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Fruit Facts

Fruit facts are fun to share with friends, family, and even strangers. But did you know that some fruits are better for you than others? Find out why!

You probably already know that fruit is good for you. But did you know exactly why? The health benefits of fruit are numerous. Some fruits are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, or antioxidants. Others contain less sugar, calories, or fat.

Here are some surprising facts about fruit. Learn why they’re great for your body and mind.

Fruit Facts for Kids

  • Fruit has been enjoyed by humans for thousands of years.
  • The most popular fruits are apples, bananas, kiwis, pears, and oranges.
  • Tomatoes are a fruit
  • Fruit develops from a flower’s fertilized ovary, according to botanists
  • Flowers produce fruits to disperse their seeds.

Types of Fruits

Apples

Apples are edible fruit produced by an apple tree. Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and were brought to North America by European colonists.

Apple trees grown from seed tend to be different from their parents, and lack desired characteristics. Clonal grafting allows for easier harvesting.

Bananas 

The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant, growing up to 7 m (23 ft) tall. Its leaves are spirally arranged and may grow 2.7 m (8.9 ft) long and 60 cm (2.0 ft) wide.

In the Americas and Europe, bananas are soft, sweet dessert bananas. In Southeast Asia, many more kinds of bananas are grown and eaten.

Kiwis

The kiwifruit is the fruit of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. It is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg, the skin is thin, fuzzy, fibrous, and light brown, and the flesh is light green or golden with rows of seeds.

Facts for Kids
Facts for Kids

Firm kiwifruit ripens in a few days to a week at room temperature but should not be kept in direct sunlight. They keep for one to two weeks if stored properly.

Pears

In the Northern Hemisphere, pear fruit is harvested from trees in late summer into October and produced and consumed around the world.

The pear is a medium-sized tree, reaching 10 – 17 m (33 – 56 ft) tall, with alternately arranged, simple, 2 – 12 cm (1 – 4+12 in) long leaves. It is cold-hardy.

Oranges

The orange is a fruit of several citrus species in the family Rutaceae. It reproduces asexually and has had its full genome sequenced.

The orange tree is a fruit tree that originated in Southern China, Northeast India, and Myanmar. It is widely grown in tropical and subtropical climates for its sweet fruit.

Fruit Facts Nutrition

Fruit is highly nutritious, tasty, and convenient. Variety is key.

Fruits like apples are packed with nutrients. They are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and plant polyphenols.

Bananas are a great source of fiber, polyphenols, and phytosterols.

Oranges are high in vitamin C, potassium, folate, thiamine (vitamin B1), fiber, and plant polyphenols.

Tropical Fruits

Tropical fruits grow in high-temperature climate zones, and their exotic looks make them a hit with consumers. 

Tropical climates are the best for growing them. 

Tropical fruits are found in many different foods, including juice blends, natural flavors, dried fruit mixes, marmalades, jams, and jellies.

List of Tropical fruits

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Fig
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Jackfruit
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon