Did you know there are around 2,000 types of fruits in the world? Some are readily available, some are harder to find, and some are even extinct! While it may be easy to think of many fruits that start with the letters A or E, it can be much more challenging when you are trying to think of fruits that start with the letter V. Whether you are trying to win a family game of Categories, or you are trying to expand your cooking knowledge, this article will help you! This article provides a comprehensive list of the 28 fruits that start with the letter V and gives a deeper look into the top 11 most common of those fruits.
Valencia Orange Fruit
Valencia oranges are a cultivar of Citrus x sinensis, a mix between a pummelo and a mandarin orange. Named after the Spanish city of Valencia, these oranges are round with a beautiful golden-orange color and slightly rough texture.
People often use these oranges in the kitchen, whether they are making a glass of orange juice or using them in a recipe. Cooks often use these oranges in cooking, salads, desserts, and sauces.
Valencia oranges are incredibly juicy and have a sweet flavor with a hint of tartness.
These oranges are nutritious because they are an excellent source of Vitamin C — a vital vitamin for immune system support. In addition, they are also rich in dietary fiber and folate. Delicious and nutritious, these oranges should most definitely be on your radar.
Valencia Pride Mango
The ‘Valencia Pride’ mango is a cultivar of the species Mangifera indica. You can find these mangoes in Florida, and they typically ripen between late June and August. These fruits are large, wide, and yellow.
This mango grows on large trees, has a fragrant honey smell, and boasts sweet-flavored flesh. People enjoy eating them fresh, on their own, or as an excellent addition to desserts, ice creams, and even salads.
Additionally, this mango has many health benefits besides its delicious sweet flavor, including being anti-cancerous, anti-oxidant, and anti-diabetic, to name a few.
Van Dyke Mango
The ‘Van Dyke’ mango is a cultivar from the same species as the ‘Valencia Pride’ mango. This mango is similar to the Pride mango because it originates in Miami, Florida. Although it developed there, it is now in countries such as Brazil, eastern Africa, and Europe. This fruit has a medium-sized oval shape and a bright yellow color with breaks of solid red.
These mangoes are extremely popular because of their beautiful external color, and the color inside is just as beautiful. Their flesh is a deep orange-yellow color and is deliciously juicy. These mangoes are sweet, rich in flavor, and often used in dishes and smoothies.
Similarly to other members of its species, this mango has a lot of health benefits. Extracts from this plant have aided with bronchitis, asthma, and urinary disorders. They are a remarkable species and are being looked at for the development of functional foods and medicines.
A more well-known fruit that starts with V is vanilla. There are many cultivars of vanilla fruit, including ‘Bourbon vanilla,’ ‘Mexican vanilla,’ ‘Tahitian vanilla,’ and ‘West Indian vanilla .’ The vanilla is the fruit of the orchard plant — of which there are two primary varieties — and it comes in a dark brown, long, and skinny bean pod. Vanilla orchids thrive in tropical climates.
Vanilla has a sweet, rich, warm flavor and is often used in recipes, particularly desserts. A favorite among bakers is vanilla extract from the vanilla bean.
Vanilla has many healing properties, including but not limited to its anti-oxidant properties. Those anti-oxidants can help fight against damaged cells in the body. Other medicinal uses of vanilla include aiding with fever or gastrointestinal distress.
The velvet apple (Diospyros blancoi) gets its name because of its appearance. It looks like a regular apple but has reddish-brown skin that feels like velvet to the touch. Although the apple’s skin feels nice, it doesn’t always have a pleasant odor, and the taste is usually bitter. Many tropical countries produce this apple.
While most people enjoy eating this apple raw, with its mildly sweet taste, it is also often used in making desserts, juices, and salads. Most of the time, people discard the skin.
This apple is a source of many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and B, fiber, and potassium. Some even claim that these fruits have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation effects.
The velvet tamarind (Dialium guineense) is similar to the velvet apple because it also has velvet-like skin. Unlike the apple, however, the skin of this tamarind is black. This fruit is often found in Africa and is similar in size to grapes.
The velvet tamarind has a sweet, delicious pulp inside its thick shell. The shell must be cracked open before you can consume the fruit within. Many people use this fruit as a juice; the leaves are occasionally used in recipes.
This fruit is immunity-boosting and helps maintain strong bones as it is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A.
Winemakers commonly use this grape to produce white wines found in Italy. It frequently appears in Tuscan wines and has an acidic, citrus flavor. Wine made from this grape has a crisp and fresh taste and the aroma of a citrus fruit.
This wine is often considered an aphrodisiac as it contains properties that increase virility in men and fertility in women, making it a popular choice of wine for weddings.
Similarly to the last grape, the Vespolina grape is also used to create Italian wines; however, this one is red. This grape is mainly used in the production of wine and is said to have a compound in it responsible for the peppery scent that can often be found in Shiraz wines.
The fruit is a medium-sized grape that appears blue-black in color. The berries create an intense red wine with a floral and spicy flavor. Grapes are full of vitamins, anti-cancerous, and promote hair growth.
The most popular plum in the United Kingdom originated in England. The cultivar ‘Victoria’ comes from the species Prunus domestica and has an oval shape. Its coloring varies from greenish-yellow to purple. The inside flesh is yellow and red.
When ripened, this plum has a delicious sweet flavor and works great as a stand-alone fruit. It is also a good fruit for making jams and pie fillings. ‘Victoria’ plums are good in the kitchen and inside your body; this fruit packs a ton of health benefits inside. The vitamin A content helps promote healthy eyes, while the vitamin C content boosts immunity. Dietary fiber improves your digestive system; some studies say it helps prevent cancer. This plum is a fruit you want around.
Voavanga (Vangueria madagascariensis) is also known as the Spanish tamarind. This less-known fruit that starts with V is native to Africa and has green or brown skin with a white spot. People can eat this fruit fresh or use it as an ingredient in smoothies and fruit salads.
This fruit is not just massive in size but also in the benefits that it can provide to those who consume it. Voavanga has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal properties. Tamarinds are also high in various nutrients, including vitamin C, riboflavin, and magnesium.
Volkamer lemon (Citrus x volkameriana) is a cross between a citron and a sour mandarin. The Volkamer lemon is a hybrid of sour oranges and lemons, giving it quite an acidic taste. Similar to a generic lemon, this fruit is round and yellow. When it fully ripens, it turns to a bright orange color.
This lemon has a pleasant aroma and is often used in the kitchen to make marmalades, juices, or marinades. It is also often used as an ornamental plant. Lemons have very high levels of vitamin C, which is good at preventing cases of flu and common colds and overall boosting the immune system.
Summary of the Top 11 Fruits That Start With V
Below is a table that reviews the top 11 fruits that start with the letter V that we discussed in the article above. In addition, it recaps their basic description and their health benefits.
|Valencia Orange Fruit||Round with beautiful golden orange coloring.||They are a great source of vitamin C and are rich in dietary fiber and folate.|
|Valencia Pride Mango||These fruits are large, wide, and yellow.||This fruit is anti-cancerous, anti-oxidant, and anti-diabetic.|
|Van Dyke Mango||Medium-sized oval shape with a bright yellow color, with breaks of red in it.||Extracts from this fruit have aided with bronchitis, asthma, and urinary disorders.|
|Vanilla Fruit||They come in dark brown, long, skinny bean pods.||It has strong anti-oxidant properties that help fight against damaged cells.|
|Velvet Apple||Apple shape, with reddish-brown skin that feels like velvet.||Is a good source of vitamins A and B, fiber, and potassium.|
|Velvet Tamarind||Has black, velvet-like skin.||This fruit is immunity-boosting and helps maintain strong bones.|
|Vernaccai Grape||Medium-sized grape that appears light green in color.||It is considered an aphrodisiac that promotes virility in men and fertility in women.|
|Vespolina Grape||Medium-sized grape that appears black in color.||Contains vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, and is anti-cancerous.|
|Victoria Plum||Oval shape with green-yellowish and purple skin.||Contains vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, and is anti-cancerous.|
|Voavanga||Huge green or brown fruit with a white spot.||It has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal properites.|
|Volkamer Lemon||Round and yellow with an acidic taste.||High levels of vitamin C —immune-boosting|
Comprehensive List of Fruits That Start With V
Below is a comprehensive list of 28 fruits that start with the letter V.
- Vaccarese Grape
- Valencia Orange Fruit
- Valencia Pride Mango
- Van Dyke Mango
- Vanilla Fruit
- Velvet Apple
- Velvet Bean
- Velvet Tamarind
- Velvety Nightshade
- Venous Jamun
- Veronica Apple
- Verna Lemon
- Vernaccia Grape
- Vespolina Grape
- Viburnum Fruit
- Vicar of Winkfield Pear
- Victoria Pineapple
- Victoria Plum
- Vietnamese Guava
- Viking Apple
- Villafranca Lemon
- Viper’s Bugloss
- Vitex Fruit
- Vitis Vinifera
- Volkamer Lemon
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