9 Fruits That Start Q

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Looking for fruit that starts with the letter Q? There are actually quite a few fruit names that start with q, and some of them might surprise you.

So if you’re looking for a new fruit to try, or just want to learn more about some of the different kinds of fruit out there, read on.

From quince to quandong, there’s something for everyone on this list of fruits that start with Q!

Fruits That Start With Q


1. Quince

Quince Fruit
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The quince (pronounced “kwins”) is a small and round fruit that grows on the quince fruit tree. It looks similar to an apple or a pear. When the quince fruit is mature it has a bright golden-yellow color.

While some varieties of quice (Aromatnaya and Kuganskaya) can be eaten raw, most varieties of quince are too hard and sour to eat raw. For that reason, most people enjoy quince when it is cooked.

It is full of pectin which makes it ideal for making jam, jelly, marmalade or compote.

Quince is also great when roasted in the oven. And just like pears and apples, quince is an amazing fruit to use in baked pies, tarts and muffins.

Quince cheese is a sticky, sweet paste made from quince fruit. In Portuguese it’s called marmalada and in Spanish it’s called carne de membrillo or dulce de membrillo.

According to some research, quince may also have medicinal properties such as helping with digestive disorders.

2. Queen Anne Cherries

Queen Anne Cherries
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Queen Anne Cherries are also sometimes called Royal Anne or Napoleon Cherries. They are similar in taste and appearance (yellow to light pink in color) to the Rainier cherry.

Like other cherries, Queen Anne cherries are high in antioxidants. They are also high in sugars like glucose, fructose, sucrose and sorbitol.

They are delicious and sweet when eaten fresh, but this type of fruit is also excellent in a variety of other uses. They make great maraschino cherries for cocktails. Due to their naturally sweet flavor, they’re ideal for canning and making pies, sauces and jams.

3. Quandong

Quandong Fruit
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Quandong is a fruit that is native to Australia. It is a well-known exotic fruit that also goes by names like native peach, wild peach and desert peach.

The flavor is similar to that of a peach, apricot, or rhubarb.

The quandong has a unique taste that is both sweet and sour, and it is often used in jams, chutneys, and desserts. It is also commonly stewed to make filling for quandong pies. It’s sometimes also made into a fruit juice drink.

Quandongs are also high in antioxidants and vitamin C, making them a healthy choice for snacking or adding to your diet.

4. Quararibea

Quararibea Fruit
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Quararibea fruit comes from the Quararibea Cordata tree (also called South American Sapote or Chupa Chupa tree).

It is native to tropical regions in the Amazon rainforest. Unfortunately, this exotic fruit has not gained much attention outside its native lands, so it is primarily only enjoyed in regions such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The fruit is orange-yellow in color and is soft, juicy and sweet. Quararibea can be eaten fresh or enjoyed as a juice.

5. Quenepa

Quenepa Spanish Lime
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More commonly known as the Spanish lime, Quenepa fruit is most commonly known as Spanish Lime. It goes by many other names too including quenepe, quenette, chenet, skinup, Talpa jocote, mamón, limoncillo, canepa, skinip, kenepa, kinnip, huaya, mamoncillo and more.

It is native to South and Central American, plus parts of the Caribbean.

This fun fruit grows in large bunches. It is a small size, with thin and brittle green skin. Under the skin are a creamy, juicy pulp and a large seed.

The quenepa pulp is bright orange. It has a sweet taste and tangy flavor that is similar to a cross between a lychee and a lime. It is sometimes described as having a bittersweet, wine flavor.

As with most fruits, the quenepa is packed with vitamins and minerals including iron and phosphorus. Most people find raw quenepa fruit makes a great snack. However, it is also used in a variety of dishes.

6. Querina Apple

Querina Apple
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The Querina apple (also called Florina apple) combines traits from other apples including the Jonathan, Golden Delicious and Rome variations. It was developed in France.

The Querina is firm and juicy. It has a sweet-tart flavor and it develops into a solid red color. Because it is sweet, aromatic, crisp and juicy, it’s ideal for use in recipes, but is especially tasty for eating fresh right from the tree.

7. Quinault Strawberry

Quinault Strawberry
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Fun fact: The Quinault Strawberry was developed by Washington State University. It’s super popular because of its large, sweet fruit.

This delicious fruit is ideal for preserves, jams and jellies or eating fresh.

The plant produces tasty Quinault strawberries from late spring through fall, so it’s perfect for home gardeners. The plants are particularly well-suited for the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.

8. Queen Tahiti Pineapple

Queen Tahiti Pineapple
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The edible fruit of Queen Tahiti pineapples is bright yellow, sweet, juicy and has an aromatic scent. This fruit is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B1, manganese, and fiber.

Many people find the best way to enjoy Queen Tahiti pineapples is fresh and raw. They are often sliced for use in fruit salad or served with ice cream or sorbet.

The Queen Tahiti pineapple has such a delicious flavor it is also frequently used for making wine and cocktail sweeteners.

This pineapple is also very tasty when grilled and served with meat or rice. It pairs really nicely with flavors like teriyaki, soy sauce, coconut, ginger and garlic.

9. Queen Forelle Pear

Queen Forelle Pear
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Forelle pears originated in Germany, but are now very popular in Oregon and Washington.

They are very small fruit, making them ideal for eating fresh. The skin of the pear is green and yellow, with some pink. The inside flesh is crisp, sweet and juicy. It has a tangy flavor with a hint of cinnamon.

Forelle pears are high in fiber and potassium.

Many people enjoy Forelle pears as a fresh snack. They are often added to oatmeal, cereal, sandwiches, salsa, salads and even used with chocolate fondue. They also pair nicely with tart cheese.

You can also cook and bake with Forell pears. They keep their shape and flavor even when cooked at high temperatures.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 9 fruits that start with Q. There are so many fun foods in the world to explore!

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Fruits That Start With Q

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