From white honeydew to white blackberries and lumina pumpkins to white pears, we’re covering 29 healthy white fruits from around the world in this comprehensive guide.
When you think of white fruits, you might struggle to think of common ones. But, there are actually many common fruits that have white varieties, like blackberries and strawberries! In addition to these more known fruits, there are also many white squashes and even a white tomato which are also, botanically a fruit.
Beyond those that have white skin, there are also lots of fruits that have white flesh. Not surprisingly, there are quite a few fruits that have white flesh but a colorful skin. For this reason, we’ve separated this list into those with white flesh and those with white skin. Have you heard of them all?
15 Fruits With White Skins
These 15 fruits all have white skins, which is actually pretty uncommon. They don’t all, however, have white pulps.
Baby Boo Pumpkin
Origin and Description: Baby Boo Pumpkins are miniature pumpkins that are actually a variety of acorn squash. These tiny, round, and pure white pumpkins typically measure only 2 to 3 inches in diameter. They have a smooth, hard skin and sweet, mild-flavored flesh. Oh, and yep all squash including pumpkins are botanically fruits.
Best Uses: Baby Boo Pumpkins are primarily used for decorative purposes due to their small size and attractive appearance. They make charming additions to autumn and Halloween displays, often used for table centerpieces, wreaths, and crafts.
They can also be hollowed out and used as serving bowls for soups, dips, or stuffed acorn squash. Like conventional acorn squash, they can be baked into both sweet and savory dishes.
Chinese White Pear
Origin and Description: The Chinese White Pear, also known as the Ya Pear, hails from China. It is a sweet and juicy pear with a pale yellow to greenish-white skin and a crisp, succulent flesh. This pear variety is often medium-sized and oval or round in shape.
Best Uses: Chinese White Pears are primarily eaten fresh, as they have a delightful sweetness and refreshing crispness. They can be sliced and added to fruit salads, green salads, and smoothies, or used as a topping for desserts.
Origin and Description: The Lumina Pumpkin, also known as the White Pumpkin, is a unique and eye-catching variety of pumpkin originating from the USA where pumpkin hybridization projects are fairly common.
Lumina pumpkins have a distinctive pale, ghostly white or ivory-colored skin. These pumpkins typically have a round to slightly flattened shape and are generally medium-sized. The flesh inside is a vibrant, orange hue, and the taste is similar to traditional orange pumpkins, albeit slightly sweeter.
Best Uses: Lumina Pumpkins are primarily bought for their aesthetic appeal, and it is increasingly common to see both orange and white pumpkins on porches around Halloween. They aren’t carved as often as orange pumpkins, so after Halloween instead of throwing your white pumpkins out make your own homemade pumpkin puree. It’s simple and the base for most fall pumpkin recipes. How about an easy pumpkin soup or a healthy pumpkin smoothie.
Origin and Description: Originating in South America, pineberries are a unique strawberry variety with a distinct appearance. Unlike the traditional red strawberry, pineberries have pale, almost white skins with red seeds. They are smaller than typical strawberries and have a flavor more like a pineapple than a strawberry, hence the name “pineberry.”
Best Uses: Pineberries can be eaten fresh, just like regular strawberries, and make a great addition to fruit salads, desserts, and beverages. They are also popular for use in jams, jellies, and pastries.
Origin and Description: The snowberry bush is a deciduous shrub native to North America and Eurasia. It produces small, round, white to pinkish berries that grow in clusters. The berries are inedible for humans and typically have a somewhat waxy, translucent appearance.
Best Uses: Snowberry is primarily grown for its ornamental value. The clusters of white or pink berries on the shrub create a decorative, wintery effect, making it popular in landscaping. Birds, however, can eat the berries, and snowberry bushes provide important winter food sources for wildlife. We thought that was a good enough reason to include an inedible fruit in this article
The White Aspen fruit is native to Eastern Australia. The small white berries have a lemon to orange flavor and can be cooked with seafood or poultry, added to salads, and used in making preserves, juices, and cocktails.
White Bell Peppers
Origin and Description: All peppers originated in the Americas, but Christopher Columbus brought a variety of peppers back to Europe on his several voyages. The bell pepper was not one of them.
The bell pepper is actually a hybrid developed from other peppers in Italy in the early 19th Century. The most common colors for bell peppers are green, red, yellow, and orange, but they can also be found in white, brown, purple, and striped.
Best Uses: For us, fajitas are the best use of bell peppers, but that is kind of a waste of white bell peppers which are much harder to find. Cut them into strips with other colored peppers for a unique veggie tray presentation, or use them in stuffed peppers to showcase their unique color.
Looking for some new motivation for using this, the mildest of peppers in your cooking? Here are 14 of Our Favorite Bell Pepper Recipes.
Origin and Description: White blackberries, also known as “albino” or “pale” blackberries, are a natural mutation of the more common black blackberries. White blackberries have pale, almost translucent skin, and they maintain the same size and shape as their darker counterparts, typically being around 2-3 centimeters long.
Best Uses: White blackberries are slightly sweeter and less tart than their red and black counterparts, making them ideal for snacking. They are also great in fruit salads offering a unique color variation, and of course in pies, crumbles, jams, and preserves. Their white color comes from the absence of anthocyanin, a well-known antioxidant, found in other blackberries.
White Cherry Tomato
Origin and Description: These are a small, round tomato variety with a creamy-white skin. They are believed to have originated in Eastern Europe but have gained popularity more broadly for their uniqueness. White cherry tomatoes have a sweet, mild flavor and are typically 1-2 centimeters in diameter.
Best Uses: They are perfect for fresh salads, snacking, and adding a touch of contrast and sweetness to salads. Their small size and attractive appearance make them an excellent choice for garnishes and appetizers. They contain lower levels of lycopene, the antioxidant responsible for the red color in tomatoes, which gives them their pale hue. 15 Cherry tomato recipes.
Origin and Description: White currants are an albino cultivar of red currants. They are believed to have originated in Europe and are a natural variation of the red currant. These berries are typically less than half an inch in diameter and are pale yellow or white in color.
Best Uses: White currants have a mild, sweet-tart flavor and are commonly used in desserts, jams, and jellies. They make an excellent addition to fruit salads, pies, tarts, and even savory dishes.
They are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, offering health benefits in addition to their delightful taste. White currants are a favorite in European cuisine and are often used in traditional recipes and confectionery.
Description and Origin: White honeydew melon is a sweet melon variety that originated in Asia but is now grown worldwide. It has a smooth, pale greenish-white skin and sweet, juicy, pale flesh. White honeydew melons are typically round and range in size from small to medium.
Best Uses: It’s perfect for eating sliced or adding to fruit salads just like an ordinary honeydew melon, or for blending into refreshing smoothies. The subtle sweetness of white honeydew pairs well with prosciutto in appetizers and is often served as a refreshing dessert on its own.
Origin and Description: White mulberries are native to China, but quickly spread to India where they were used primarily to feed silkworms. The fruit is similar to other mulberries, but of course, white and about an inch long. It is sweet and mildly tart in flavor, with a texture similar to blackberries.
Best Uses: White mulberries are often eaten for their purported health benefits. While we can’t verify any of the claims, you can find substantial discussion on their use to regulate diabetes and fight cancer.
Origin and Description: White nectarines are a sweet and succulent fruit that is thought to have originated in Persia (modern-day Iran), and then spread to Europe and the United States.
These fruits have a smooth, pale yellow skin and flesh that is characterized by their lack of the typical fuzz found on regular nectarines. White nectarines are known for their juicy, aromatic, and mildly sweet flavor, making them a popular choice among fruit lovers.
Best Uses: White nectarines are delicious when eaten fresh, either on their own or in fruit salads. They are also excellent in desserts, such as tarts, pies, and crisps. Their juicy texture and sweet taste make them an excellent addition to smoothies and ice creams.
Origin and Description: White peaches are believed to have originated in China, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. These peaches have a velvety, pale white to yellow skin and a sweet, juicy, and less acidic flesh compared to traditional yellow peaches.
White peaches are sometimes referred to as “non-melting” peaches because of their firmer texture. In ancient Chinese culture, the white peach was associated with longevity and immortality, making it a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Best Uses: White peaches are perfect for snacking when they are ripe and at their peak of sweetness. They are also great in fruit salads, smoothies, and yogurt parfaits. White peaches can, of course, be used in baking, such as in cobblers, pies, and cakes. Their natural sweetness enhances both sweet and savory dishes.
White Transparent Apple
Origin and Description: White transparent apples, also known as Antonovka apples, are believed to have originated in Eastern Europe, specifically Russia. These apples are small to medium in size and have a pale green or whitish skin.
They are known for their tart, crisp, and juicy flesh, making them a popular choice for culinary uses. White transparent apples are usually one of the earliest apple varieties to ripen in the summer.
Best Uses: They are often used for making applesauce, apple pies, and apple preserves due to their tartness and ability to break down easily when cooked. They can also be enjoyed fresh as a refreshing snack or added to salads for a touch of tartness.
Fruits with White Pulps
These great fruits are known for their white flesh, but different color skins. Many of these can be peeled to showcase their white color in a white fruit bowl, in fruit salads, or in any culinary application you want their white color to stand out.
Origin and Description: It is an unfortunate coincidence of the English language that forces us to first tell you that the flesh of apples is white! Guess you probably knew that. But did you know there are something like 30,000 varieties of apples worldwide and over 2,500 in the USA alone?
They are the white-fleshed fruit the world loves, and why not? They are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. And, yes most have white flesh, but not all apple varieties are the same by any means.
Best Uses: The most common way Americans eat apples is fresh out of hand. Heck, when we say you can eat something “like an apple” we all know that means to pick it up and take a bite. Baking in general is second, but what an ideal food it is for that. America’s favorite is arguably apple pie, but apple tarts, apple crisp, stuffed apples, and stewed apples are always great options.
Origin and Description: We feel like it is no blinding flash of revelation that bananas are white inside. But did you also know that 96% of Americans have purchased a banana of some type in the last month?
Bananas are the second most eaten fruit in the world after tomatoes. We humans consume 116 million tons a year! They are native to the jungles of Southeast Asia but are today grown in tropical regions around the globe.
Best Uses: There is no best use for bananas. They have thousands of uses from sweets like a good banana smoothie, savory as in banana Thai curry, for a healthy start to your day in this breakfast banana split, or any of our other 15 Healthy Banana Recipes. And if you haven’t tried the super healthy faux ice cream made from frozen bananas, Nice Cream, you ought to give it a shot.
Origin and Description: Baobab trees, also known as the “Tree of Life,” or “upside-down trees” are native to the African savannas. The baobab tree bears large, hard-shelled, oval fruits with a powdery pulp inside. The fruit’s pulp is often described as having a tangy, citrus-like flavor.
Best Uses: The pulp can be consumed in drinks or made into jams and sauces. It’s also used to make traditional African dishes and natural remedies. Baobab powder is often added to health drinks and supplements.
Origin and Description: Breadfruit, a member of the mulberry family, originates from the South Pacific and is widely grown in tropical regions. The fruit is large, with green, spiky skin and starchy, cream-colored flesh. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor when cooked.
Best Uses: Breadfruit can be roasted, boiled, or fried and served as a starchy side dish or a meat substitute. It’s a staple in many tropical cuisines and can be used in soups, curries, and desserts. Its starchy nature allows it to be used in both savory and sweet recipes.
Cherimoya (Custard Apple)
Origin and Description: Cherimoya, often called the “custard apple,” is a tropical fruit native to South America, specifically the Andes region. It’s a heart-shaped fruit with green, scaly skin. The flesh is sweet, creamy, and often likened to a blend of pineapple, banana, and strawberry flavors.
They are also known as the ice cream fruit as they are often chilled and eaten directly from their skin with a spoon. But really…. “Ice Cream fruit”, that is all we needed to know.
Best Uses: Cherimoya is typically eaten fresh by cutting it in half and scooping out the flesh. It can also be used in smoothies, desserts, and fruit salads. The sweet and creamy texture makes it an ideal ingredient for custards and ice creams.
Origin and Description: Coconuts originated in the South Pacific, and are now grown in tropical regions worldwide. The coconut fruit is encased in a hard, brown, hairy shell, with a layer of fibrous husk surrounding it. Inside, you find coconut water and the white, edible flesh. The water is a clear, refreshing drink, while the flesh can be eaten raw or used in a variety of dishes.
Best Uses: The water is consumed as a beverage, and the flesh can be grated, shredded, or used to make coconut milk and oil. Coconut is an essential ingredient in many tropical and Asian cuisines, from curries and desserts to coconut-based beverages like piña coladas. How about a homemade coconut popsicle or coconut smoothie?
Origin and Description: Green papaya, also known as unripe or raw papaya, is the immature fruit of the papaya tree. It is commonly found in tropical regions and is typically large, with green skin and white flesh. The taste is quite different from ripe papaya, being more neutral and slightly bitter.
Best Uses: Green papaya is often used in savory dishes rather than eaten as a raw fruit, such as green papaya salad (a Thai favorite), curries, and stews. It can be grated, sliced, or julienned for different recipes.
Origin and Description: The jujube is a small, sweet, and reddish-brown fruit. It grows on the jujube tree, which is native to China and has been cultivated for over 4,000 years.
Best Uses: Jujubes are often eaten fresh but can also be dried and used as a snack or in baked goods. They are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for their purported health benefits.
Origin and Description: Langsat is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, and is commonly found in countries like the Philippines. It is small, round, and has a thin, yellow to pale brown skin. The flesh is translucent and has a sweet, slightly tangy flavor.
Best Uses: Langsats are usually eaten fresh, often after peeling the skin to get to the juicy flesh inside. They are a popular tropical fruit in the Philippines.
Origin and Description: Longan is a fruit that’s closely related to lychee. It is native to Southeast Asia and is characterized by its small, round shape, translucent flesh, and sweet flavor.
The name “longan” translates to “dragon eye” in Chinese, which describes the fruit’s appearance when the skin is removed, revealing a shiny black seed in the middle, resembling an eyeball. Longan has been cultivated for over 2,000 years in China and has a long history in Chinese culture.
Best Uses: Longan is typically eaten fresh, and is often used in desserts and fruit salads. It can also be canned or dried.
Origin and Description: Lychee is a tropical fruit that originated in China, and has been grown there for over 2,000 years. It was highly regarded as a symbol of good luck and fortune, often associated with the Lunar New Year and special occasions.
Today it is also grown in many subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. The lychee tree belongs to the soapberry family and produces small, round to oval fruits with a bumpy, reddish-pink or brownish shell. The fruit’s flesh is juicy, translucent, and white, with a sweet and fragrant flavor.
Best Uses: Lychee is commonly eaten fresh, but It can also be used in fruit salads, smoothies, and desserts. Lychee is sometimes canned or dried for extended shelf life, and its juice is used in beverages and cocktails. In Asian cuisine, lychee is used to add a delightful, exotic touch to both savory and sweet dishes.
Origin and Description: The mangosteen is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It’s often referred to as the “queen of fruits” due to its exceptional taste and appearance.
The mangosteen is a small, round fruit with a thick, purple rind and a fragrant, juicy, and white flesh. The flesh is often described as sweet, tangy, and incredibly delicious.
Best Uses: Mangosteen is primarily eaten fresh, as the fruit can be sliced open and the succulent flesh consumed directly. Some people also use mangosteen in fruit salads, smoothies, or sorbets to enjoy its unique taste.
In addition to its culinary uses, mangosteen has a long history in traditional medicine in its native regions. It has become popular in the USA in recent years and is often available in international markets.
White Dragon Fruit
Origin and Description: Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is native to Central America but is now cultivated in various tropical and subtropical regions. The fruit has vibrant, pink or yellow skin with green scales. The flesh is white or red, speckled with tiny black seeds, and has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
Best Uses: Dragon fruit is typically eaten fresh by scooping out the flesh with a spoon. It can be added to fruit salads, and smoothies, or used as a decorative garnish for desserts. The fruit’s unique appearance makes it a popular choice for fruit platters which is actually its best use though many find the taste a bit bland. They are a little difficult to cut, so you might check out our how to cut dragon fruit tutorial with a video.
White Wonder Watermelon
Origin and Description: The white wonder watermelon, also known simply as white watermelon, is a unique and less common variety of watermelon. Watermelons are believed to have originated in Africa and were cultivated in ancient Egypt. They are characterized by their pale, creamy white flesh and green striped rind.
Best Uses: Like other watermelons these are often sliced into wedges, cubed for fruit salads, or blended into cool, hydrating beverages like smoothies or agua frescas. The white flesh adds a unique twist to traditional watermelon recipes.
If you can find these, their unique color makes them a good option for fruit salads. Perhaps combine it with red watermelon and blueberries for a unique Independence Day red, white, and blue fruit bowl.
This wraps up our look at fruits that are white in either skin, pulp, or both. We hope you found some information here you can use, and as always happy cooking!