Looking for fruit that starts with the letter I? We’ve put together this list of unique and delicious fruits.
Everyone knows about Indian Gooseberry, they are most commonly used to make jams, chutneys, and pickles. They are also a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. But do you know many other fruits that start with the letter I?
Whether you’re looking for something readily available at your local supermarket or something a little more exotic, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of fruits that start with I and see if you can find a new favorite!
Ice Cream Bean Fruit
Rambutans are a tropical fruit from southeast Asia, and they resemble a brown hairy ball. Some call them the ice cream bean fruit, because at room temperature, they seem to have an icy creaminess when you bite into them.
The flavor of a rambutan has been compared to that of a lychee or longan fruit, but having never tasted one of these fruits before—I wouldn’t know. Rambutans are popular in Southeast Asian cuisine and can be cooked or used as a sweetener. They’re also used in traditional medicine and as natural dyes.
The ilama fruit, also known as the Mamoncillo, is a small fruit that contains a black seed in its center. I’ve never had one of these fruits before, but when I was growing up we used to buy “ilama powder” which my mom used to dilute our milk with.
It is used to make a small pudding, similar to dulce de leche. It is also used to make sweets, drinks, and even finger paint.
Illawarra Plum Fruit
The Illawarra plum comes from the Illawarra region, located in south-eastern Australia. It has a smooth skin and can be eaten raw or used to make jams and preserves.
You might not have heard of this fruit, but if you’ve ever had apple pie, you’ve tasted these plums, because they are also known as Saint George plums. I use it to make pies and jams. They can be eaten raw, but also work great in pies, jam and ice cream.
The Imbe fruit is from Africa and is also known as the darling plum. The pulp of an Imbe fruit is red when ripe and sweet. It’s usually eaten fresh, but you can also use it to make jam.
It can be eaten raw, and I have even frozen it with no loss to flavor. The Imbe plum is a round fruit that has a pointed end, and is about the size of a small banana. It is dark green and is almost always spotted with purple. The skin is smooth and rough. It is used to make jam, sweets, and drinks.
Indian Almond Fruit
The Indian almond is the most popular nut in India, and comes from India and Pakistan. It is also known as the peacock almond or the sacred almond. This dried fruit has a bitter taste and when eaten raw, it has a distinctive look to it with cracked skin.
Indian almonds are usually sold whole, but also in pieces: you can buy chunks of nuts that have been stewed in milk or water with ginger and spices. The Almond is a sweet delicacy which you can use to flavor things like desserts – both cooked dishes as well as ice cream – or drinks such as milk tea.
Indian Fig Fruit
The Indian Fig is a tropical fruit, but it can be grown in certain parts of California. The Indian Fig is also known as the “pomelo” and has a small, orange-yellow in color. It tastes sweet and sour at the same time. I like this flavor because it’s good with either honey or just plain and has that tropical feeling to it.
This fruit looks like an Italian plum, but this one’s dark red-orange on the outside and very sweet inside—but not any kind of candy, like a blackberry or raspberry. It is used in Indian desserts such as puddings and jams.
Indian Gooseberry Fruit
The Indian gooseberry is also known as the “black currants”, and is from the Muscadine family. These fruit have a very thick skin that are brown in color with a reddish-purple inside. It is used as a dessert, or can be eaten raw.
This fruit, since it’s part of the grape family and it’s got all of its pips on one side of the fruit—it looks like a muscadine grape that’s dark red on one side and light-red on the other. It is used in jams and jellies, but I really like it as a dessert.
Indian Prune Fruit
The Indian Prune is also known as the “dried plum” and is a type of plum that is picked when it’s ripe and dried. It is used as a snack food, or eaten with yogurt and naan.
The Indian Plum has a wrinkly skin, the size of an almond, but the texture of a prune. It is one of my favorites in the world! It can be eaten dried or even canned. When you eat an Indian Plum—think sweet and sour cherries—it’s kind of like that.
Indian Jujube Fruit
This fruit is also known as the “Arabian dates” because of its size, shape and texture. The Indian Jujube is wrinkled with a dark brown or reddish-brown color. It’s light in flavor, can be eaten raw or lightly processed for preservation.
It looks like a cross between a date and an olive, but is even sweeter than either. This fruit can be eaten fresh from the tree, dried or preserved in syrup or jam.
This was our comprehensive list for Fruits That Start With I. Have you tried any from this list? Let me know in the comments section.