Which Fruit Has the Most Juice?

(Last Updated On: November 6, 2022)

Most fruits can be juiced–even if lemonade is only like 15% actually lemons and mostly just sugar. You might have even tried just getting some fruit and tried squeezing it out yourself to see if you could do better as a kid. Who can blame you? Sometimes they put a straw into an orange on the packaging. If you did try that then you know how much less juice is inside the average fruit than you might have thought at first blush. But which fruit has the most juice?

Yield Per Fruit

Some companies sell juicers, and we can pull at least a bit from their user guides for an idea of how much juice your fruits are getting. 

Some of these aren’t measured by pound of fruit, and instead measured by “case of fruit”, which is not particularly helpful. Telling us one case of lemons is about 190 ounces of juice isn’t too helpful when you’re also listing values in terms of pounds. 

Still, we do learn something interesting. On this list, the best ounces of juice per pound (discounting the ones measured in cases) were apples and watermelons. They came in at 8 to 10 ounces of apple juice per pound of apples, while watermelons put out 6 to 10 ounces of juice per pound. This makes a bit of sense at least for watermelons, which are 92% water. 

On the lower end were strawberries at 4 to 5 ounces of juice per pound–but even lower were papayas and peaches. 3 ounces per pound. It might make sense, with peaches and papayas containing less water by percentage–hovering around 85%. It’s problematized when you realize the ideally ripe strawberry is about 90% water. 

On the topic of citrus fruits, who were measured by case earlier, we can compare them a bit better with a different list

Oranges yield around 5 ounces per pound. Grapefruits on the other hand can get you like 12 ounces per pound. 

You’re probably most curious about the lemon/lime debate. Lemons can bring in about 8 ounces per pound–but limes are more stingy; 5.33 ounces per pound. 

The Coconut

Coconuts are weird, but they are dry drupes (peaches are also drupes), and for the purposes of juicing we can throw them into the fruit bin.

Further Reading: What Are Coconuts? Are They Actually Nuts?

But beyond what coconuts are or are not, they also give two things that we might call “juice.” We get coconut water, which you can drink just by popping the top off of a coconut. You can also get coconut milk by juicing the flesh of a coconut. The average coconut is already around 1.5 pounds, which can yield about 8 ounces of coconut water already. They can yield about 10 ounces of coconut meat–which is about 0.63 pounds. One cup of coconut milk is about 0.33 pounds of coconut meat, so that’s about 2 cups of milk for our average coconut or 16 ounces. 

Good lucking trying to juice a coconut with the same thing you use for your lemons, though. 

Speaking of fruits and juice, see if you know these fruit-related logos here. Enjoy trying to juice a company, though.

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Kyler is a content writer at Sporcle living in Seattle, and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He's been writing for Sporcle since 2019; sometimes the blog is an excellent platform to answer random personal questions he has about the world. Most of his free time is spent drinking black coffee like water.