We all love to eat tasty meals, but from time to time we like trying new foods. For those days, you could try something that gives you comfort and pleasure, but you might as well want to try something more adventurous and exotic. We give you a list of weird fruits you probably never heard of. Some of them look like from your worst nightmare, but, surprisingly, they are also tasty. And if that isn’t the case, you might call it a culinary experiment and give it a try anyway.
Ackee is a strange fruit that looks like a combination of a big grape attached to a miniature yellow brain. Only the yellow part is edible. It currently grows in West Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti. Unfortunately, the other parts of the fruit are highly toxic, producing hypoglycemia. On the long run, this translates into Jamaican vomiting sickness, a condition which affects those who eat the non-edible part on the whole fruit in its underdeveloped stages.
This fruit is known for its ability to transform sour tastes into sweet ones, although the composition is similar to limes and lemons. This is due to a molecule called miraculin which distorts the taste making it appear sweet. Because of this difference between its composition and its taste, there is a risk to produce stomach injuries if consumed in high quantities, because of its acidity. Extracts from the miraclefruit are used in the food industry as sweeteners for replacing sugar.
This one looks a little bit like a potato from a distance, but it’s actually similar in taste with a bittersweet grapefruit. The fruit can be eaten raw or can be used as syrup. Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines are one of the largest producers of langsat.
Next on our list of weird fruits iscupuaçu, a buttery fruit from the Amazon basin used for desserts and sweets. Its taste is a combination of chocolate, pear, banana and pineapple flavors. It is related to the cocoa tree, which explains why it is also used for body lotion products. With the current crisis in cocoa production, cupuaçu is considered an alternative in order to save the chocolate industry.
Pepino is a very common fruit in South Africa, it is related to tomatoes and resembles a combination of pear and melon. It is exported all over the world but in high demand in Turkey and New Zealand. It is used in a variety of combination, in salads, along prepared meat and also as desserts aside ice cream.
Safou is also known as the bush pear and grows in a tree that can get more than 100 feet tall in the African forests. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and is an incredibly rich source of oil. In fact, the African pear may be a solution to ensure food security in many African countries.
7. Horned melon
The ferocious fruit is in fact highly nutritious. The African fruit is now grown in the U.S. as well. As you would expect from a fruit related to both the cucumber and the melon, the plant is mostly made out of water, a huge benefit for those living in the hot African climate. Because it can be stored at room temperature for many weeks, the fruit is often used for decorative purposes.
8. Dragon fruit
The fruit is not only delicious, it simply looks amazing both on the outside and on the inside. The fancy fruit grows on cactuses and can be served just as the kiwi. The dragon fruit has them all: high level of Vitamin C, low on sugar, contains phosphorus antioxidants.
9. Purple Mangosteen
The mangosteen is originally from Indonesia, but now grows in countries like Puerto Rico and Columbia. Due to its high fiber content and low caloric value, the purple mangosteen is recommended in diets. The fruit has a sweet and tangy taste.
The wood apple tree, as it is also known, is a sacred Indian tree. Wood apples can grow as large as pomelos and have a very tough shell. You’ll need a machete to access the pulp, which tastes like marmalade and smells like roses.