If you’re looking for fruits that start with B? Look no further than this list of 42! You’ll find common fruits, such as bananas and blueberries, as well as less common fruits such as batuan fruit, and bottle gourds.
Working through the alphabet to learn about all the fruits and vegetables available around the world is a wonderful way to introduce new produce into your diet. While there are the more commonly known fruits that start with B such as bananas and blueberries, there are quite a few additional fruits that you may have never heard of! Here you’ll find a complete list of fruits, along with a description of the 6 fruit categories, as well as nutritional information about each one.
Read on to learn about familiar and exotic fruits that start with B!
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What Are The 6 Types of Fruit?
There are 6 main categories of fruit. These include berries, stone/pit, core, citrus, melons, and tropical fruit.
Berries: These small and juicy fruits have small seeds. They often grow on bushes or on the ground on vines. Berries include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to name a few. Some are sweet while other berries are tart.
Stone/Pit Fruit: These large and fleshy fruit are juicy and sweet They have thin outer skin, with a pit in the center. Stone fruits include peaches, plums, and nectarines among others. These fruits grow on fruit trees.
Core Fruit: These fruits have a core at the center where the seeds live. They usually have thin skin and crispy flesh. They grow on fruit trees. Apples and pears are considered core fruits.
Citrus Fruit: Grown on citrus trees, citrus fruits have a thick rind and a think membrane that separates the flesh into sections. They are juicy and range from tart to sweet. Citrus fruits include various types of oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.
Melons: These large and juicy fruits grow on the ground from winding vines. They have thick skins, with a juice center, and many seeds throughout either the center or as part of the flesh. Melons include watermelons, honeydew melons, and cantaloupe.
Tropical Fruit: These types of fruit grow in warm and humid climates. These fruits include pineapples, coconut, papaya, mango, and guava to name a few.
A List of Fruits That Start With B
- Bael Fruit
- Balsam Apples
- Baobab Fruit
- Barbadine Fruit
- Barbados Cherries
- Batuan Fruit
- Beach Plum
- Bearberry Fruit
- Betel Nuts
- Bignay Fruit
- Bilberries (Bilberry Fruit)
- Bilimbi Fruit
- Bitter Melon
- Black Apple
- Black Cherry
- Black Mulberry
- Black Raspberry
- Black Sapote
- Blood Limes
- Blood Oranges
- Blue Tongue Fruit
- Bottle Gourds
- Brazil Nut Fruit
- Brazilian Guava
- Brush Cherries
- Buddha’s Hand
- Burmese Grapes
- Burdekin Fruit
Information About Each Fruit That Starts With B
The babaco fruit is a tropical fruit from Ecuador. It is similar to a papaya but much more narrow. It’s a seedless fruit with a thin edible skin. It has a sweet flavor somewhere between a combination of strawberry and pineapple.
This fruit is about the size of an orange and has a sticky pulp with a sweet flavor. It grows on a large tree in Bolivia that reaches as tall as 100 feet. It has a thick peel, and seeds that are not edible.
The tropical bael fruit is native to India and Bangladesh. This sweet fruit is used for its Ayurvedic healing properties. It’s eaten both fresh or dried.
The balsam apple isn’t an apple at all. It is actually a melon with a pointed end. Interestingly, it is good to eat when it is green and cooked and unripened whereas when it ripens and turns orange it can cause stomach upset and vomiting. It is grown in Southern Africa.
The popular banana is a tropical fruit that has thick yellow skin when ripened, and a soft white interior. Bananas grow in tropical regions in South and Central America, as well as regions of India, Africa, and China.
Baobab is a tropical fruit that grows on trees found in Australia, the Middle East, and some areas of Africa. Ripe baobab has white flesh that tastes like yogurt with a subtle sweetness. The fruit is grown in pods that hang upside down from the tree. The seeds have a chalky texture that is ground into powder, and used for its nutritional benefits such as vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates, and phosphorus.
Barbadine is a tropical fruit that is a member of the passion fruit family that grows in Central and South America. It’s a large fruit with a green skin when not yet ripe, that turns yellow as it ripens. The flesh of the fruit is soft and creamy with an interior seed sack that is filled with small seeds that have a yellow coating. It has a sweet floral taste.
Barbados cherries are tropical fruit that is grown in the Carribean and South America. They are more tart than traditional cherries, although they are still edible raw. They are most often used in jellies and jams to give them the sweetness they need.
Barberries are grown on bushes that are grown around the world, with the exception of Australia. There are many different species of barberry bushes around the world. The small red berries are edible but have a very acidic flavor making them difficult to enjoy raw. While they are not widely used in cuisine, they are used in Persian cuisine most often.
The batuan fruit is similar in size to tomatoes, with green flesh. It is grown in the Philippines and commonly used in their recipes. It has a sour flavor, but it’s not acidic. It is used in savory recipes to give it some spice.
Beach plums were once a common tree growing along the Atlantic Coast. However, as homes have popped up along the shore, the trees have been cut down, resulting in the Beach Plum becoming a rare tree and fruit. The trees produce small plumbs that are similar in color to blueberries and size to cherries. They are rich in antioxidants and taste great when turned into jam.
The bearberry is a small red berry that looks similar to lingonberry. However, it is tasteless which means that it isn’t used often as a food, but as a medicinal berry and even as a natural dye. It is called bearberry because it is eaten by bears. It grows in areas of Asia, Europe, and North America. It is a small ground covering shrub.
The beechnut has a thick shell, and at the center is a fruit with a bitter flavor. It tastes best when roasted and seasoned with savory spices.
While the betel nut is a fruit, it is not one I recommend consuming or using. In fact, it has been described as a combination of a cigarette and a black cup of coffee. People that use it don’t eat it, but instead, chew it and spit it out. It’s been linked to mouth and esophageal cancer. It is native to South and Southeast Asia.
Bignay fruits are similar to grapes in that they grow on vines. They can be eaten and enjoyed right off the vine. They are native to China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and some parts of Australia. It has a tart but sweet flavor when ripe. It is often used to make wine, tea, and jam.
Bilberries look similar to blueberries but are grown in Europe. They are rich in antioxidants and are used in recipes similar to blueberries. Eat them raw, or bake them in a pie, quick bread, pancakes, or smoothies.
The bilimbi fruit is native to Malaysia. It is a tropical fruit that has a unique shape. It is related to the starfruit and grows in clusters. It has a similar flavor to cucumbers with a sour taste. It is often pickled and served in savory meals. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and potassium.
The biriba fruit has a long cone shape and a bright yellow color with spikes that turn brown. The center is white with seeds that look similar to the inside of passionfruit. It grows in Peru and Argentina and is a popular ingredient in Amazon cuisine. It can be eaten fresh and is also often turned into wine.
Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd)
The bitter melon is long and green like a cucumber, but with a distinct bumpy and rough exterior. Its name is derived from its extremely bitter flavor that only becomes more bitter as it ripens. It is native to China and is popular in Chinese cuisine. It is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, folate, potassium, and zinc.
The black apple is a core fruit, that looks like a typical red or green apple, but with a deep dark purple skin, and white flesh. It is grown in the Tibetan region of Nyingch. It has a sweet flavor like other apples and can be used in recipes that call for any type of apple.
The black cherry is a darker hue than red cherries. It is grown throughout North America in both Canada and the United States. It is popular because it isn’t too sweet or too tart, which gives them a nice balance of flavor. They taste delicious baked into pies, jams, or eaten fresh.
The black mulberry looks similar to blackberries but is much larger. They are native to Southwestern Asia and grow on bushes in the wild. They are quite juicy with a sweet and tart flavor. Black mulberries are used in recipes like blackberries, or as a substitute for blackberries when they are not available.
Black raspberries are native to North America. While they look like blackberries, they are a different type of berry characterized by their smaller size and tart flavor. They are delicious to eat fresh, but also are popularly made into jams, and added to pies, and other baked goods. They are a rich source of vitamin C, and fiber. They are in season during the month of July. Outside of this time, it is difficult to get your hands on black raspberries.
The black sapote is related to the persimmon. It grows in Mexico. The inside has a pudding-like texture that is slightly sweet but with a nutty pumpkin flavor. It can be added to smoothies, eaten raw, or added to baked goods such as quick bread and brownies.
These large tart berries are dark purple in color. They are native to North America and are commonly found in grocery stores. They grow on large bushes with thorns and are enjoyed fresh, added to salads, baked into sweets, made into jam. They are an excellent source of vitamins C, K, manganese, and fiber.
Black currants are native to Europe and North Asia. They have a tart flavor and are full of antioxidants, and vitamin C. They are often used in homeopathic medicines to help with blood flow, the immune system, eye, gut, and kidney health. Used in culinary recipes it is made into jam, drinks, and baked goods.
The blood lime is a cross between a lime and a mandarine orange that grows in Australia. It has a deep burgundy peel and red flesh. They can be used in any application you would use a regular lime. Their acidic flavor makes it delicious to add to drinks, as a side to tacos, or to other recipes that need an acidic flavor.
Blood oranges have an orange peel and deep burgundy flesh. The flavor is extra sweet with a hint of raspberry. They are in season during the months of November through May. They can be easily found in grocery stores during this time. Enjoy them fresh, or bake them into desserts like this citrus cake, or turn them into an amazing blood orange cocktail.
Blue Tongue Fruit
Blue Tongue fruit literally leaves your tongue blue after eating them, thus the name. The scientific term for this fruit is melastoma. It has a very sweet taste. They grow on an evergreen bush that produces beautiful blue flowers that turn into dark blue fruit with a sweet taste. They grow in warm climates. It’s native to Australia.
This common berry grows on shrubs across North America. They are considered superfoods because of their nutritional value. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and can help manage cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Eat them fresh, add them to your cereal, oatmeal, or smoothies, or bake them into your favorite treats!
Bolwarra is native to Australia. The fruit has a green outer shell, and the inside resembles guava. When they ripen they turn yellow. They are mostly used as a cooking spice or made into jams and desserts.
The bottle gourd also called calabash is a member of the squash family. It turns yellow in color when ripe. They have a large round bottom, and a long thin neck. It is used in savory recipes such as soups. They have a mild flavor. They are native to Africa and grow in warm climates.
Boysenberries grow in New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest. They are large berries that grow on a vine. They taste like a combination of blackberries and raspberries. They are not easy to find fresh in your local grocery store. Your best bet to get your hands on fresh boysenberries is at a farmer’s market in one of the regions where they grow. Otherwise, you can find boysenberry jams or syrups.
Bramble fruit is not a separate fruit, but rather a term for a grouping of fruits. Brambles are a group of berries including blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, and black raspberries. Bramble fruit is used together to create delicious jams, pies, and other baked goods, or as berry fruit salad.
As the name suggests, the Brazil nut is from Brazil, however it is not a nut, but a seed. They are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. They can be enjoyed raw or roasted. Consider adding them to your salads for extra protein and nutrients. However, don’t eat too many at one time. They can be poisonous in large amounts due to their selanium content.
Like the fruit before, Brazilian Guava gets its name from its country of origin. It is, however, also grown in parts of Peru and Mexico. It has a pear-like shape, with thick green skin, and a pink interior that resembles a watermelon. The flavor is said to be similar to strawberries. It is used to make a Brazilian dessert called Romeo and Juliet. The guava is mashed and then made into a gelatin-like texture that is cut into squares, and made into a sandwich with cheese in the center.
Breadfruit is not the most attractive fruit. It’s grown in Peru and Puerto Rico, and you can find it as an ingredient in recipes from these countries. While its appearance is lacking, its flavor is interesting. It has a savory bread-like flavor, hence the name. It is used in savory recipes like you might use potato. Mash it, bake it, or sauté it.
Brush cherries are native to New Zealand and Australia. They grow on bushes, rather than trees, and produce red berries that have a sweet and tart taste. They can be enjoyed fresh, or made into baked desserts such as pies, or into jams and syrups.
Buffaloberries are a small berry that grows in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They are bright red in color, but can also be yellow. They grow in forests on thorny shrubs. It has a tart flavor, that while edible makes them rather unappealing compared to other berries.
This interesting-looking citrus fruit resembles a hand. Unlike most citrus fruits that are round or oval in shape, buddha’s hand looks like a lemon with long fingers. It does not contain any pulp or juice. However, its rind produces a fragrant lemon odor. It is used in recipes to create a lemon citrus flavor such as dressings, marinades, or baked goods. They are native to Northeast India and China.
Burmese grapes grow on evergreen trees found in parts of Asia. To eat them, remove the outer peel. Inside you’ll find segments that can be spit apart. It has a fibrous texture and a sweet and sour flavor.
The burdekin plum resembles a purple plum. It is deep purple in color with a rounded shape. The flesh is mildly sweet with a hint of tart flavor. They grow on trees, but ripen after they are picked. This plum is native to Australia and used in savory recipes as a sauce alongside meat, or made into jams or wine. It is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
There are so many different fruits that start with B. Some are more common than others. I hope this list has introduced you to some new fruits that you may want to try, or use in recipes. If I missed a fruit, comment below. I will continue to update this list, as I discover new and exciting fruits!