21 Delicious Red Fruits

Are you looking to add red fruits to your meals? Look no further. I have 21 fruits that are red in color and easily found at most grocery stores. In addition, I have included a description of what to look for when buying a fully ripened fruit.

Several red fruits with a blood lime cut open and in the center.

What are Red Fruits?

Red fruit is characterized by its exterior red color. There can be more, but I will leave detailed explanations to the professionals.

On the other hand, there can be many reasons you might want to find red fruits. For example, the color might cause a dish to pop, like in this Brussels sprouts dish. Or add red fruit to your salad to ensure you eat the rainbow. No matter the reason, I am glad you are here!

Core Fruits

Apples

Several red apples.

Apples make the top of the list. They are popular thanks to their availability, long storage time, and accessibility. Apples come in many varieties, and each type is similar yet different. Popular varieties include red delicious, honey crisp, pink lady, and fuji apples. The colors range from dark burgundy to light red, and the flavor varies. Some apples are better for baking, while others are better for snacks.

  • How to know when apples are ripe: Look for firm apples with bright skin and no signs of bruising or wrinkles. They should have a slightly sweet aroma.
  • Peak Season: Year-round, with peak season in the fall.
  • Flavor: Crisp, mildly sweet with a hint of tartness.
  • Texture: Firm and crunchy.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but generally medium-sized.
  • Seeds: Typically contain several small seeds.

Pears

Three red pears standing up in a line.

Red pears, specifically the Anjou pear variety, have a milder and sweeter flavor than their yellow counterparts. They are easily identifiable by their round, slightly bulbous shape and striking deep skin color that may have green speckles. The interior is creamy white with a crisp, juicy texture similar to apples.

Anjou pears can be enjoyed as a snack, added to a salad, or with a charcuterie board. Pears are also popular baked into desserts such as fancy pies or tarts.

  • How to know when a pear is ripe: Press the pear near the stem. If it yields slightly, it is ripe. The skin should be smooth and vibrant in color.
  • Peak Season: Late summer to early winter
  • Flavor: Juicy, sweet, and slightly floral.
  • Texture: Smooth and tender, with a creamy mouthfeel.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but typically medium to large.
  • Seeds: Usually contain several small to medium-sized seeds.

Berry Fruits

Red berries are popular thanks to their sweet flavor and bright color. Some berries are easy to find year-round, while others, such as cranberries, are available in the winger.

Cranberries

Two bowls filled with red cranberries.

Cranberries are an American holiday tradition. They have a tart taste and can be stored for a long time. Sugar is often added to cranberry products to counterbalance their tart flavor. If you are purchasing a processed cranberry product and watching sugar, check the label for the sugar amount.

Typically, cranberries are used to make sauces, jams, pies, and smoothies. Dried cranberries are popular additions to granola and trail mix. I love adding them to kale salads for a touch of sweetness.

  • How to know when cranberries are ripe: Ripe cranberries are firm and have a deep color.
  • Flavor: Tart and slightly acidic.
  • Texture: Firm and crisp, with waxy outer skin.
  • Size: Small berries, typically around 0.4 to 0.6 inches (10-15 mm) in diameter.
  • Seeds: Small seeds are present inside the berries.

Lingonberry

A wooden bowl filled with red lingonberry.

Lingonberry, also known as the mountain cranberry, is a small berry that originated in the Nordic countries. The lingonberry has been a staple in Scandinavian cuisine for centuries. Lingonberries are grown in other regions, including Canada and the United States.

Lingonberries are typically smaller than cranberries, measuring 6-10mm in diameter. They have a tangy and slightly tart flavor with a hint of sweetness. Cranberries, on the other hand, tend to be more tart and less sweet.

Lingonberries are often enjoyed the same way cranberries are, in sauces, jams, etc.

  • How to know when lingonberries are ripe: Lingonberries are usually harvested when fully ripe, so they are ready to eat upon purchase.
  • Season: Late summer to early fall.
  • Flavor: Tart and slightly sweet, similar to cranberries.
  • Texture: Small, round berries with a soft, slightly crunchy texture.
  • Size: Small berries, typically around 0.3 to 0.4 inches (8-10 mm) in diameter.
  • Seeds: Tiny seeds are present in the berries.

Grapes

A wicker bowl filled with red grapes.

Red grapes are believed to have originated in North America but are now primarily grown in South America, Europe, and Asia. They are easily found in most grocery stores. They have a sweet flavor and make a perfect snack or dessert.

Red grapes are perfect on their own, on cheese boards, and I throw them into salads for a pop of sweetness. However, grapes are toxic to dogs. So, no matter how much they beg, don’t share.

  • How to know when grapes are ripe: Grapes should have a uniform color, be plump, and be firmly attached to the stem. Avoid wrinkled or mushy grapes.
  • Peak Season: Summer to early fall.
  • Flavor: Sweet and juicy, with a hint of tartness.
  • Texture: Firm, crisp skin with a juicy pulp inside.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but typically small to medium-sized.
  • Seeds: Most commonly, grapes are seedless, but some varieties may have small, edible seeds.

Raspberries

Red raspberries spilling out of a bowl.

Raspberries are originally from Turkey but are now grown in many countries worldwide. They are small and round with a vibrant color. While red is the most common raspberry color, you can also find them in black, yellow, and purple.

Raspberries have a delicate texture with a sweet and slightly tangy taste. Raspberries are perfect as a snack in desserts, sauces, and jams.

  • How to know when raspberries are ripe: Ripe raspberries are deep a color and easily detach from the stem when gently pulled.
  • Peak Season: Summer to early fall
  • Flavor: Sweet and tangy.
  • Texture: Soft and delicate, with a slightly grainy surface.
  • Size: Small berries, typically around 0.6 to 1 inch (15-25 mm) in length.
  • Seeds: Raspberries have many small seeds consumed along with the fruit.

Currants

Red currants spilling over a wooden bowl.

Red currants, sometimes spelled as one word, are small, tart-sweet berries commonly used in Northern European cuisine. They have a bright, vibrant color and a unique flavor that is both tangy and sweet. You can purchase fresh or dried currents. However, the latter is much easier to find locally.

In Turkish and Meditereeian cuisine, red currents are a fun addition to grape leaves. I also like them mixed with salads or as part of a cheese and fruit charcuterie board.

  • How to know when currants are ripe: Look for a bright color and firm texture.
  • Peak Season: Summer to early fall
  • Flavor: Tart and slightly sweet.
  • Texture: Small, round berries with firm skin and juicy flesh.
  • Size: Small berries, typically around 0.2 to 0.4 inches (5-10 mm) in diameter.
  • Seeds: Small seeds are present inside the berries.

Strawberries

Two hands filled with strawberries.

Strawberries are a favorite fruit around the world. A typical strawberry at its peak has a sweet and juicy flavor. There are many types of strawberries, including the wild strawberry, which has a smaller size and a more intense flavor, and the alpine strawberries (fraises des bois), which have a delicate taste.

Strawberries are used in many ways, often creative. Bakers put them in bread, cakes, and muffins. They can also be used as a topping for oatmeal or mixed into smoothies for extra sweetness. I love strawberries added to salads.

  • How to know when strawberries are ripe: Look for bright color, glossy skin, and sweet aroma. The berries should be firm but not too hard.
  • Flavor: Sweet, juicy, and slightly tart.
  • Texture: Soft and succulent, with small seeds on the outer surface.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but typically small to medium-sized.
  • Seeds: Strawberries have many small seeds on the outer surface.

Tomatoes

Several different tomatoes.

Tomatoes might seem strange on this list because they are often mistaken as a vegetables. However, tomatoes are fruits. While tomatoes come in various shapes and colors, red tomatoes are the most well-known and commonly used.

  • How to know when tomatoes are ripe: Ripe tomatoes should have vibrant skin, be slightly soft to the touch, and give off a sweet, earthy aroma.
  • Peak Season: Summer to early fall
  • Flavor: Juicy, tangy, and slightly sweet.
  • Texture: Smooth and juicy, with a soft interior and thin, delicate skin.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, ranging from small cherry tomatoes to large beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Seeds: Numerous small seeds are present in the pulp.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits include lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. Citrus fruits usually have a tangy or tart. Although citrus fruits have a reputation for being an excellent source of vitamin C, they also contain various other nutrients, such as potassium, folic acid, and fiber.

Blood Limes

Blood lime cut open and garnishing a cocktail.

Blood Limes are known for their unique crimson peel and deeply read interior. The blood lime is a hybrid between the red finger lime and the ‘Ellendale Mandarin’ orange. Their flavor is tart and slightly sweet, which makes them versatile.

Blood limes have a high concentration of vitamin C. They are grown predominantly in subtropical Australia and California. Blood limes are typically used for garnishes, preserves, syrups, and beverages.

How to know when blood limes are ripe: Blood limes are usually harvested when they turn deep red or maroon.

  • Peak Season: Year-round
  • Flavor: Tart and tangy, with a hint of sweetness.
  • Texture: Juicy and pulpy, with thin skin.
  • Size: Similar to regular limes, but slightly smaller.
  • Seeds: Blood limes typically contain a few small seeds.

Grapefruit

Several grapefruits with one cut in half.

Red and traditional grapefruit are similar; the red variety has a slightly sweeter flavor. Enjoy the same way as traditional grapefruit: raw, in smoothies, jams, and sauces.

  • How to know when grapefruit is ripe: Look for grapefruits with a vibrant hue and feel heavy for their size.
  • Peak Season: Winter to early spring
  • Flavor: Sweet, tangy, and slightly bitter.
  • Texture: Juicy and fibrous with a slightly grainy texture.
  • Size: Medium to large-sized citrus fruit.
  • Seeds: Grapefruits may have a few small seeds.

Melons

Melons are a fruit with a sweet taste and a high water content. Fruits in this category include watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.

Watermelon

Three triangles of watermelon slices.

Watermelons are known for their sweet, juicy flavor and high water content. In the United States, a slice of watermelon is synonymous with picnics and hot summer days.

  • How to know when watermelons are ripe: Tap them; if they sound hollow, they are likely ripe. The underside should have a creamy yellow spot.
  • Peak Season: Summer
  • Flavor: Sweet, refreshing, and mildly juicy.
  • Texture: Juicy, crisp, and slightly grainy.
  • Size: Watermelons can vary greatly in size, from small to large.
  • Seeds: Some watermelon varieties are seedless, while others may contain small, edible seeds.

Fruits with Pits

Cherries

Red cherries spilling out of a wicker basket.

Red cherries are native to Europe and Asia, but North America is the largest producer. There are different types of cherries, including sweet and tart varieties. Sweet cherries are usually eaten fresh, while tart cherries are often used in cooking or canning. Cherries are known for their sweet taste and are popular in desserts like pies and ice cream.

  • How to know when cherries are ripe: Look for cherries with deep or mahogany color and firm, plump skin.
  • Peak Season: Late spring to early summer
  • Flavor: Sweet and tangy, with slight acidity.
  • Texture: Juicy and firm, with smooth skin.
  • Size: Small, bite-sized fruit.
  • Seeds: Cherries typically contain a hard, central pit.

Plums

Several red plums scattered around.

There are several different types of red plums, each with their own unique qualities. For instance, Japanese plums have a deep color and a sweet, juicy taste, while European plums have a slightly tart flavor and a firmer texture.

When it comes to appearance, plums are typically small to medium-sized with smooth, shiny skin that ranges in color from light red to deep purple.

Plums are great snacks, jams, or baked pies and cakes. They can be made into sauces that taste great on grilled tofu.

  • How to know when plumbs are ripe Plums should have vibrant red or purple skin, yield slightly to gentle pressure, and have a sweet aroma.
  • Flavor: Juicy, sweet, and slightly tart.
  • Texture: Firm yet tender, with smooth skin and juicy flesh.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but typically medium-sized.
  • Seeds: Plums contain a single hard seed or stone in the center

Catus Fruit

Red Cactus Fruits are widely grown in North and South America. The flavors can be surprisingly sweet.

Prickly Pear

A bowl filled with prickly pears.

Prickly Pear, known as cactus fruit, is typically found in North and South America. They are most commonly grown in Mexico and the southwestern regions of the United States.

In terms of taste, Prickly Pear has a sweet and floral flavor that has been compared to a mix of watermelon and bubble gum. It’s commonly consumed as juice or blended into smoothies but can also be eaten raw.

Cutting into a prickly pear might seem strange at first. Here is how you do it: cut off the exterior spikes, then cut the pear into slices or quarters. The seeds are edible but can be quite hard.

  • Knowing when a prickly pear is ripe: Prickly pears should have a deep red or purple color and yield slightly when pressed gently.
  • Flavor: Sweet, with hints of watermelon and pear.
  • Texture: Firm yet tender, slightly grainy due to tiny seeds.
  • Size: Medium-sized fruit with an oblong or pear-like shape.
  • Seeds: Prickly pears contain numerous small, edible seeds.

Dragon Fruit

Several dragon fruits, one cut in half showing the interior.

Red dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, originates from South America. Dragon fruit is considered a superfruit packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants.

Dragon fruit is popularly blended into smoothies and shakes. You can also use it in desserts like sorbets, ice cream, or fruit tarts. Starbucks lovers like me love dragon fruit as part of the mango dragonfruit refresher.

  • How to know when dragon fruit is ripe: Look for vibrant red or magenta skin color with a slight give when pressed.
  • Flavor: Mildly sweet and subtly tropical.
  • Texture: Creamy and smooth, similar to a kiwi.
  • Size: Medium-sized fruit with a unique, scaly appearance.
  • Seeds: Dragon fruit contains numerous tiny, edible seeds.

Tropical Red Fruits

Tropical fruits often have sweet, tart, and tangy flavors. They are a perfect addition to your meals and snacks, whether you eat them whole or blended and drink them as a smoothie.

Caribbean Red Papaya

Red papaya that has been sliced open.

The Caribbean Red Papaya is a tropical fruit with an otter yellowish-orange skin. But don’t let the exterior fool you; the interior is red.

  • How to know when Caribbean red papaya is ripe: Have bright orange-red skin and yield to gentle pressure at the stem end.
  • Flavor: Sweet, tropical, and slightly tangy.
  • Texture: Soft and smooth, with juicy flesh.
  • Size: Large, elongated fruit with a pear-like shape.
  • Seeds: Numerous black, round seeds clustered in the central cavity.

Goji Berries

Wooden spoon filled with gogi berries.

While Goji berries have become popular in the last 10 -15 years, they have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Goji berries are also known for their unique texture and taste. They have a chewy texture, like dried cranberries or raisins, and a mildly sweet taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Some popular dishes that use Goji berries include Goji berry granola, Goji berry trail mix, and Goji berry chia seed pudding.

  • How to know when goji berries are ripe: Goji berries are usually harvested when fully ripe and have a bright red or orange color.
  • Flavor: Sweet and slightly tangy, with a hint of bitterness.
  • Texture: Chewy and slightly dried, similar to raisins.
  • Size: Small berries, typically around 0.2 to 0.4 inches (5-10 mm) in diameter.
  • Seeds: Goji berries contain small, edible seeds.

Lychee (Litchi chinensis)

Lychee fruit, also known as Litchi chinensis, originated in China and is widely cultivated in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and parts of Africa. They have a hard, bumpy outer shell with a red color and a distinctive sweet taste. Although their white flesh may not seem like a red fruit, it has a reddish tint when fully ripe.

It’s important to note that lychees should be fully ripened before consumption, as consuming unripe lychees can cause hypoglycemia and even lead to death. Fully ripened lychees have a sweet aroma and are slightly soft.

  • How to know when lychee is ripe: Look for lychees with vibrant skin that is easily peelable and soft.
  • Flavor: Sweet, floral, and tropical.
  • Texture: Juicy and tender, with a firm yet slippery texture.
  • Size: Small to medium-sized fruit, roughly the size of a golf ball.
  • Seeds: Lychees have a large seed in the center that is not edible.

Pomegranates

Pomegranate that has been cut open.

Pomegranates are a unique red fruit originating in the Middle East but are now widely grown in North America and Europe. The exterior has a hard, leathery skin that encases small, juicy seeds called vibrant red or pink arils.

Enjoy pomegranates on their own or in salads, smoothies, or sauces.

  • How to know when pomegranates are ripe: Pomegranates should have a deep red or reddish-brown color and feel heavy for their size.
  • Flavor: Sweet, tangy, and slightly tart.
  • Texture: Firm and crunchy arils (juicy seed sacs) surrounded by a fibrous membrane.
  • Size: Medium-sized fruit, similar to an apple.
  • Seeds: Pomegranates contain numerous edible seeds called arils

Banana

Several bunches of red bananas.

Red bananas are a unique and flavorful fruit that is gaining popularity as a dessert ingredient and smoothie addition. While they share some similarities with the more common yellow bananas, red bananas have a distinct taste and appearance that sets them apart.

They are slightly smaller and have thicker skin than yellow bananas. The banana is also firmer and sweeter, with a hint of raspberry flavor. Red bananas hold their shape well and are great for baking.

  • How to know when bananas are ripe: Deep red or maroon color with no green hues and feel slightly soft to the touch.
  • Flavor: Sweet and creamy, with a hint of berry undertones.
  • Texture: Soft and smooth, with a custard-like consistency.
  • Size: Medium-sized bananas that are shorter and plumper than yellow bananas.
  • Seeds: Xontain a few small seeds.

Mango

Three red mangos with one cut open.

Red Mango is a tropical fruit known for its creamy texture and sweet flavor. Several different varieties of mango are sold in stores. Generally, they all taste the same.

Mangos are perfect in smoothies, as sorbet, or on their own. Mangos are probably my favorite fruit, and many mango recipes are on my blog.

  • How to know when red mangos are ripe: Mangoes should have vibrant red or orange skin with no green undertones and yield to gentle pressure.
  • Flavor: Sweet, tropical, and juicy.
  • Texture: Smooth and fibrous, with succulent flesh.
  • Size: Varies depending on the variety, but typically medium-sized.
  • Seeds: Mangoes have a flat, elongated seed in the center.

Passion Fruit

Three red passionfruit, one cut open.

Red Passion fruit is from South America, and the flavor is unique, sweet, and sour. The flavor can be compared to a golden kiwi. The interior of passion fruits has lots of seeds mixed in with the pulp, all of which are edible.

Passion fruit is popular on its own or mixed into other foods like ice cream, sorbet, and margaritas.

  • How to know when passionfruit is ripe: Passion fruits should have a deep purple or reddish skin and feel slightly wrinkled.
  • Flavor: Tangy, tropical, and subtly sweet.
  • Texture: Gelatinous pulp filled with edible seeds.
  • Size: Small, oval-shaped fruit.
  • Seeds: Passion fruits contain numerous small, crunchy seeds.

Red Fruit Quick Glance Chart (Cheat Sheet)

I have covered a lot of information. But if you want to get down and dirty, this chart will help you quickly gather the necessary information.

If you want to eat more colors in the rainbow, check out this post about yellow fruits or orange fruits.

FruitHow to Know When RipeFlavorTextureSizeSeasonal Availability
Blood LimesDeep colorTart and tangyJuicy and pulpySimilar to limesYear-round
Caribbean Red PapayaBright orange-red skin, gentle pressure at the stem endSweet, tropical, slightly tangySoft and smoothLargeYear-round
CherriesDeep red or mahogany color, firm and plump skinSweet and tangyJuicy and firmSmallLate spring to early summer
CranberriesFirm texture, deep colorTart and slightly acidicFirm and crispSmall berriesFall to winter
Goji BerriesBright red or orange color when fully ripeSweet and slightly tangy with a hint of bitternessChewy and slightly driedSmall berriesYear-round
LingonberryFully ripe when harvestedTart and slightly sweetSmall and softSmall berriesLate summer to early fall
Lychee (Litchi chinensis)Vibrant skin, easily peelableSweet, floral, tropicalJuicy and tenderSmall to mediumSummer
PomegranatesDeep red or reddish-brown color, heavinessSweet, tangy, slightly tartFirm and crunchyMediumFall to winter
Prickly PearDeep red or purple color, slight softnessSweet, hints of watermelon and pearFirm yet tenderMediumLate summer to early fall
RaspberriesDeep color, easy detachment from the stemSweet and tangySoft and delicateSmall berriesSummer to early fall
AppleBright red color, slightly sweet aroma, firm textureCrisp, mildly sweet with a hint of tartnessFirm and crunchyMedium-sizedYear-round, with peak season in fall
BananaDeep red or maroon color, slight softnessYear-round, with peak season in the fallSoft and smoothMediumYear-round
Dragon FruitVibrant red or magenta skin, slight give when pressedMildly sweet, subtly tropicalCreamy and smoothMediumYear-round
GrapefruitVibrant red or pink color, heavinessSweet, tangy, slightly bitterJuicy and fibrousMedium to largeWinter to early spring
GrapesUniform color, plump and firmSweet and juicy, slightly tartFirm and crisp skinSmall to mediumSummer to early fall
MangoVibrant red or orange skin, slight softnessSweet, tropical, juicySmooth and fibrousVariesSummer
PearGentle pressing near the stem, smooth and vibrant skinJuicy, sweet, slightly floralSmooth and tenderMedium to largeLate summer to early winter
PlumRed or purple skin, slight give when pressedJuicy, sweet, slightly tartFirm yet tenderVariesLate spring to early fall
CurrantBright color, firm textureTart and slightly sweetFirm and juicySmall berriesSummer to early fall
StrawberriesBright color, glossy skin, sweet aromaSweet, juicy, slightly tartSoft and succulentSmall to mediumLate spring to early summer
TomatoVibrant color, slight softness, sweet aromaJuicy, tangy, slightly sweetSmooth and juicyVariesSummer to early fall
WatermelonHollow sound when tapped, creamy yellow spotSweet, refreshing, mildly juicyJuicy and crispVariesSummer

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