Watermelon, white currants, wolf berry. These fruits comes to our mind when it comes to fruit names beginning with letter W. We are curious to know how many fruit names begins with the W alphabet. And we started our search for all these names. In this post, we have compiled a list of fruits that start with W.
There are quite a number of fruit names beginning with W. In our search, we also looked at the scientifc names and other names that the fruit may be known locally. In total, we found 24 such names. These are the fruits that begin with W.
Wahoo has a scientific name of Euonymus atropurpureus. Its other names include eastern wahoo, American wahoo and burningbush. This fruit is inedible. Wahoo is a type of deciduous shrub and belongs to the Celastraceae or bittersweet family. This shrub originates from Eastern USA. It can grow up to 8 metres in height.
Weeping pear, also known as willow-leaved pear, has a scientific name of Pyrus salicifolia. This fruit is also inedible. The fruit is green in color and small in size. Weeping pear belongs to the Rosaceae family. Pyrus salicifolia is found in the Middle East. This is a small deciduous tree that grows to a maximum of 12 metres. It has a round crown with a silvery foliage and large pure white flowers. Pyrus salicifolia thrives in infertile sandy soil with its spreading roots. The tree blooms in spring.
White aspen berry has a scientific name of Acronychia oblongifolia. It is also known as yellow wood. This is a medium size tree belonging to the Rutaceae family and can be found in rainforests in east Australia. The tree has oval shaped leaves and cream white flowers. The fruit is fleshy and has a lemon-like flavor. The common uses include salads, preservatives, sauces and juices.
White bark raspberry has a scientific name of Rubus leucodermis. Other names include blackcap raspberry and blue raspberry. This belongs to the Rubus family and is found in the western US. Its close relative is Rubus occidentalis which is known as black raspberry found in east US. This is a shrub that has prickly shoots and stems with a thick white wax coating. The fruit has a reddish-purple color when it is still maturing and this turn dark purple when it ripens.
The white sapote is known as Casimiroa edulis scientifically. Other names include casimiroa, cochitzapotl and the Mexican apple. The tree belongs to the Rutaceae family and is found in east Mexico and Central America.
The tree is evergreen and grows up to 16 metres in height. The fruit is an egg-shaped drupe with a diameter of 5 to 10 cm. Its skin is thin and inedible and is green when it is maturing and turns yellow when it is ripe.
Wild jack has a scientific name of Artocarpus hirsutus. This tree is evergreen and is found in India. It grows in moist woodlands and can grow in altitudes as high as 1000 metres. The tree can grow up to 35 metres in height and is harvested for its timber.
In appearance, wild jack looks like a smaller version of the jackfruit. The fruit is eaten when ripe, without the spiny outer skin. It contains seeds which are also edible and is normally served as a fried snack.
Wild olive has a scientific name of Olea oleaster. This fruit is inedible. Wild olive belongs to the Oleaceae family.
Wineberry has a scientific name of Rubus phoenicolasius. Its other names include wine raspberry, Japanese wineberry and dewberry. This is an raspberry species and belong to the rose family. It is found in Korea, Japan and China.
Winter cherry has a scientific name of Solanum pseudocapsicum. Its other names include Jerusalem cherry and Madeira winter cherry. This fruit is inedible and is mildly poisonous. Winter cherry belong to the Solanaceae family. This is a nightshade plant that is grown as decorative house plants.
Wolfberry has a scientific name of Lycium barbarum. Its other names include Ningxia gǒuqǐ, Chinese boxthorn, Chinese wolfberry, Tibetan goji, Himalayan goji, mede berry, red medlar, barbary matrimony vine and matrimony vine. This is a boxthorn species and belongs to the Solanaceae family. It is found in China and is cultivated commercially for its medicinal properties and is frequently used in herbal cook recipes. Beside China, it is now grown in many countries in the world.
Wampee has a scientific name of Clausena lansium and belongs to the Rutaceae family. Its other names include wampi, Chinese huang pi. The Wampee or wampi is derived from its chinese name “huang pi” which is so named due to its yellow skin. The wampee tree is evergreen with a strong scent and grow up to 8 metres in height.
Watermelon has a scientific name of Citrullus lanatus. In chinese, it is called Xigua and botanically, it has a name of pepo. Citrullus lanatus is part of the Cucurbitaceae family. This is a climbing plant with very long and slender stems. Watermelon can be grown in both tropical and temperate regions as long as the climate is favourable. Today, there are 1000 varieties of watermelon being cultivated in the world. Based on statistics, 66% of the world’s watermelon supply comes from China.
Citrullus lanatus is believed to originate from north east Africa after the discovery of remains of wild watermelon seeds in Libya which dates to 3500 BC. According to historical records, it was only in 2000 BC when Egyptians started growing watermelon.
Watery rose apple has a scientific name of Syzygium aqueum. Its other names include water apple and bell fruit. This is a brush cherry tree species.
Wax apple has a scientific name of Syzygium samarangense. It is also called wax jambu, wax apple, Semarang rose-apple and Java apple. The Syzygium samarangense plant belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is found in the Nicobar Islands, Greater Sunda Islands, the Andaman and Malay Peninsula.
The white currant is not a species on its own. It is actually a cultivar of the Ribes rubrum species which is known as red currant. The Ribes rubrum belongs to the Grossulariaceae family and can be found in Europe. The white currant shrub is deciduous and can grow very tall and broad. It starts bearing the white currant berries in summer. The berries are sweet and translucent white in color.
White fig has a scientific name of Ficus virens. Other names include pilkhan and manbornde. This is found in India, Southeast Asia and Northern part of Australia.
White mulberry has a scientific name of Morus alba. It is also known as the silkworm mulberry and common mulberry. Morus alba is a medium size tree that grows very fast. Its lifespan is between 80 to 250 years. This tree originates from central China but is now cultivated in many parts of the world today.
Wild arum has a scientific name of Arum maculatum. Its other names are Adam and Eve, starch-root, cuckoo-plant and adder’s root. This fruit is inedible. Wild arum belongs to the Araceae family and can be found in most parts of Europe.
Wild cucumber has a scientific name of Marah macrocarpus. It is also called the chilicothe and bigroot. This fruit is inedible. Wild cucumber belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family.
Wild orange has a scientific name of Capparis mitchellii. Although it has the orange in its name, it is not related to oranges. Its other names include native orange, native pomegranate, merne atwakeye, iga warta and bambul. This wild orange plant is found in Australia in the dry inlands areas. The fruits contains Vitamin C and is consumed raw or used as an ingredient to sweeten recipes.
Wild peach has a scientific name of Terminalia hadleyana subsp. carpentariae. This is not a species but a sub species of the Terminalia hadleyana species which belong to the Combretaceae family. This tree is found in north Australia and can grow up to 10 metres. It flowers in Oct to Dec.
Wild strawberry has a scientific name of Fragaria vesca. Other names include woodland strawberry, wild strawberry, Alpine strawberry, European strawberry, Carpathian strawberry and fraisier des bois. This plant belong to the rose family and is perennial herbaceous. It can be found in natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere.
Wongi has a scientific name of Manilkara kauki. Its other names include kacik, caqui and wongi. This belongs to the Sapotoideae subfamily and can be found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and north Queensland Australia.
Wood-apple, also called the elephant apple, has a scientific name of Limonia acidissima. The Wood-apple tree originated from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This is a large tree with rough bark and grows up to 9 metres in height.
The wood-apple berry can be sweet or sour in taste and contains brown pulp and white seeds.. It measures 5 to 9 cm in diameter and has a hard rind. The fruits is used in making juices, jams and pickle.
That’s all to this post. It has been really fun finding for these names. Hopefully, this list is useful to you too. Feel free to share this list if you find it useful.