If you start travelling around the world, you will find out that there were a lot of things you never knew existed. You’ll find new animals, understand the cultural differences between people of different countries and you will come to know about some foods which you thought never existed. Here are 10 mysterious exotic fruits.
1. Ackee Fruit
Ackee is a plant that produces fruit. It is salty, a bit bitter and has a nutty texture. Ackee exists in two natural varieties, one is cheese flavoured and the other one is butter flavoured. The butter-flavoured is recommended for cooking. However, the first one is eaten raw. Ackee is a really nutritious fruit as it contains high protein content, unsaturated fat, Vitamin B & C, zinc, calcium, and fibre.
Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree grown fruit. It can weigh up to 80 pounds (35 kg), which is much more than a common watermelon. It is sweet when it is ripe but when it is unripe it tastes like meat as it takes the taste of other ingredients, it’s cooked with. However, ripe fruit tastes like the banana-pineapple combo. Will you try it?
3. Banana Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit is a popular fruit in Australia which is eaten in the summer season but banana passion fruits are not very well-known. These fruits contain delightful pulpy juices.
4. Monstera Deliciosa Fruit
Monstera Deliciosa is a central American fruit with an exterior just like pineapple. It takes almost 1 year to ripen which makes it exotic and unique. It is very toxic if you eat it before it ripens. During ripening the starch inside the fruit turns into sugar which is similar to a banana. When it is halfway through the ripening process it starts to smell. As it ripens more, more smell surrounds the plant. When it properly ripens the smell vanishes. The texture of the fruit is slimy and juicy. It is advised that the fruit should not be eaten the scales easily fall off.
Mangosteen is called “peach into orange” because it smells like lemon and tastes like peach. It is found in Sri Lanka. It is said that Queen Victoria offered £100 to anyone who would bring her this fruit. (It was a really big prize in those days. It is considered a great remedy for weight loss. The fruit contains carbs, proteins, fat, Vitamin C & Vitamin B and is also rich in minerals.
6. Snake fruit
Snake fruit or Salak is found in Indonesia. This fruit is called Snake Fruit but it doesn’t really bite. It has a brown scaly texture like a snake. However, if it is peeled off, it looks like garlic. In some parts of Indonesia, it is referred to as “Fruit of Memory”, as it increases the blood flow in the brain. However, don’t eat it in large amounts, to become a genius because according to some rumors eating this fruit in large amounts could cause constipation.
8. Star Apple
The fruit is spherical and is normally 2-3 inches in diameter. The fruit is sweet and it is better to serve it chilled. It is found in West Indies. It is smooth, leathery and has different colours such as purple, red, yellow, and green. It is available in the season of spring.
9. Miracle Fruit
As the same tells, the miracle fruit has miraculous properties. It is found in West Africa. The berry fruit sour-sweet taste. Just a small amount of fruit can fill your mouth with the joy of sweetness. The Fruit has very low calories and is used to treat patients with diabetes. It is used to sweeten wine and is used as a sweetener or flavouring agent.
Rambutan is a single seed berry and has a lot of hairs (spines) on its skin. Its taste is similar to grapes. It is used to make jellies and jams. It is rich in Vitamin C. It is also naturally rich in anti-oxidants.