Goji and 7 Other Strange And Wonderful Fruits From Around The World
Tropical fruits come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and even smells. Unless you are really lucky, your local grocery store will not carry many of these strange and wonderful fruits, but they certainly should.
#1. Goji Berry – Native to Southeastern Europe and Asia
Being a goji berry blog, we naturally could not develop a list of strange and wonderful fruits from around world without first including the goji berry. This powerful little berry is one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet. Loaded with an array of vitamins, essential fats, minerals, amino acids, and proteins, the goji berry is typically eaten fresh, dried or made into goji juice.
#2. Cherimoya – Native to South America
Although it may look like an artichoke, the cherimoya tastes anything but artichoke like. With a white and creamy flesh speckled with dark brown seeds, the cherimoya tastes like a blend of pineapple and banana. It is similar in size to a grapefruit, and when ripe, the skin is similar in color and feel of an avocado.
#3. Pummelo – Native to Southeast Asia
It looks like a giant grapefruit, peels like a giant grapefruit and tastes similar to a grapefruit, but with a giant sweet flavor. An in fact, the pummelo is the largest citrus fruit in the world.
#4. Jabuticaba – Native to Brazil
The jabuticaba grows in bunches directly on the trunk and branches of the Jabuticaba tree. Comparable in size to a plum, this Brazilian fruit has a purplish black skin with a white pulp, which tastes similar to a grape. It is typically eaten fresh, made into jelly, turned into juice, or even fermented to make wine.
#5. Kiwano melon – Native to Southern Africa
Also known as the horned melon, the kiwano melon is linked to both the melon and the cucumber family. With a yellow-orange skin and a lime green jelly-like flesh with edible seeds, the kiwano has a taste that has been described as a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon.
#6. Ugli fruit – Native to Jamaica
The Ugli fruit is actually a Jamaican tangelo that was naturally created by the hybridizing of a grapefruit, an orange and a tangerine. Ugli is the trademarked name of this fruit, and with its unsightly appearance with a rough and wrinkled rind, it definitely lives up to its name. But one should never judge a book by its cover, as the flesh of the fruit is very juicy and sweet.
#7. Dragon fruit – Native to Central and South America
Dragon fruit, or pitaya, are the fruit of cactus and are characterized by their bright pink outer skins and green scales. This surprisingly juicy fruit is a great source of fibre and vitamin C, and has been said to taste similar to a pear.
#8. Durian – Native to Southeast Asia
The durian is known as the king of fruits, due largely to it’s thorny exterior. The flesh of this fruit however is very creamy with a unique blend of flavours that have been compared to a combination of banana and vanilla, with a hint of onion. The other unique aspect of this fruit is its offensive smell. It can be so bad that many places in Southeast Asia have actually banned the fruit from some hotels and public transportation systems.