25 Fruits That Start With W

Looking for fruit that starts with the letter W? We’ve put together this list of unique and delicious fruits.

Everyone knows about watermelon, they are one of the best fruits to eat in summer. They are high in lycopene, vitamins C and B6, as well as potassium. But do you know many other fruits that start with the letter W?

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 W and see if you can find a new favorite!

Wineberry

Wineberries are small berries that have a strong taste and tart, but sweet. They come in red, black, and purple. I usually like to purchase the black ones as they’re my favorite!

To eat them, you can just grab a handful and pop them in your mouth, or you can slice them up in different ways depending on how you want to eat them. Wineberries normally come frozen and dehydrated for easy storage. You can also purchase fresh wineberries in season at certain times of the year.

Wax Apple

Wax apples can be used in many ways like eating on their own or in a variety of different recipes. These apples have flesh that is much softer than other apples, which makes for delicious and easy to eat fruit.

While picking out your apple at the market, make sure it’s not yellow and not too soft. If you want to add flavor to the apple, you can use apple butter or any other fruit sauce on it.

White Currant

White currants are a type of fruit that look like tiny grapes but are tart, sweet and juicy. They are about the size of a penny. I like to eat them plain, or use them in juices and smoothies to add flavor.

You can purchase white currants fresh from markets or from Amazon or at specialty stores. There’s not too much prep work you need to do with this fruit as it is already cleaned and ready for eating!

Walnut Fruit

Walnuts are one of the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. Their high protein and oleic fatty acid content make them a perfect vegan food source. The walnut fruit is often referred to as a “fuzzy,” “softball-sized” brown and purple-skinned plum, which looks very similar to a Date.

Walnut fruit, which has an edible flesh that tastes pretty similar to a sweet potato, is mostly farmed in California. Walnut fruits have been used since ancient times to help with various health conditions . I use them to make juice, smoothies, salsa and guacamole. It is used in a lot of beverages, with teas and smoothies being my favorite. While buying walnut fruits, look for one that’s firm.

Wealthy Apple

Known as the Wealthy apple, it is a medium-sized apple that is yellow on its skin and green in color beneath it. It’s also known for having a characteristic “velvet” texture. It has a tart flavor that’s great for eating with other fruits and vegetables.

The fruit is frequently used in quick (and inexpensive!) recipes such as applesauce or used to make pies like piecrust or cinnamon applesauce. Apple seeds can be roasted and eaten raw, too.

Western Hackberry

The Western hackberry is a fruit that’s known for its sweet, tangy taste. It’s also a popular ingredient in a number of local recipes and beverages including but not limited to jellies, jams and “honey-like” beverages made from the fruit.

While you’re looking for your next hackberry selection, it should also be noted that the fruit is very fragile when it first ripens so you want to avoid selecting one that is too soft or mushy. Look for one that can still be moved with your hand but has some form of firmness left to it. I use them to make juice, smoothies, salsa and guacamole.

White Sapote

 

This fruit has a very white, somewhat translucent skin and is quite similar in appearance to white-fleshed dates. They usually have black specks on their skin and are often used in recipes that call for dates or figs.

I use them to make juice, smoothies, salsa and guacamole. It is used in a lot of beverages, with teas and smoothies being my favorite. While buying White Sapotes, look for one that’s firm with a few brown spots on the skin.

Wild Orange

The wild orange fruit is a small citrus fruit that’s commonly consumed fresh, dried or used within various recipes. It has a sweet, tangy flavor profile and can be easily peeled and segmented.

Wild oranges are often used in salsas like salsa verde along with similar-tasting fruits such as limes, lemons and tangelos. While you’re choosing your own orange selection, check the color of the skin. Wild oranges are naturally sweeter than other types of oranges out there due to the lack of pesticides, so you want to look for one that has a deep greenish-yellow coloring when it’s peeled rather than an overly yellow one.

Wild Sweetsop

The wild sweetsop has a sweet, tangy flavor profile and is sometimes described as tasting similar to the soursop fruit. It’s often used in a variety of desserts, smoothies and drinks (such as teas)

While the consistency of the flesh is similar to that of most fruits, it’s also possible for wild sweetsops to have a very large seed in the middle of them. This is usually removed before consuming them but if you run into one that does have a seed in it, simply cut around it and eat what you can.

Williams Pear

The Williams pear is a small, spiky yellow and red-skinned fruit that’s popular in a number of different countries. They are often used to make juices or other drinks including wine, cocktails and desserts.

I use them to make juice, smoothies, salsa and guacamole. It is used in a lot of beverages, with teas and smoothies being my favorite. While buying Williams pears, look for one that has just the right amount of redness on the skin.

Wood Apple

The wood apple is a small, round to slightly-oval shaped fruit that is green in color when it first ripens. Unripe wood apples taste quite similar to green tomatoes and can also be used in recipes that call for tomatoes.

I use them in my soup recipes. While buying wood apples, look for one that has some brown-ish coloring to it. I like to store my wood apple in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use it.

Worcester Pearmain Apple

The Worcestershire Pearmain apple is a small, round-ish white/cream-colored fruit that’s often used in baking and desserts. This variety develops a sweet flesh that’s quite similar to the sweetness of a pear.

I use them in my soup recipes. While buying Worcester Pearmain apples, look for one that has some browning on it, but it should not be too dark and burnt. I like to store my Worcester Pearmain apple in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use it.

Water Apple

The water apple is a dark brown, kidney-shaped fruit that’s often eaten fresh. The entire fruit is edible and can be used in a number of different recipes including pastries, pies, ice cream and desserts.

I use them to make juice, smoothies and salsa. It is used in a lot of beverages, with teas and smoothies being my favorite. While buying water apples, look for one that looks firm with a slightly darker skin color around the stem area.

Watermelon

I love watermelon. I could have it every day. Watermelon are round, juicy fruits that weigh anywhere from 8 ounces to nearly a pound. Watermelon is technically a fruit, but sometimes it is also called a “pawpaw” because of its similar appearance to the pawpaw of the Americas.

Watermelons are hydrating and can be eaten raw or used in other recipes. You can use them as a fruit salad or in soups. I like to eat them at room temperature in the summer or chilled in the fall.

Water Lemon

Fruits of exotic Passiflora edulis growing in garden

A water lemon is an uprooted lemon. It is a new variety of lemon that has been grown upside down and hangs in the air like a plant. The fruit then grows around the stem, making it very easy to pick.

You can use it as any other type of lemon, including juicing and cooking with them. Granted, you won’t be able to dry it, but that’s not necessary if you plan to use them when they are fresh anyway.

Wax Ground

 

A wax gourd is a large, yellow fruit that is similar to a winter melon. It grows on the vine and is eaten both raw and cooked.It has been grown in Southern China for thousands of years and was introduced to Japan in the 1600s, where it grew to be a garden staple.

It’s a winter squash that can be stored long term like pumpkins or butternut squash. Make sure you pick one that has some red on it, as opposed to yellow, or it’s overripe.

West Indian Cherry

These are large, round, and sour fruits. They can be used for eating or for making jams and jellies.

They are often used to make juice or alcoholic beverages such as wine, which is known as “quina” after the quina seed from which it gets its name. I like them mixed in with fresh pineapple to add a little sweetness to the fruit. they are available in the summer.

White Aspen Fruit

I’ve never actually eaten one of these, but they’re on my list. These round, white fruits are almost identical in appearance to an aspen seed.

They’re native to Western China and many parts of Asia are used to make a fermented drink called “hong qua,” which means “red flower.” They can be eaten raw or used in other recipes such as jams and jellies.

White Mulberry

A white mulberry is a large fruit with a white, waxy bloom. It is native to China and Japan and has been used as a popular ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. The fruits are eaten raw or used in other recipes. I like them in jelly because they are perfectly sweet and not too sour.

They are available in the fall and winter. They are available around Thanksgiving. I use them to make jam. They are very sweet and taste very similar to an orange.

Wild Custard Apple

The wild custard apple is a fruit that I have on my list to try. I have no idea what it looks like or what it tastes like, but it is similar to the custard apple fruit. They are popular in Central America, the Caribbean Islands and even parts of the United States, where they are sometimes referred to as “custard apples.”

They are white when they ripen and turn yellow and then brownish/purple when they become overripe. They taste similar to an apricot, but can be eaten raw or used in other recipes such as jams and jellies.

Wild Lime

A wild lime is a fruit that I had never heard of earlier, but looks similar to an lime. It has a green exterior that is somewhat woody or thorn-like in appearance. The flesh is white and has a very strong lemon flavor. It is used to make juice and in soups.

It is grown in Southeast Asia and India. I got to try it in frozen form when I went to India. It is used in a lot of different recipes, including custard.

Wild Sugar Apple

A wild sugar apple is similar to an sugar apple that is farmed on a commercial level. It is a very sweet, white fruit with lots of juice. It looks a lot like a pineapple and tastes much the same, except sweeter.

There are many different local names for this fruit around the world. In Africa, it’s known as “mala mboga” in Swahili, for instance. I got to try this fruit while I was in Tanzania. They are a popular ingredient in Ugandan recipes. They are often used to make juice or alcoholic beverages such as wine, which is known as “mala mboga.” I also like to use them in tarts and pies.

Wildbacher Grape

The wildbacher grape is a stone fruit that is similar to an nectarine. In fact, the outer skin is waxy and tastes similar to a nectarine. They have a very creamy texture that goes well with most meals.

People can pick them when they are still green or wait until they turn purple and blossom. The wildbacher grape grows best in the Mediterranean region.

Winter Nelis Pear

This is a pear with a very creamy texture that has a taste similar to a nectarine. It is native to China, where the Nelis pear was cultivated by the ancient Chinese. You can eat them raw or cooked.

They are in season around the late summer and fall. They are hard to find, but worth looking for. I got a chance to try one while I was in China.

Wolfberry

The wolfberry is a fruit that I have never tried, but it’s on my list. Most people will know it as the goji berry, named after the Chinese term “go-tzu,” which means “wolf’s eye.” It is native to China and has been cultivated for thousands of years.

There are eight major species of wolfberry that are native to China and Tibet that are used in cooking, medicines and teas. The most common species is Lycium barbarum or “goji berry.” It can be eaten raw or used in other recipes such as jams, juices and juice concentrates.

 

This was our comprehensive list for Fruits That Start With W. Have you tried any from this list? Let me know in the comments section.

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