Most people eat common fruit such as apples, oranges and bananas but have you ever tried any of the more exotic kind? There are all sorts of weird and wonderful fruit waiting to be eaten and here are 10 of the most strangest fruit from around the world.
1. Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)
Dragon Fruit or Pitaya is a spectacular night flowering cactus and the fruit is said to have numerous healing properties.
There are three different species of Dragon Fruit:
Red pitaya which has red-skinned fruit with white flesh. This is the most commonly-seen “dragon fruit”.
Costa Rica pitaya which has red-skinned fruit with red flesh
Yellow pitaya, formerly in Selenicereus has yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh.
Dragon fruit has an ornamental skin and the flesh contains black seeds. People often describe the fruit as tasting like a sweet melon or Kiwi.
The durian is widely referred to as the “king of fruits,” but try to open one and you’ll be more likely to call it the “booby trap of fruits.” Once you’ve cracked through its spiky shell, the durian’s strange smell might make you wave your white flag. If you do decide to brave the spikes and the scent, you may be pleased to find that the fruit’s flesh is creamy and tastes of almonds.
3. Carambola (Starfruit)
Always a crowd-pleaser (due to the fact that cross-sections of the fruit resemble stars), the starfruit grows in tropical climates and has a unique flavor that has been described as a papaya/orange/grapefruit mix.
These pom-pom like fruits are native to Asia, where they are popular garden fruits. Their flesh is a translucent white or pink and tastes sweet. Each rambutan also contains a single soft, crunchy seed, which is mildly poisonous when raw (but is supposedly a-okay when cooked).
5. Kiwano (African Horned Melon)
The African horned melon is native to—you guessed it—Africa, though it is currently grown in some California orchards as well. The fruit grows on a vine. The flesh has been described as tasting of banana, cucumber, and lemon; some people also eat the rind, which is rich in vitamin C and fiber.
6. Custard Apple
Closely related to the cherimoya and also known as “bull’s heart,” the custard apple has long been used for its medicinal properties. The sweet-tasting fruit is not the only useful part of this plant—the leaves can be used to make stains or dyes and the bark and the fruit can be used for healing purposes.
7. Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle Fruit)
The so-called “miracle fruit” may look normal, but it has one very unusual property: it has the ability to make sour foods taste sweet. If you chew one miracle berry before a meal, you’ll notice that vinegar begins to taste as sweet as apple cider, and lemons become candy-like. This seemingly drug-like effect has given rise to “flavor-tripping parties,” in which groups of people chew miracle fruit and then marvel at the sweet flavors of “sour” foods.
8. Ugly Fruit
The aptly (if somewhat cruelly) named ugly (or “ugli”) fruit is a tangelo of Jamaican origin. It is available in grocery stores worldwide and has a sweet, citrus flavor.
Grown worldwide and resembling a misshapen artichoke, the cherimoya actually has a sweet/sour taste that has been compared to a pineapple/banana/strawberry mix. Its seeds are poisonous when crushed and its bark can induce paralysis when injected, so you may find the cherimoya to be more trouble than its unique flavor is worth.
The physalis is more or less a gooseberry that grows enclosed in a long, papery husk. Like tomatoes and some berries, the physalis has a tangy, refreshing flavor and may be used in salads or to make jams and jellies. Plus, it’s pretty.