Fruit that starts with i are not plentiful. Many of the fruit beginning with i are Indian fruits which have also been used as their descriptive names. Most of this list of fruits are grown in tropical regions of the World, have a unique taste, and offer a lot of health benefits. Nevertheless, it would also be good to know where they originate from, how they taste, and if their taste is unique or similar to other fruits. How many have you heard of?

Fruit That Starts With I

Inca Berries

Fruit that start with the letter i are rare

Below is the list of 21 fruits that start with the letter I; they include:

1. Imbe

The first fruit beginning with I on our list is Imbe. This is a hardy exotic fruit that is small, bright orange with delicate thin skin and contains a single large seed. Imbe fruit originates from East Africa because the climate condition favors its growth. The taste of its pulp is sweet, similar to plum fruit, and it contains a milky white fluid that makes its juice feel sticky. This fruit is rich in vitamins A and C, minerals, and electrolytes like potassium and sodium. Because it has a plum texture it is a wonderful addition to fruit salad.

2. Illawarra Plum fruit

The seeds of the Illawarra are edible and are often eaten raw or made into jams and jellies. The scientific name of the Illawarra plum is the Podocarpus elatus. It’s also known as the plum pine and is found mostly on the east coast of Australia, in eastern New South Wales and eastern Queensland. Illawara Plum

The Illawara plum are tiny, and they look more similar to berries and purplish, and every fruit produces seeds on the outside. This fruit is consumed in its raw form, and they are juicy and sweet and is mainly used for making alcoholic beverages, jellies, and jams.

3. Ita Palm

It belongs to the palm family and is usually grown in an Amazon Estuary along the lower Tocantins of the Brazilian river, South America and Trinidad. This ita palm contains one or two seeds, and its sap is sweet and is rich in vitamin C and carbohydrates. The fruit can also produce essential oil, which can be served as a dessert, eaten raw, made into jam and ice cream, fermented, and can also be dried, and grounded into flour. In Brazil, the fruit is commonly used for making alcoholic beverages known as “vinho de buriti.”

4. Indian Prune Fruit

Indian prune fruit looks similar to cranberry but bigger, and when it is fully ripe, it turns blue. This chewy fruit is sweet and sticky and is grown in India. Prunes provide you with a plethora of health benefits ranging from protein, carbs, fiber, Vitamin A, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Traditionally it has been used for everything from constipation, cardiovascular health, vision, osteoporosis, hair health, and healthy skin.

5. Indian Plum Fruit

Indian Plum Fruit

Indian plum fruit is edible, but is often bitter, even when fully ripe. The texture is exceptionally crunchy and compared to the crunch of celery. Indian plums are rich in antioxidants and contain lots of vitamins making them very healthy.

6. Indonesian Lime

Indonesian lime originates from tropical climates in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Southern China. The leaves of the Indonesian lime can be grounded to emit intense citrus fruit fragrance to make perfume and Asian cuisine. The fruit also contains essential oil and juice for cleansing head lice, perfume, sanitary, and medicinal purposes. Its taste is similar to lime.

7. Icacina

Icacina is another fruit with letter i and is commonly found in the tropical areas of West Africa in Ghana, Senegal, and Guinea. Its tree yields tubers that contain crude protein, fat, mineral, carbohydrate, and fiber. The fruit can either be eaten raw, dried, or in processed form. The whole fruit is edible, including the seed, and it produces pink pulp, which is also edible. The seed of the Icacina fruit can also be dried and reduced to flour and mixed with bean or millet flour to make a thick paste.

8. Indian Gooseberry

Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is rich in Vitamin C, meaning it contains anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Therefore, is suitable for heartburn, lowering blood pressure, and normalizing fat levels in the body. The taste of this fruit can be described as bitter or sour and can either be consumed in raw or powdered form. Indian gooseberry is an Indian native fruit and commonly found in India and one of the more exotic of the fruit that starts with i.

9. Indian Jujube Fruit

Indian Jujube Fruit

Indian jujube fruit is small and round in size and shape. When fully ripe, it has a sweet fruit taste. When it is ripe it can either be orange or red in color and feels spongy. The unripe fruit is crispy and tastes bitter. They are primarily grown in India and contains a high amount of vitamin C. The name of the fruit has origins in China dating back more than 4000 years and is a species in the buckthorn family.

10. Ichigo

Ichigo is a peculiar word in Japanese that refers to the cultivated strawberry, called Fragaria ananasssa. This strawberry species is bright red with a sweet flavor and is rich in vitamin C and Iron. Since it is a cultivated strawberry, they are available anywhere globally where climatic conditions favor its growth.

11. Icaco

Icaco is also known as Coconut plum

Icaco is also known as Coconut plum. This fruit grows mainly in the tropical forest of the Coastal Zone of America {Native Florida in North America and West Indies} and is actively cultivated on the Coast of Africa. The fruit is similar to ordinary plums in size and shape and grows in bunches like grapes, and when it is fully ripe can range in color from pale pink and bright red to almost black. The taste of Icaco can be described as sweet with pronounced slightly tart and sourness, and its seeds are regularly ground up and used as a spice for many delicacies.

12. Indian Mango

Indian MangoNearly 50% of the mangoes in the world are Indian mangoes which originate from Northeastern India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Indian mango is one of the most popular fruits because they are huge, aromatic, fleshy, and sweet and is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. The nutritional value of Indian mango are essential for improving immunity, promoting skin health, digestive system, and vision.

13. Indian Almond Fruit

Indian almond Fruit is also known as Sea almond

Indian almond Fruit is also known as Sea almond, and its native to areas that experience monsoon climates like Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Madagascar. The outer layer of the Indian almond fruit is edible and sweet with quite an acidic flavor, and its seeds are also edible and taste similar to Almond fruit. The edible portion and the seed offer essential health benefits because they are packed with phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory properties, and electrolytes like sodium and potassium.

14. Inga Edulis | Ice Cream Bean Fruit

Ice cream bean fruit

Inga Edulis is also known as Ice cream bean fruit, guava, or guama, and it belongs to the Fabaceae family. This exotic fruit originates from Peru and can also be found in Amazon regions of South America like Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Inga Edulis tastes like Vanilla ice cream, and its seed is also delicious; hence, it is used to prepare an alcoholic beverage called Cachiri. The outer husk protects the soft, pulpy, and whitish seed.

15. Inca Berries

Inca berries belong to the berry family but are genetically closer to tomatoes and aubergines and are another of the fruits that start with the letter i. They are commonly found and grown in South America in high-altitude places like Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Incan berries are known by a variety of other names, including the Golden Berry, Cape Gooseberry, Aztec Berry and Peruvian Ground Cherry. They are not too sweet, but they can be confused with blueberries, kiwi, tomatoes, gooseberries, and oddly. Inca berries are rich in anti-oxidants, fatty acids, Vitamins A, C, E, K1, and B 1, 2, 3, and 4.

16. Indian Fig Fruit

Indian Fig Fruit

Indian fig fruit is a cactus species that produces fruits and is also referred to as Barbary fig, cactus pear, or prickly pear. The Indian fig fruit grows well in semi-arid and arid conditions part of the world and is primarily grown as a fruit and vegetable crop in India. The Indian fig fruit contains 85% water, is a good source of vitamin C, flavonoids, fatty acids, linoleic acid, 10% protein, and selenium. Since it is a drought-resistant crop, it is grown mainly in India, Mexico, Namibia, and Australia. The fruit tastes sweet like a strawberry and can be used in making beverages and alcohol.

17. Ilama

Ilama is an exotic fruit that belongs to the Annon family and is commonly found in the tropical areas of Mexico and Central America, especially El Salvador. The tropical fruit tree grows heart-shaped ilama fruit and has quite a thick skin when fully ripe its color can range from purple to light green, and inside, it contains creamy white pulp with structured fibrous and a lot of seeds. Ilama offers many health benefits because it is rich in a relatively large amount of vitamin B and minerals.

18. Indian Hog Plum

Indian Hog Plum

The leaves and the fruit of the hog plum tree are edible. Indian hog plum is found worldwide and is an exotic fruit that originates from tropical Americas, including the West Indies. Still, it is commonly grown in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and The Bahamas.

This fruit pulp is edible in its raw form and is used to make curry and chutney and for spicing Indian foods. The taste is much like a Granny Smith apple; sweet, sour, and a little bit tangy. Some also compare the taste to unripe star fruit. Moreover, since ancient times it has been used for medicinal purposes such as a anti-diuretic, treating diarrhea, dysentery, gonorrhea, and leucorrhoea.

19. Ice Apple

Ice Apple is grown globally but is a native fruit that originated from Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent and brought to parts of China. Its name is derived from its edible parts that look like ice when cut open. It can also be referred to as Doub palm, Palmyra palm, Toddy palm or Wine palm. When fully ripe, it reassembles eggplant hybrid or turnips. The outer cover of ice apple is gelatinous. Inside the pod, there is a jelly-like substance that resembles the taste of sugary coconut water. This fruit is rich in iron, vitamin B, anti-oxidant, potassium, iron, and calcium.

20. Indian Persimmon

Indian Persimmon

Indian Persimmon is another of the fruits that start with the letter I. It is packed with fiber, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin C, and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, thiamin, and riboflavin. These minerals are essential for the hormonal balance in the body, vision, fight oxidative stress, and reduces inflammation, and prevent tissue damage. They are commonly found in India, the United States, and some parts of Asia. It has a similar taste to honey but is mild.

21. Indian Sherbet Berry

Indian sherbet berry is a fruit that starts with I and the last on this list. This berry is acidic and sweet, similar to muscadines. It is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C. Nevertheless, it is easily digestible and provides more health benefits that help against respiratory infections, joint pains, and anemia. This fruit is rare was first discovered in Varanasi, India.

Well, among the fruits that start with the letter i, which one have you not yet consumed? Take your time searching for them because some may not be available in your country because the climate condition does not favor their growth. But if you happen to be on tour or vacation in countries that are in abundance, why not treat yourself and replenish your body with essential nutrients.

There isn’t an abundance of fruit beginning with I, but I hope you enjoyed the fruits we were able to find from around the world starting with this letter.

I’m tempted to write another article about fruits from around the world that start with a different letter of the alphabet. What letter should I choose? What different fruit names should I research next?

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