Fruit is an important item included in every installment of the Animal Crossing Series to date, especially if you want to make a lot of bells very quickly. You can plant, eat, sell, send, and trade different types of fruit through out the game.
There have traditionally been 6 different types of fruit in the Animal Crossing games.
As of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the number of fruits in the game has nearly doubled with the addition of the tropical island. These new fruits include:
 Nook's Buying Prices
Nook will always be willing to buy your fruit. However, Nook pays less for your native fruit and more for foreign fruits.
- Native Fruit: Whatever your native fruit is, Nook will always buy it at the same steady price of 100 Bells. Because these fruits are all throughout your town, they are worth next to nothing when you show them to Nook.
- Foreign Fruit: Nook loves foreign fruit! In fact, he's willing to give you a whopping 500 Bells for each piece of foreign fruit that you bring to him. Because these fruits do not naturally grow in your town, they are worth a lot of money.
There are many ways to achieve these fruits.
- Trading: Trading your fruit with friends is a great way to get a lot of different kinds of fruit to plant into your town. Make plans with them to open their gates or have them visit your town and share as many fruits as you like! This is the easiest way to get foreign fruit.
- Mail: Sometimes your parents will send you fruit in the mail; this is very rare. You can also get foreign fruits by writing your villager a letter that says something along the lines of 'friend friend fruit'. Don't forget to attach a present, as well! They should respond to your letter with a letter and a present. Open the present and you might be lucky enough to find some foreign fruit.
- Talking: Talking to your villagers may give you the chance to get a new fruit. This is uncommon though.
- Washing up on the shore: Sometimes coconuts can wash up on the shore of your beach. Be quick to grab it and the coconut is now yours! Plant it along your beach and watch it grow. (Please note that coconuts do not grow unless they are planted in the grass next to the beach.)
- Giving Presents: Giving presents to fellow villagers may result in them sending a foreign fruit which you can then plant.
 Planting Fruit Trees
For a more in depth guide to how to plant fruit see the Tree Guide.
In order to plant fruit trees, you will need the following items:
Take your shovel and find a nice spot in the ground where it isn't to close to any building, rocks, or anything else like that. Make sure that the trees around where you are going to dig aren't too close. Dig a hole and go to your inventory. Press on the fruit and select the option 'Bury'. Your character should have just buried the fruit in the ground and a little sapling should have sprouted up. You do not need to water it. Do not step or run over it or else it will die. Check on it the next day and if it has not grown a little bit more and looks dead, then it is. Try a different spot and do the whole process over again. However, if it did grow, congratulations! You will soon have a full grown fruit tree!
 Pros / Cons
- When you plant many trees of foreign fruit, you can achieve a lot of bells from selling them the next day.
- Your town has more variety
- Your visitors may take whatever they are in need of if you have a surplus of all fruit
- Too many trees makes it hard to walk around and navigate
- Too many trees can lead to a non-perfect town.
- When you have a load of trees, annoying visitors can shake trees, meaning a load of fruit on the floor, for you to pick up.
- Only in Animal Crossing: City Folk may you eat a coconut.
- Golden Fruit, though currently without information as to how to obtain or what its purpose is, will be making its first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.