When you look at the variety of fruits available in supermarkets, it may appear that you have a lot of options. There is, in fact, but did you realize that this is just the tip of the fruit iceberg?
There are still a lot of exotic fruits out there that we’ve never seen in a grocery store before, which makes them even more intriguing.
Because they are sometimes only accessible in tropical parts of the world, some of these uncommon, exotic fruits might be difficult to come by.
Visiting a specialist grocery shop or a genuine Asian supermarket is your best bet for finding some of these unusual fruits.
Here’s a list of 15 unusual fruits you’ve probably never heard of or seen. They all have their own distinct, strange, and bizarre forms, tastes, colors, and nutritional properties.
So, the next time you’re on vacation in a tropical paradise, keep an eye out for one of these unique and delectable fruits and savor it!
1. Cherimoya Fruit
The cherimoya may not appear to be very appetizing at first appearance, but once you’ve split it in half and tasted its wonderful flesh, you’ll want more.
Cherimoyas are native to South America, but have spread to other warm areas such as South Europe, South Asia, and Africa throughout time.
The cherimoya’s flesh has a creamy, custard-like feel, which is why it’s also known as the custard apple.
The cherimoya fruit is pleasant and has a flavor that is similar to a mix of banana, pineapple, and strawberry. This strange yet tasty fruit is frequently seen at Latin American-style markets.
2. Miracle Fruit
The miracle fruit is a little fruit native to West Africa that has the magical ability to turn sour fruits delicious.
You may make a delightful cocktail by mixing the juice of this fruit with lemons or limes.
Miraculin is a chemical that has the potential to modify tongue receptors so that humans perceive sour meals as sweet. A tiny miracle, to be sure!
Miracle fruit has been attempted as a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners because of its ingredient.
3. Kiwano Fruit
When you first see the spiky and vivid yellow/orange skin of the kiwano fruit, also known as horned melon, it will quickly catch your attention. When you cut one open, the velvety, green flesh may even astound you.
The kiwano fruit is a rare hybrid of a cucumber and a melon that is native to southern and central Africa. It has a banana, cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit flavor. They’re a little pricy in the United States, but they’re absolutely worth a shot.
Some claim it has a bland flavor, but I think it’s delicious. It’s also healthy since it’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
The kumquat (or cumquat) is a delectable citrus fruit with the cool appearance of a tiny, oval-shaped orange. Kumquats are nutritionally and visually similar to oranges, although they are considerably smaller.
The evergreen kumquat tree (more of a plant) is native to China and South Asia, but it has also made its way to Europe and North America.
The kumquat fruit is high in dietary fiber and contains a wide range of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, to name a few.
The most surprising aspect is that kumquat peel is also tasty. In fact, most nutrients, like as dietary fiber and essential oils, are kept in the peel.
5. Cupuaçu Fruit
Cupuaçu is often thought of as a substitute for cocoa and chocolate in Brazil. Cupuaçu (pronounced “coo-poo-asoo”) is a member of the Sterculiaceae plant family, which includes cacao and chocolate.
The Cupuaçu fruit’s pulp is delicious and has a banana-like aroma. It’s a powerful fruit that’s high in B vitamins, antioxidants including flavonoids, and fatty and amino acids.
Cupuacu is a rare tropical fruit that is difficult to come by in the United States, but if you hunt hard enough, you could discover it in the form of shampoo, lotion, powder, butter, or juice.
Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava or guavasteen, is a South American fruit that is also produced commercially in California and New Zealand.
Feijoa fruit has a cream-colored flesh with a jelly-like consistency in the core.
Feijoas, which are high in vitamin C and nutritional fiber, are becoming more popular and can now be found in larger supermarkets and specialized stores.
7. Snake Fruit
Snake fruit, also known as Salak, gets its name from its snake-like appearance.
But don’t be put off by the appearance of this Southeast Asian fruit; its sweet and tangy flesh is to die for.
Salak is a species of palm tree native to Indonesia that is widely consumed as a snack on Bangkok’s streets.
The fruit of the cucamelon is also known as mouse melon, Mexican sour cucumber, and Mexican small watermelon.
Cucamelon is a strange cross between a watermelon and a cucumber that is native to Mexico and Central America.
It has a cucumber flavor with a slight sourness to it.
9. Aguaje Fruit
The aguaje fruit, which is quite popular in the Amazon rain forest, is a good source of vitamins A and C.
The fruit has a dark-red scaly shell and golden flesh with a firm nut within.
Rumor has it that this fruit, sometimes known as the “curvy fruit,” helps women gain curves in all the right places, but I’m not convinced.
Although the plantain (or cooking banana) resembles a banana, it is a different fruit.
Although it is related to bananas, the plantain is low in sugar and should not be consumed uncooked.
The plantain is commonly fried, cooked, or made into a soup throughout West Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The ackee is a tropical West African fruit that belongs to the same soapberry family as the lychee, rambutan, and longan. It is Jamaica’s national fruit.
The ackee is a problematic fruit since it has a reputation for being toxic, to the point where eating it before it’s mature can be fatal.
The yellow-colored flesh linked to the black seeds is the component of the ackee fruit that is edible. The dangerous parts of the ackee are the skin and seeds, which should never be eaten.
In Jamaica, ackee is quite popular and is used in a variety of cuisines. The flesh of the fruit is usually parboiled in salted water or milk before being consumed. It’s generally available in canned form.
12. Black Sapote
The extremely distinctive black sapote, sometimes known as chocolate pudding fruit (! ), will appeal to many for obvious reasons.
The black sapote, a persimmon species native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America, is a smooth fruit that resembles chocolate pudding.
The strange thing about the black sapote is that it must be really ripe in order to be consumed. It has to seem rotting for you to be able to consume the interior meat safely.
The inside of the fruit is black and a little nasty, but that’s presumably how it’s supposed to be.
It’s worth noting that the flesh doesn’t taste anything like chocolate, which may be disappointing if that was your anticipation.
13. Finger Lime
An unique fruit with a caviar-like flesh… Because the flesh within the Australian finger lime is made up of spherical pulpy particles, it is sometimes referred to as caviar lime.
It’s a rare citrus fruit that’s grown in popularity in recent years as a result of its distinct flavor and versatility in cooking.
It’s simple to eat a finger lime. Simply cut the fruit through the core and gently squeeze out the pulp, which you can then consume.
When you chew them, the small bulbs explode within your mouth, making them rather enjoyable to consume.
14. Monstera Deliciosa
The Monstera Deliciosa, sometimes known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a flowering plant native to the tropical woods of southern Mexico.
“Delicious monster” is an approximate translation of the term Monstera Deliciosa. The name’s monster portion is said to relate to the plant’s ability to grow fairly tall. This is also where the moniker “Swiss cheese plant” originates from, as the plant’s leaves are riddled with holes.
The delightful component of the name, on the other hand, alludes to the edible fruit, which is really tasty. However, the fruit must be ripe, since an unripe Monstera Deliciose can be toxic.
The rough and inedible surface of the fruit is coated non green scales. The white flesh has a distinct, creamy flavor that tastes like a combination of pineapple, banana, and coconut.
The pacay, sometimes known as the ice cream bean, is the fruit of a tree endemic to northern South America.
The tree yields huge pods (like beans) with a white pulp that is tasty. It’s not only edible, but it also tastes great, nearly like vanilla ice cream.
The strange, fluffy texture of the pulp adds to the novelty of this fruit. It’s almost as though you’re chewing on a sweet-tasting cotton bowl.
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