Fruits That Grow In Egypt


Fruit that grows in Egypt is one of the unique fruits that grow in Egypt. We have many fruits like mango, banana, pineapple and many of them people enjoy eating here each day. But some fruits are really special and they don’t grow outside Egypt and you can only get them here. Below is a list of fruits that grow in Egypt along with their taste, uses, growing conditions and much more.

Three Exotic Fruits in Egypt That You Should Try Out

Despite Egypt’s harsh weather conditions for agriculture, the country is known to be home to a variety of fruits as a result of the Nile River and its soil.

Egypt is known for its bananas, melons, dates, figs and pomegranates, which are very prominent during the summer time. Interestingly, Egypt has a few exotic fruits that are rare to find in other countries across the world.


Locally referred to as “eshta”, cherimoya or custard apple does not seem that appetizing on the first encounter. Its scaled green skin might appear intimidating. But once it is pealed, its silky white skin reveals a sweet fruit with a slightly creamy texture.

The fruit is often grown in tropical areas across the world, however, its home lies in the Andes mountains of South America.

Cherimoya is a great source for fiber. It is also loaded in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help in boosting immunity, fighting inflammation, and promoting eye and heart health.

Despite its health benefits, the fruit carries small amounts of toxic compounds which are deemed harmful if consumed in large amounts.

Prickly pears

The prickly pears or opuntia is actually a cactus. Some refer to it as nopal, and it actually grows in most continents across the world, including North America, South America, Australia. It also grows in the Mediterranean region as well as parts of Africa.

In Egypt, the prickly pear is found almost everywhere during the summer, and is often used as an at-home remedy for sunburns.

The oval-shaped fruit has a color range from yellow and light green to orange, pink and red, which varies according to its ripeness.

Despite their odd appearance, prickly pears are very nutritious, containing high levels of vitamin C and B, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, and dietary fiber. These nutrients help strengthen the bones and teeth, boost immunity and aid in digestion.


Another exotic fruit that is locally known as “kaka” is the persimmon. At first glance, the fruit looks like an odd combination of a tomato and orange. The fruit is originally from China and its juicy flesh has a honey-like sweetness.

Kaka can be cooked and used in different recipes such as curries, pudding and pies. However, it is often eaten fresh or dried.

While low in calories and small in size, Kakas are packed with many nutrients. One kaka contains over half the recommended intake of vitamin A, which is the vitamin needed for a functioning immune system, healthy vision and fetal development.

6 best Egyptian fruits in summer season

prickly pears on plant - Karol Franks CC

CAIRO – 24 July 2017: Its hot summer season and nothing beats the summer like a plate full of delicious fruits.
Here is a collection of the fruits you will likely find wherever you go.


Grown all over Egypt, this fruit will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Best found on the Mediterranean shore, Sinai and Upper Egypt.
Figs – Marsa Matrouh Facebook page


Who needs an elaboration for this fruit from heaven, unless you never tried the Egyptian version. With its strong aroma and sweet taste this fruit is present in Egypt in various tastes; usually grown near the North of the Red Sea and Canal.
Egyptian Mangoes – escapadethroughegypt

Water Melon

Found in shakes, plates and almost every city of Egypt has this summer fruit. You know the weather is turning hot when Water Melon shows up in the market.
Watermelon -Steve Avan wiki CC


Accompanied by the Water Melon, They make a great duet plate together.
Make sure you get the most out of them before they leave.
Melon – atyabtabkha


Although it might have already arrived at your country, nothing beats the local price of the quality grapes of Egypt. Between deep red grapes and golden ones you will never have enough
Grapes – Abhar-iran

Prickly Pears

Its the recipe for sun burns, exhaust yourself at a high paced day right under the sun and then meet this beauty. Wherever you go you can find prickly pears prepared right in front of your eyes. It is a plant of desert originally present to give those wondering there the nutrition and minerals needed, just imagine this.
Prickly Pears – carlos lorenzo CC

This list is a highlight of the fruits that we await all year long for them to arrive, and does not include all fruits in season already.

Fruit Growing in Egypt

I have been remiss in not posting more often, but its been a whirlwind trip here with much to see and do.  The fruit growers here are amazing and what is perhaps most remarkable is the number and kinds of crops growing side by side.    Here is what I have been seeing on a daily basis. Seen a number of first class fruit nurseries growing peach, pear, pomegranate, all kinds of citrus, mango, you name it.

And here are just a few more fields.

Many different kinds of table grapes,  mostly grown for export

In some places the groundwater has been pumped so extensively that the salinity has increased to the point where peaches and grapes can no longer be grown.  In this farm, such former crops have been replaced by 400 fadan (4200 sq. meters or 1.038 acres) of pomegranates.  The grower plans to increase the planting to 1000 fadan withing the next couple of years.

Same farm, here Citrus is interplanted with Date Palm

And in many places, banana is a good rotational crop, one year to establish, harvest two years, then back to long term perennial crops


The Egypt Fruits and Vegetable Market includes Production Analysis (Volume), Consumption Analysis (Value and Volume), Export Analysis (Value and Volume), Import Analysis (Value and Volume), and Price Trend Analysis of Vegetables (Tomato, Onion, Chili, Pepper, Eggplant, Cabbages, Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Cucumber, and Gherkins) and Fruits (Mangoes, Apple, Banana, Orange, Dates, Watermelon, and Grapes).

The Egyptian fruits and vegetables market was significantly impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The closure of restaurants, bars, and schools disrupted the entire supply chain and affected the market. Egypt is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type, and farming practices. Some of the major fruits and vegetables produced are tomatoes, potatoes, beets, oranges, onions, grapes, and dates, among others.

Agriculture is an essential sector of the Egyptian economy. It contributes about 11.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The agricultural sector accounts for 28 percent of all jobs, and over 55 percent of employment in Upper Egypt is agriculture-related.

According to FAO, the production of fruits and vegetables in Egypt accounted for 30.0 million metric ton in 2019. In fruits, oranges recorded the highest production of 3.0 million metric ton. Similarly, among vegetables, tomato recorded the highest production of 6.7 million metric ton, followed by onions of 3.0 million metric ton, in 2019. Steady production and rising exports of fruits and vegetables are driving the market growth.

Egypt is putting significant efforts into supporting exports by opening new markets, equipping laboratories with the latest equipment, and developing the agricultural quarantine system to match international quality standards.

Scope of the Report

The fruits and vegetables that are consumed as fresh produce are considered for the study. Fruits and vegetables consumed by the processing industry (B2B) are not considered in the study. The Egypt fruits and vegetable market includes the production analysis (volume), consumption analysis (value and volume), export analysis (value and volume), import analysis (value and volume), and price trend analysis of vegetables (tomato, onion, chili, pepper, eggplant, cabbages, pumpkins, squash, gourds, cucumber, and gherkins) and fruits (mangoes, apple, banana, orange, dates, watermelon, and grapes).

Application (Production Analysis, Consumption Analysis by Value and Volume, Import Analysis by Value and Volume, Export Analysis by Value and Volume, and Price Trend Analysis)
VegetablesTomatoesOnionsEggplantsChilies and PepperCabbagesPumpkins, Squash, and GourdsCucumbers and Gherkins

Report scope can be customized per your requirements. Click here.

Key Market Trends

Growing Vegetable Production

Due to the various climatic advantages, natural vegetation, soil type, and farming practices that are favorable, growers are able to increase production. Tomatoes, onions, and eggplants dominate the Egyptian vegetables market with a huge production. Sales of citrus fruits, beets, and potatoes helped deliver a record year for Egyptian agricultural exports in 2021, exceeding 5.6 million metric ton for the first time. The next highest exports were potatoes, with 614,424 metric ton exported. Onions ranked fourth with a total of 276,141 metric ton, and grapes came in fifth place with a total of 143,450 metric ton. The total agricultural exports of citrus fruits topped the list with around 1.8 million metric ton, followed by fodder beets with 650,340 metric ton. The huge support from the government in association with the USAID is enabling farmers to achieve high production volume. The growing consumption of vegetables in the country has been enhancing production in the last few years.

Increasing Exports Contributes to the Market Growth

The export of fruits and vegetables is increasing from Egypt. According to ITC Trade, the export of fruits was valued at USD 1,416,762 thousand in 2019, which has been growing steadily. Mango exports rose to 15,211 metric ton in 2019. The majority of fruits and vegetables were exported to the European Union in accordance with the international quality standards affirming that fruit and vegetable exports be hassle-free without any hindrance.

Egypt has succeeded in opening new vegetable and fruit markets, especially in China, the European Union, and East Asian countries. Additionally, Egypt has been successful in lifting the ban on Egyptian agricultural exports in some countries, which confirms the safety of Egyptian procedures, boosting the Egyptian fruits and vegetables market.

Fruits in Egypt

Introduction about the Fruits in Egypt

Egypt has a pleasant temperature, abundant water, and vast swaths of highly rich land. Egypt has a competitive advantage over other producers in our market due to the country’s moderate climate, which allows for two complimentary growth seasons in summer and winter. Enjoy the best fruits in Egypt, Get to know more about all seasonal types of Egyptian fruits.

Lemons, grapefruits, Valencia, Mandarin, and indigenous; Egyptian oranges are among the crisp and luscious fruits available throughout the citrus season, which runs from December to May. The summer season in Egypt is also ideal for growing fruits such as peaches, strawberries, guavas, and mangoes.

fruits in Egypt

Summer Fruits

1- Figs

This fruit, which is grown all over Egypt, will satisfy your thirst on a hot summer day. 

The Mediterranean coast, Sinai, and Upper Egypt are the best places to look.

2- Mangoes

Unless you’ve never had the Egyptian version, this fruit from heaven doesn’t require any further explanation. 

With its powerful perfume and sweet taste, this fruit is found in Egypt in a variety of flavours; it is mostly grown near the Red Sea and Canal to the north.

3- Water Melon

This summer fruit can be found in shakes, dishes, and in practically every city in Egypt. 

When Water Melon appears on the market, you know the weather is heating up.

4- Melon

They form a great duet plate when accompanied by the Water Melon.

Before they leave, make sure you get the most out of them.

5- Grapes

Nothing compares the local pricing of Egypt’s premium grapes, even if it has already arrived in your nation. You’ll never be able to eat enough grapes, whether they’re deep red or golden.

6- Prickly Pears are a type of prickly pear that grows

It’s the perfect recipe for sunburns: work hard for a long time in the heat, then meet this beauty. Prickly pears are made immediately in front of your eyes everywhere you go. Imagine a desert plant that was initially present to provide nutrients and minerals to those passing by.

Winter Fruits

1- Oranges 

The almighty orange has to be at the top of our list as the best fruit for fighting that inevitable terrible cold. Oranges are high in vitamins A and C, potassium, and soluble fibre; which protect the body from viral infections, reduce the risk of kidney stones, cholesterol, and cancer.

Of course, the most effective way to enjoy the benefits of oranges is to eat them whole or in a tall glass of fresh, pure orange juice, but there are plenty of easy ways to include them into meals. To make a wonderful orange vinaigrette dressing for your salad, combine orange juice, parsley, honey, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar.

2- Pumpkins

Noble pumpkins are much more than just a Halloween decoration. Doctors recommend pumpkins; because they are high in fibre and nutrients, and they may even help you sleep better at night. Although pumpkin isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the cooking possibilities are practically endless; pumpkin soup is a classic, but you can also make spiced pumpkin biscuits, potato-pumpkin mash, or even a pumpkin cinnamon pie.

3- Beetroots

Beetroots are high in magnesium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, and are an excellent source of antioxidants, which aid in the purification of the blood and liver. While the beetroot is mostly used in savoury dishes in Egyptian cuisine; its natural sweetness lends it to desserts or as a great contrast in savoury dishes. It’s simple to incorporate it into a salad, but some of the more health-conscious Egyptians prefer to incorporate it into their morning smoothies — it seems funny, but it makes sense when you think about it.

4- Persimmons

Also known as the kaki fruit (or, in Egypt, the much more appealing kaka); this exotic fruit is high in vitamins A, C, E, and B6. They’re high in anti-cancer and anti-aging compounds, and they’re not as uncommon in Cairo as one might imagine. Persimmons; which resemble a mutant tomato, are wonderful whether eaten fresh, dried, uncooked, or cooked. One of the more inventive applications of the fruit is in sorbet, which is wonderful, but they’re also commonly found in trail mixes.

5- Tangerines

First and foremost, we must all agree that tangerines; like clementines and mandarins, are not simply “little oranges.” Yes, they’re both from the same family, but their flavour and nutritional characteristics are quite different. Tangerines, like oranges; are high in vitamin C and can help you combat the cold. They are, however, well-known for their ability to combat arthritis and skin ailments. Tangerines are available all winter long and Egyptians use them to make a vinaigrette dressing for your salad or a zesty tangerine pudding.

6- Bananas

Another year-round fruit that may become your new favourite snack in winter, bananas is one of the most delicious Egyptian fruits,  it’s packed with nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. Bananas aid digestion, eliminate toxins from the body, release serotonin (a mood-boosting neurotransmitter), and protect the body from diabetes, kidney cancer, and, many believe, depression. Bananas are one of the most adaptable fruits when it comes to combining it with other foods; smoothies, cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, or, our personal favourite, banana cake.

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