Our planet is diverse in different types of fruits. A variety of extraordinary fruits grow on five continents. They differ in taste, smell, colour, structure, size and popularity. This article, of course, does not include all fruits that are understood by the word “fruit”, since berries are also referred to as fruits.
You can see the list of names of berries and wild-growing edible berries in these articles. In this article, you will get familiar with the fruits that start with C. You might not heard them before but that is alright considering their rare nature.
- Camu Camu Berry
- Cornelian Cherry Fruit
- Coco Plum
- Ceylon Gooseberry
- Capulin Cherry
- Cashew Apple Fruit
- Cape Gooseberry
- Canary melon
- Calabash Fruit
Fruits that start with C
Let us begin discussing all the fruits that start with C and why they are benefit for our health.
Yes, it is a fruit not a nut. The coconut has an almost round shape (sometimes with a slight elongation), the size of the fruit ranges from 12 to 30 cm in length, the weight can reach one and a half kg, the coconuts we are used to weigh 350-400 g. The coconut is a complex fruit, the upper dense part is covered with stiff hairs, the inner flesh of white colour is protected by a thin brown sheath.
Health Benefits of Coconut
1. Rejuvenates and relieves muscle fatigue
2. Boosts immune and nervous system
3. Improves the condition of hair and nail
4. Relieves inflammation in stomach ulcers and intestinal colitis.
Cantaloupe (Cantaloupe) is a species of melon of mention, which has been found for more than 2 thousand years. The latest mention of cantaloupe is found in records from India and Guinea, but it is generally accepted that the variety originates in western Europe. The inside of the fruit is orange in colour, and when cut, a large amount of juice and pulp is released.
Health Benefits of Cantaloupe
1. Keeps body weight in check
2. Controls Cholesterol levels
3. Prevents hair loss
4. Prevents an increase in blood pressure
Canistel is a yellow-orange fruit with a fleshy pulp that resembles a boiled egg yolk. It is grown in countries such as Brazil, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Canistel is very nutritious and has a unique sweet taste. It is used to make jam, marmalade, muffins, pancakes. The pulp is rubbed and added to custards, milkshakes, or ice cream. Powder and flour are prepared from the dehydrated fruit. The large amount of vitamins in the canister makes it very useful.
Health Benefits of Canistel
1. Have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-tumour properties.
2. Controls blood sugar level
3. Lowers Cholestrol Levels
4. Produces appropriate amount of Hydrochloris acid in the intestine
4. Camu Camu Berry
Camu Camu are berries found on a small, evergreen, shrub-like tree in the rain forests of the Amazonian lowlands of South America, along river banks and in wetlands. This is the record holder for the amount of vitamin C: there is 30-50 times more of it in a kilogram of small berries than in a kilogram of oranges. In addition, these fruits contain antioxidants and more vitamin B, beta-carotene and iron than any citrus. All this makes camu-camu a real fighter against free radicals and premature ageing.
Health Benefits of Camu Camu Berry
1. Stimulates collagen production
2. Smooths fine wrinkles
3. Reduces pigmentation and gives the complexion a healthy glow
Every year the use of this fruit in cosmetics is increasing by 13%.
The fruits of calamansi, although in appearance and resemble small tangerines, are inferior in taste to it. They are less acidic than lemon and more like an orange, but with a slight bitterness. It is better to eat them together with a sweet peel, which slightly softens the bitterness of the juicy pulp. Due to their peculiar taste, they are best eaten after cooking, combining with other foods.
Health Benefits of Calamansi fruit
1. Contributes in weight loss
2. Boosts body’s immunity
3. Improves digestion
4. Reduce the risk of calcium stones in kidneys
Cranberries are native to North America. Cranberry is an evergreen shrub whose edible red fruits have a sour taste, usually exceeding their sweetness. They are collected for consumption and for nutritional supplements, teas, medicines.
Health Benefits of Cranberry
1. Prevent urinary tract infections
2. Prevent kidney stones
3. Fight cancer
4. Maintain heart health
5. Strengthen immunity
The Latin name for crowberry is Empetrum. The fruits are round, slightly flattened at the base. Their size is small – 5-6 mm. The skin is dense and tough. There are several seeds inside. When pressed, the berry releases a lot of juice with a beautiful purple hue. Crowberry has a slightly bland taste due to its high water content.
8. Cornelian Cherry Fruit
Cornelian Cherry Fruits are of medium size with an average weight of 4 g, maximum – 5 g, levelled. The shape of the fruit is elongated, like a dogwood, or it could be round either. The skin is dark red. The pulp inside is slightly lighter, it is red and very juicy. The taste is sweet and sour, satisfactory.
9. Coco Plum Fruit
In size, shape and appearance, coco plum completely copy the plum. The colour is usually varied from pinkish-white or bright red to almost black. The taste is sour-sweet, with some astringency. The pulp is whitish yellow, and inside there is a large bone. Usually the fruits are eaten raw, but jellies, jams and preserves are prepared. In addition, the fruits are an excellent black dye.
Cloudberry fruit is a complex drupe that resembles raspberries, but differs from it in a special smell and taste. These berries at first they turn red, and then, as they ripen, they become amber-orange. Cloudberry is a storehouse of biologically active substances. The combination of vitamins and nutrients makes it possible to use cloudberries not only in dietary nutrition, but also in the treatment of various diseases. Cloudberries improve appetite and help the absorption of food, have antiscorbutic properties.
11. Clementine Fruit
This is a slightly smaller orange whose peel is thin, tightly attached to the fruit’s juicy pulp and easily peeled. It often has a shiny sheen and a tart taste. It is grown all over the world, it is said to be named after Father Pierre Clement, who inadvertently grew these fruits in his garden. Clementine is distinguished by its lack of seeds in the fruit.
A hybrid of a tangerine tree with a kumquat (fortunella). Evergreen compact plant with small glossy, dark green leaves with a pleasant smell. The fruits are small (about 4 cm in diameter) , similar to small tangerines, with a thin orange aromatic peel, have a pronounced bitter-sour taste and sweet zest.
Chokeberry is an edible fruit, dark brown or black-purple, with a light waxy bloom and dark ruby pulp. In shape, they are spherical berries with a diameter of 8-10 mm. The weight of one fruit is up to 1.3 g. Fruits are collected in bunches with 8 dark brown seeds. Chokeberry juice helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels.
Cherry has an exceptional nutrient qualities. These fruits have been widely used in folk medicine for a long time. Cherries are an excellent dietary product. It increases appetite, improves the digestion process. They also have a mild laxative effect which helps in curing constipation. Moreover, Cherries have a beneficial effect on the central nervous system.
Cherimoya pulp tastes like banana, strawberry, pineapple, papaya and mango with milk at the same time. Some varieties have a light cinnamon aroma. Cherimoya is often called the ice cream tree because the pulp, especially when frozen, is very similar in consistency and taste to the fruity ice cream.
The fruits have a glossy thin but firm skin of yellow or green colour, often with irregularities. Chayote pulp is white, juicy, with a buttery texture. vaguely resembles in taste either zucchini or potatoes. Due to its valuable composition, chayote is widely used in folk medicine. With its help, they solve the problems of urolithiasis, gynaecology, atherosclerosis, the cardiovascular system in general, haemorrhoids, pancreatitis, constipation, etc.
17. Ceylon Gooseberry
The Ceylon gooseberry is a plant belonging to the Willow family. Its spherical fruits with sweet and sour burgundy pulp are distinguished by their intense and piquant taste. This gooseberry variety is native to Sri Lanka, but today it is successfully cultivated in Florida, Hawaii, Cuba, as well as Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The pulp of this amazing rare plant has a rich vitamin composition and is a storehouse of micro- and macro-elements necessary for the body, among which iron and phosphorus are especially distinguished.
18. Cempedak Fruit
It is an exotic deciduous plant with large fruits that reaches 23-27 m in height and almost 3 kg in weight. It belongs to the Mulberry family, genus Artokarpus. The homeland of the breadfruit is New Guinea, but today you can see this exotic in most tropical countries. It’s other name is breadfruit. Unripe fruits have a greenish colour, eventually acquiring a yellow-brown hue.
19. Capulin Cherry
Capulin Cherry Fruits are spherical, flattened, with a large stone in the middle. The bone is easily detached. The rind is thin and dense, the flesh can be pink, white, yellowish and almost black. The taste is soft, sweet, with pleasant sourness and astringency. The fruit tastes so good that it is difficult to stop eating but the cherry could be eaten without the fear of weight gain.
20. Cashew Apple Fruit
Cashew fruit consists of two pieces: a cashew apple and a nut. An apple is a large pear-shaped pedicle that can be coloured orange or red. The diameter of this peduncle is 5 cm, and the length is about 10 cm. The fruit is very juicy, fleshy with a sour-sweet taste. Cashews contain a lot of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins A and B, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Cashews are not as high in calories as other nuts because they are low in fat.
21. Cape Gooseberry
Cape Gooseberries are edible, and tastes like the combination of tomatoes and apples. They contain a lot of vitamin C, phosphorus and some vitamin A, and they also have very few calories. Due to their properties, they are a very welcome fruit for strengthening the immune system, some recommend them as a medicine against viruses and colds, with them we can improve the health of the bladder and kidneys and successfully fight spring fatigue.
22. Caimito Fruit
Outwardly, the fruit resembles an ordinary apple with a green or purple-brown skin. The inside is juicy and sweet flesh of white or purple colour. If this apple is cut in half, you can see that the core of the fruit forms a star pattern. To many, caimito tastes like charlotte pie. Caimito is eaten fresh or used to make desserts and juices. Try adding some citrus juice to the flesh of the star apple for a sweeter and more palatable taste.
23. Canary Melon
They are uniformly coloured fruits of yellowish colour without a net pattern with an average weight of up to 2 kg. They have an oval shape and a smooth surface. The pulp is light green, sweet and very juicy. They could be eaten raw or put in fruit salads.
The Carambola Fruit is used primarily for decorating cocktails, various desserts and salads, since the star slices look exquisite and give any dish a finished look. The length of the fruit varies from 5 to 15 cm. The easiest way to imagine the shape of the carambola is by looking at the cross-section of the fruit, which forms almost regular five-pointed stars. The ripe fruit of carambola is edible whole with the peel.
Chico is a real salvation for those with a sweet tooth, because its rich taste at the same time resembles ice cream with caramel, toffee and boiled condensed milk. Finding an Asian exotic fruit on European counters is tricky. At the same time, it is not only tasty, but also rich in healthy substances.
26. Calabash Fruit
Calabash is one of the oldest cultivated plants of mankind. It was grown in Central Europe even before America was discovered. Contrary to the opinion of some books, the calabash is very easy to grow in Europe. With the bitter-free varieties, not only the young fruits of the calabash, but also the shoot tips and leaves are edible.
The last in the list of fruits that start with C is Cupuacu. It is sweet and a juicy fruit with a rich aroma. It is an interesting alternative to chocolate. The homeland of the fruit is Brazil. They have a creamy, exotic flesh in the middle of a large melon. Delicious fruit pulp is consumed raw or used to make juice, ice cream, smoothies, mousse, jelly, cupualte chocolate and liqueur. The seeds are used to make “cupualte”, which has similar properties to chocolate, but is cheaper and more resistant to heat.
When asked about the fruits that start with C, your mind could naturally go black as there is barely a famous fruit that start with alphabet C. This article might have helped you in learning about new fruits and including them in your diet is only going to benefit you in many ways.
If you think we have missed any fruit that you know of, please mention it in the comments. There could be numerous fruits that start with C which could be rare and interesting to have learn of.
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