List Of African Fruits With Pictures


List of African Fruits with pictures. An African fruit is the common name for fleshy fruits produced by Angiosperms (flowering plants) native to the continent of Africa. Many of the most popular exports in Africa are tropical fruits, which have their own page. This article has lists of African fruits from Africa arranged by country, as well as photographs where available.

20 African Fruits You Need To Try

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Embark on an exotic, flavor-fuelled adventure like no other with these African fruits, and experience the star ingredients in some of Africa’s most beloved dishes in their purest, juiciest, and most raw form.

African Fruits

1 – Bitter Kola

Bitter kola is a fruit found primarily in the West and Central African Tropics. It has brown skin that hides a whitish or yellowish flesh beneath. This fruit, as the name suggests, has a sharp, bitter taste. However, it does sweeten as you chew.

Consumed for its medicinal and anti-viral properties in Africa, bitter kola is seen as a very healthy fruit for your body. Many people confuse bitter kola with kola nut, but they are not the same thing.

2 – African Star Apple

African star apples in a bowl.

This is a West African fruit with a small, round, orange, chewable skin and a whitish sap that surrounds five brown seeds arranged in a star formation, hence the name.

When unripe, the African star apple is green with a tart flavor, but as it matures, it turns orange, sweeter, and less tart.

The African star apple is a superfood, and other names for it include African cherry, Agbalumo, Udara, and Alasa.

To eat this delectable fruit like a local, squeeze open the fruit, suck out the juice, then split the fruit open to reveal the pulp, which you can eat.

African star fruit can be made into jams, fruit juices, syrups, and soft drinks, and the juice can be fermented into wine or distilled into spirits.

3 – Kola Nut

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The kola nut is a fruit that has cultural and religious significance in various West African countries. It’s nearly the size of a chestnut and comes in brownish-white, light pink, or dark purple hues. Kola nut has a bitter taste that gradually becomes sweeter as it is chewed.

Surprisingly, this fruit was once used as an additive in the world-famous beverage, Coca-Cola. This fruit’s caffeine content, flavor, and energy-boosting properties have made it a common ingredient in the production of sodas, energy drinks, and other beverages.

Traditionally, this staple is thought to alleviate hunger, fatigue, and aid digestion. Kola nut, with its sweet nut aroma, is commonly enjoyed as is or in beverages.

4 – African Walnut

The African walnut is a seasonal fruit native to Gabon, Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, the Central African Republic, and other African countries. Kaso, Asala, Ukpa, and Okwe are some of the other names for it.

It is a small, round fruit with a dark brown or black shell that houses a crunchy, tasty cream or milk-colored nut. Because the taste is bitter when eaten raw, it is best cooked, baked, or roasted before being eaten, which helps unleash its earthy, robust flavor.

The shell is easy to crack and must be removed before eating the flesh. Many Africans enjoy this tasty favorite as a snack or something to eat in between meals.

5 – Matoke

Matoke, a banana variety, is a staple in East Africa, particularly Uganda. This variety, also known as green cooking banana, is shorter than regular bananas. It has green skin and white flesh that, when cooked, turns to a luscious yellow hue.

Although the fruit can be consumed when ripe, it is frequently regarded as a waste when consumed raw, as its starchy, slightly sweet flavor allow matoke to play a similar role in African cuisine to that of the potato.

Hence, matoke is also the name of a hugely popular dish, common in many African cuisines. It is a dish of cooked and mashed matojke, served with vegetable stew, meat, and ground peanuts.

6 – Date

Dates are a staple in Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, and other African countries. Dates come in many varieties, but the two most common in North Africa are the Deglet Noor and the Medjool. It is a sweet stone fruit with an inedible seed and a fleshy outer skin that can be golden yellow or reddish-brown in color.

Date fruit can be eaten in salads or desserts and can be used as a substitute for honey as a sweetener. You can also eat dates both fresh or dried.

Tajine, a Moroccan cuisine delicacy sometimes combined with dates, should not be overlooked, nor should the Nigerian dish of tiger nuts, dates, and coconut. Both are absolutely delicious!

7 – Ackee

Ackee fruits.

This West African pear-shaped fruit has an inedible green (unripe), yellow (ripe), or red (ripe) pod, a cream-colored fleshy seed covering (aril), and three black seeds.

Ackee cannot be consumed while unripe due to its high toxicity level. When the ackee fruit is ripe, it splits open to reveal the seeds.

This delectable fruit is also found in Central Africa. It is high in vitamins and low in calories, making it ideal for a healthy lifestyle. Local names for it include Akee apple, Feso, Otousi, Ankye, and Gwanja kousa.

Ackee can be eaten raw, but its delightfully nutty and slightly sweet taste make it an ideal fruit to cook with meats and other ingredients, or eaten fried.

While native to West Africa, Ackee is also known as the national fruit of Jamaica and prominent in Jamaican cuisine, with the fruit having been imported to Jamaica before 1773.

8 – Plantain

Plantain is a staple in Africa’s Western, Eastern, and Central regions. It looks like a banana, but it’s longer, has more starch, and a thicker skin. Whether the fruit is green (unripe) or yellow (ripe), it is frequently cooked before eating.

Plantain, when unripe, can be fried to make chips or cooked as a meal and eaten with soups. This sweet, wholesome fruit can be boiled, roasted, fried, or ground into flour when mature.

Make sure to try some of the many delicacies made from plantain. Fufu (made from plantain flour), Dodo (fried plantain), Igbekere (plantain chips), Boli (roasted plantain), and other dishes are examples.

9 – African Pear

The African pear, also known as Bush butter fruit, Ube, Atanga, and Safon, can be found in West, Central, and other parts of Africa, including Angola and Uganda. It has pale green flesh and dark blue or violet skin.

This fleshy, luscious fruit is high in nutrients and is commonly used in traditional medicine in Africa, including to treat wounds. It can be consumed raw, cooked in salted water, or roasted, and when cooked has a buttery taste when cooked that’s milder and more balanced than its tangy, acidic flavor when raw.

African pear and roasted or cooked corn in particular is a fantastic combination that many Africans enjoy, and is definitely worth trying.

10 – Tamarind

Raw tamarind fruit.

Tamarind has many different names, including African or black velvet tamarind, Awin, Yoyi, Veludo, and Icheku. It is a seasonal fruit with a black velvet shell and edible, sticky orange pulp, renowned for its sweet-sour flavor.

The fruit grows in West Africa and reaches as far north as Sudan in North Africa. It is frequently used to season dishes and can be consumed raw or soaked in water to make tamarind juice, a popular African drink.

Tamarind contains a lot of fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients, and is known for its low-fat content.

11 – African Baobab

African baobab cut in the middle.

African baobab is known as the “queen of super fruits.” It is a large egg-shaped fruit with dried and hardened pulp inside. The baobab tree is both huge and resilient, with its leaves, roots, bark, and fruits having numerous applications and being consumed for their health benefits.

Surprisingly, the African baobab is the only fruit in the world that naturally dries while still on the branch. It is found in Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mali, and most African countries.

This fruit has a chalky texture and a citrusy flavor. It can be consumed as a beverage, used as a seasoning in food, or eaten raw.

23 kinds of fruits and their names everyone should taste Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 11:51 AM by  Alex Nenge What kinds of fruits can you meet in Africa and in the world in general? What is so special with each of them? We have gathered the list of the most interesting types of fruits you would like to read about! List of fruits and their brief characteristics Banana Bananas, known to almost every inhabitant of the planet, fall on the shelves of our stores mostly from Southeast Asia and from the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Banana is a herbaceous plant of the banana family, with a false stem and large oblong leaves arranged in a spiral. The plant is often called the palm tree. Among other examples of fruits, it is one of the most popular. Adam’s apple A round orange fruit that resembles an orange is called Adam’s apple or maclura. It represents a multitude of dry fruits, united by the axis of the inflorescence and having one seed inside, emits a cucumber flavor and is poisonous. READ ALSO Sunflower symbolism explained: What does this beautiful flower represent? Persimmon Once upon a time, this berry grew only in China. Now, many varieties of evergreen trees and shrubs of the ebony family, the fruits of which are persimmon, settled on different continents of the Earth, giving preference to countries with a warm climatic. Peach Peach tree is a relative of almond, belongs to the family of pink. Its homeland is presumably North China. The first European country where the peach tree was planted was Italy. Now the peach is grown in America and in the warm regions of temperate latitudes of Eurasia. Granadilla Photo: FreshMart Granadilla’s exotic fruit is the fruit of the passionflower tree creeper belonging to the passionflower family. This plant prefers to be located in sunny areas and is characterized by rapid growth. The large flowers of passiflora are so beautiful that many gardeners grow it exclusively for ornamental purposes. Orange The orange tree is a representative of the citrus genus of the ruta family. It came to Europe from China, but its real homeland is Southeast Asia. Nowadays, orange trees grow and bear fruit even on the shores of the Mediterranean and in Central America. READ ALSO How many types of forests are there in Nigeria? Figs It is believed that Asia is the birthplace of figs, because the first plant of this species was ficus, growing in the mountainous region of ancient Caria (province of Asia Minor). Nowadays, the Fig Tree is grown as a fruit plant in the following regions: in the Caucasus, Crimea, Central Asia, Abkhazia, Georgia, Armenia and others. Dates The fruit of the bread of the desert, better known to us by the name of a date, is from the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Being a delicacy in European countries, in its homeland for many hundreds of years it was one of the main sources of food, which explains its “bread” name. Guanabana Guanabana is the most valuable tropical tree from the Annon family. The plant has other names: Annona prickly, smetannoe apple, sausep. The habitat of this fruit tree is the Bermuda and Bahamas. Soursop can also be found in the following countries: Peru, Argentina and others. READ ALSO The geographic profile of Nigeria Pineapple Tropical America gave the world such a wonderful fruit like pineapple. This herb belongs to the bromeliad family. Pineapple comosus is the most famous fruit crop, which is cultivated on all known tropical plantations. Kiwano Photo: Kiwano’s homeland is the tropics of the African continent. Today, it is successfully cultivated in Israel, America, New Zealand and other countries with a similar climate. Kiwano plant is a grassy vine of the pumpkin family, a “relative” of cucumber and melon. Hence its other names: horned melon, African cucumber. Lime This fruit from the Malay peninsula belongs to the family of rutae. Lime is an egg-shaped fruit, quite small in size – up to 6 cm in diameter. Papaya Papaya, or in other words, the Melon Tree is a palm-shaped plant that belongs to the Caric family. The tree grows in tropical countries: Central America, North America, South Africa, Southeast Asia. READ ALSO How to cure common diseases with help of moringa oleifera? Mangosteen Mangosteen is an evergreen tree which fruits bear the same name. Its homeland is Asia, besides, it grows in Africa and America. Tropical fruit is called Mangosteen, Garcinia and Mangkut in a different way. Kiwi Kiwis are fruits of tree lianas from the genus Actinidia. China is considered the birthplace of this fruit, with the result that kiwi has the name ‘Chinese gooseberry’. READ ALSO: Benefits of eating coconut every day Mango Such an exotic fruit, like mango, grows in the northern latitudes. Its homeland is Southeast Asia, and more specifically, India. Mango trees make up 70% of all plantations of this country. The fruit became famous 2500 years ago, it was used not only by aristocrats, but also by simple poor people. Mango species are numerous.

African Fruits Stock Photos

African woman holding a basket of fruits. On an isolated white background for cut out stock image

Food We Eat : List of Native Fruits of Africa


The Slideshow below has the list of Native Fruits of Africa

  1. Ackee
  2. African cherry orange
  3. African custard-apple
  4. African mango
  5. African medlar
  6. African moringa
  7. African peach
  8. Aizen
  9. Balsam apple
  10. Calabash
  11. Coco de mer
  12. Coffee
  13. Deleb palm
  14. Desert date
  15. Gemsbok cucumber
  16. Gingerbread plum
  17. Governor’s plum
  18. Horned melon
  19. Imbe
  20. Indian jujube
  21. Jackalberry
  22. Junglesop
  23. Kei apple
  24. Marula
  25. Mazhanje/Sugar plum
  26. Melon
  27. Milkplum/Stamvrug
  28. Miracle Fruit
  29. Mobola plum
  30. Monkey-bread/Baobab

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