Are you looking for fruits that start with V? Here are 13 fruits that begin with V, but don’t expect to find all of these in your local market as some our pretty exotic!
Hey there, fruity explorers! Are you ready to venture into the wild world of fruits that start with the elusive letter “V”? From the classic velvety velour of a velvety peach to the dazzling violet hues of a vibrant violet fig, we’ve got a juicy lineup of 13 “V” fruits with photos that’ll make your taste buds tingle!
Vaccarese Grapes prove our point about the oddity of these fruits starting with V. There are about 30 acres of these grapes grown in France where the first historical mention of them is in 1538. Today a small California vineyard grows another 2/3 of an acre.
Valencia Oranges are grown mostly for orange juice production, but they have a great taste and nice color which makes them readily marketable as whole fruits as well. The Valencia was first hybridized by William Wolfskill in California in the mid-1800s.
Valencia Pride Mangoes
Valencia Pride Mangoes are a hybrid mango native to Florida grown from the Handen Mango. Their classic yellow flesh is firm, juicy, and sweet. This variety is also known for being less fibrous than some other varieties. Sounds like the perfect mango for The BEST Mango Smoothie.
Van Dyke Mango
Van Dyke Mango is a smaller variety mango that does not keep as well as other varieties which has limited their commercial sale somewhat. Mangoes are originally from South Asia, and made their way across the tropics and into America in 1880. Today, mangoes are the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, with India being the greatest supplier.
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.
Vanilla is the fruit of an orchid plant that grows as a long, dark brown bean pod. Though there are hundreds of varieties of the vanilla orchid, the vanilla that we know and love comes from just one variety –Vanilla planifolia.
Vanilla is a finicky, labor-intensive plant, making it the second most expensive commercially available spice (next to saffron). Vanilla originally comes from Mexico, where hummingbirds and bees adapted to be able to penetrate and pollinate its flower. More on what vanilla is and where it comes from here.
Velvet Apples are also called Mabolo, and are not apples at all. They are a rare tropical fruit from the Philippines and Taiwan, but brought to the US in 1906. They got their name as they are shaped like an apple, but have a velvety skin. They are normally eaten raw cut in half then the flesh scooped out.
Velvet Tamarind is a small (grape sized) fruit with a hard brown shell. It grows in the forests of Africa particularly the nations of Western Africa. The pulp is eaten raw or made into a beverage. The fruit is used regionally for a treatment to an incredible number of ailments.
Vespolina Grapes are a red wine grape variety grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. Now if you have a sudden urge to do something with grapes other than drink their sweet fermented nectar check out Everything You Need To Know About Grapes .
Vicar of Winkfield Pears
Vicar of Winkfield Pears sounds like a fruit invented by Dr. Seuss, but were actually first found growing wild in France around 1760. This variety has a green to yellow skin and is a bit elongated. 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 and perhaps consider yet another way to enjoy pears in Pear Pizza with Gorgonzola and Thyme.
Victoria Plum is an English plum with a red skin and yellow pulp. While some say it is not as flavorful as other plums when eaten raw, it creates an attractive pink puree when cooked and is good in preserves and pies. It derives its name from England’s Queen Victoria.
Villafranca Lemon are commonly grown and eaten in Southern Asia. It is known for having few seeds. Gotcha thinking about a cool citrus drink? Try Lavender Lemonade (+ How To Make It A Slushy!), and for more on the lemon’s health benefits and types check out Lemon 101: Everything You Need To Know About Lemons.
Voavanga Fruit, or African horned cucumber, grows on Madagascar and in East Africa. Thus, not surprisingly the scientific name is Vangueria Madagascariensis. This odd yellow fruit is covered in spines, and when cut open reveals an avocado green seedy pulp.
Volkamer Lemon is a slightly larger variety than other lemons, is dark yellow, and is described as having a very much “lemon-like” flavor. Sounds like an ordinary lemon to us. The origin of this variety isn’t really clear which is understandable as lemons are an ancient fruit.