Are you looking for fruits that start with the letter S? Here are 20 fruits that begin with S along with some helpful information about each.
If you Googled “fruits that start with S” and ended up here, we won’t ask why but think we can help you out. If you are preparing for trivia night or working on a school project, this is a pretty comprehensive list.
Explore an array of succulent and mouthwatering fruits, each beginning with the majestic letter “S.” From the luscious sweetness of strawberries to the exotic allure of starfruit, we’ll take you on a visual journey showcasing these remarkable fruits.
Whether you’re a fruit enthusiast, a curious foodie, or simply seeking inspiration for your next fruit adventure, join us as we celebrate the flavors of fruits that start with S!
Sand Cherries are also known as American cherries and were eaten by native Americans long before Europeans arrived. The fruit is normally dark purple to black. The trees grow well in sandy soils, thus the name, and often grow wild.
Saigon Mango are native to Vietnam. Like most mango, the world’s most highly consumed fruits, it is sweet and can be used in a variety of desserts or in fruit salad. The Saigon Mango is known to make a great drink, and is canned for export. Check out our Mangoes 101 for all sorts of nutritional and use ideas for any variety of mango.
Salak are native to Java and Sumatra and are known as the snake fruit as they have a unique brown scaly skin. The pulp, however, is extremely sweet though they are slightly acidic which can result in a citrus tingle on your tongue. They are locally eaten fresh, cooked into various recipes or canned. And, did we say their peel is really cool?
Salmonberries are native to the US west coast from California north to Alaska. The berries are yellow, orange, or red and look like raspberries. Like raspberries they are good eaten out of hand or made into jam, jelly, wine, on cereal or yogurt, you name it. Perhaps try them in No Pectin Berry Jam.
Santol are a round apple sized fruit grown in Malaysia, Australia, India, and a few other Pacific Rim nations. It ripens into a very sweet fruit that is most often used in sweet applications like syrup, candy, preserves, etc.
Satsuma Mandarins are a type of mandarin that originated in Japan over 700 years ago. They are a lighter orange in color than other mandarins, but sweet, juicy, and seedless. They are also known as easy to peel. Check out our Mandarin 101 guide for nutrition and other useful information, or perhaps try any type of mandarin in this Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding.
Serviceberry grows across America from Maine south to Florida and as far west as Iowa. They are often planted as ornamentals and grow in the wild. Their fruit is very much like blueberries and goes well in most uses one might use a blueberry: cobblers, pies, muffins, pancakes, jams, ice cream, we could go on.
Sharon Fruit is also known as persimmon. Persimmons are grown and eaten in many regions across the globe. In the United States they are grown primarily in California and Florida. Persimmons are usually eaten without preparation other than chilling, but they are also added to fruit and vegetable salads, ice cream, yogurt, and all manner of desserts and jams.
Shonan Gold were developed in Japan in 1988. They look like a lemon, but the pulp taste more like an orange. They are known to be easy to peel and thus a kid friendly fruit. Shonan are eaten out of hand (peeled of course), in jelly, candy, wine and juiced.
Soncoya is a fruit grown in Columbia, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela. Its pulp is eaten raw or juiced, and it is often used in traditional medicine. It grows to the size of a softball and is covered in spines.
Sour Cherries are not usually eaten raw as sweet cherries are. They are generally cooked where sweet cherries tend to lose some of their flavor when cooked. A good option for sour cherries is to use them in Chia Seed Cherry Jam or other preserves as then you can sweeten it to taste.
Sour Plums originated in China, but have become a cultural icon in China, Japan, and Vietnam. For example, in Japan they have an important place in garden designs normally placed in the northeast corner of the garden to thwart evil with their beauty. You have to admit, that is pretty cool. The NE corner of my garden is a compost pile where grow mystery plants every summer. Sour plums are often eaten raw out of hand despite being sour. Many consider the sour flavor a refreshing way to cleanse the palate. They are also commonly eaten dipped in salt.
Splendor Apples were cultivated in New Zealand where they a resold as a dessert apple. 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.
Star Apple are grown around Miami. This purple or green fruit has a sweet juicy white pulp. When you cut one in half the inside resembles a star, thus the name. They are normally sliced open and the pulp eaten by spoon. The skin, seeds and core are all inedible which makes the $15-$20 per pound cost all the more expensive.
Star Fruit are known for their five-pointed star shape. There are two types of star fruit. A larger variety that is sweeter than its similar smaller variety. You can eat these fresh as the skin is perfectly edible. You can also cut it to salads, bake it into pies, include them in your curry recipes, or make it into preserves.
Native Americans introduced Europeans to strawberries way back when, but they were pretty small. It wasn’t until the French brought a different breed of strawberry home from Chile that things really got tasty. By combining the South American strawberry with the North American, the French bred the big juicy strawberries we know and love today! Vive La France! For information on how to choose, store, and hull strawberries as well as nutritional information check out our Strawberry 101 Guide.
Strawberry Guava are native to Brazil, but in 1825 were brought to Hawaii and are now grown on pretty much all the islands. Strawberry guavas are often used in salads, as an ice cream topping, in fruit juice or smoothies, and mixed into oatmeal or yogurt.
Sugar Baby Watermelon
Sugar Baby Watermelon get their name from their small size. Lets face it, full sized watermelon are great, but they take up half of your fridge for days. The sugar baby can be brought along on a picnic and finished by a family. They also don’t take up as much space in a home garden as other watermelon. I prefer to just let the watermelon grow naturally out of the compost pile and surprise me with what comes out.
Sugar Plums are historically not plums at all. The term was coined in the 17th century and really just referred to a variety of candied fruits, nuts, roots, etc. It was an expensive luxury as making the candies was labor intensive. By the 1860s such candy was mass produced and thus available to more broadly and “Danced in their heads” became that wonderful Christmas Poem line. Today some manufacturers have added plum flavor to candy and are marketing a true sugar plum candy.
Sweet Limes are a small lime grown in the Middle East and South Asia noted for their sweet lime flavor with little acidity. Their sweet flavor makes them great for recipes like this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie.