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Exotic Fruits You Probably Have Not Heard Of

By Edited Oct 30, 2016 2 2

When it comes to exotic fruits, you have probably heard of pomegranate, lychee berries, and dates. However, there a still a great big world of strange fruits out there that people have yet to try. While it is definitely not advisable to go wandering through the forest trying all sorts of what nature has to offer, people around the world risked their health taste testing these edible fruits. Whether these fruits were discovered out of curiosity or out of necessity when no other foods were available, each and every one of them is unique.

Have you tried any of these super exotic fruits?

Cupuaçu

This fruit can be found around the Amazon basin. Do you have a fancy for chocolate and pineapples, if you do you will absolutely love this fruit. Because of its sweet taste that is described as pineapples and chocolate, it is often used as dessert and to flavor sweets for the native people.

The cupuacu is not only sinfully sweet, it is brimming with nutrients. The fleshy pulp of the fruit is often used as a hand lotions of sorts because it has a very buttery consistency.

Rambutan

Rambutan

This fruit, native to the Malaysian archipelago, but cultivated all around the world is not very appetizing to look at. Its name is derived from the Malay word Rambut which means hairs. This fruit essentially means hairs, which is how the outside looks. However when the furry outer skin is peeled off it's tender, fleshy fruit is revealed. It is described as sort of like eating a grape, in the way that it is both sweet and sour at the same time.

African Horned Cucumber

African Horned Cucumber

This fruit that is native to Africa is often sold in other countries as the 'blowfish fruit'. You can see why, with its big yellow spiky exterior it does sort of resemble a blowfish. However when you cut it open expecting white flesh that so many other yellow gourd-like fruits have, you get the stark contrast of green. The African Horned Cucumber does quite resemble a cucumber on the inside.

The taste also resembled a cucumber if it were mixed with a zucchini. It is not particularly delicious to eat on its own, but cooked u of used in a salad it fairs extremely well.

durian

Durian

If you are into strange things, you have probably heard about the Durian fruit. This fruit is native to Southeast Asia and in some places it is banned to bring on public transportation. Why? Because of its smell. The Durian fruit has a very pungent smell, a lot like something rotting or really old dirty dirt clothing. However, once you break open the spiky exterior it bears surprisingly tasty fruit. If you can ignore the smell enough to brave tasting the fruit, you would be presently surprised.

The innards of the Durian fruit is described as tasting like a custard that is flavored with almonds. however, even the most daring food tasters have to plug their noses before daring to taste the fruit.

miracle fruit

Miracle Fruit

This is my favorite of all exotic fruits. The miracle fruit is native to West Africa but has made a big stir all around the world. You eat the miracle fruit by cutting it open and rolling the miracle fruit all over the tongue. At first it does not really taste like anything, however a molecule inside the miracle fruit called miraculin is hard at work.

What does miraculin do? It essentially turns off your sour taste receptors and distorts the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. This results in lemons tasting like sweet oranges and beer tasting a bit like sweet lemonade for up to an hour until the miraculin wears off. This fruit is popular among diabetics as you can enjoy things like grapefruit and sour strawberries without the need for added sugar.

Feijoa

Feijoa

Feijoa is a fruit native to countries in South America including Brazil, Uruguay, and Columbia. A lot of people refer to this as the pineapple guava tree because of the flavor of it's fruit. Much like a pomegranate, the fruit of the Feijoa is consists of the hard outer fruit being cut open and eating the gelatinous seeds on the inside. The fruit is very soft and juicy, so much so that instead of scooping out the pulp, you can suck it out with your lips. It is considered to taste like guava mixed with strawberries and pineapple. It is great for those who do not feel like making that tasty guava strawberry pineapple smoothie.

cloudberries

Cloudberry

The cloud berry is native to the arctic tundra and the boreal forests. The cloud berry is an amber berry that is segmented similar to raspberries. When eaten fresh, this berries have a very tart taste. The way to really eat cloud berries is to wait until they are over ripe. When they are over ripened they develop a very sweet and creamy taste like a sweetened yogurt. Usually in northern Nordic countries they are used to make jams, however in Finland they make them into Lakkalikööri, a Finnish liqueur.

black sapote

Black Sapote

The Black Sapote is native to Mexico and Central America. It however is probably more well known by its nickname, the chocolate pudding plant. The Black Sapote plant bears green fruit that is similar in size to that of an apple. However, when the fruit ripens, they shrivel and turn brown. Inside of the fruit, the brown innards have a consistency, color, and taste to that of chocolate pudding.

This fruit can be enjoyed raw, but the native people usually use it as a chocolate substitute, or cook it up with some orange juice and pudding for a symphony of flavor. This fruit, as well as tasting like chocolate pudding, also has four times the vitamin C of an orange.

mangosteen

Mangosteen

The mangosteen is a very fragrant fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. The fruit of the mangosteen is encased in a hard shell that has to be cracked open similar to the coconut. It is rumored to be very sweet and taste almost peachy. In fact, Queen Victoria once offered a prize of 100 pounds to any person who could bring her a fresh mangosteen, which considering it took several months to travel from Southeast Asia to England, was quite the task.

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Comments

Mar 22, 2013 3:57pm
anointedtoday
Thanks for sharing. I have not heard of any of these. The cloud berrys look like raspberrys though.
Mar 28, 2013 2:43am
jackc101
Delighted to say I've had two on the list, I feel very cultured! Cloudberry in Norway (jam though, but really nice) and Rambutan in Thailand. Thumbs up from me.
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