Are you looking for fruits that start with Z? Here are 16 fruits that begin with Z, along with some helpful information about each one.
If you are looking for an exotic fruit for a special occasion, this list of fruits that start with Z may just be what you are looking for! Some of these are going to be pretty hard to find. Start with local international markets, and don’t forget to try Amazon.
Fruits That Begin With Z
Here are 16 fruits that start with “Z” from all over the world. Have you heard of them all?
Zabergau Reinette Apple
The Zabergau Reinette Apple was developed in Germany, specifically Baden-Wurttemberg in the SW of Germany, in 1885. It is a larger variety of apple with a copper color and classically white flesh. They are said to become sweeter the longer they age in storage. 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 Zalzalak fruit is a berry sized light pink to red fruit grown in NW Iran though it can be found in North America, Africa and Asia today but known as Crataegus. It is commonly used in jams, jellies, and wine.
The Zante Currant is also known as the Corinth Raisin as it is a raisin produced by drying Black Corinth grapes. Greece grows 80% of these grapes with the balance coming from the United States, South Africa, and Australia. They are often used in cookies, fruit cakes, scones, and well in pretty much any recipe calling for raisins. They would be a good add to this Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free).
Zarzamora is the Spanish word for blackberry. Hey, it is an intriguing name and who doesn’t like blackberries. Blackberries grow best in northern temperate climates, and are found widely in the North Eastern United States and Canada as well on the Pacific North coast. They are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and are great for making preserves as well as a variety of desserts. Try them in this Berry Cabbage Smoothie Recipe (4 Ingredients). Yep, cabbage smoothie recipe. Trust us on this one.
The Zawngtah is an unusual fruit growing in tropical regions. It is also called Bitter Bean or Stink Bean. They are flat, long beans that contain seeds about the size and shape of almonds. They are best used in savory foods due to their cumin like flavor. It has long been a favorite among the Mizo people of NE India.
The Zebra Melon is native to Indonesia, and look rather like cantaloupe both inside and out. They are noted for being an aromatic fruit with sweet honeyed flavor. They are popular in Indonesia as they are inexpensive and a delicious snack on hot days.
Zestar Apples were developed at the University of Minnesota in 1999. They ripen earlier than most apples in late August into September. This apple was specifically developed to survive in Minnesota’s cold climate. Looking for more apple information? Check out our Apples 101 Nutritional and Variety Guide.
The Zhe is a small red round berry also called the Chinese Mulberry, Cudrang, and Mandarin Melon Berry. It is said to taste like watermelon or cantaloupe.
Zierfandler Grapes are grown in Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary. They are also known as Spätrots which in German translates to “Late Red”. These grapes are sweet with a hint of almond taste and produce white wines known to age well.
Zig Zag Vine Fruit
The Zig Zag Vine is also known as the Drop Vine or Wild Banana. It grows in the rainforests of New Guinea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Borneo, and Indonesia. The name comes from its odd growing pattern of starting low on the tree and growing in somewhat of a zig zag path upward. The fruit is said to taste like a tangy orange sherbet, and it is often used to make liqueurs.
The Zill Mango was created by horticulturist Lawrence Zill in 1940. They are known for their sweet flavor, fiberless pulp, and strong aroma. What do you do with a fiberless mango? How about Topical Mango Juice with Passion Fruit and Orange. For more about how to select, cut, store, and more check out Mangoes 101: Everything You Need To Know About Mango.
Zinfandel Grapes are well known as the force behind wines of their name. The high sugar content in these grapes gives Zinfandel wines their slightly higher alcoholic content than some other wines.
Ziziphus Mauritiana is also called the Jujube and is native to Southern Asia. They have a sweet taste and are chewy making them good in candies and as a dried fruit. In parts of Asia they are used in traditional medicine as a sleep aide. They are a high fiber fruit with a reasonable nutrition profile.
Zucchini are often thought of as a vegetable, but are in fact a fruit. They’re a summer squash that is extremely versatile. Zucchini grow well in your home garden, but be careful to not let them grow too large (and they will) as the skin gets much harder and the seeds larger with too much growth.
Zucchini is a nutritional power house with less than 5 calories per ounce but a good vitamin and mineral profile. When explorers discovered these starchy plants, they brought them back to Europe and started growing and cultivating them there. It was in Italy that the modern-day zucchini finally came to be, where it was dubbed zucchino (little squash).
The zucchini made its way back to America in the 1920s, where it was ignored by the average consumer for about 50 years. We just didn’t know what we were missing! But it’s okay, today we’ve got an entire arsenal of zucchini recipes from zucchini noodles to stuffed zucchini to zucchini desert crisp! If you want to look at zucchinis terrific nutrition profile or want still more information on Zucs, take a look at our What is Zucchini? (And Why Should You Eat More of It?)
Zweigelt Grapes are the most prominent grape grown in Austria, and are also commonly cultivated in surrounding European nations. The variety was developed by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt in the 1920s. 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 .
The Zwetschge is also known as the Italian Prune Plum as its originated in Italy. The Germanic name came about due to its popularity in Germany. These are red to purple plums with a sweet golden pulp.
Plums were one of the first fruits we humans domesticated, which means we’ve had thousands of years to breed new varieties of plums. There are way too many to list them all here, but here are some of the main varieties you may come across as well as nutrition information, how to select, store, etc. Plums 101: Everything You Need To Know. A little primer: they are really healthy with a decent amount of fiber and vitamin C but only about 13 calories an ounce. Still, they are naturally sweet and make great sweets like this Homemade Plum Fruit Rollups Recipe.