Coming up with a list of fruits that start with N can be a bit tricky! Aside from nectarines, you may be wondering what other fruits start with N. These 22 fruits range from the simple to the exotic. Read through this list to discover something new, and consider giving a few of these fruits a try!
I’m enjoying working through the alphabet to discover new and exciting fruits and vegetables to try. So far, I’ve covered 46 Vegetables that Start with F, 16 Fruits that Start with E, 25 Fruits that Start with S, and 51 Foods That Start with O. Today; I’m covering Fruits that Start with N! Through my research, I found new and exciting fruits I didn’t know existed, as well as tried and true favorites. As you read through this list, I hope you consider giving a few of these N fruits a try!
Fruits that Start with N
Here is a list of 20 Fruits that Start with N. Read on to discover where each fruit is from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it, and the vitamins and minerals in each one.
- Nagami Kumquat
- Nageia Nagi
- Nam Dok Mai
- Nashi Pear
- Natal Plum
- Naval Orange
- Nepali Hog Plum
- Newtown Pippin Apple
- Nonda Plum
- Northern Spy Apple
Resembling an orange, naartjie fruit is a citrus fruit that grows in primarily in South Africa but it originates from East Asia. It has a sweet citrus orange flavor similar to mandarin oranges. There are many ways to enjoy it, but the best way is to eat it fresh. The peel is easy to remove, and the flesh is delicate and sweet. Naartjie is a good source of vitamin C, and Pharmaceutical: Naartjie Terpenes have many health benefits. They are also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, and help balance hormones thanks to vitamin A.
If you’ve tasted or seen kumquats you’ve likely eaten a nagami kumquat as they are the most popular kumquats sold. These tangy oval-shaped citrus fruits are native to China but were brought over to Florida where they also grow. They require a warm and humid climate. Enjoy these fruits fresh, make them into juice, jam, or add them to your baked goods. The rind is delicious to eat too! They are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber!
Asian bayberry, the Nageia Nagi is native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. They are part of the family of evergreen shrubs and trees. The tree produces small blue fruit. There are not a lot of edible uses for the Nageia Nagi. The leaves are boiled and eaten, and the seeds yield an oil that can be used in cooking.
Nam Dok Mai
A type of mango that is grown in Thailand and Australia. It has a sweet flavor, and can be eaten fresh and raw, or added to a smoothie, or anyplace else you would use mango. Mangos are particularly high in vitamin K, and vitamin C.
Nance Fruit are tropical small fruits the size of a cherry. It grows in Central America and the Caribbean. Nance grows on the Byrsonima crassifolia tree. It has a strong and pungent smell, with a sweet taste that is compared to a cross between banana and pear, with a slight cheese-like flavor. They can be eaten cooked or raw. The skin is edible but easily removed. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.
Naranjilla means little orange. However, this fruit does not come from the citrus family. Instead, it’s the closest relative is the tomato. It is found predominately in Central and South America. It has a citrusy flavor. Some say it tastes like a cross between pineapple and lemon. Enjoy it fresh, make it into a juice, or prepare it in baked goods, jams, or pies. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, folate, niacin, and thiamine, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, and dietary fiber.
Also known as an Asian pear, the Nashi Pear is round like an apple. It is crisp, sweet, and juicy. They originate in Eastern Asia. They can be enjoyed fresh and raw. Since they are super juicy they can even be juiced. They are a good source of vitamin C and K.
The Natal Plum is a small red fruit with hints of cranberry. It’s a tropical shrub native to South Africa. Contrary to its name, it is not related to the plum. It’s called a natal plum because its size and color are similar to a plum. Eat it fresh or make it into jams and jellies. It is a good source of vitamin C and D.
One of the more familiar fruits on this list the navel orange is a large juicy orange distinguished by its slightly oval shape and seedless interior. It has a thick rind and a bright orange color. The fruit itself is juicy, with a sweet and tangy flavor. Naval oranges originate from Brazil, but today are one of the popular types of oranges grown in Florida.
The nectacotum fruit is a hybrid of nectarine, plum, and apricot. They have reddish-pink color. It has a sweet flavor with hints of berries. They are high in vitamin C. They taste delicious eaten fresh, paired with salads, or made into jam.
One of the most familiar fruits on this list, Nectarines are a stone fruit with smooth pinkish-orange skin. They originate from China as a natural mutation from peaches. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene and folate. They are super juicy and taste delicious and enjoyed fresh.
The neem fruit is a native plant from India. Neem is used most commonly as an extract that comes from its seeds. It isn’t often used in cooking because of the sulfuric smell that is quite unpleasant, and a bitter flavor. It is most often used as a pest repellant, and has antimicrobial effects that may help might bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and is high in antioxidants, and is an anti-inflammatory.
Nepali Hog Plum
The Nepali hog plum is grown in Nepal and Bhutan. It is a subtropical tree. When ripe it has a greenish-yellow hue. It is sour when ripe. While some eat it raw, it is most often cooked and made into dried fruit combined with sugar or salt to neutralize the sour flavor. Sometimes it’s cooked with vegetables to add a sour acidic flavor to foods. It is an excellent source of vitamin C.
Nere Fruit is grown on the locust bean tree which is native to Africa. The Nere fruit is pink pods that turn brown when ripe. They are filled with sweet pulp. The seeds are crushed and fermented. Rarely used for cooking, they are instead used for medicinal purposes such as treating bronchitis, pneumonia, skin infections, sores, and much more.
Newtown Pippin Apple
This American apple is one of the lesser-known types of apples because it is not as widely cultivated. Newtown Pippin apples have light green color with hints of yellow. It is crisp and tart. It first was discovered growing in Newton, New York which is now Queens. While it was grown as a dessert apple in the 17th and 18th centuries, it is now primarily used for apple cider. It’s a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
This dark black purple grape is native to Italy. It is used primarily to produce wine. It is grown in Sicily and parts of Cambria.
The Nonda Plum grows on a small tree that is native to Australia and New Guinea. This small orange/brown fruit has a flavor similar to baked potatoes. It was food used for survival by the aboriginal people and early explorers of Australia.
Did you ever think that cacti could be considered a fruit, let alone a fruit that starts with N? Nopales are the paddles of cacti. They come from the cacti that produce prickly pear. Some consider them a fruit, while others may consider them a vegetable. In order to eat them, you must remove the prickly thorns and then cook the inside. They have a tart and citrusy flavor. The texture is crunchy, yet on the slimy side. You can add them to your salads, or tacos, or eat them as a snack. Naples is a good source of vitamin A, and C, potassium, calcium, and manganese.
Northern Spy Apple
This popular apple variety, the Northern Spy Apple is a late-season winter apple that is harvested in late October through November. It’s a hardy apple that will last through the winter season when kept in a cool dry place. Northern Spy Apples have a green and pink coloring. It has a tart flavor, with a crisp finish. It tastes delicious eaten fresh, baked into pies, or made into applesauce. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
The Nungu (also known as ice apples) grow on tall trees that reach up to 98 feet tall and can live for up to 100 years. The fruit the tree produces is 4-7 inches in diameter with a thick black shell. Inside the shell are jelly-like sockets that are translucent in color. It has a coconut-like flavor. Some say that it is sweet but rather bland. It can be eaten raw and mixed with milk and other fruits in a smoothie. It helps you feel full, so some eat it as an appetite suppressant.
Typically used as a spice for its warm and aromatic flavor nutmeg. It is the seed of the fruit that is used for this purpose. Found in Indonesia and the West Indies. While in the United States we typically only use the seed, in Indonesia they eat the pulp of the fruit or make it into candy or jam. They are similar in appearance and size to an apricot. When they ripe they split in two. The seed inside is red and spotted.
Nuts are not typically thought of as fruit, however, all nuts with the exception of peanuts come from a fruit. Those that are considered fruits are hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and more. Nuts are excellent sources of protein along with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, plant iron, calcium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, and potassium, and vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, and niacin. Nuts can be enjoyed as a simple snack, sprinkled on a salad, used in baked goods, made into nut butter and so much more!
I hope you found this list of fruits that start with N helpful. Let me know if you have any questions, or if there is a fruit that I missed!