5 Fruits You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Rambutan

Native to the Malay Archipelago, the name of this fruit is derived from the Malay word meaning “hairy,” and you can see why. But once the hairy exterior of the rambutan is peeled away, the tender, fleshy, delicious fruit is revealed. Its taste is described as sweet and sour, much like a grape. Though it has its origin in Southeast Asia, rambutan has been imported around the world, and now is commonly cultivated as close to home as Hawai.

African horned cucumber

When it is exported to the U.S., the horned cucumber is often labeled as “blowfish fruit.” With its spiky yellow exterior and juicy green interior, this is one fruit with vibrant contrasts. It tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a zucchini, and it is rich in both vitamin C and fiber. Native to Africa, it has been exported and cultivated as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

 Miraclefruit

Native to West Africa, this berry got its name from its incredible ability to make sour fruits (like lemons and limes) taste sweet instead, when the juices are mixed together. It accomplishes this feat by utilizing a molecule called miraculin, which works by distorting the shape of sweetness receptors on the taste buds. Be careful, though, because although the miraclefruit can distort the taste of sour foods, it does not change the chemistry of the food. Thus, it could leave the stomach and mouth vulnerable to high acidity.

Monstera deliciosa

 

Native to the rain forests of Central America, monstera deliciosa looks more like an ear of corn than a fruit. To get to its pineapple-like flesh, the scaly exterior must be flaked off and delicately prepared. Interestingly, this fruit takes as long as a year to ripen and to be safe enough to eat — it can be toxic if unripe.

Mangosteen

 

The fragrant, edible flesh of the mangosteen can be described as sweet, tangy, citrusy and peachy. Naturally grown in tropical Southeast Asia, it has been so prized that Queen Victoria is said to have offered a reward of 100 pounds to anyone who could bring her a fresh one. The sweet meat of this fruit is, perhaps appropriate to the legend, well protected by its hard shell, which typically must be split with a knife and cracked open before it can be enjoyed. They were imported and put on sale recently in New York City for the hefty price of $45 a pound.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. miusho says:

    I love mangosteen! It’s really really deliscious! ❤

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      oh is it? in my country mangosteen is not there in the market! 😦 but i wanna try it once!

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      1. miusho says:

        I ate it in Malaysia when I was there. 😮 It was soooo good! ❤

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      2. AKIRAA says:

        Hey that’s good.. when I’ll go there I’ll also try!

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      3. miusho says:

        I’ll go again next year, I can’t wait! ❤

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      4. AKIRAA says:

        Yeah have funn!!😀😀

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    2. Lily says:

      At last! Someone who unsdsrtande! Thanks for posting!

      Like

  2. oledphatnuglee says:

    I will try anything once, but not for $45 a pound. LOL When it comes to produce, I try to eat local wherever I happen to be.

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yeah! I mean I can understand..
      $45 a pound is too much!!
      But I am sure it must be really tasty!! :p
      If you save sometimes then you should try if you really wish to!

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      1. oledphatnuglee says:

        I save for travel, I’ll splurge when I’m on the road

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      2. AKIRAA says:

        Everybody has different choices!
        Yeah then have funn!!
        Live it..😄😄

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      3. oledphatnuglee says:

        Oh yeah

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  3. Alok Singhal says:

    I have never heard of them, looks nice options to try though 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yes.. I also wanna try this!!!
      *nom nom* :p

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  4. Thumbup says:

    AKIRAA,
    Never seen and/or had any of the fruits! I wouldn’t mind trying all of it! Oh! My mouth’s watering!
    BTW, you got nominated,
    http://livelovelaughdotme2.com/2015/06/11/thank-you-lisa-amaya/

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yes i also wish to try!!!
      thank you so much for nominating me!! 😀

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      1. Thumbup says:

        and

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      2. AKIRAA says:

        I am in love the way you comment!!!
        The first one is really funny and for the second one my pleasure!😄😀😊

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      3. Thumbup says:

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  5. chirose says:

    Oh wow.!! I have never heard of any of those fruits.!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      hey it thank for the appreciation Chirose!
      yes it was really different for me too so thought of sharing!!

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yeah! It is.. 😉

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  6. AdiC says:

    5 fruits I’d definitely never heard of! Until now 😉 Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      You’re most welcome.. 😀
      Yeah it was really different for me and I had never heard about this so thought of sharing..
      Glad to know that you liked it..
      Thanks! 😊

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  7. I’ve had rambutan and I love mangosteen! Would love to try the other fruits 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yesss.. me too!!
      Luck you! You have tried two of them…

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Hey glad to know that you liked this.. 😀

      Like

    2. AKIRAA says:

      Hey glad to know that you liked this.. 😀

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      1. You’re welcome! Very educational!! 😀

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    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Hey thank you so very much!! :))
      I really appreciate it!

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