You’ve likely noticed some interesting looking fruits in the produce section of your grocery store. Some of these fruits look stranger than others. In fact some look like they’re some foreign objects from space. As odd as these fruits look they taste amazing and some even have many nutritional benefits.

Below are some of the weird looking fruit you may have seen at your local grocery store:

Dragon Fruit

This now popular supermarket fruit is hard to miss with its pink skin and green scales. This exotic fruit is native to Central and South America and is a good source of fiber and Vitamin C. The traditional way to eat it is to cut it in half and scoop out its juicy, but not overly sweet pulp. It can also be chopped into pieces and added to salads.

Purple Sweet Potato

For some nutrition and unusual coloring to your meals, try a purple sweet potato. This exotic spud, a native of Okinawa, Japan, has the same high nutritional content (especially vitamins A and C) as traditional sweet potatoes. This “Okinawan Sweet Potato” is very popular in Hawaii.

Durian

This unusual spiky skinned fruit will not likely be found in traditional supermarkets. If it is you’ll notice it not only by its odd appearance, but by its imfamously foul odor. Inf act, this “king of fruits” is banned in public places in Singapore because its smell is so repugnant.

Those who get past the smell are rewarded with a creamy, custard-like pulp that has an unique blend of banana, vanilla and onion flavors. Durians are the ultimate “love it” or “hate it” fruit.

Kiwano Melon

This exotic fruit that looks like it came from space has a bright green, jelly interior underneath its yellow, stubby skin. Its nickname is appropriately the “horned melon” and is grown in New Zealand, South Africa and California. The delicious fruit has a citrusy blend of cucumber, banana and lime.

Jabuticaba

This plum-looking fruit is native to Brazil and has the taste of grapes. Its name comes from the tree on which it grows. Unlike most fruits that grow on vines, the Jabuticaba grows directly on the trunk of the tree. This fruit can be eaten raw, fermented into wine or made into jelly.

Cherimoya

At first glance, the cherimoya could be mistaken as an artichoke heart. This fruit comes from South America and is referred to as the “custard apple.” Its rough and bumpy skin, however, yields a smooth, creamy, pineapple and banana flavored pulp.

Rambutan

This hairy fruit comes from Southeast Asia, where its name, rambut means hair. Beneath the hairy skin is a white, tender, sweet pulp.

Carambola (aka Starfruit)

This star-shaped fruit is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Its popularity has spurred its cultivation in non-indigenous areas including the Caribbean, South America and the United States.

The whole fruit is edible and it is most commonly eaten raw. It can also be cooked, added to juice drinks and made into relishes and jellies.

Chayote

This member of the squash, cucumbers and melons family hails from Mexico. The fruit can be eaten raw, chopped in salads and blended into salsas. It is most often lightly cooked and marinated in either lime or lemon juice. Both the skin and the pulp are edible.

Fuyu Persimmon

Persimmons have traditionally been seen as highly valuable throughout history. Some cultures even referred to them as ‘the fruit of the gods.’ Unlike other varieties of persimmons, the Fuyu persimmon is the sweetest and tastiest when the fruit is hard, not soft.

Pomelo

This yellow or pale green citrus is from Southeast Asia and has a flavor similar to grapefruit, though it isn’t as tart. The skin has a thick rind. Pomelo can interact with medication the same way grapefruit does.

This versatile fruit can be used as a breakfast side and as an addition to salads.

Atemoya

The atemoya is a hybrid between the cherimoya fruit listed above and the sugar-apple. Despite its appearance, the atemoya is easily damaged and needs to be handled with care. The seeds of the atemoya are not safe to eat so they need to be carefully removed before the fruit is eaten.

Black Sapote

This unusual fruit is black when its ready to eat, not when it is bad and doomed for the trash. To add to its uniqueness, the fruit has the color, taste and texture of chocolate pudding. Who wouldn’t want some of that!

Cempedak

The cempedak is closely related to the jackfruit, and both fruits have similar pulps. The pulp can be eaten raw. It does have a strong smell and sticky, hard to remove juice. When cutting a cempedak, use caution as the sticky juice can only be removed with oil-based products.

Jackfruit

This healthy and yummy tropical fruit is native to Vietnam and Thailand. Its flavor is a mixture of banana, mango and pineapple. Some people claim it tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Jackfruit is also nutritious, being packed with vitamin B, protein and potassium.

Have you tried any of these weird fruits? Tell us what your experience was below. Have you had a weird fruit that wasn’t listed? We’d like to hear about those as well.

 

Image Credits:

Dragon Fruit: Author- John Loo; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloo/3957332524https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloo/3957332524

Purple Sweet Potato: Author- Stephen Lea; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PurplePeruvianPotatoes.jpg

Durian: Author- Francis Chung; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fchungcw/14991381488

Kiwano Melon: Author- Rocky Mountain High; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/rockymountainhigh/3440792161

Jabuticaba: Author- Campola; Link- https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabuticaba

Cheriimoya: Author-Hannes Grobe; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cherimoya_fruit_hg.jpg

Rambutan: Author- Crisco 1492; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pile_of_rambutan_at_potluck,_2015-04-12.jpg

Chayote: Author- David Monniaux; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sechium_edule_dsc07767.jpg

Fuyu Persimmon: Author- Stacy Spencley; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/notahipster/5170544762

Pomelo: Author- Ananda; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Citrus_grandis_-_Honey_White.jpg

Atemoya: Author- Takoradee; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Annona_atemoya.jpg

Black Sapote: Author- Yonygg; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Sapote_1.JPG

Jackfruit: Author- Shahnoor Habib Munmun; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jackfruit_Bangladesh_(3).JPG

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