Here are 13 different foods that start with the letter P. Some of our favorites include papaya, passion fruit, peaches, and pomelo! How many of these have you tried?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a fruit that I didn’t enjoy. If you’re like me and are crazy about these sweet or sour, vitamin-packed treats, you probably want to expand your fruit vocabulary.
Here’s a list of fruits that start with P. Learn a few fun facts about your favorite ones or discover unique and exotic new fruits to try in the future!
Originating in Central America, the papaya is sweet and full of nutrients. This juicy and fleshy fruit is said to be a powerful antioxidant and improves digestion.
Not only is it super healthy, it also has many other uses. In parts of Asia, it’s used to make soap because of its skin-brightening properties.
The papaya also contains enzymes that make it an excellent natural meat tenderizer.
2. Passion Fruit
A beautiful colorful fruit native to Brazil, passion fruits are maroon or magenta on the outside and bright and yellow on the inside.
You might be surprised to know that the passion fruit is actually part of the berry family! It is used in many different ways around the world but the most popular way to enjoy the passion fruit is as a beverage.
3. Paw Paw
The paw paw is such a unique fruit! Its flavor is said to be similar to a cross between a mango and a banana. Sounds delicious right?
But while it’s usually compared to tropical fruits, the paw paw is actually native to the USA and Canada.
Yup! These oblong-shaped green fruits have been grown for hundreds of years by Native Americans. There’s even a rumor that the paw paw is George Washington’s favorite fruit!
A fruit so delicious, it has a whole month dedicated to it! Yep. If you didn’t know, August is National Peach Month!
These fuzzy fruits are a favorite treat for many and its sweet and tangy flavor seems to go well with any dessert. They’re an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and also the third most popular fruit in America.
A fruit that is considered to be one of the highest in fiber content, pears are another popular fruit that everybody loves.
These little bells are native to Asia and Europe and there are more than 3000 kinds of pears all around the world! This fruit is so delicious and healthy that it is even considered sacred in Greek mythology.
Here’s one of my absolute favorite fruits! Persimmons look super cute and they’re also super yummy!
Part of the rose family, a ripe persimmon will have a mild but sweet taste and a texture similar to apricots.
Perhaps the only downside to them is that they are a bit more expensive than other fruits. This is because they can be difficult to grow and propagate.
Here’s another popular fruit that has so many uses! Pineapples are a fruit indigenous to South America. They’re one of the most versatile fruits because you can add them to desserts, use them as sweetener for green juice, or even make a glaze.
Not only that, but just like papayas, they also have meat tenderizing properties.
More popularly known as dragon fruit, pitaya is actually the fruit of a cactus. Aside from having a cool name, this fruit even looks cool too!
Bright pink with green thorn-like leaves on the outside and white with black seeds on the inside. You definitely won’t mistake the dragon fruit for anything else.
Depending on the variety, this fruit’s texture can be similar to kiwis or apples!
Here’s a P fruit you’ll definitely recognize. Plantains are long, thick, giant bananas!
Higher in starch and lower in sugar, the plantain is known to be a cooking banana because it’s sturdier and can withstand more heat.
Fried plantains coated in brown sugar are one of my a favorite snacks, but in the Carribean where they originated these starchy fruits are cooked like vegetables and are added to savory dishes.
If you want to be good to your heart, have a plum! These fruits are super healthy.
Also part of the rose family, plums can be as large as a baseball or as small as a cherry and they are grown in all continents except Antarctica.
There are more than 200 varieties of plums but the two main ones are European plums and Japanese plums.
Another pretty fruit is the pomegranate! I absolutely love its rich, deep, color. They are said to have originated in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean.
Pomegranate seeds might be a pain to take out, but it’s definitely worth the effort! Especially when you consider the antioxidants you get in just one fruit. It is said to have three times more antioxidants than green tea!
The king of all citrus fruits! The pomelo is a large, round fruit and a close cousin of the grapefruit. It is very popular in Southeast Asian countries.
Slice and peel off its thick yellow rind to reveal a pulpy and pink flesh. The pomelo can be eaten on its own, added to salads, or juiced.
If you love grapefruit, you’re going to love the pomelo even more because it’s juicier and sweeter!
The second most consumed dried fruit after raisins, prunes are simply plums have been rehydrated with water and dried under the sun.
They might not look like much, but these wrinkly prunes are a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients. It is even known to have exceptional benefits for bone health.
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