number of reasons you might want a list of fruits that start with L, so whatever the reason here you have it! And if you are looking for a vegetarian recipe featuring an L List fruit, here are a few of our favorites as well.
While lemons are typically about the size of a baseball, some grow much larger. Can you guess how heavy the largest lemon ever grown was? Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the answer!
Lablab Fruit is a type of bean native to Southeast Asia. It resembles a purple pea pod, and there is evidence they were cultivated in India as much as 2,500 years ago. Today they can also be found in East Africa. They are commonly used in curry recipes.
Lady Apples are native to France and were brought to America in the 19th Century. They are a bit on the sour side and are great in apple pies. Or, try them in our similar favorite Savory Apple Tart with Flaky Phyllo Crust Recipe.
Lady Finger Banana
Lady Finger Bananas are found in Southeast Asia particularly Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. These seeded bananas only grow to about 5 inches long and are thinner than other varieties as well. They make up for their diminutive size with a sweeter, creamier taste and texture than other bananas. These are great in desserts, and would be wonderful in many of these 15 Healthy Banana Recipes.
Lambkin Melon is shaped like a football (American style) with a green to yellow skin but pale flesh. It can be eaten like a cantaloupe, cut in half with the seeds scooped out then balled, cubed, or eaten from the skin. This fruit is high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Lancetilla Mango are native to Honduras but came north to the USA (Florida) in the last 20 to 30 years. They are larger than most mangoes, and can weigh up to 5 lbs. These would be a great variety in our favorite Easy Mango Salsa Recipe.
Langra Mango originated in Northern India, but can be found across Southern Asia today. It is known to be extra sweet and juicy, and its smooth texture makes it great in a variety of recipes. Perhaps give it a try in Chicken Mango Stir Fry.
Langsat is a tropical fruit native to SE Asia and mostly found in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. They look like small potatoes and can be eaten raw or juiced. The fruit is quite sweet, but the seeds are very bitter.
Lapsi is native to Asia, and called Hog Plum in Nepal where the fruit is used for medicinal purposes. They are very sour, so medicinal uses likely constitute most consumption. If you are more interested in traditional plums, check out our Plums 101 Guide and perhaps try a refreshing Plum Cobbler Smoothie.
Le Conte Pear
Le Conte Pears are commonly grown in Texas. They are noteworthy for their juicy flesh that is only mildly sweet. Pears are grown and consumed in much of the world, and there are around 3,000 varieties. It is a high fiber fruit that can be eaten so many ways, 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.
Lemato is a hybrid between lemon and tomato. It was developed in a lab in Israel resulting in a pale tomato with a hint of fruitiness. We don’t believe you can buy this commercially, so we also can’t give any recipe recommendations for it. Hey, a list of fruits that start with L is going to have a few oddities.
Lemon Aspen are native to Australia’s coastal area of Queensland. Its flavor is described as being like grapefruit with a hint of lime, and is used mostly in beverages, sauces, and sweets.
Lemon Drop Melon
Lemon Drop Melons were developed in Arizona in 2013, but are now shipped nationwide. They look much like a cantaloupe but with a lite-green pulp. It has a low sugar content, and is high in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Use it like you would a cantaloupe or honeydew melon like in this Vegetarian Curried Melon Salad Recipe.
Lemons are one of the world’s most ubiquitous fruits as they are grown and eaten throughout the world. This said, oddly we aren’t sure of their origin. They are nutritional powerhouses low in calories, but high in vitamins. For more on these little gems check out Lemon 101: Nutrition & Everything You Need To Know About Lemons.
The Liberty Apple is a hybrid apple developed in the US in 1955. They are a dark red variety of medium size. 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 Apples 101 Nutritional and Variety Guide.
The Lilly Pilly is a pink to purple berry about the size and shape of a cherry. These Australian natives are often eaten raw or in jams, jelly, syrup, ice cream, smoothies, and pastries.
Lima Oranges are native to China, but Brazil is the leading producer today. They are a small to medium sized orange known for their sweetness making them particularly good eaten raw thus showcasing their flavor. Their sweetness would make them a good add to this Orange Sweet Rolls with Cranberry Recipe.
Limau Bali is a medium-sized fruit that is similar to grapefruit. They are also known as Pomelo whose scientific name is Citrus Maxima. I know that is useless information, but anything called Maxima deserves recognition. These citrus fruits taste very similar to grapefruits though they are generally sweeter.
Pomelo is a natural fruit in that unlike many of the fruits on our lists it is not a hybrid. In fact, Pomelo is used in making many hybrid fruits. Eat it as you would a grapefruit. Grapefruit 101: What you need to know about your favorite winter citrus.
Limes, along with lemons, are among the world’s most ubiquitous citrus fruits. Easily grown in tropical regions, they are found across much of the globe. Limes are used extensively in drinks, desserts, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian, and a host of other cuisines. For more on the nutritional value and uses see Limes 101: Everything You Need To Know About Limes, and if you just want something easy and decadent try this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe.
Limeberry or sweet lime is native to tropical Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and the Philippines. They are not generally cultivated and have become invasive in some regions to include the United States. The berries are sweet and can be used in preserves.
Limquats are known for their bitter-sweet pulp and lime like flavor. They are often juiced, candied, used in cocktails, or in fruit salads.
Lingonberries are also known as partridgeberries, mountain cranberry, or cowberry. If they sound like a fruit that grows in the wild, well that is largely the case though they are also cultivated. They are native to the far northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. They have a taste somewhat like cranberries and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.
Lingonberries are quite tart, so they are often sweetened before being used in jams or desserts. In Scandinavian nations they are often served with Elk Steaks. So, with that you should be all set for playing Jeopardy.
Lippens Mangoes are grown mostly in Florida. They are a bit more oblong than other mangoes with the traditionally expected yellow flesh of mangoes. For information on how to cut, select, store, and use mangoes check out Mangoes 101: Everything You Need To Know About Mango.
Lodi Apples are yet another hybrid apple. There are thousands of apples developed in the last century alone which makes sense as there are something like 30,000 apple varieties worldwide. Lodi Apples have a light green skin and are generally considered cooking apples. They would go great in this Apple Gouda Hand Pies Recipe!
Loganberry is a hybrid between raspberry and blackberry. Most people think they taste more like raspberries but have the size and texture of blackberries. You can use these as a substitute in pretty much any berry recipe. One of our favorite raspberry uses is in this crazy healthy faux ice cream Raspberry Basil Nice Cream.
Long Neck Avocado
Long Neck Avocadoes are pretty much like other Florida grown avocadoes except that they have a long “giraffe” like neck. Avocado consumption in the USA has sky-rocketed in recent years, but no wonder as they are a great source of healthy fat, and are infinitely useful in cooking (check out 17 Ways to Eat Avocado for Dinner You’ll LOVE!).
Lord Lambourne Apple
The Lord Lambourne Apple was developed in England in 1907 thus the stately name. They are known for their juiciness and slight acidity. They are a bit hard to find in the USA. Fortunately, we have about 2,500 other varieties here in the states. Apples 101: The Quick Guide To Apple Varieties!
Loquat are also known as Japanese Medlar though they are actually native to China. In Japan the tree’s leaves are valued for their use in herbal tea. The round fruit grows in yellow to orange clusters. Like so many fruits, the loquat is high in vitamin A, potassium, and several B vitamins.
Louise Bonne of Jersey Pear
Louise Bonne Of Jersey Pears were originally from Northern France (Normandy) but came to England through Jersey Island thus the name. These are sweet juicy pears most often used in desserts. Pears are grown and consumed in much of the world, and there are around 3,000 varieties. It is a high fiber fruit that can be eaten so many ways, 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.
The Lucuma is a fruit grown in the highlands of Peru and Chile. It does not transport well, so it is rarely available fresh outside of South America. The green skin conceals a bright orange flesh noted for a sweet maple like flavor. Lucumas have probably been eaten for thousands of years by the people of this region who generally like this fruit raw.
The largest lemon weighed 11 pounds 9.7 oz and was grown in 2008 in Israel. It was larger in diameter than a soccer ball!