Top 11 Fruits That Start With U (+ How They’re Served)

Close-up of Ungi Molinae plant, also known as Ugni berries

There aren’t many fruits that start with the letter U, but we’ve compiled the list of 10 below.

Below the list, find some exciting ways that the most uncommon fruits on our list are used!

  1. Ugli fruit:
    similar to an orange or grapefruit; also known as a Jamaican tangelo or uniq fruit
  2. Umbrella fruit:
    red fruit that grows on a magnolia tree
  3. Ugni berry:
    has a strawberry-like flavor; used to add natural flavor to drinks, desserts, and jellies
  4. Ububese fruit:
    dwarf custard apple
  5. Umbu fruit:
    sour green or yellow fruit similar to a plum
  6. Usuma fruit:
    orange-red fruit that tastes like peanut butter
  7. Urava fruit:
    a tropical fruit similar to apples, but is very sour
  8. Umeboshi:
    Japanese sour salted plums
  9. Uvilla:
    “goldenberry” fruit found in Peru and Ecuador
  10. Ube:
    purple yam
  11. Umbra fruit:
    green, oval fruit with tough skin and a pit

Uses for Some Fruits That Start With U

None of the fruits that start with U are regularly used in American cooking, but worldwide, there are a variety of delicious recipes and uses for them! We highlight some of these uses below.

  • Ugli fruit can be eaten raw. Once you peel it, you can split it into segments, similar to an orange. Like other citrus fruits, you can make juice from it or add it to salads, fruit parfaits, and desserts.
  • Umbrella fruit and umbra fruit can be eaten raw, turned into jam or jelly, candied, or used to flavor juices, stews, and sauces.
  • Umbu fruit is eaten fresh, made into jam, or boiled into a paste. The juice is used for mixed fruit juices and a milk-based Brazilian drink called umbuzada.
  • Uvilla can be dried and eaten as a snack. Though its name roughly translates to “little grape” from Spanish, it is more similar to a tomatillo than a grape. It is also popular for recipes like sauce, pie, jam, and chutney.
  • Ube, with its similarity to yams, has many uses — mostly sweet foods like ice cream, donuts, cakes, and tarts, which benefit from its beautiful purple coloring. It is popular in Filipino cooking.