Looking for fruit that starts with the letter L? We’ve put together this list of unique and delicious fruits.
Everyone knows about Lemons, they are most commonly used in desserts but can also be incorporated into salads and drinks. They have a sour taste which is caused by their high levels of citric acid. But do you know many other fruits that start with the letter L?
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 L and see if you can find a new favorite!
I think of lemons as lemonade’s older brother. They’re a much less acidic fruit than oranges, and are great for adding to salads, desserts, and smoothies. Lemon recipes are all around the web, and it’s fun to make your own lemonade!
It is used in a lot of tea, e.g. Green Tea Lemonade, Breakfast Tea Lemonade, and many more!
Just like with oranges, you can also add lemon juice to salads and dressings to cleanse the pallet.
Lucuma is a fruit native to Peru, where it is highly valued. It is the fruit of a tree that is native to the Andes, and has been used for hundreds and hundreds of years. Lucuma looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, though it does not taste like either.
In fact, it resembles no other fruit I’ve ever eaten. It’s sweet and tastes almost like caramel.
A good way to describe the texture of lucuma is that it’s slightly grainy, similar to how apples are when cooked. The flavor can be strong in some varieties so I recommend starting with small amounts until you get used to the taste.
Loquats are indigenous to China and taste like a cross between a mango and a peach. They have an outer covering which is bitter, but the inside of the fruit is very sweet. The flavor can be quite strong, so it’s best to add loquats to recipes rather than eating them alone.
I use them in smoothies in place of regular peaches, and they have a rich sweet flavor that I love. I like to buy loquats that are firm and a little unripe, and let them sit on my kitchen counter until they ripen.
The lychee is believed to have originated in China, and the name is likely derived from the Chinese word “litchi.” It grows on trees that are generally small and bushy, making this fruit quite popular among gardeners.
The fruit itself has a thin outer skin, with smooth round seeds inside. The taste of the flesh is similar to that of a grape, with a slight almond flavor. I love eating them by themselves or sliced up in watermelon for a refreshing summer snack!
Like the lychee, the limequat fruit is native to China. They have a thicker skin than the lychee and are hard to find outside of Asia. They taste closer to a lemon than a lime, and are great for adding a hint of tartness and sweetness to cocktails and salads.
I like to buy them small, and then let them sit on my counter until fully ripe. The pulp of the limequat is not very juicy, but the rind is wonderful to eat. I usually cut it up and put it in my salads for a little extra kick.
Although technically not a fruit, I just had to mention the lime! This citrus fruit is a cross between a mandarin and an orange, and is one of my favorite ingredients in drinks such as Margaritas.
The flesh of the lime is very juicy, so you have to squeeze it a little often when eating it. Also, limes are great for adding flavor to recipes since they have so much flavor on their own. The juice from the lime can also be used in many types of foods.
Liberty apples originated in the United States, and—despite their name—they are not “new” at all. They have been around for centuries and have a nice tart flavor that is comparable to a Granny Smith apple.
Liberty apples are commonly used for baking, since they make a nice juice for pies. They also make great saplings because they don’t grow very tall.
Lemon aspens are native to the southwest United States, where they are a common sight along roadsides. The fruit has a pale yellow skin that turns red when ripe. It has a tart flavor that’s similar to that of an apple.
Lemons can be eaten by themselves or added to recipes, and are particularly delicious when dipped in buttermilk. Lemon aspens also produce edible seeds so you can use them in baking and cooking.
Le Conte Pear
The Le Conte pear is a bright-red variety of pear that is native to China. It has very little flavor, but it makes a nice snack because it’s sweet, crisp and juicy.
Le Conte pears come out in the fall, so they are perfect for snacking on while waiting for the apples to come in—or vice versa!
The lapsi is a small, pear-shaped fruit native to Brazil. The fruits are bright yellow, and actually lack any flavor. However, they make a nice snack because they are very crisp, crunchy and sweet.
They are often used to make juices and jam. I’ve never had one myself but my friends tell me that the fruit is not bad!
Lulo is a sweet, citrus-tasting fruit that is native to the Philippines. It’s a small fruit that has a soft skin and a thin, green flesh. The flavor of the lulo is very similar to that of a lemon, though it has far less acidity than the lemon.
Lulos are often used by bartenders in place of lemons for drinks such as margaritas. Lulos can be used in pretty much any drink because they have only one purpose: to taste great! To eat them, cut them into quarters and peel them (or use the skin on salad dressings).
Lord Lambourne Apple
This apple is a hybrid variety that was created in the UK. It is a very juicy apple that comes in two varieties: golden and red. The golden variety has a sweet, mild taste, while the red variety tastes more bitter and tart.
The Lord Lambourne is large, making it an excellent choice for cooking and baking. The apples can be kept for several months if they are stored properly.
The lardizabala is a small orange or yellow fruit with a thin skin. It’s grown in Mexico and named after Lardizabal, who was the first person to grow the fruit in the region.
The taste of this fruit is bland, but it has a lovely crunchy texture. You can eat it by itself as an appetizer, or use it in smoothies and juices.
Longan is a small fruit that grows on tall evergreen trees. It’s native to China, and is often referred to as the “dragon eye fruit.” The skin of the longan is brown and wrinkled, while its flesh is milky white. It tastes similar to a lychee, but with a slightly more complex flavor.
Longans are great for cooking and baking, since they add a lovely sweet flavor without being too sweet or overpowering. They are also delicious fresh in fruit salads or smoothies.
Lippens mangoes are a hybrid combination of the durian fruit, the nashi pear and the mango. I actually have a tree of these beauties in my backyard, and they produce fruits all year long. They are super sweet, juicy and fragrant!
Even though the skin of these mangoes is yellow, it is not as soft as that of a mango. The flesh is very yellow and juicy (though it does turn brown when ripened). It’s very similar in flavor to a peach, with a hint of nashi pear. I use it in smoothies and juices, and sometimes cut it up to eat as an appetizer.
The lingonberry is a small, red berry that grows on the northern hemisphere. It grows wild in various parts of Europe and Asia. It’s most commonly found in Scandinavia, where it’s used to make all sorts of jams and sauces. The flavor of the lingonberry is sweet, tart and complex.
Lingonberries are great for making pies, and I also like them to make drinks such as cocktails or sangria.
The langra is a sweet, fleshy fruit that’s also known as a “white peach.” It is usually sweet, though it ranges from being very mild to very tart. The skin of the langra is thin, and the fruit can be eaten fresh or used in cooking.
The color of the skin doesn’t really matter, since you will probably be peeling it off when you eat it! Raw langras are crunchy, but become soft and gooey when cooked.
The limeberry is a fruit that’s actually a hybrid cross between a blackberry and a lime. The fruit is bright green and has a very tart, lemony flavor. The skin of the fruit is thin and easy to peel off.
It’s commonly used in making jams, drinks and sauces. It can be eaten raw or cooked, but people often prefer to use it for cooking because of how rich the flavor is.
The lillipilly is a very sweet, sour and fragrant fruit that grows in Australia. It’s often referred to as the “desert lime” because it was originally used as a way to preserve citrus fruits by native Australians.
The skin of the lillipilly is yellow, while the flesh is white with a pink-red coloration. The flavor of the lillipilly is similar to that of a mandarin orange, but without being too tart.
The Leucaena is a tropical fruit that is native to Africa and the Pacific. It’s a bit of an “odd” fruit in that it actually more closely resembles a nut than it does a typical fruit. It is often used as an ingredient in various African dishes.
The Leucaena should be peeled before eating. The dried seeds are also edible, though they have to be soaked first before being cooked. I ’ve never used the fruit in cooking, but people say it tastes pretty good!
The Langsat fruit is native to Malaysia and known as the “lansat.” It’s a small, round fruit with a thin skin that is usually yellow. The flesh of the fruit is white to yellow in color, and can be eaten fresh or used in cooking.
The langsat tastes very much like that of a grapefruit, though it’s a bit more sweet and has more pulp. It also has an aromatic fragrance similar to that of mandarin oranges. The langsat works well in jams, marmalades and other desserts.
The Lancetilla is a berry that’s native to South America. It grows on a shrub known as the “Mexican coffee tree,” though it can be found growing in other places as well. The fruit has a very tough, thick and spiky outside skin.
The taste of the Lancetilla is an intense mix of sweet and tart, making it one of the tarter fruits in this particular list. It’s very juicy and slightly bitter when eaten alone (just like a lemon), but it tastes fantastic mixed with other fruits such as strawberries or other berries.
This was our comprehensive list for Fruits That Start With L. Have you tried any from this list? Let me know in the comments section.