While many people would not be able to name many fruits that begin with R there are surprisingly quite a few, including some you may never have heard of before.
Many of these fruits are incredibly good for you, full of nutrients, antioxidants and fiber.
So let’s take a look at our ultimate list of fruits that start with R so that you can add some of them to your diet to enhance your health or help you lose weight.
Probably the fruit that starts with R which first springs to mind is the raspberry. These are a common fruit which can be eaten fresh, in jams, purees, juice or as a dried fruit.
They are full of nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids and potassium, which is vital to healthy heart function.
The raspuri mango comes from the southern parts of India, in particular the state of Karnataka where it is very popular. It is also known as sweet mango but in India it is considered the queen of mango.
It is used for making ice cream, smoothies, yogurts, juices, jellies and jams.
Red Bush Apple
Red bush apples grow in Australia and are identified by the deep ribbed surface of the fruit. It is a tropical species which has been used by Aboriginal people for centuries to soothe sore throats, coughs and chest congestion.
The leaves of the red bush apple tree are made into tea to treat stomach issues.
The rajka apple has been bred by the Institute of Experimental Botany in the Czech Republic. It is a variety of apple which has been developed to resist diseases.
An attractive, red apple it is specifically for eating and has a crisp flesh with a sweet flavor.
Rambai are small round fruits that are grown throughout Thailand and Bangladesh. The thin skin is easy to peel, revealing the flesh which is divided into 3 or 5 segments. These have a juicy, translucent white pulp containing small flat brown seeds.
The fruit has a slightly acidic but mild sweet/sour flavor.
These wonderfully weird fruits look for all the world like round extra-hairy strawberries. But when peeled, rambutans resemble mini onions. Don’t worry though, they taste sweet with a creamy flavor.
Rambutans are related to lychees and longan fruit and are very nutritious. They offer many health benefits including weight loss and improved digestion.
Mulberries resemble blackberries but are more elongated. They are native to central and eastern North America and have been eaten for centuries by Native Americans. Red mulberries are sweet and can be eaten fresh or fermented into wine.
The fruit have a very short shelf life and so do not sell commercially.
The rangpur lime does not look like a lime and more closely resembles an orange. This is because it is a hybrid fruit, crossed between a mandarin and a citron. However, they are highly acidic and can be used as a substitute for regular limes.
It is known by other names including mandarin lime.
While a raisin isn’t a fruit in its own right it is a dried fruit that is derived from a grape. The drying process concentrates the sugars and the nutrients from the grape and packs it all into a diminutive raisin.
Raisins can be eaten raw or put into many sweet and savory dishes. Although they are popular with children, raisins should be eaten in moderation as they are high in sugar.
Ramontchi grows in Africa and in parts of Asia. They are known by many names including Madagascar plums, although they are actually quite small, only about an inch thick.
The fruit is sweet with an acidic tang and the flesh is yellow or white. Ramontchi can be eaten raw, fermented into wine, or made into jam or jelly.
Unless you live in Australia you’ve probably never heard of a rock melon. That’s because in America they are known as cantaloupe.
We don’t know what kind of rocks they have in Australia, but we’re happy to keep calling this fruit a cantaloupe.
Red bayberries have grown in Japan and Southeast Asia for more than two thousand years. They are brightly colored with a distinct knobbly appearance and are roughly three quarters of an inch in diameter.
In the center there is a hard seed which takes up half the fruit. Nevertheless these berries are highly nutritious and taste sweet.
Rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant and are seen as bright red, berry sized pods on the end of stems. They are traditionally used to make herbal tea, jellies, jams and syrups.
Historically, rose hips have been used to treat a variety of ailments including osteoarthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. They also contain high levels of vitamin C.
Red Delicious Apple
The red delicious apple has been around since the 1870s when it was first grown in Iowa. When first introduced the apple was very popular for its juicy taste and soon demand outstripped supply.
This prompted commercial growing. Unfortunately this impacted the flavor and the apple fell out of favor.
Rosigold mangoes are one of the earliest to ripen, appearing in the first months of spring in the US. It is an oblong fruit which turns yellow when mature and has a red or pink blush on approximately half of the skin surface.
The flesh is fiberless and smooth, coming cleanly away from the seed.
The red mombin is a fruit native to Central and South America where it is also known as jocote or the hog plum. It is round and small with a yellow or red skin and a sweet/sour yellow flesh. A single large seed lies in the center of the fruit.
This is a nutrient dense fruit which is high in fiber.
One look at a rough lemon, and you won’t need to ask where it got its name. The skin of this fruit is rough, bumpy and wrinkled with a pronounced nipple at one end.
It ripens from green through pale yellow to a golden yellow and can be used at any stage of the ripening process.
Redcurrants are part of the gooseberry family and native to Western Europe. They are a rich source of vitamin C with 3 ½ ounces of the fruit providing 49% of daily recommended amounts.
They are used to make juice, jams and jellies or can be eaten raw or used in sweet dishes.
Riberries are native to Australia and have been eaten by Aboriginal people for centuries. They were allegedly the first fruit eaten by early colonists in the form of cordials or jams
A pear shaped fruit it is less than half an inch long with a tart, spicy flavor and a hint of cinnamon and cloves.
Rocha pears are a small to medium sized fruit which are oblong in shape and have a light green color. The flesh is firm, white and crunchy but the pear is not as juicy as some others and tends to be a little dry.
The flavor is moderately sweet and mild.
This variety of banana has a reddish purple skin and is often smaller and more plump than yellow bananas. The flesh of a red banana is light pink or cream in color and is softer and sweeter than regular bananas.
Red bananas are eaten raw, but can be fried, baked or dried.
Rollinia is a very unusual looking fruit both outside and inside. Externally it is covered in soft spines which turn black when handled, making the fruit look unappealing. Inside there is soft, sweet pulp whose taste is reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie.
With a short shelf life it’s not conducive to commercial growing.
Red huckleberries are not a widely available fruit but have been eaten and used by Native Americans for centuries. As well as being used for food the berries were often used as fishing bait due to their slight resemblance to salmon eggs.
Huckleberries can be eaten fresh, dried or used to make tea or jelly.
We hope that you have enjoyed our guide to fruits that begin with R and that you have learned something new.