I’m here again! This time I’ve listed 9 fruits that start with D (in no particular order), and of course, from around the world. I know that some of these might be familiar to you.
One that’s new and interesting to me is the Decaisnea (you’ll see as you read along..😱). You’ll also know that Durian is still a favorite of a lot of people even if it stinks! Anyway, I’ll try to get your attention with the ones that I got in my list of fruits that start with D.
Originally, the fruit comes from the Mediterranean, but Damsons are thought to be members of the ‘European Plum’ family.
Damson plums are small fruit of vibrant dark blue skin with a strong sour flavor. It’s very juicy but tart when eaten raw.
It is generally less sweet than other kinds of plum and is used in making jams, jellies, and liqueurs.
Dates are chewy with a sweet flavor and a subtle caramel-like taste. It also contains many vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants.
Popularly served with other foods such as almonds, nut butter, and soft cheese, dates also make a useful binder in baked goods, such as cookies and bars.
Plus, you can use dates to sweeten up sauces, salad dressings, and marinades, or mix them into smoothies and oatmeal.
Commonly known as Dead Man’s Fingers (say what??) because of its physical features, this blue bean plant or blue sausage fruit is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lardizabalaceae.
It is native to eastern Asia, from China west to Nepal and south to Myanmar.
As you can see in the above photo, it contains a transparent, glutinous, jelly-like pulp containing numerous flat black seeds about a centimeter wide. And if you’re curious, yes, the pulp is edible but not the seeds.
The flavor is described as sweet and similar to watermelon, and it has a jelly-like texture.
Dekopon is a hybrid between Kiyomi and ponkan which was developed in Japan in 1972.
After harvesting, dekopon is usually left for a period of 20–40 days because the level of citric acid in the fruit decreases during that time, while the sugar level increases making it more appealing for the market.
5. Desert Lime
The Citrus glauca, or commonly known as the desert lime, is a thorny shrub or small tree native to Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia.
It has an intense piquant lime-like flavor. Plus, its fruit is used in making a range of products (like those blondies you’ve seen above), including marmalades, beverages, and succade or candied peel.
Dewberries are closely related to blackberries. It’s a small trailing bramble with aggregate fruits, which is reminiscent of the raspberry. Plus, it’s usually from purple to black instead of red.
It tastes a lot like blackberries, however, it also tends to be a little more tart.
The berries are edible and sweet-tasting and used for making a cobbler, jam, and pie. In addition, you can make herbal tea from its leaves, too.
7. Dragon Fruit
It goes by many names pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear and its most widely available variety have white pulp with black seeds.
Others may find it bland, but dragon fruit is somehow slightly sweet – a cross between a kiwi and a pear.
Given the high amount of fiber and magnesium, dragon fruit can be considered a highly nutrient-dense fruit.
You can, of course, eat it on its own, however, you can also chop it into small pieces and top it with honey, yogurt, and chopped nuts. Yum!
The name “durian” is derived from the Malay language word dûrî meaning ‘thorn’.
Named in some regions as the “king of fruits”, durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odor, and thorn-covered rind.
Certainly, its smell may evoke reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. But once you get to taste it, you’d forget how stinky it smells.
9. Desert King Fig
If you love fig, you’ll love this variety even more! Said to be an excellent variety of figs, the Desert King Fig tree produces large, good-quality brebas (the second fig crop or the bonus fig) that melts in your mouth.
The main crop itself has a distinct taste that is a cross of mulberry and strawberry, has higher sugar content, and very pleasant to the mouth.
Did I miss some? Which popular fruit that starts with D is your favorite?