Looking for fruit that starts with the letter J? We’ve put together this list of unique and delicious fruits.
Everyone knows about Jackfruit, they are most commonly used in dishes from Southeast Asia but can also be enjoyed in Western cuisine. They have a sweet and fruity taste and a texture that ranges from crunchy to jelly-like. But do you know many other fruits that start with the letter J?
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 J and see if you can find a new favorite!
Also known as “Chinese date,” jujube is a native Chinese fruit that is often used in sweet dishes. It has a warm, fruity flavor and is covered in a smooth, yellow-orange skin. The jujube fruit has thick skin and a lot of seeds inside, so they are usually eaten raw.
The jujube fruits have many health benefits. Jujube fruit also makes a wonderful snack with yogurt or oatmeal. I like this fruit because it’s unique and easy to eat on the go.
Juniper Berry Fruit
Juniper Berries are cone-like fruits that are related to the pine tree. They are primarily used as a spice in all sorts of meat dishes, but also taste wonderful when eaten just like any other fruit.
They have a strong, sweet aroma and taste similar to gin. I like to add juniper berries to stew and chicken recipes, but you can also find them pickled in vinegar and served with mussels in Belgium.
Also known as “wild mango,” junglesop is a tree-like fruit found in the Amazon jungle. The junglesop fruit is actually shaped like a head of lettuce, with fleshy leaves and small yellow fruits inside. They taste similar to other cultivated mangoes.
Junglesop is also used in Jamaican recipes like sorrel and rum punch. I remember eating this fruit for the first time on New Year’s Eve of 2010 at a Jamaican restaurant with my family.
Jamun (also known as jambul) is an Indian fruit that’s in the same family as the Chinese lychee. It has a very unique flavor and scent, and when raw smells like almonds. Jamun is found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Burma (Myanmar).
I ate jamun for the first time in 2010 when I visited India for the first time. I still remember how delicious it was! When you buy jamun/jambul make sure to pick one that doesn’t smell too strong or sour.
Also known as “African date,” jatoba has a full-bodied flavor and crunchy texture. It is found in Central and West Africa, where it is a popular desert fruit. Jatoba can have an apricot or honey-like flavor when eaten raw, but also has a strong almond aftertaste when it’s cooked.
I like to add Jatoba fruit to salads and smoothies. Jatoba fruit is a rarity in the fruit world because it contains no sugar, but does have a lot of fiber.
Jackfruit is a species of tree in the mulberry family, native to South Asia that has been eaten since ancient times. The fruit looks sort of like a pineapple and can be found on trees all over South Asia. Jackfruit can grow up to 9 feet tall and weighs up to 60 pounds.
When it ripens it turns yellow, but then becomes green when it is cut open. The smell of this fruit reminds me of pineapple guava, which is another tropical fruit I love. It is used in many Asian cuisines, such as Indian, Cambodian, Thai and Filipino.
Jaboticaba is a Brazilian fruit that looks like a cross between a tomato and an avocado. This fruit is extremely soft and has the consistency of tomato.
It’s a great summer treat because it doesn’t taste any different when you eat it than you did before you ate it! It grows in clusters so you can eat as many as you want without wasting any.
The Jocote fruit is indigenous to the Caribbean and South America. It grows on a tree that is related to the mulberry family. The Jocote is not completely purple, but instead has a mix of red and white.
A Jocote grows in a small cluster which makes them easy to pick. The actual fruit looks like a blackberry, but it isn’t a berry at all. It’s actually a single seed (like an apple). The skin of this fruit has no flavor, so you usually eat the whole thing! It is used in cooking, as a fruit “jam,” or in pastry.
The Jostaberry fruit is a cross between a black currant and a raspberry. It contains the taste of its parents—a hint of strawberry and a hint of grape.
It’s been nicknamed “the blueberry that doesn’t pretend to be blue.” To get the best flavor, you should eat this fruit immediately after it ripens. This fruit grows on bushes, so they are more expensive than blueberries but worth every penny!
Jelly Palm Fruit
Jelly palm fruit is a tropical fruit that grows on the vine of a plant native to Central America. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it does have a slight pineapple taste.
The jelly palm fruit is yellow when ripe, and has an interesting texture. When the skin is cut, it pulls off like strands of taffy. The jelly palm fruit can be eaten raw or used in drinks and desserts.
This was our comprehensive list for Fruits That Start With J. Have you tried any from this list? Let me know in the comments section.