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Fruits: There’s More Than Just Apples to Keep the Doctor Away

Fruits are a great way to ensure that your body is getting the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, and luckily, there is a huge variety of fruits to choose from. With different fruits prospering in different climates, there is a ton of diversity in how various fruits are used in kitchens around the world. Biologically, fruits are the products made by flowering plants which contain its seeds – but we are going to be talking about fruits in the culinary sense of the word, so that restricts us to ripened products of plants that are sweet, succulent, or pulpy.

In this section, we invite you to learn more about the types of fruits you can add to your kitchen as a great snack or to use in your next recipe. These vitamin-packed treats are a perfect addition to your diet, and Mama Fang’s can help you find the right fruits for you.

Fruit Types

  • Berries: A small, pulpy fruit which typically has bright colors and no pit or stone (though you may still find seeds). There are many types to choose from whether you’re looking for something sweet or sour. This would include persimmons, grapes, goji berries, and acai berries to name a few. Botanically, bananas and plantains are also considered berries.
  • Drupes: Also called stone fruits, this family of fruits is typically fleshy with a thin skin and a hard pit in the middle (or the “stone”). Drupes include apricots, cherries, plums, dates and olives. Interestingly, avocados can be classified as a berry or a drupe depending on who you’re talking to.
  • Citrus: Also known by the scientific name hesperidium, these fleshy fruits grow from citrus plants and are naturally divided into segments that are all wrapped in one skin or peel. This group would include blood oranges, grapefruits, pomelos and lemons.
  • Pome: These fruits have a core containing the seeds which is surrounded by an edible fleshy layer. The pome family includes apples (fittingly called pomme in French), pears, and loquats.
  • Melons: A subcategory of the berry family, melons are another fleshy fruit which have a harder rind. Think watermelon, cantelope, or horned melon.
  • Multi-fruits: Also called collective fruits, these are formed from a cluster of flowers where each flower produces a fruit but all of those fruits mature into one mass. This includes fruits like figs, pineapples, and jackfruit.
  • Cactus fruits: Many types of cacti flower and produce fruits that we eat as well. Prickly pears – also called cactus fruit – are typically the first to come to mind, but dragon fruit is also a member of this category.
  • Nuts: Also considered a member of the fruit category, nuts are a dry fruit that have a tough shell protecting a kernel inside. Some examples are chestnuts, hazel nuts, and almonds. Members of the soapberry family, like lychee and rambutan, fall close to this category due to their hard, spiny outer shells, though the inside fruit is fleshy unlike most nuts.

Visit us soon to see what fruits we have to offer and add some new choices to your own pantry.

Have a favorite recipe that highlights fruit? We’d love to hear it!

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