Are you looking for a fruit that starts with the letter R? Here are 29 fruits that begin with a R along with some helpful information about each.
Discover the world of fruits beginning with the letter “R” in this comprehensive list of 29 tantalizing options. From the exotic and tropical to the familiar and refreshing, these fruits bring a burst of flavor, vibrant colors, and unique textures to your culinary adventures. Whether you’re seeking new additions to your fruit platters, smoothies, or desserts, this compilation will introduce you to a variety of delicious “R” fruits that are sure to inspire your taste buds and elevate your fruit experiences.
- Rajka Apples
- Rangpur Lime
- Raspuri Mango
- Red Banana
- Red Bayberry
- Red Delicious Apple
- Red Grape
- Red Huckleberry
- Red Mombin
- Red Mulberry
- Rhobs El Arsa
- Rocha pear
- Rose Apple
- Rose Hip
- Rosigold Mango
- Rough Lemon
- Rumbus Parviflorus
Raisins are, of course, dried out grapes eaten around the world. They are a bit calorie dense because grapes contain just about the highest percentage of sugar of all fruit. On top of this most of the water from the grape is removed leaving the sugar. Still, they are a wonderful snack that can be used in a variety of healthy recipes. Give these Easy Homemade Larabars (4 Favorite Flavors!) a try.
Rajka Apples are a fairly recently developed variety from the Czech Republic. Like many recently developed varieties, it was grown to have an aesthetic appearance with a nice red color and crisp flesh. 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 variety guide.
Rambai are a fruit that grows wild in Southeast Asia, but is also cultivated in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and other nations. The small fruit grow in strands making cultivation fairly simple. The fruits are used medicinally in some regions with a belief that they prevent cancer and other maladies.
Rambutan is a native of Southeast Asia, and is a truly unique fruit. Its skin is a bright red coating of hair like spines. The inner flesh is off white to pink, sweet, and mildly acidic. They are said to have a flavor somewhat like grapes.
Ramontchi is native to much of Africa and tropical regions of Asia. It resembles a plum and in shape and color (red, yellow or purple) with a yellow or white flesh. Its most common uses are eaten out of hand, made into jam, or used in wine.
Rangpur Limes are also known as the Mandarin Lime or Lemandarin. It is a hybrid between a mandarin and a citron developed in Florida in the late 19th Century. They are quite acidic, and can be used as a substitute for limes. While these are not actually limes, if you want more on the nutritional value and uses of limes 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.
Raspberries are grown around the world in home gardens, the wild, and commercially. They are a low calorie yet nutritionally dense fruit with a myriad of uses.
One final note. What is the difference between a Raspberry and a Black Berry? It is all about the stem. When you pick a blackberry the stem stays with the fruit. Conversely the stem on a raspberry remains on the plant. With that you should be all set for Jeopardy.
The Raspuri Mango is native to Southern India and are said to contain more juice than other varieties. All Mangoes are originally from South Asia, but made their way across the tropics and into America around 1880. Today, mangoes are the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, with India being the leading producer. 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.
The Rata or Yellow Mangosteen appears to be a native of the Western Pacific. That is a pretty broad region, but some sources claim it is from New Zealand and others Indonesia or the Philippines. The fruit can be eaten raw, and has a pleasant but somewhat sour taste. It is often used in jam.
Red Bananas are native to Southeast Asia. Some people say they have a hint of raspberry sweetness. There are about 1,000 different varieties of banana in the world today, and did you know that 96% of American households have purchased a banana in the last month? There is so much to this great fruit that we had to do a whole separate post on them at Bananas 101: Everything You Need To Know (ripening, storing, nutrition).
The Red Bayberry is also known as the Chinese Strawberry and is cultivated along the Yangtze River where it has grown for over 2,000 years. In China these are eaten raw, dried, canned, and in drinks like beer, cocktails, and liquors. A juice sold as Yumberry is exported to Europe.
Red Delicious Apple
Red Delicious Apples were for a long time (decades) America’s favorite apple. It was developed in 1872 in Iowa and is well known for its bright red color and sweet taste. In 2018 the Gala apple assumed the crown of America’s most eaten apple. There is some thought that the red delicious’ success led to its fall from the #1 spot. Commercial growers increasingly bred red delicious to be brighter red and store longer, and may have sacrificed somewhat on the flavor.
Okay, so Red Grape is really more of a collection of grape varieties than a stand-alone fruit that starts with the letter R. Red grapes have been eaten since prehistoric times as shown in archeological evidence, and with the magic power of creating fine red wines this is not apt to change. Want info on how to best select, store, and use grapes? Check out Grapes 101: Everything You Need To Know About Grapes!
Red Huckleberries are 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, and wildlife appears to be the primary consumer of these berries.
The Red Mombin is more often called Jocote and usually comes to the USA from Mexico or other Central American nations. They taste something like a plum or mango with a bit of tartness.
Red Mulberry is a mulberry variety found in Eastern and Central North America from Canada to Florida. This said, they aren’t often cultivated, but when you find these they can be used as a substitute berry in most recipes. Perhaps give this Plum Cobbler Smoothie with Berries and Oats a try.
Redcurrants are native to Europe where the small red berries are both cultivated and grow wild. Use of them is often nation specific. In the UK they are made into a jelly used with lamb, venison, or fowl. In France they are used to make Lorraine jelly, and in Scandinavian nations fruit soups and puddings appear to the choice uses.
Rhobs El Arsa
Rhobs El Arsa is a citrus fruit native to Morocco. In Arabic the name means “bread of the garden” It is known for a bitter sweet taste.
The Riberry is a small red berry native to Australia. They are described as “refreshingly tart” with a hint of clover and cinnamon. They are often used to make a uniquely flavored jam as well as in syrups and confectionery treats.
Rocha Pears are native to Portugal which remains the leading producer of this variety. 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.
Rockmelon is the Australian name for Cantaloupes. They say it is shaped like a rock and the skin looks like a rock, so hey it is Rockmelon. Cantaloupe are loaded with vitamins A & C as well as fiber and a host of other micro nutrients. 75% of cantaloupes grown in the US come from California, but China is by far the leading producer growing over half the world’s total. Cantaloupe is most often eaten fresh in balls or slices. It is great in fruit or veggie salads and, of course, as a dessert with ice cream or yogurt.
Rollinia are also known as Biriba. It is a Brazilian fruit also known as the wild sugar apple. The fruit’s pulp is very sweet, and said by some to taste like lemon meringue pie. That is certainly quite a claim. In Brazil they are usually eaten out of hand, but there are regional recipes for it and it can be made into wine.
The Rose Apple is also known as the Java Apple and is native to Southeast Asia. They are a staple in Vietnam where, like most apples, they are often eaten out of hand. The Java apple has a distinctive bell shape with colors ranging from pink to bright red.
Rose Hips are the accessory fruit of rose plants. Not surprisingly, you can find them in a variety of colors to include red, orange, and purple. They can be used in pies, jam, soup, tea, and wine.
The Roselle is native to Africa, but were carried to Asia in the 16th Century and have since been grown throughout much of the world. China and Thailand are the largest producers by quite a margin though some experts say that the best roselle still come from Africa. Its uses vary by nation. In the USA it is used in a popular hibiscus cooler made from roselle tea.
Rosigold Mangoes are grown extensively in Florida. They have the standard mango oblong shape and turn yellow when ripe with a low to no fiber flesh that comes off the seed easily (unlike so many other mangoes). Mangoes are originally from South Asia, but made their way across the tropics and into America around 1880. Today, mangoes are the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, with India being the leading producer.
Rough Lemons are a hybrid cross between mandarins and citron. They are notably cold resistant. The problem with these lemons is that they are mostly rind making them undesirable to most users particularly when there are so many other choices. 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.
Rubus Parviflorus are also known as Thimbleberries or Redcaps. They are native to the northern regions of North America. The small red berries look like raspberries but are softer and do not pack or ship well, so there has been little attempt at cultivation.
Rumdul are native to Southeast Asia, but are most highly regarded in Cambodia where they seem to be everywhere. The fruit is red to black when ripe with a wonderful scent that is said to carry up to a kilometer (.6 miles) away.