We love fruit in our home. I try to buy a variety of fruit but always seem to be picking up the same ones. The truth is, I’ve seen some strange produce and simply didn’t know what they were!
So, I went web hunting. Looking for the strange and unusual fruits. I can’t believe how many of them I found. Most you aren’t going to find in our grocery stores but I thought they’d be fun to look at. Here’s five that I randomly chose to feature.
RAMBUTAN: This fruit is native to Indonesia and Malaysia and is 2 to 3 inches in length. The color of them should be a bright red. Although they appear dangerous with their spikes, they are actually very soft. To eat them, cut into the rind and open it. Squeeze out the fruit inside. There is a bitter pit in the centre to watch out for but the fruit itself is quite sweet.
SNAKE FRUIT: The snake fruit is also native to Indonesia and Malaysia. It has a scaly, snake like skin and is about the size of a fig. It’s easy to peel by simply pinching the tip and peeling down. It is usually sweet and very crunch but occasionally can be slightly sour. It hangs in bunches and the pit is large and inedible.
NONI: This fruit hails from the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India. It is not an edible fruit. The fruit used to be used for making dyes and for medicinal purposes. It does not smell or taste very nice. (Definitely not one for the grocery cart!)
BUDDHA’S HAND: This is a citrusy smelling fruit like a lemon. However, it contains no juice and no pulp. The rind of this fruit is used as zest and for flavourings in various products. It is not edible. Although it is kind of a cool looking fruit that I’d love to have sitting on my countertop
MIRACLE FRUIT: Here’s a fruit that I’m sure most of you have heard about in way or another. I first became aware of it through a television show. One of those crime ones. This fruit is a berry and comes from West Africa. It’s kind of bland and tastes similiar to a cranberry. It does contain a pit that needs discarding. The interesting thing about this fruit is it’s ability to change the taste of other food. Making sour, sweet or enhancing the flavor intensely. A jalepeno for instance will have a strong flavor but no burning sensation on the tongue. I’d love to try this fruit. Just to see if it actually works!! So far, no luck in finding it.
When you go searching, it is amazing to find the different varieties all over the world. Some you can eat and some you can’t. I’d be willing to pay a little extra to be able find and try these fantastic fruits!