Complete Guide To Fruit: Facts, Benefits, Tutorials, Recipes & Videos

This incredible guide to fruit will blow your mind with fascinating fruit facts, fruit benefits, fruit tutorials, 200+ fruit recipes, and videos.

Complete Guide To Fruit: Facts, Benefits, Tutorials, Recipes & Videos

Even before mankind has found pleasure in consuming artificially-made sweets and munchies, nature has already gifted us with more than a dozen varieties of fruit.

Often prepared as desserts and snacks, fruits are actually more than just foods you eat to refresh your palate or satisfy your sweet tooth.

It shouldn’t be news to you that fruits are healthy—a lot of plant-based foods are.


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There’s a truth in the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, though it virtually applies to any fruit in the produce section (including the ones you thought were “veggies”; surprise!).

But did you know that only 1 out of 10 adults consume their daily dietary requirement of fruits?

It’s more alarming than interesting; especially since we have a surplus of produce, of which fruits make up the largest portion.

Looking back to when I was younger, I would try my best to sneak fruits into my diet despite not having much time to indulge in them.

Sometimes I wonder if I had only had eaten a lot of this product, I would never have to suffer from poor health growing up.

But epiphany comes to everyone at the right time, and I’m just thankful to have realized the healing and restorative effects of fruits before it’s too late.

So since I’m preaching the importance of plant-based foods in the diet—especially of fruits—I’m going to discuss with you everything you need to know about nature’s first and ultimate answer to hunger, in hopes of making you experience the amazing health benefits of these earth’s harvests.

Table Of Contents

  1. 5 Fascinating Fruit Facts
  2. 5 Fabulous Fruit Benefits
  3. Fruit vs Vegetables: Which Is Better?
  4. Fruit For Weight Loss: Does It Work?
  5. How To Keep Fruit Fresh
  6. How To Quickly Ripen Fruit
  7. How To Tell If Fruit Is Ripe
  8. How To Cut Fruit Correctly
  9. Fruit List
  10. Fruit Tips, Facts & Motivation
  11. Fruit Diet & Meal Plans
  12. Fruit Recipes
  13. Fruit Videos
  14. Conclusion
  15. Related Guides You Will Love

5 Fascinating Fruit Facts

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I guess it would be fun to start with a few interesting tidbits about fruits to see how much you know about them.

Did you know…?

1) Strawberries Aren’t Exactly Berries

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Sure, they may have it in their name. But strawberries aren’t berries in a sense that they grow from flowers having multiple ovaries.

“Real berries” only develop from one ovary, which consequently makes grapes also a berry species.

Other fruits you probably don’t know are actually berries include bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, chili peppers, and watermelons.

However, this only applies to botanical classification and is not meant to confuse you.

In general, any fruit that is juicy, grows in clusters, rounded, brightly colored, and doesn’t have a pit is considered a berry.

2) Your Apple Is Actually A Rose

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No kidding: apple, peaches, and raspberries are all classified under the same botanical family group called “Rosaceae”.

Rose itself has been discovered edible, but it doesn’t mean we can automatically consider it a fruit; besides, it needs special preparation to make it safe for consumption.

Obviously, non-fruit- bearing trees and ornamental genus of Rosaceae are not referred to as fruits.

3) Coconut Is All Three Kinds: A Fruit, A Nut, And A Seed

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Coming from the palm tree family, coconut is one of the few botanical mysteries in which it can be classified as a fruit, a nut, and a seed.

Technically, coconut is a drupe—a one-seeded fibrous fruit.

The “nut” part comes with the idea that it has a hard shell outside and an edible “seed” inside.

If you have concerns about nut allergies, you can rest assured that this fruit doesn’t register as a botanical nut in the same sense as peanuts, almonds, cashews, and walnuts, among many others.

4) Tomatoes Are Actually The World’s Most Popular Fruit

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Being a garden staple, tomatoes have been considered as vegetables which you typically use for cooking soups and stir-frys.

In fact, in 1893, a court justice declared tomato as a taxable vegetable variety for this reason.

Botanically, tomato is a fruit. But through usage and tradition, it has become known as a vegetable.

5) Bananas Ripen While In Transit

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This is why they often arrive in the groceries already ripe and fresh.

Special storage procedures are being carried out to ensure the still-unripe bananas will not spoil upon delivery.

5 Fabulous Fruit Benefits

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A diet that is rich in fruits has been linked to a number of health benefits that help improve a person’s quality of life.

There have been a lot of studies discussing the effects of fruit consumption on health to validate the traditional beliefs surrounding it.

Among them are as follows:

1) Fruit consumption reduces the risks of developing chronic and terminal diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and cancer.

2) Fruits help improve vision through lutein and zeaxanthin components, thereby preventing age-related eyesight conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

3) Fruits help maintain a healthy digestive tract through high fiber content, consequently making your bowel movements regular and helping you avoid bloating.

4) Regular consumption of fruits helps regulate blood pressure through a high concentration of potassium and almost non-existent saturated fats.

5) Water-rich fruits help you stay hydrated.

6) The vitamins C and E present in fruits can help you achieve healthy, glowing skin.

7) Citrus and other fruits containing antioxidants and phytochemicals help improve the immune system.

Fruit vs Vegetables: Which Is Better?

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In terms of palatability, fruits are hands-down a better option for consuming nutrients from plant-based foods.

Unlike most vegetables that may need flavor enhancers to make them ready for consumption, fruits can be eaten alone and in huge amounts without experiencing any bitter aftertaste and possible food poisoning.

This leads you to increase your stock of nutrients minus the hassle of having to prepare cooked veggies.

Fruit For Weight Loss: Does It Work?

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Fruits are high in fiber and low in calories, which means you can curb your hunger pangs and avoid calorie-loading by staying full for longer.

Since most successful weight loss efforts are linked to low-calorie intake, you can benefit from frequent consumption of fruits to replace your calorie-heavy diet.

What’s more, is that there are components in fruits that help rev up your metabolism by signaling the responsible hormones.

Similarly, there are a few fat-busting enzymes present in fruits that can aid in effective weight loss.

How To Keep Fruit Fresh

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You should keep your fruits separately from each other when in bundles to avoid premature ripening caused by the production of ethylene gas in already ripe fruits.

Still-unripe fruits can be stored in the counter or in a fruit basket until they are ripe enough to be transferred into the fridge.

Most citrus fruits can keep for a week inside cool, dark storage, but can also be prolonged when refrigerated.

Do not wash berries prior to storage because it will cause the molds to develop.

How To Quickly Ripen Fruit

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Worried that you might miss your daily fruity fix because they’re still unripe?

Help ripen your fruits, especially apples and bananas, by placing them inside a brown paper bag.

If you have a stock of uncooked rice, completely submerge your unripe fruits in the grains to trap the ethylene gas and in turn, speed up the ripening process.

In case you have plenty of fruits that need to hasten ripeness, you may lay them down separately on a clean cloth and top them with another cloth.

How To Tell If Fruit Is Ripe

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You can tell if a fruit is ripe basically by its smell.

If it smells fragrant, it could be a sign that it is ripe.

Otherwise, you can press lightly on the sides of the fruit to see if it has turned a little tender.

Most unripe fruits tend to be hard on the surface when pressed.

Some select fruits can easily be recognized as ripe through its color change.

Green mangoes, bananas, and some citrus fruits are known to turn from green to yellow and orange when ripe.

Still, other fruits tend to be heavier when ripe.

Check the weight and compare similar fruits to know which needs to ripen and which is ready to eat.

How To Cut Fruit Correctly

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To cut fruits the right way, you need a sharp knife to begin with.

This will ensure that your fruits won’t mash—especially if they have tender flesh—when you attempt to slice it with a dull knife.

For cantaloupe, start peeling the surface from top to bottom sideways, following the lines previously made, and slicing them into boats or into cubes.

For pineapple, cut away the head and bottom and follow the same procedure as for cantaloupe, only removing the “eyes” as you do so.

The rest of the fruit cuts depend on their respective size and texture.

Tender fruits may only need slicing or cubing, while fruits with a rind or outer skin may need to be peeled first.

Fruit List

This list will give you some ideas of some of the most common fruits you can try to get some variety in your diet. 

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Low Fat Sweet Fruit

  • Bananas
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Carob
  • Cherry
  • Cherimoya (Custard Apple)
  • Cranberry
  • Dates
  • Dragonfruit (Pitaya)
  • Elderberry
  • Feijoa
  • Fig
  • Goji Berry
  • Gooseberry
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Jackfruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Kumquat
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Cantaloupe Melon
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Mulberry
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Blood Orange
  • Clementine
  • Mandarine
  • Tangerine
  • Satsuma
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Plantain
  • Plum
  • Prune
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomelo
  • Quince
  • Raisins
  • Raspberry
  • Rambutan
  • Redcurrant
  • Strawberry
  • Tamarind
  • Ugli Fruit
  • White Currant
  • Sapote

Fruiting Vegetables /Non-Sweet Fruit

  • Butternut Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Zucchini / Courgette
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bell Peppers
  • Eggplant / Aubergine
  • Corn
  • Green Beans

High Fat Fruit

  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Durian
  • Coconut

High Protein Fruit

  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils

High Protein & High Fat Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Peanuts and other groundnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans

Fruit Tips, Facts & Motivation

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10 Inventive New Ways To Eat More Fruits For Health

We all know we should eat fruits for health reasons but we often struggle to get enough. Here I share my top 10 ways to eat more fruit.

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4 Ways To Avoid Harmful Chemicals On Your Fruit & Veg

Pesticides have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Find out how you can avoid harmful chemicals on your fruit and veg with these 4 tips.

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8 Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink Their Smoothies

Are you struggling to get some healthy nutrition into your child? Here are 8 great ways to get your kids drinking their fruit and veg smoothies in no time.

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Two Fruits Pack The Biggest Antioxidant Punch For Disease Prevention And Longevity

While eating an apple a day could keep the undertaker away, a cooked tomato may be the biggest source of a powerful antioxidant to prevent disease. Find out more…

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Eating Healthy When You Hate Fruits And Vegetables

Many people dislike the taste of fruit and vegetables but know they are vital for good health. Here are some ways to get all the goodness without the taste you hate.

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5 Tropical Fruits That Can Change Your Life

From preventing birth defects to killing cancer cells, tropical fruits are not only delicious but can also be an amazingly healthy choice!

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Top 40 Disease-fighting Fruits And Vegetables Revealed

These 40 foods are those most likely to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer!

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Fruit And Veggies Pave The Road To Happiness

As well as being good for our bodies, it has been scientifically proven that fruit and vegetables are also extremely beneficial for mental well-being.

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Berries – The Best Overall Fruits For Your Health

Berries are high in vitamins and antioxidants and can protect against such illnesses as cancer and heart disease! In fact, there are so many health benefits of these tiny miracle wonder-fruits.

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Is Sugar And Fruit Bad For Us? (I Reveal The Truth)

Is something as delicious as fruit really bad for us? Are some sugars better than others? I reveal the truth about sugar and fruit that can help you get healthier and shed weight without sacrificing taste!

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Stop The Fear Mongering.. Fruit Is Not The Enemy!

There is a really worrying trend that’s doing the rounds at the moment.

People are actually telling us that fruit is bad for us, and this statement absolutely breaks my heart.

Today I’m going to completely dispel the myth that fruit is bad for us.

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I’m Going To My First Fruit Festival!

I’ve never been to a fruit festival before and I’m so excited! So why am I going to a fruit festival this year? And why would you want to come? I explain all in this quick video.

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21 Lowest Calorie Fruits For Weight Loss List

These 21 lowest calorie fruits will help you choose the fruit with the least calories so you can still get all the nutrients you need while you drop the fat.

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Fruit Diet & Meal Plans

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Fruit Diet & Meal Plans

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Fruit Recipes

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Fruit Recipes

Homemade Raw Vegan Date Syrup Recipe

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4 Ingredient Warming Apple Crumble

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Homemade Chocolate Orange Pudding

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Beautiful Banana And Blueberry Chia Pudding Recipe

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Berry Smoothie Recipe: Reduce Inflammation

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Spicy Plum Smoothie

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Persimmon Smoothie Dessert

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Creamy Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie

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Cold and Flu Busting Coconut and Orange Smoothie

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Strawberry Chia High Protein Smoothie Bowl

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

The combination of indulgent chocolate and the tart sweet fruitiness of the cherry is perfectly balanced in this chocolate cherry smoothie.

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Rippled Raspberry Smoothie

This pretty rippled raspberry smoothie doesn’t require any chopping if you use frozen fruit.

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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Coconut Mango Spinach Smoothie

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Fig Pie Dessert Smoothie

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Strawberry Balsamic Salad Smoothie

This Strawberry Balsamic Salad Smoothie sounds like it wouldn't work but it really does. This fresh green smoothie is a taste you'll never want to forget.

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Homemade Cookie Dough Smoothie

This homemade cookie dough green smoothie recipe is so filling will fulfill your dessert cravings and is still extremely healthy as it contains greens.

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Apricot Mango Spinach Smoothie

This mango spinach smoothie is very quick, it tastes very fresh and won’t take you any time at all.

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Easy Black Forest Cake Smoothie

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Peach and Orange Juice Smoothie

Adding an orange juice base to this orange juice smoothie takes it to another level of gorgeousness.

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Watermelon Smoothie

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Pineapple and Frozen Orange Juice Smoothie

This Pineapple and Frozen Orange Juice Smoothie has 4 options (4 Way Smoothie). You can make a fruit smoothie, green smoothie, thickie or green thickie.

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Naturally Sweet Acai Bowl Recipe

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Almond and Pear Smoothie

This almond and pear smoothie has only 3 ingredients but the combination of almond and pear just can't be beaten.

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Homemade Orange Refresher

This homemade orange refresher recipe gives you that sweet vanilla orange taste but saves calories, gives you health benefits and cuts out refined sugar.

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Lazy Sunday Berry Smoothie Bowl

This delicious and simple recipe is so healthy and perfect for those lazy summer Sunday mornings.

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Mango and Passion Smoothie For Good Eyesight

I drank this gorgeous Mango and Passion fruit Smoothie (Green Thickie) every day for a month after giving birth. Options for green smoothies and thickies.

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Fragrant Lavender and Blueberry Smoothie For Relaxation

This fragrant lavender and blueberry smoothie packs a potent antioxidant punch! The lavender is optional. Options to convert to a green smoothie/thickie.

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Sunny Side Up Pineapple Smoothie

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Almond Blueberry Smoothie

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Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

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Fruit Videos

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Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Climate Cooler Coconut & Pineapple Green Smoothie

Raw Vegan Banana Pudding

Easiest Mango Smoothie Recipe (2 Ingredient, Raw, Vegan)

10 Second Banana Ice Cream Recipe (Using Only Bananas)

12 Ways To Cut A Mango

How To Store Bananas (NOBODY TELLS YOU THIS)

Conclusion

Nature has actually made it easy for us to consume nutrients through eating fruits.

If your diet is making you miss out on vegetables, you can be sure to get the same nourishment from equally healthy fruits and still enjoy the experience.

Now that I have laid down the information you need to start making space for fruits in your diet, perhaps you can even increase your daily intake by making fresh smoothies out of them.

I hope you can also finally make the decision to join other inspiring dieters in their journey towards better wellness and overall health improvement by eating your fruits every day.

 

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Katherine Kyle @ Green Thickies

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