25 Red Fruits To Eat From Around the World

Red fruits are as beautiful as they are delicious, and I’m excited to share my personal experience and insights on these luscious gems. 

fresh cherry in the hands of a girl

From the succulent sweetness of strawberries to the tangy tartness of raspberries and beyond, red fruits offer a symphony of flavors that awaken the taste buds.

As I delve into why I love red fruits, I will also highlight the best time to indulge in their juicy goodness.

Red Fruit

Join me as we explore the rich flavors, unique characteristics, and perfect timing for savoring these vibrant and delicious treasures of nature.

Red Dragon Fruit

Red dragon fruit, with its vibrant, pinkish-red skin and bright, speckled flesh, has a mild, slightly sweet taste reminiscent of a cross between a pear and a kiwi.

Dragon fruit on a wooden board

I am captivated by its striking appearance and refreshing flavor.

I love enjoying it as a refreshing snack with a spoon on a hot summer day or adding it to smoothie bowls for a burst of color and sweetness.


Fresh strawberries have a brilliant red hue, glossy finish, and succulent sweetness, creating a true treat for the senses.

Fresh strawberries in a bowl on wooden table

I adore their juicy texture and rich flavor, and I appreciate eating them as a healthy dessert, paired with whipped cream or yogurt, or simply on their own as a guilt-free indulgence.


Although watermelons have a green rind, they have juicy red-pink flesh and a subtly sweet flavor perfect for quenching summer thirst.

watermelon pieces in a wooden background

I love watermelons’ crisp texture and incredible, watery bite, which is a fantastic treat for hot days at the beach or picnics in the park.

I also recommend making it into juice mixed with tangy lime juice and a sprinkle of salt.

Blood Oranges

I appreciate blood oranges not only for their distinctive reddish-orange flesh but also for their tangy, sweet flavor.

fresh blood orange

The bright, crimson hue of this delightful citrus fruit always adds color to my fruit salads.


Cherries are a lovely bright red fruit that embodies the phrase “cherry on top” with their charming, positive look and taste.

basket of fresh ripe cherries

I love indulging in them during spring and early summer, and their vibrant color and zesty taste can brighten up even the most bland-looking cocktails.


Lingonberries are small red berries with a tart, tangy flavor.

Red lingonberry in wooden bowl

I enjoy their unique taste, that’s both sweet and sour, reminiscent of cranberries.

I love using them to make lingonberry jam or sauce, and this diverse fruit can pair perfectly with meatballs, pancakes, or as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal.

Red Banana

Red bananas, with their deep maroon skin and sweet, creamy flesh, have a distinct flavor that sets them apart from their more common yellow cousins.

Red bananas are a group of varieties of banana

I enjoy their tropical taste, reminiscent of a blend of bananas and raspberries.

I love eating them as a quick snack or adding them to smoothies for sweetness and color.


While pomegranates might be a bit tricky to navigate, their delicious and nutritious seeds are well worth the effort.

Red juice pomegranate on dark background

With their vibrant red color and tart, juicy flavor, they offer a refreshing pop of sweetness that’s perfect for adding to salads.

You can also use their juice to create unique marinades or dressings.

Red Pears

Pears are commonly green in color, but red pears offer a slightly tangier twist.

Ripe red pears in the rod basket

Their ruby-hued skin and juicy, sweet flavor make them a real treat for both the eyes and the tongue.

I love enjoying them as a healthy snack or slicing them onto a cheese plate for a sweet and savory pairing.


Redcurrants are small, translucent berries with a tangy, tart flavor that adds a unique zing to any dish.

Red currant berries are spilling out from the bowl

I often use them to make sweet jams or sauces or add them to fruit salads or cocktails for an extra burst of flavor.

They’re particularly delicious during the summer months when they’re in season.


Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits because they go well with many different foods, with their bright red color and delicate, slightly tart flavor.

Fresh raspberry in a wooden plate

For example, I incorporate them into desserts like pies, tarts, or cakes; use them in berry smoothies; or make a raspberry balsamic glaze for savory meat dishes.

Red Apple

Green apples are delicious for their slight sourness, but there’s nothing better than biting into a crisp, juicy red apple.

Ripe red apples on table close up

With its bright, shiny skin and slightly tart and sweet flavor, it’s a classic snack perfect for any time of day.

I love pairing them with peanut butter or cheese for a satisfying and nutritious snack.


Like raspberries, cranberries work well for many different types of dishes – breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, drinks, and everything in between.

Cranberries in wooden bowl on wooden background

But I enjoy eating these juicy little red fruits by plucking them right from the bush when they’re in season!

Goji Berries

Goji berries are vibrant red berries popular in China for their various benefits, including high levels of antioxidants, proteins, and lipids.

Goji berries on a wooden board

In terms of taste, they’re a cross between sweet cranberries and sour cherries, making them perfect for both sweet dishes like goji berry smoothies and savory eats like spicy goji berry soups. 


Lychee is a small, round fruit with a rough, pinkish-red shell and a delicate, sweet taste.

Front view of fresh ripe lychee fruit

I love its fragrant aroma and juicy texture, and it’s a delightfully refreshing snack, ideal on hot summer days.

I also enjoy using lychee in cocktails, desserts, or fruit salads to add a unique tropical flavor.

Red Chokecherry

Red chokecherry is another small red fruit with a deep, bold color and a sour, tart taste.

Macro of a cluster of wild red ripe chokecherries

People often use red chokecherries for making jams or jellies, but I enjoy eating them fresh, especially when they’re ripe, thus the sweetest.

I also like to bake them into muffins for pops of tangy flavor.

Red Prickly Pear

Red Prickly Pear is a fruit native to the Americas and is commonly found in deserts.

shallow depth of field of a cut prickly pear fruit

It has a dark red color – sometimes with a green-yellow color at one end – and a rough, spiny exterior.

The fruit has a juicy, sweet taste with a slightly tart finish, and I enjoy it most in the summertime, either on its own or sliced into a fresh salad.

Red Grapes

Red grapes are small, round, and juicy with a crisp texture.

Fresh red grapes fruit in a basket on wooden background

These grapes are typically sweeter and have a more robust flavor than green grapes, which tend to be tarter and slightly less sweet.

That said, I appreciate the robust, sweet flavor for fruit salads and cheese platters or paired with wine and chocolate for a luxurious dessert.

Red Plum

Red plums are small, round fruits with deep red to purple skin and yellow flesh.

Fresh plums on a grey wooden table

They have a juicy, sweet flavor with a slightly tart taste, making them excellent as a quick snack or in fruit salads.

They also pair well with savory dishes like grilled meats and goat cheese.

Water Apple

The water apple is a tropical fruit that has a similar appearance to a bell-shaped apple, with thin red skin and crisp, white flesh.

water apple on green leave in basket

Water apples have a sweet and slightly tangy taste, reminiscent of a combination of red apples and watermelons.

Red Tamarillo

Red tamarillo, also known as the tree tomato, is a small, egg-shaped fruit with bright red skin and juicy, tasty flesh ranging from sweet to slightly tangy or sour, depending on the ripeness.

Fresh fruit tamarillo on wooden background

I love to eat red tamarillo on its own or incorporate it into a unique hot sauce recipe.

Red Mango

Red mango is a tropical fruit with reddish-golden skin and splashes of deeper red and brighter yellow.

freshly sliced juicy Mango fruit

Its flesh is juicy, creamy, and sweet – similar to a ripe peach or apricot.

I often enjoy red mango as part of a smoothie, in fruit salads, or simply on its own as a sweet and refreshing snack.

Red Passion Fruit

Red passion fruit is a small, round fruit with a bright red-orange skin and sweet, juicy pulp inside.

Ripe passion fruit on a wooden background

It’s one of my favorite red fruits because it has such a unique and complex flavor: tangy, sweet, and tart all at the same time.

I love using red passion fruit to add a tropical touch to drinks and desserts.

Red Grapefruit

Red grapefruit is a large citrus fruit with bright yellow-red skin and juicy, tart flesh.

grapefruit on wood background

It’s an ideal fruit to enjoy in the morning, either with a pinch of sugar or as part of a smoothie bowl.


Rambutan is a tasty, tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, specifically the Malay archipelago.

Fresh and ripe rambutan sweet tropical fruit

It has a hairy red or yellow exterior and a white, juicy interior with a large seed.

It has a sweet and slightly acidic flavor, similar to lychee or grape, so it’s no surprise that it also works well in a fruit salad.

What’s Your Favorite Red Fruit?

Red fruits offer plenty of different flavors, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals essential to your diet! Which one is your favorite?

Color your plate with other foods, like naturally blue foods or pink foods!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.