Fruit Flavor Pairing Chart

Lastest Updated April 19, 2024
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Why do you need a comprehensive fruit flavor pairing chart? Obviously, fruit is essential to human life as it contains many nutrients. And finding ideal flavor combinations of fruits and other ingredients is the best way to enhance the overall flavor of your recipes.

There are about 2,000 species of fruit on this planet (1) with different tastes, scents, and aftertastes. And they are ideal options for highlighting or balancing other ingredients in various cooking or beverage ideas.

However, the information available for fruit flavor pairing is plentiful yet somehow unclear. Fortunately, the article below may provide you with all insights regarding flavor combinations with different types of fruits.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s jump right into this post to find out!

Fresh Fruits Assorted Colorful
There are numerous fruits around the world, so it can be challenging to figure out what to pair them with.

What Fruits Pair Well Together

Perhaps, the first thing that comes to mind when you want to combine something with fruit is other fruits. Let’s see what fruit combinations are best with the information below!

  • Apple: apricot, blackberry, currant, orange, plum, quince
  • Apricot: banana, coconut, lemon, peach, prune, strawberry
  • Avocado: blueberry, guava, lime, papaya, raspberry, passion fruit
  • Banana: passion fruit, coconut, lemon, mango, cherry
  • Blackberry: apricot, mango, raspberry, watermelon, nectarine, plum
  • Blueberry: fig, lemon, pineapple, strawberry, melon, rhubarb
  • Cantaloupe: melon, grapefruit, raspberry
  • Cherry: lemon, orange, quince, coconut
  • Coconut: cherry, kumquat, lychee, passion fruit, date, cranberry
  • Date: prune, lemon, lime, apricot, apple
  • Grape: lemon, raspberry, pear, apple, strawberry
  • Kiwi: coconut, lychee, papaya, pineapple, orange
  • Lime: gooseberry, honeydew, passion fruit, avocado, tomato
  • Mango: kumquat, pineapple, banana, strawberry
  • Peach: nectarines, plum, blueberry, papaya, cherry
  • Pomegranate: banana, grapefruit, lime, apple
  • Quince: date, orange, cherry, kumquat
  • Strawberry: boysenberry, rhubarb, banana, guava, melon, pomegranate
Delicious Exotic Fruits
The sweetness of most tropical fruit can go well with the tart taste of citrus.

The Guidance Of Pairing Fruit With Different Alcoholic Drinks

Sometimes, it takes a small adjustment to elevate your drink by adding fruit to wine or other alcoholic beverages. The charts below show you the best fruits to go with your favorite drinks.

For Wine

Sipping a glass of wine and enjoying some fruit along with it will undoubtedly make it much more enjoyable. The wine’s bitter taste combines with the fruit’s sweet and sour flavors to create various new experiences.

Asti SpumanteApricot, pears, peaches, blueberries
BarbarescoMelons, mangoes, dried fruits
BardolinoApples, pears
BaroloMelons, mangoes, dried fruits
BeaujolaisPlums, berries, peaches
BourgueilStrawberries, raspberries, white peaches, apricots, apples
BordeauxPears, plums, dried fruit
CabernetApples, pears, peaches
ChampagneSeedless grapes, peaches, apples, blueberries
ChardonnayApples, pears, peaches
Chenin BlancApricots
ChiantiFigs, dried fruits
Dessert WineKiwi
GewürztraminerApples, pears
MerlotApples, figs, grapes
MuscatBlackberries, melon, cherries
Pinot NoirBerries, cherries, apples
PortFigs, melon, cherries
RieslingBlackberries, guava
RiojaApples, pears
SancerreApples, pears, peaches
Sauvignon BlancPlums, strawberries, peaches
Tawny PortDried fruit, plums, berries, apples
TempranilloPlums, blackberries
VouvrayMango, melon
White ZinfandelPears, Fuji apples
Zinfandel (Red)Blackberries
Taste Of White Wine
The gentle taste of white wine mixed with the tart taste of strawberries is perfect for a romantic date.

For Other Alcoholic Drinks

There are other alcoholic drinks like liqueur, spirit, or brandy. And, of course, pairing these drinks with fruit never gets old.

Other Alcoholic DrinksFruit
ArmagnacCherry, orange, apple, date, quince
AmarettoMango, apricot, orange, cherry, strawberry
BourbonGrapefruit, lime, pear, apple, persimmon
Brandy Kumquat, banana, raspberry, pineapple, nectarine
CalvadosPeach, apple, pear, banana, quince
CognacBlueberry, lemon, persimmon, apricot, strawberry
GinCranberry, orange, plum, passion fruit, watermelon
CointreauPeach, apple, passion fruit, raspberry, blackberry
Grand Marnier Raspberry, cranberry, pear, cherry, strawberry
KirschMango, persimmon, banana, plum, orange
Orange Liqueur Cantaloupe, nectarine, strawberry, blueberry, figs
RumLychee, papaya, coconut, kiwi, strawberry
TequilaAvocado, grapefruit, orange, raspberry, blackberry
VodkaPomegranate, lemon, cherry, mango, watermelon
WhiskeyCherry, pear, orange, plum, orange

The Wonderful Fruits That You Can Add To Your Tea

Every type of tea, like different wine varieties, has a distinct flavor profile and growing region. So, while wine is well-loved in Europe, tea is a gift that nature gives to the East.

Furthermore, the art of drinking tea necessitates the highest level of sophistication to show the drinker’s level of expertise.

So, how to pair fruit with tea to make a refreshing beverage? Do you want to create your own unique tea recipe? This section will help you find the best fruit for four main types of tea.

Types of teaFruit
Black teaApricots, lemon, mango, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, pears, peaches, and strawberries.
Green teaBlueberry, kiwi, lemon, mango, peach, pomegranate, and strawberries.
Oolong teaApricot, cherry, coconut, melons, medlar, mulberry, raisin, plum, and peach.
White teaApricot, grape, honey dew, mango, and pear.

The novel blend of green tea and fruits produces a delightful beverage for a hot day.

Watch this video: Fruit Infused Iced Green Tea Recipe

How To Pair Fruits With Different Types of Chocolate

Different types of chocolate might have different ingredients, but what gives it its distinctive flavor are the beans of the cocoa tree. Common store-bought chocolates that you can easily find are dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate, or you can make them at home.

Many studies show that chocolate helps increase feelings of euphoria and reduce stress (2). For women, it limits pain when they are menstruating. In particular, dark chocolate helps the circulatory system work better.

So what fruits are best to go with these chocolate varieties? Here is the answer.

Types of chocolateFruit
Dark chocolateApricot, banana, cantaloupe, cherry, coconut, honeydew, kiwi, lemon, mango, orange, passion fruit, pear, raisin, raspberry, and strawberry
Milk chocolateApricot, apple, banana, cantaloupe, cherry, coconut, kiwi, lemon, orange, passion fruit, pear, pomegranate, prune, raisin, raspberry, and strawberry
White chocolateApricot, banana, blueberry, cherry, coconut, cranberry, currant, date, fig, gooseberry, grape, honeydew, lemon, lime, mango, orange, papaya, passion fruit, peach, raspberry, and strawberry 
Fruits Chocolate Bark Fresh
Have you ever made chocolate bars covered with fresh and dried fruit to give your lovers? Try it, its flavor won’t let you down.

Tips To Combine Fruit With Cheese and Meat Boards

What would it be like to combine savory with fruit? They are, of course, perfectly appropriate. At the end of the week, you can make a tray of meat, cheese, and fruit, have a soft drink, and drop into the pool to relax.

  • Blue cheese: avocado, dates, figs, apples, pears
  • Brie: apricots, strawberry, blackberry, pears, apples, cranberry, figs
  • Camembert: pears, apples, most berries
  • Cheddar (Mild): dates, pears, apples, grapes
  • Feta: cranberry, strawberries, grape, lemon, cantaloupe
  • Goat Cheese: cranberry, fig, pear, pomegranate, apricots, grape
  • Gouda: cherries, apples, pears, apricots, peaches
  • Parmesan: figs, apples, pears, cantaloupe, strawberries

Check out this instruction to pair your favorite cheese with tasty fruits.

Watch this video: How To Pair Fruit And Cheese Like A Pro

Comprehensive Fruit Flavor Pairing Chart To Save

Creativity has no end. So, do not hesitate to combine ingredients, especially fruits, with everything, such as herbs, spices, nuts, and more.

So if you need a guide for easy combinations that bring out the best in flavor of fruits, check out the following table.

Fruit TypesNuts Herbs SpicesOthers
AppleChestnut, pecan nut, hazelnut, pistachio, walnut, almond, pine nutsLavender, coriander, thyme, rosemaryBlack pepper, cardamom, cloves, caraway, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg star, gingerCaramel, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, licorice
ApricotAlmond, pine nut, walnut, pistachio, hazelnutBasil, rosemary, corianderSaffron, cardamon, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenneMascarpone, caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, honey
AvocadoHazelnut, pistachioBasil, mint, chives, parsley, cilantro, coriander, dillChili, black pepper, nutmeg, cayenne, ginger, paprika, cuminCoffee, chocolate
BananaPeanuts, cashew, pistachios, macadamia, hazelnut, pecan, walnutCorianderAllspice, cloves, ginger, aniseed, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamonCaramel, vanilla, crème Fraiche, chocolate, molasse, coffee, honey, maple syrup
BlackberryHazelnut, walnut, almondLavender, jasmine, mintCinnamon, ginger, clovesCaramel, mascarpone, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, crème fraiche, licorice
Blueberry Pecan nut, pine nut, almond, hazelnut, walnutMint, jasmine, lavenderCloves, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, allspiceCrème fraiche, cheese (ricotta and mascarpone), honey, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla
CantaloupePine nut, pecanTarragon, mint, cilantro, basilGinger, aniseVanilla, honey
CherryWalnut, almond, hazelnut, pistachio, pecanLavender, sage, coriander, thymeCoriander, ginger, allspice, cloves, cinnamonChocolate, crème fraiche, honey, caramel, mascarpone, coffee, vanilla
CoconutAlmond, pistachio, walnut, peanut, cashews, macadamia, brazil nutMint, basil, coriander, dill, cilantro, kaffir leaves. lemongrassAllspice, ginger, chili, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, coriander, nutmegCaramel, mascarpone, crème fraiche, honey, chocolate, rose water, vanilla
CranberryPistachio, almond, walnut, hazelnutLavender, thymeAllspice, ginger, nutmeg star, cinnamon, cloves, aniseWhite chocolate, honey, vanilla, maple syrup
Date Almond, macadamia, cashews, walnut, pecan nut, pistachio, hazelnutRosemary, thymeCardamom, ginger, cinnamonMaple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, crème fraiche, mascarpone
FigsAlmonds, pecan, pistachios, pine nut, hazelnut, walnutRosemary, cilantro, mint, lavender, thymeAniseed, anise, ginger, cardamom, cinnamonVanilla, caramel, honey, chocolate
GrapeAlmond, hazelnut, pistachio, walnut, peanuts, pecanMint, tarragon, rosemaryCumin, cayenne, ginger, paprikaHoney, white chocolate
Grapefruit Cashews, pecan nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia, pistachios, walnutsBasil, tarragon, coriander, mint, rosemary, thyme, fennelCinnamon, anise, gingerCaramel, vanilla, crème fraiche, honey, grenadine
HoneydewPistachioTarragon, basil, mint, corianderCardamom, cumin, corianderCoconut, honey
KiwiMacadamia, almonds, hazelnutCilantro, mint, basil, rosemaryN/AChocolate, honey
KumquatHazelnut, pecan nut, walnuts, pistachioCilantro, mintCardamom, nutmeg, cayenne, ginger mace, anise, cinnamonCaramel, vanilla, honey, chocolate
LemonAlmond, pecan, pine nut, chestnut, pistachio, walnutsBasil, bay leaves, oregano, sage, parsley, mint, rosemary, thymeCardamom, poppy seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cayenneCaramel, coffee, mascarpone, crème Fraiche, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, vanilla
Lime Hazelnut, peanut, pecan, macadamiaCilantro, mint.GingerCaramel, honey, crème fraiche, maple syrup, mascarpone, coconut milk,vanilla, white chocolate
LycheeN/AN/AGingerHoney, vanilla
MangoAlmond, macadamia, cashewsCilantro,basil, mint, corianderCardamom, nutmeg star,cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, anise, chili clovesCaramel, coconut milk,mascarpone, crème fraiche, honey, coffee, vanilla, white chocolate
NectarineHazelnut, pistachio, pecan nut, almondBasil, mintAllspice, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, cinnamonCaramel, honey,vanilla, maple syrup, chocolate, mascarpone
OrangeAlmond, hazelnut, pistachio, macadamia, pecan, pine nut, walnuts, chestnutBasil, cilantro, rosemary, mint, parsley, lavender, thymeCardamom, cloves, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, saffron, ginger, nutmeg, poppy seeds, aniseCaramel, grenadine, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, coffee, mascarpone, vanilla
PapayaCashew, peanut, macadamiaCilantro, mint, corianderCayenne, chili, coriander, cinnamon, cumin, gingerCaramel, white chocolate, vanilla, honey
Passion fruitAlmond, macadamia, cashew CilantroGingerCaramel, vanilla, chocolate
PeachAlmond, pistachio, hazelnut, pecan, walnutsBasil, lavender, bay leaves, mint, thyme, tarragonAllspice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, anise, mace, saffronBrown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, grenadine, honey, crème fraiche, maple syrup, vanilla, mascarpone
PearAlmond, pine nut, macadamia, pecan, chestnut, peanut, hazelnut, pistachio, pecan, walnuts.Basil, rosemary, sage, mint, parsley, thymeAllspice, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, mace, ginger, nutmeg, aniseCaramel, maple syrup, honey, mascarpone, crème fraiche, chocolate, vanilla
PersimmonAlmond, walnuts, cashews, pecan, hazelnut, pistachiosMintCardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clovesCaramel, vanilla, honey, maple syrup, coffee, white chocolate
PineappleCashews, pistachio, macadamia, pecan, walnutsBasil, mint, sage, cilantro, rosemaryAllspice, saffron, cardamom, aniseed, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, aniseCaramel, honey, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla
PlumAlmond, pecan nut, hazelnut, walnutsBay leaves, sage, mint, coriander, lavender, thymeAllspice, mace, cardamom, cloves, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmegCaramel, honey, maple syrup, crème fraiche, vanilla
PomegranateAlmond, pistachio, pecan, hazelnut, pine nut, walnutsCilantro, mint, coriander, parsleyCinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, coriander, nutmeg, cumin, cardamom, turmericHoney, white chocolate
QuinceAlmond, pistachio, hazelnut, pecan, walnutsBay leaves, corianderCardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, aniseCaramel, mascarpone, honey, maple syrup, vanilla
RaspberryAlmond, pine nut, hazelnut, peanut, macadamia, pistachioMint, thymeBlack pepper, ginger, cinnamon, anise, clovesCaramel, mascarpone, crème fraiche, honey, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla
StrawberryAlmond, pistachio, pecan, walnuts, pine nut, hazelnut, peanutCoriander, mintCardamom, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmegCaramel, licorice, chocolate, honey, mascarpone, crème fraîche, vanilla
WatermelonN/ACilantro, basil, mintN/AHoney

Other Notes To Pair Different Flavors

At this point, you probably realize that pairing flavors together is not an easy task. They are the result of constant testing. But there are also some notes that you should remember in pairing fruits, or food in general.

Taste And Flavor Are 2 Different Concepts

Do not mistake that taste and flavor share the same meaning. According to research, there are 5 primary tastes (3), while flavor refers to all factors, including smell, texture, and how you perceive that taste of your food.

Different tastes can either enhance or balance each other. Without comprehensive understanding, it is hard to know which to pair.

Check out this academic introduction to gain expertise in the main tastes.

Watch this video: Umami and the Five Basic Tastes


Sweetness reminds us of something that tastes like sugar. People also associate sweetness with a pleasant taste.

For example, honey, sugar canes, beets, corn, fruit, or saccharin (artificial sweetener). The sweetness will balance the bitterness and sourness.


When it comes to saltiness, people immediately think of salt because it is the main element that gives food a salty flavor. Besides countering the bitter taste, a little bit of salt enhances the sweetness – making the dish sweeter.


Bitterness is the third basic taste and plays an important role in balancing the other flavors. If you want to reduce the sweetness of the dish, try adding basil, rosemary, lettuce, grapefruit zest, olives, and bitter melon.


People frequently add sourness to dishes to break up the monotony. It does great things to counteract the sweetness. So you’ll see many pastries topped with sour fruit. Citrus (especially lemon and lime), some berries (cranberry), and vinegar are common ingredients with a sour flavor.


The strangest taste among the 5 basic ones is the umami flavor. It’s difficult to describe accurately with words. To put it simply, umami is a unique taste that you can find in a broth of protein-rich food.

Meat, mushrooms, legumes, cheese, and seafood like oysters also contain umami taste. If the dish’s overall flavor is not strong enough, you can add these ingredients to balance or enhance other ingredient’s flavor.

Assortment Umami Rich Foods
There are various common foods that have an umami taste.

Consider The Bitter Taste

Bitterness, though rare in foods, is quite strong. If you combine them with light-flavor fruit, their taste can be completely overpowered. For some types that contain bitter flavors such as bitter melon, cabbage, and grapefruit zest, you should be careful when combining.

Maximize Your Creativity With The Combination Of Fruit

There are many fruit varieties around the world. Therefore, their flavors are abundant so you will need a good flavor pairing chart to ensure that you are using them correctly.

With the above information, I hope you can apply it and create your own signature dishes with fruits. So if you find it helpful for your culinary journey, please share this article with your loved ones and invite them to try all these perfect pairings. Thank you!


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