The Pink Fruits

You can probably name a few pink flowers, but how many pink fruits do you know? I have found seven.

Did you know that the color pink is named after a flower? The name came from the flowering plant called pink (D. plumarius) from the genus Dianthus which include the carnation.

Pink is a combination of the colors red and white. The word was first recorded in 17th century and in the 1940’s it was started to be used as a color appropriate for girls while blue is for boys.

Everywhere you look, you can probably find a shade of pink. I’m sure you can name a few pink flowers, but how about fruits? Can you think of any?

Here are seven edible pink colored fruits. The color refers to either the skin or flesh.

Riberry

photoDale Gillard/Getty image

Scientific Name: Syzygium luehmannii

Common Names: lilli pilli, cherry satinash or cherry alder

Description: The skin is green in color and turns soft pink when ripe. They are small, round fruits with a pear-like appearance.

Taste: Tart, cranberry-like flavor with a hint of cloves

Other colors: Bright purple and cranberry red

Lychee

photoJohn Loo/Flickr cc

Scientific Name: Litchi chinensis

Common Names: litchi, leechi, laichi or lichu

Description: The green rind which turns pinkish-red when ripe is roughly textured. The delicate whitish flesh has a perfume-like aroma.

Taste: Sweet, juicy and succulent; reminiscent of roses and some muscat grapes with a grape-like texture

Dragon Fruit

photoJohn Loo/Flickr

Scientific Name: Hylocereus undatus

Common Names: Pitaya, strawberry pear and pitahaya

Description: Pink leathery slightly leafy skin with white flesh and tiny black seeds

Taste: Bland to mildly sweet; juicy like watermelon; has a palate cleansing effect

Other colors: Costa Rica pitaya (Hylocereus costaricensis) has red skin with red flesh; yellow pitaya (Hylocereus megalanthus) has yellow skin with white flesh

Rose apple

http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2011/02/01/waxjambulg_1.jpgrose-apple image credit

Scientific Name: Syzygium jambos

Common Names: Wax apple, love apple, java apple, water apple or Malay apple

Description: Bell-shaped small fruits with pink skin and crispy white flesh

Taste: Smells and tastes like rosewater; a cross between nashi and bellpepper

Other colors: White, green, red, crimson and purple

Guava

photoVic Lic/Flickr cc

Scientific Name: Psidium guajava

Description: Small round fruits with skin color that ranges from green to yellow; has a sweet, musky aroma that is pungent and penetrating

Taste: Tart to sweet with a grainy texture from the seeds; some varieties taste sour

Other colors: White, pale yellow, yellow green and red-orange flesh; the skin of the cattleya guava also known as Peruvian guava is green which turns to dark red or purple when ripe.

Pomegranates

photoSwami Stream/Flickr

Scientific Name: Punica granatum

Description: Hexagonal shape with thich reddish skin with almost 600 seeds inside; the seeds are covered in arils that range in color from white to deep red or purple

Taste: Very juicy with a tart and sour to sweet taste

Other colors: Red and purple

Pink Grapefruit

photoliz west/Flickr cc

Scientific Name: Citrus paradisi

Common Names: Used to be called “The Forbidden Fruit”

Description: Oblate spheroid in shape with skin color ranging from green to yellow or blush; flesh is divided into segments

Taste: Acidic; bitter, tart and tangy with underlying sweetness

Other colors: White and red

Red colored fruits may pass through a shade of pink as they change from their immature color to their ripe stage. This includes the watermelon, strawberries and cherries.

You might also like:

13
Liked it
8 Responses to “The Pink Fruits”
  1. tonywriter Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I love Lychee,Thanks very well shared article


  2. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I’d love to taste those pink fruits. I have only tasted, lychee, rose apple, pink grapefruit and guava.


  3. Eunice Tan Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 3:33 am

    They are pretty and healthy.


  4. Cinders Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I guessed pink grapefruit but couldn’t get any others. Thanks for the facts. I never knew the colour was named after a flower, how interesting.


  5. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Some of my favorites here but I prefer regular grapefruit.


  6. Stable Says...

    On February 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

    The rose apple looks beautfiul. Thanks for the share – I had not heard of the riberry before.


  7. Edsss Says...

    On February 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    They look and taste yummy, but honestly, I don’t know some of them! Thanks for this article, now I know them! haha!


  8. athena goodlight Says...

    On February 10, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Lovely fruits. Now I know what macopa is called. :)


Post Comment
comments powered by Disqus