The Various Varieties of Fruit is the latest from Pop Chart Lab.

Following up on their Various Varieties of Vegetables graphic from a few months back, this time they’ve illustrated and organized over 300 fruits.

Ice cream bean? Sign me up.

The team focused on culinary fruits, those we eat by themselves or use for cooking.

That eliminated things that are technically fruits but ignored by humans, as well as things like pumpkins and avocados that are fruits based on the parts we consume, but are actually culinary vegetables.

Organization was a challenge. Ultimately, the team decided to order first by climate…

…and then by fruit family.

"We found that this was the cleanest way to assemble everything into a readable chart, and we think this gives a more global perspective as to where fruits come from," says Managing Editor Will Prince.

It includes familiar faces like grapefruits…

"Food sourcing is a hot button issue, after all."

…and berries…

…as well as stranger specimens like the desert lime, the snowberry, the conkerberry, and the zig-zag vine.

Infographic: Over 300 Fruits On One Mouthwatering Map

You know your plums and pears, sure. But what about pomelos, pawpaws, and gacs?

I’ve never met a fruit I didn’t like. Seriously. Grapes, bananas, apples—all friends of mine. Even you, honeydew. But what about the fruits that exist beyond the orderly, hand-piled troughs of the supermarket? What are those exotic fruits like? From the looks of things, they’re pretty tasty too.

The Various Varieties of Fruits, the latest from the insatiable data viz team over at Pop Chart Lab, categorizes more than 300 members of nature’s most delicious food family. The team pared down the offerings to those considered culinary fruits—"the drupes, mangos, berries, and other agricultural ambrosias that are edible and used for some culinary purpose, whether eaten right off the plant or used to add flavor to a meal," explains Managing Editor Will Prince.

Those that didn’t make the cut? Things that are technically, scientifically in the fruit family but aren’t eaten by humans, as well as categories like pumpkins and avocados that are "fruits" based on the parts we consume, but are generally considered culinary vegetables. Those can be found on the group’s Various Varieties of Vegetable chart—equally dazzling, if not quite as mouthwatering.

The spectacular variety of the data set posed a significant organizational challenge when putting the graphic together. Ultimately, Popchart decided to categorize things, on the highest level, by the climatic origin. "We found that this was the cleanest way to assemble everything into a readable chart, and we think this gives a more global perspective as to where fruits come from," Prince says. "Food sourcing is a hot button issue, after all."

And as for the fruits themselves? Even in tiny, illustrated form, there are dozens of unfamiliar ones I’m now determined to get to know at some point or another. The yellow plum? The cloud berry? The Japanese persimmon? Yes to all three. On the other hand, there’s that pale blue, tendril-like bushel of things down in the bottom left corner, in the Native Asian Fruits category, with the unfortunate name of Dead Man’s Fingers. I might be willing to leave that one a mystery.

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  • Wendy

    This is a cool looking graphic but your organizational scheme is baffling. On the left side you split some of the fruits based on their continent of origin, which is cool and interesting but then on the right side you organize them by their botanical designations (pome, berry...) but all these fruit have origins too, apples are from Asia so how come they aren't with the other Asian fruit? Salmon berries are from North America, why are they with the berries? Why are walnuts and chestnuts in the strange category of "deciduous fruit trees" not nuts?  And then there is the category of desert fruit which is neither botanical or geographic. - Wendy

  • Boone Sommerfeld

    Is Pop Chart Labs paying you guys to advertise every new merch item they have for sale?