Weird things exit both in nature and fiction all the time, such as the existence of weird toys, complicated strange accidents that shouldn’t have happened etc. When you get the chance to visit any tropical or exotic location around the world, you should also explore what the territory holds to its body, there are many places in the world that are home to some unusual fruits, as shall now be discussed. Prepare to be amazed.
Sometimes just known as "Jack”, this is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.
Native to Indonesia, this is one of the best known fruits of southeast Asia. (But if you live in the west, you’ve probably never seen this fruit).
20. Buddha's hand
Oh yeah I was scared too when I looked at it first, but didn’t feel a thing when I swallowed it, it just tastes like a lemon. It is called as such because of its shape, it resembles a tightened octopus. It is found in China and India. It is used to flavor fish and eaten raw with spices when mixed with salad. It is also used by the Chinese as a perfume around the house and in cupboards to keep out the smell.
Found in Java and Sumatra, this fruit is also called snake fruit due to its scaly outer layer.
Durian aka The King of fruits, Why would anybody even attempt to eat something if it smells as a sweaty old sock? Yes this Durian fruit which grows in abundance in Malaysia and Brunei has a very bad reputation; it’s even banned in hotels and certain shops. It tastes simply bad, but considering its figure, the hard shell around the fruit, it’s worth giving it a try. That’s why the lozenges are for!
This is Jamaica’s national fruit. The seeds of this fruit were bought from West Africa into Jamaica on a rumored slave ship and from then on this has become the delicacy around the Caribbean. To eat this fruit, one has to remove the black tops and cut open the fleshy yellow arils, because the reddish region in between is very toxic. Ackee you are very tricky!
16. Romanesco broccoli
First documented in Italy, the shape of this fruit has led to the name broccoflower (cauliflower).
15. Custard Apple
Some people refer to this as the bull’s heart, but I don’t think it deserves that, it’s more like a rugged brother of the common apple, a somewhat mutated sibling. It grows in Taiwan, India and Africa and in other tropical forests around the world. It tastes sweet and lovely, similar to the flavor of custard, hence the name.
14. Horned Melon
Although it is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, this fruit is grown around the world and in the United States it is known as blowfish fruit for potentially obvious reasons.
This fruit has many uses once taken off the branch, it is the sweet pitaya commonly known as the dragon fruit and it’s grown in Mexico. This weighs anywhere between 120 to 500 grams. As you can see in the photo, it’s very fiery looking and surprisingly sweet. The flower can be eaten raw or used in making tea. You can find one around the country on a special kind of cactus plant. It’s definitely worth the look.
Another Caribbean fruit, this one is popular for its use in milkshakes, smoothies, and ice cream. It particularly popular in Central America, South Florida, and the Caribbean.
This fruit is native to South America; it is also grown in green houses to boost its flavor. It is usually found bright red in color but variations can exist, such as in India you might also get to see them half green and half red and quite bulky in size. It is used in juices to add the extra flavor. There are two types to know about, one is the poisonous sibling and the other as passionate as its name. How natural is that!
Cultivated throughout the Amazon Basin, this fruit is known for its unique aroma which is said to be a blend of chocolate and pineapple. Its taste, however, is more like pear with a bit of banana.
A major source of nutrition in Micronesia, this fruit has many uses and can even be used as dental floss!
8. Markut Lime
This Asian fruit has also been called a kaffir lime but the term "kaffir” is offensive in some cultures so The Oxford Companion to Food recommends using the term markut lime instead.
Although it is considered invasive in several US states, the akebia is popular in Japan. Some older people will likely recollect how they foraged for it in the hills as children.
Used to make oil, jam, ice cream, and even wine, this South American fruit is known for its multipurpose nature.
Also known as the ice cream fruit because the inside has a similar texture, Mark Twain described this South American delicacy as the "most delicious fruit known to man”.
Native to China, records indicate that this fruit has been cultivated for over 2,000 years.
3. Black Sapote
The Black Sapote is a Tomato-like fruit, 10 x 13 cm. large berry with a thin and firm rind. Its color is shining dark green with brown specs. The fruitflesh is rich, dark brown colored and custard like and is therefore called the Chocolate pudding fruit. Complete ripe fruits are often ugly brown. Black sapote's flesh is rich and custard-like, with a sweet, nut-like mild flavor and when ripe fruit pulp is blended with milk, cream or ice-cream, it tastes like mild chocolate - but without the caffeine or calories!
Noni is sometimes called starvation fruit. Despite its strong smell and bitter taste, the fruit is nevertheless eaten as a famine food and, in some Pacific islands, even a staple food, either raw or cooked. Southeast Asians and Australian Aborigines consume the fruit raw with salt or cook it with curry. The seeds are edible when roasted.
The fruit is a thick-skinned berry and typically measures 3–4 cm in diameter. The fruit resembles that of a slip-skin grape. It has a thick, purple, astringent skin that encases a sweet, white or rosy pink gelatinous flesh. Common in Brazilian markets, jabuticabas are largely eaten fresh; their popularity has been likened to that of grapes in the United States.