Bored of bananas? Over oranges? Apples giving you apathy? Yeah, that happens to us all and we get that desire to try new exotic things, even in the case of fruits! Well, fortunately for us, mother nature has been kind enough to provide us with a variety of fruits, out of which some are just plain weird! But no harm in trying them right? Here are 10 of some of the weirdest fruits found in the world!
Native to China, Korea and Japan, this fruit looks actually more scary than delicious. These sausage shaped pods, which are purple in colour, are filled with a gooey type substance inside, and comes from flowers that actually smell exactly like chocolate! That doesn't sound too bad does it?
Found in parts of South Asia and Australia, the noni fruit is part of the coffee family but really does not taste like coffee one bit. This bright greenish fruit is not very pleasant in odour as well as taste and is anyways more used as a medicine than in a fruit salad!
The kiwano may look like a fruit from another planet, but its really from Africa and it’s a very popular snack in not only Africa, but Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the U.S as well! This peculiar fruit is also known as the horned melon, jelly melon, African horned cucumber, hedged gourd, melano, and blowfish fruit. Kiwano experts describe the flavor of the slimy green interior as a cross between cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit. Though when it ripens, it tastes like a banana!
This exotic fruit, which comes from southeast Asia, is called 'The King of Fruits'. Funny thing is that this fruit smells terrible, as if something has gone bad, and repels people from eating it. Other comparisons have been made with the civet, sewage, stale vomit, skunk spray and used surgical swabs! But if you can get past the stench, you'll find that the taste of the durian is excellent and like a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds!
Native to the Malay Archipelago and southeast Asia, the name of this fruit is derived from the Malay word meaning "hairy"..and no wonder, it looks like someone in a dire need of a haircut! But once the skin of the Rambutan is peeled, a white, tender fruit is revealed. It is sour and sweet in taste, almost like a grape!
6) Snake fruit
The snake fruit is also called salak as well and is found in Indonesia, Malayasia and Brunei. It's called the snake fruit because the outer skin of this fruit is very similar to snake skin, or in other words it has reddish-brown scaly skin! The taste is usually sweet and acidic, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy.
7) Wood Apple
The Wood Apple is a fruit bearing tree native to the Indian sub-continent – Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The Wood Apple is a hard round fruit with a sweet/sour fragrant pulp.It’s quite similar to sweet tamarind fruit, a smooth pudding like sugary and acidic substance!
8) Bread Fruit
Breadfruit is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae, growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. It is also grown in the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands of the Caribbean. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, has a starchy texture and fragrance that is reminiscent of fresh baked bread.
9) Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. The plant is actually a type of cactus, and the fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh. Dragon fruit is sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that's like a cross between kiwi and pear.
10) Star Fruit
Starfruit is also known as carambola. Starfruit is native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. The fruit in cross section is a five-pointed star, hence its name. The skin is green to yellowish, slightly waxy and edible. The juicy flesh is yellow, transparent with a single black edible seed. The flavour of the fruit is fresh and slightly sweet and comparable to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit all at once.