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Fruits That Start With L (List Of 35 Fruits!)

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More fruits begin with L than you might initially assume! There are obviously the common fruits you’d find at most grocery stores like lemons and limes, but there are also some really unique fruits that start with L – some of which you might never have heard of! Read on to find 35 fruits beginning with the letter L!

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1. Lablab Fruit

What Is The Lablab Fruit?

This unique fruit that starts with L is also known as the Egyptian kidney bean because it’s a species of beans filled with edible seeds.

What Does It Taste Like?

It has a mild, bitter flavor and is often used in savory dishes like curries and stir fries.

Is It Healthy?

This useful plant has been used in different countries to soothe common ailments like sore throats, to reduce fever, or help with heart health.

2. Lady Apple

What Is A Lady Apple?

Excellent question, my friend! With so many different kinds of apples, it can be confusing. Lady apples are small, greenish-red apples that have a firm-textured and juicy flesh. These old, French apples were traditionally used to decorate Christmas wreaths or fruit baskets during the holidays.

What Does It Taste Like?

The Lady apple fruit has a tart and sweet flavor. They are small fruits, though they pack a large aromatic punch. You can enjoy lady apples in lots of different ways, as they are great for canning, garnishing, and saucing.

Are Lady Apples Healthy?

You sure bet! Their nutritional value is remarkable, as lady apples are packed with lots of vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals. 

Recipe to Try!

Gluten free apple cake on a plate with maple syrup, garnished with apple slices.
Gluten-Free Apple Cake
This gluten-free apple cake makes an excellent breakfast bake or dessert! It’s topped with a cinnamon oat crumble, and packed with warm spices and sweet apples. A super easy apple cake recipe, that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It is also a healthier dessert option, with only 4 grams of added sugar per serving!
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3. Lakoocha Fruit

What Is A Lakoocha Fruit?

These round, small fruits beginning with L are also known as monkey jack fruits. They are typically dull yellow in color

What Does It Taste Like?

They have a slightly sweet and sour taste, with a slight citrusy feel and a mild flavor. They are typically eaten fresh, but can also be used in curries, chutney or dried and used as a substitute for tamarind.

Is It Healthy?

These fruits are high in Vitamin C, and are thought to be a tonic for the liver!

4. Lambkin Melon

What Is Lambkin Melon?

This popular fruit one of the many varieties of melon available today. It is a hybrid, Spanish melon that is known for its oblong shape and mottled green rind. It has an incredibly long shelf-life, making it perfect for the holidays.

What Does It Taste Like?

These melons are very juicy, and they have a sweet, refreshing flavor.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! Lambkin melons are a rich source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Not only that but they are also packed with both iron and calcium.

Recipe To Try!

Mexican fruit salad with tajin seasoning, cilantro and fresh lime served in a bowl with a fork.
Mexican Fruit Salad
Mexican Fruit Salad: a simple but delicious salad with cubed melon, mango, papaya, pineapple, lime juice, and a hint of spice. Truly an unexpected and unique take on the traditional fruit salad recipe. This Mexican salad is great for a summer picnic, an outdoor bbq, for holidays like Cinco de Mayo, or really any time of year!
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5. Lancetilla Mango

What Is A Lancetilla Mango?

This L fruit name is a variety of mango and is grown in the United States! It has a long, flat, oval shape, with a red colored skin and the flesh is yellow in color.

What Does It Taste Like?

These mangoes have a sweet taste and a soft pulp, and can be used in a variety of recipes like smoothies, salsas, cakes and ice cream!

Is It Healthy?

Mangoes are extremely healthy for you – they are high in fiber and are rich in vitamins and minerals too.

Recipe To Try!

Banana mango nice cream, served in a white bowl, garnished with mint.
Mango Nice Cream
Creamy, homemade mango nice cream made with frozen bananas, mangos, natural sweetener, and almond milk, is a dairy-free healthy treat! With 4 simple ingredients, and a few minutes, you’ll have a decadent dessert in no time!
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6. Langra Mango

What Is A Langra Mango?

This fruit is grown in tropical regions like northern India. It has a green (sometimes mild yellow) color even when ripe. The fruit pulp is light yellow in color.

What Does It Taste Like?

This variety of mango has a more tart taste and can be slightly sour, so it’s great in more savory dishes like salsas or even curries.

Is It Healthy?

Absolutely! These mangoes are high in fiber, Vitamin C, Copper, Folate, and B vitamins.

Recipe To Try!

avocado quesadillas with poblanos mangos and black beans stacked on a wooden cutting board
Grilled Quesadillas with Poblanos, Mangos, and Black Beans
Easy, crispy, satisfying Grilled Quesadillas are filled with creamy avocados, protein-packed black beans, gooey cheese, spicy poblanos, and sweet mango. Ready in 30 minutes and the perfect weeknight meal!
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7. Langsat Fruit

What Is Langsat?

Langsat fruits (the scientific name – lansium parasiticum), is a tropical fruit that somewhat resembles small potatoes. Langsat trees—sometimes called Lanzones—are native to Southeast Asia.

What Does Langsat Taste Like?

Langsat fruits have a sweet-and-sour taste that somewhat resembles grapes.

Is It Healthy?

These fresh fruits have no saturated fats or cholesterol, yet they boast a whole host of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. (So yes, they’re very healthy.)

8. Lantana Berries

What Are Lantana Berries?

Lantana berries are the bluish-black fruit of the lantana bush, which is found in the tropics. Only fully ripe berries are safe for human consumption, and they are usually eaten by hand or made into jams or jellies.

What Do They Taste Like?

Lantana berries are both sweet and tart, and they taste somewhat like a blend of cherries, black currants, and chocolate. (Drooling, yet? Or is it just me?)

Are Lantana Berries Healthy?

Fully ripe berries are an edible fruit, and are high in antioxidants. However, unripe lantana berries are poisonous, so stay away from consuming berries with green or yellow skin!

9. Lapsi Fruit

What Is Lapsi Fruit?

This is a small fruit is common to Nepal and Bhutan, with a soft white flesh and green/yellow skin.

What Does It Taste Like?

It is sweet, spicy, and tangy, and is often used in chutneys and pickles.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! It is thought to be rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.

10. Lardizabala Fruit

What Is Lardizabala Fruit?

This fruit is grown on an evergreen fruit tree, native to South and Central America. The fruit itself is shaped kind of like a sausage and has a deep purple skin.

What Does It Taste Like?

This fruit beginning with L is pulpy and tastes sweet. It is thought to be a delicacy in Chile and can be eaten raw or cooked.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! It is high in fiber and antioxidants.

11. Last Chance Peaches

What Are Last Chance Peaches?

Last Chance Peaches are exactly what they sound like. They are late-season peaches originally grown in California and used for canning, baking, jamming, making smoothies, or enjoying as is.

What Do They Taste Like?

Last Chance Peaches are juicy, sweet, and a lot of folks believe they are the tastiest of all peaches. They are definitely a favorite fruit for many people in the spring and summer.

Are They Healthy?

Peaches are ultra-rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and A, as well as fiber, iron, and beta-carotene. So, yes!

Recipe To Try!

easy healthy dairy free gluten free vegan peach cobbler recipe in a white bowl with ice cream
Vegan Peach Cobbler
This vegan peach cobbler is a delicious dessert that is a total crowd-pleaser! Sweet, comforting, and full of fruity flavors, this easy cobbler recipe is made with ripe peaches, vegan butter, cinnamon, and almond milk. Perfect for spring and summer, but with canned peaches you can enjoy this fruit crisp all year round!
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12. Le Conte Pear

What Are Le Conte Pears?

Le Conte Pears are soft and flavorful fruits with a white flesh – similar to an Asian Pear. They can be enjoyed either raw or cooked. They are thought to be a hybrid of a Chinese and European pear variety.

What Does It Taste Like?

These pears are crisp and sweet, and are a delicious fruit to enjoy year round.

Is It Healthy?

Pears are super nutritious and are packed with vitamins (like Vitamins C, K and Copper) and fiber. They are high in antioxidants and may boost heart health as well.

Recipe To Try!

Pear Gorgonzola Pizza
With just five simple ingredients, this easy pear gorgonzola pizza with walnuts is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser! Gooey fontina cheese, savory gorgonzola cheese, fresh sweet pears, and crunchy walnuts all on top of a perfectly crispy whole-wheat pizza crust makes for a mind-blowing delicious meal!
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13. Lemon

What Is a Lemon?

Lemons are the leading citrus fruit known for their color, odor, and flavor. They have an oval shape and are the main ingredient in a multitude of dishes including lemon bars, lemon juice, and lemon meringue pie. You might not know this, but lemons actually originated from Asian countries like India and China.

What Do Lemons Taste Like?

These popular fruits that start with L are incredibly sour with a bitter taste and citrus flavor. They aren’t usually eaten on their own and instead are used to enhance the other flavors of the dish (cooking with lemon zest, for example).

Is It Healthy?

Lemons are full of vitamin C, fiber, and other minerals that boost heart health and assist in weight management.

Recipe To Try!

easy, healthy, gluten free vegan lemon tart recipe on a white plate
Vegan Lemon Tart
A vegan lemon tart with a nutty crust and sweet but tangy lemon curd filling. It's a simple but elegant dessert even dairy-lovers can't resist. Sweetened with maple syrup & dates, this tart is vegan, gluten-free, & refined-sugar-free too!
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14. Lemon Aspen

What Is Lemon Aspen?

Lemon aspen fruits are one of the many “bush food” that are native to tropical Australia. These citrus fruits are pale and grow in heavy bunches, also somewhat resembling grapes.

What Does Lemon Aspen Taste Like?

This fruit beginning with the letter L has a tart, lemony taste with notes of both eucalyptus and spice.

Is It Healthy?

Lemon Aspen fruits are full of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Fun fact: they also contain more antioxidants than blueberries.

vegan gluten free lemon bars stacked on a white plate
Gluten Free Lemon Bars with Coconut Custard
With a sweet, tart coconut milk lemon curd filling, and almond flour crust, these Gluten Free Lemon Bars are the perfect dessert for picnics, bake sales, and more! Naturally sweetened, these bars are vegan friendly.

15. Lemon Cucumber

What Is a Lemon Cucumber?

While a lot of folks might mislabel lemon cucumbers as veggies, they are a tasty fruit that combines the size, shape, and color of a lemon with the taste of a cucumber. They are part of the gourd family.

What Does It Taste Like?

Lemon cucumbers don’t have a citrusy flavor. Instead, they boast a mild, sweet flavor and have a refreshing, cool texture.

Is It Healthy?

Compared to other fruits and veggies, lemon cucumbers have a lower nutritional profile. However, they do have some vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants.

Recipe To Try!

tomato avocado cucumber salad in a white bowl
Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad
This quick, easy tomato avocado cucumber salad is a delicious blend of colorful, fresh veggies that will brighten up your dinner table. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, and the perfect healthy side dish for a picnic, summer gatherings, potlucks with friends, or a quick weeknight dinner any time of the year! Plus, you'll only need 10 minutes of prep time to make it!
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16. Lemon Drop Melon

What Is a Lemon Drop Melon?

Lemon drop melons are a hybrid variety developed in the 21st century. They’re known for their high citric acid content.

What Does It Taste Like?

Unlike traditional melon, lemon drop melon has a zingy, citrusy flavor. While their initial flavor is somewhat sweet, it is quickly followed by the sharp tang characteristic of lemons.

Is It Healthy?

As you can probably guess, lemon drop melons are a terrific source of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation, and boosts collagen in the skin.

Recipe To Try!

Lemon-Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry Sauce
This healthy vegetable stir fry sauce tossed with fresh veggies, tofu and quinoa is a quick and easy vegan weeknight meal. It's loaded with flavor from lemon and ginger, and is ready in just 15 minutes!
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17. Lemon Plum

What Are Lemon Plums?

These yellow fruits reminisce the shape of a lemon, although their skin is smooth and glossy. They originated in Israel but were introduced to consumer markets in North America in the 21st century.

What Do Lemon Plums Taste Like?

Lemon plums contain a lot of sugar, giving them a sweeter flavor that has subtle, tangy nuances. They are best eaten fresh.

Are They Healthy?

Lemon plums are an excellent source of vitamin C, meaning they are great for strengthening the immune system, boosting skin complexion, and fighting inflammation. Not only that, but they can help stimulate the digestive tract.

18. Lemonade Berry Fruit

What Are Lemonade Berries?

Lemonade berries are the small, edible fruits of the lemonade berry shrub, which is native to California.

What Does It Taste Like?

Contrary to what their name suggests, lemonade berries aren’t at all sweet. They have an incredibly tart flavor and are used mainly as thirst quenchers.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! Like most citrus fruits, lemonade berries contain high amounts of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C.

19. Lemonade Fruit

What Is Lemonade Fruit?

I know what you’re thinking: is there is a difference between lemonade fruit and lemonade berries?! And to that, I would say yes. Unlike the berries, lemonade fruits are small-to-medium citrus fruits that look a lot like lemons. They also have significantly less acidity.

What Does Lemonade Fruit Taste Like?

Because of its low acidity, lemonade fruit has a refreshing, tangy, and sweet flavor that is surprisingly not sour.

Is It Healthy?

Lemonade fruits have lots of vitamin C—aka are great for the immune system—and are chock-full of calcium.

20. Liberty Apple

What Is A Liberty Apple?

This variety of apple is one of the best fruits that start with L because it is so versatile! It has bright red skin and mild flavored yellow-toned flesh.

What Does It Taste Like?

The flesh of this type of apple is sweet and tart, it’s crisp and juicy, with notes of citrus and melon. It’s similar to a McIntosh apple but is slightly more tart and complex in flavor.

Is It Healthy?

Apples have numerous health benefits – they are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (like Vitamin C, Copper and Potassium).

Recipe To Try!

A stack of apple cinnamon pancakes on the counter with apple compote and maple syrup on top.
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
These perfectly sweet, vegan apple pancakes will remind you of an apple cider donut! Made with gluten-free flour, apple juice, warm spices, and a fresh apple compote, this is a healthy, family-friendly breakfast that everyone will love!
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21. Li Jujube

What Is Li Jujube?

The Li Jujube tree produces the largest fruit of any of the jujubes. This fruit is native to China, and its flesh is similar to that of an apple.

What Does Li Jujube Taste Like?

Because this L fruit has a high a sugar content, they have a sweet and slightly tangy, flavor.

Is It Healthy?

Li Jujube’s high sugar content is counteracted by a plethora of minerals like potassium and zinc.

22. Lilly Pilly

What Is Lilly Pilly?

Lilly pilly berries are small, circular fruits that grow in large clusters. Their skin is firm, shiny, and taut, and they range in color from reddish pink to magenta.

What Does It Taste Like?

There are a ton of different varieties, however, these fruits generally have a sweet and tart flavor with spice-filled notes reminiscent of apples, cloves, cinnamon, and pears.

Is It Healthy?

These edible berries are an amazing source of vitamin C and anthocyanins, which shield our bodies from environmental aggressors.

23. Limau Bali

What Is Limau Bali?

Limau Bali fruits are green, pore-covered, and round—they look a bit like limes.

What Does It Taste Like?

These fruits are dense, aromatic, sweet, and of course, they pack a bit of acidity.

Is It Healthy?

Like most citrus fruits, Limau Bali is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

24. Lime

What Is a Lime?

Limes are medium-sized, green acidic fruits whose juices contain citric acid.

What Do Limes Taste Like?

Depending on the type of lime, you’ll notice a different flavor. There are many different types of limes – but the two most common are the key lime (which is a sweet lime) and the regular lime (which has a tart taste). Overall, most limes have a tart, incredibly acidic taste that will undoubetedly make your mouth pucker if you try and eat them whole.

Are Limes Healthy?

Limes are fairly healthy, and they contain high amounts of phosphorus, calcium, vitamins A and C, and folate.

Recipe To Try!

taco stuffed peppers on a white plate
Taco Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Lime Sauce
Taco Stuffed Peppers are super satisfying, flavorful, and easy to make! They're loaded with hearty quinoa and black beans, fresh corn, bright cilantro, gooey cheddar cheese, and are topped with an avocado lime sauce that will rock your world. A perfect Taco Tuesday recipe that the whole family will enjoy!
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25. Limequat

What Are Limequats?

These citrus fruits are a hybrid between key limes and kumquats. They were originally developed in Florida.

What Do They Taste Like?

Limequats generally have a floral fragrance. You can eat them fresh and whole—with their skin-on—and they’ll have a tart, somewhat bitter-sweet flavor.

Are They Healthy?

You bet! Limequats are a terrific source of both vitamin C and folic acid.

26. Lingonberries

What Are Lingonberries?

These small red berries grow on an evergreen shrub, and are native to the Arctic tundra (and are seen in places like Alaska, Russia, and Canada).

What Does It Taste Like?

Lingonberries have an acidic taste when picked early in the ripening process. They typically ripen in the late summer through fall, and if they are left on the shrub through winter, they become sweeter.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! These berries are considered superfoods. They are high in antioxidants and help to promote balanced blood sugar levels.

27. Lodi Apples

What Are Lodi Apples?

Lodi apples are a hybrid cross between yellow transparent apples and Montgomery sweet apples. They are usually pale green.

What Do They Taste Like?

Lodi apples are crisp, and they have an initially tart flavor that is followed by a sweeter after taste.

Are They Healthy?

As with all apples, Lodi apples are considered healthy food that is full of good-for-you nutrients.

Recipe To Try!

Side shot of a plate of vegan apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream. A pan of the crisp sits in the background.
Vegan Apple Crisp
Vegan apple crisp is made with sweet cinnamon apples, and then topped with a nutty oat crisp! It’s easy to make, gluten-free, dairy-free, family-friendly, and makes the entire house smell amazing!
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28. Loganberry

What Is a Loganberry?

Loganberries are a cross between the North American blackberry and the European raspberry.

What Do They Taste Like?

These berries are incredibly juicy, and they have a rich, tart flavor that is great for jam, pudding, pies, and compotes. 

Is It Healthy?

Loganberries are a terrific source of manganese, which is an essential nutrient for our bodies.

Recipe To Try!

Easy healthy mixed berry smoothie served in a glass with a straw.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
This simple mixed berry smoothie recipe is healthy, creamy, totally delicious, and has no added sugar! Naturally sweetened and full of antioxidants, this refreshing drink makes the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon snack. All you need is 2 ingredients and 5 minutes and you'll have this easy smoothie ready in no time!
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29. Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

What Is A Long Island Cheese Pumpkin?

Reigning from none other than Long Island, these pumpkins are flat, lightly-ribbed fruits that look a bit like wheels of cheese.

What Does It Taste Like?

When cooked, this squash has a tender and creamy texture with a mild, sweet, and earthy flavor. It is also full of delicious, edible seeds that you can roast.

Is It Healthy?

These pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

30. Long Neck Avocados

What Are Long Neck Avocados?

These avocados are uber-large, elongated fruits that can grow up to 33 centimeters in length.

What Do They Taste Like?

Like regular avocados, these fruits have a smooth, almost buttery consistency when ripe and a salty-sweet flavor.

Are They Healthy?

Yep! These large avocados are a wonderful source of both fiber and vitamin K. Not to mention, they are incredible antioxidants.

Recipe To Try!

easy healthy keto low carb avocado peanut butter smoothie recipe in a glass
Avocado Peanut Butter Smoothie
This avocado peanut butter smoothie tastes like a milkshake but it's packed with plant-based protein and heart-healthy fats. Enjoy this keto smoothie for a quick on-the-go breakfast or healthy snack.
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31. Longan

What Is A Longan?

Longan fruits are tropical tree fruits that are similar to lychee fruits (see above).

What Does Longan Taste Like?

These fruits have a mildly sweet and musky flavor, and they are enjoyed fresh, dried, or canned in syrup.

Is It Healthy?

Longan contains quite a bit of potassium, which helps control blood pressure.

32. Loquat

What Is A Loquat?

This Chinese fruit grows on trees and is prized for its decorative, ornamental appearance.

What Does It Taste Like?

Loquats taste slightly more bitter than apricots, and they are commonly used in chutneys, smoothies, and teas.

Is It Healthy?

Eating loquats helps to lower blood pressure, calm your respiratory system, and boost immunity.

33. Lucuma Fruit

What Is Lucuma Fruit?

This is one of those different fruit names with L that you might not have heard of! Lucuma fruit is native to South America, specifically places like Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It is bright yellow in color, and round in shape.

What Does It Taste Like?

Lucuma fruit has a sweet, unique flavor – similar to sweet potato or maple syrup. It has a mealy, dry texture when eaten raw. It’s one of the most popular fresh fruits and ice cream flavors in Peru.

Is It Healthy?

Yes! It’s high in antioxidants, fiber and may promote heart health and blood sugar control.

34. Lulo Fruit

What Are Lulo Fruits?

Lulo fruits—aka naranjillas—are exotic fruits that resemble small oranges on the outside and cherry tomatoes on the inside.

What Do They Taste Like?

The jelly-like flesh of lulo fruits tastes similar to pineapple or lemon. They are ultra-refreshing, making them great for juice bars.

Is It Healthy?

Because of their high vitamin C and A content, these fruits are great for your immune system.

Recipe To Try!

Blueberry pineapple smoothie in two glasses with a straw against a grey background.
Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie
This blueberry pineapple smoothie is full of healthy benefits and is ready in just 5 minutes! It packs an antioxidant punch from the frozen wild blueberries and spinach, has natural sweetness from the bananas and pineapple, and added protein from some plain Greek yogurt. This delicious smoothie is super easy, satisfying, and kid-friendly too!
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35. Lychee Fruit

What is Lychee?

This small, easy-to-peel fruit is native to China but can be grown in all sorts of warm regions. The outside of the fruit looks totally different than the inside – it’s sometimes called the “alligator strawberry” for its red, bumpy skin. It’s related to the rambutan fruit and has a white, sweet flesh on the inside.

What Does It Taste Like?

The flavor of lychee can be described as sort of a cross between a strawberry and a watermelon. Of course, there are also citrusy and other floral notes. It’s often used in a variety of recipes like juices, cakes and ice cream!

Is It Healthy?

Lychee is rich in fiber, which aids in weight loss.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found this list of fruits that start with L helpful! To learn more about different names of fruits and other foods from around the world, or to simply jazz up your routine dinner rotation, take a look at some of our other food lists from A-Z.

Don’t forget to take a look at my other healthy eating guides so you can enjoy healthy, yet tasty food that the whole family will enjoy.

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8 responses to “Fruits That Start With L (List Of 35 Fruits!)”

  1. This was such an interesting read! I never knew there was something such as a lemon plum! Definitely going to give some of these a try!

  2. You really introduced me to lots of interesting fruit that I have never heard of, thanks! I also was not aware that pumpkin is considered a fruit.

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