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There are many different types of vegetables and fruit. No wonder there are some delicious fruits and vegetables that start with the letter "Y".

In a nutshell

  • fruit and vegetables beginning with the letter “Y” include both native and exotic plants.
  • there are often different names for the plants. One of the names begins with the letter "Y".
  • With its 800 species, the yam is one of the most important medicinal plants in the world.
  • Ysano is another name for the local nasturtium.

Yangmei (Myrica rubra)

  • Called Yumberry or Yamamomo
  • subtropical tree species with a tasty fruit
  • sweet taste
  • Color of the fruit ranges from crimson to dark purple
  • Yangmei comes from East Asia and has been cultivated in southern China for 2000 years
  • feels at home in forests on mountain slopes and valleys
  • Some fruits have a diameter of up to 4 cm

Yantok (Calamus manillensis)

  • is also referred to as rattan fruit / rattan fruit
  • comes from Asia
  • very sour taste

Yam (Dioscorea)

  • known as yams or yams
  • up to 800 different species
  • mainly found in tropical regions
  • is one of the most important medicinal plants
  • herbaceous plants
  • unisexual flowers of different colors
  • Root tubers are edible by many species of yam
  • sweetish taste with parallels to the potato
  • Cultivation mainly in Africa

Yao shi (Boesenbergia rotunda)

  • It is used as a spice and medicinal plant
  • often referred to as Chinese ginger
  • perennial and herbaceous plant with a size of up to 50 centimeters
  • numerous leaves of different shapes
  • Flowering time between July and August
  • the rhizome serves as a spice
  • pink flowers

Yautia (Xanthosoma sagittifolium)

  • known as Tanya, Tania or Malanga
  • important supplier of starch
  • only rarely inflorescences
  • Yautia is propagated vegetatively
  • perennial and herbaceous plant
  • can reach a height of up to 2.5 meters
  • Growing season of nine to eleven months, after which the harvest is possible
  • originally comes from the Caribbean, today it is cultivated in all tropical areas
  • for humans only secondary, often used as animal feed

Youngberry (Rubus caesius)

  • Mixture of different types of blackberry and raspberry
  • red colored berries
  • juicy flesh of the fruit
  • very sweet taste
  • Storage only possible for a few days
  • prefers very fertile soils (e.g. clay soil)

Yucca Banana (Yucca baccata)

  • known as the blue palm lily
  • stemless plant, in rare cases a very short stem
  • Plant is variable
  • Leaves are red to purple
  • Flowering time from April to July
  • occurs mainly in mountainous regions
  • various subspecies with edible fruits

Yuzu (Citrus × junos)

  • the yuzu fruit is a plant of the rue family
  • well-known exotic fruit with Y
  • Cultivated for thousands of years
  • Occurs as a dense shrub or narrow tree
  • yellow fruit the size of a tennis ball
  • sour-bitter taste
  • juicy pulp
  • different varieties available with different sizes

Ysano (Tropaeolum majus)

  • known in this country as nasturtium
  • perennial and herbaceous plant
  • frost-sensitive plant
  • prefers nutrient-rich soil conditions
  • Flowers of different colors: yellow, orange and red
  • popular spice in the home kitchen
  • peppery taste
  • popular medicinal plant
  • Harvest possible between March and November
  • yellow, orange or red flowers

frequently asked Questions

What is the difference between the yuzu fruit and the lemon?

Visually, lemon and yuzu fruit are very similar. However, the yuzu fruit is larger than traditional lemons. The yuzu fruit also contains three times more vitamin C than a lemon - a real vitamin booster.

How long can the Youngberry be kept?

The fruits of the Youngberry are considered perishable. Storage is only possible for three to four days.

What plant is similar to Ysano?

There is a risk of confusion between the Ysano and the small nasturtium. However, both plants are edible as kitchen herbs.

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