Is orange your favorite hue? Then you’ll be delighted to know that there are a lot of fruits that are the color orange! We’re not just talking about standard oranges and tangerines either: check out our full orange fruit list for old favorites and new friends alike.
You probably figured this one out already, didn’t you? Oranges are the only fruits around that aren’t just the basis for a color name (orange!), but also a flavor. They’re packed with beta carotene and oodles of vitamin C, so make sure you get plenty of oranges—and juice—during the winter months!
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These easy-to-peel mini oranges have an even deeper hue, and sweeter flavor. They’re also absolutely incredible when made into juices and smoothies, or frozen into sorbets.
These small orange cousins are also easy to peel, and some varieties are seedless as well. Tangerine skin is more on the yellowy side than the deep orange mandarins, and are some of the least acidic citrus fruits.
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Teensy orange relatives that are as delicious as they are fun to pronounce. Try growing a miniature or bonsai kumquat tree in your own home for year-round citrus delights.
If you like the idea of a fruit that tastes like baked pumpkin pie with a hint of roasted peaches and maple syrup, you have to try persimmons. Just make sure to get super-ripe ones, as the same chemicals that make unripe persimmons taste tart and fizzy can also burn the inside of your mouth.
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These luscious, creamy orange beauties are members of the Prunus family, which includes other stone fruits like plums and peaches. They’re also known as Armenian plums, and are tart rather than overly sweet. Dried apricots are packed with calcium and magnesium, and are great for keeping blood sugar level during afternoon energy crashes.
Although some people believe that nectarines are crosses between peaches and plums, that actually isn’t the case at all. Nectarines are just fuzz-less peaches, and likely originated in China about 4,000 years ago. Their smooth skin just comes from a recessive gene!
Peaches are some of the juiciest, tastiest orange fruits out there. They range from orangey-pink to pale beige, and taste like summer sunshine. If you don’t like the feeling of the fuzzy skin on your tongue, just peel them before eating.
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Of all the melons out there, cantaloupes have the silkiest texture and the sweetest flavor. They’re sweeter at room temperature than they are refrigerated, but they sweeten back up again if you freeze them in slices or cubes.
You can’t eat a mango elegantly, but that’s absolutely okay. Once you’ve peeled the skin off these orange fruits, either slice the flesh off the large seed within, or scrape it off with your teeth. These are so sweet and luscious that some people even consider them to be aphrodisiacs.
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Papayas aren’t just delicious: they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, and anti-inflammatory components. These health benefits are best if you eat them raw, and they’re beautiful both on their own and in tropical fruit salads or juices.
12. Orange Peppers
Did you know that one orange pepper has almost 200% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake? You’d need two oranges, four mandarins or tangerines, or a small bowl of kumquats to get that kind of C-boost.
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13. Orange Tomatoes
Believe it or not, tomatoes come in all sorts of colors other than red. Orange tomatoes are sweeter and less acidic than red or pink ones, with orange cherry varieties being almost candy-like in their sweetness and mild flavor.
14. Winter Squashes
Unlike summer squashes (hello zucchini!), winter squashes tend to have deep orange flesh instead of pale yellow, and many of their skins are orange or yellow as well. Even green or blue species like acorn or Kabocha squash have gorgeous orange innards!
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Your favorite Halloween produce items are considered fruits, and most of the varieties you’ll find are orange in color. But they’re not just for autumn noshing! Transform them into soups, stews, or baked goods and enjoy them all year round.
Remember that with all fruits and vegetables, those with deeper, more saturated hues are more nutrient-dense. Make orange-colored fruits part of your regular practice of “eating the rainbow” and you’re sure to enjoy health benefits as well as delicious flavor adventures.