Top 10 strangest fruits in the world
Are you fed up with the ordinary bananas and oranges? These rare fruits will definitely inspire you to try something new!
The diversity that nature has to offer is simply astonishing. Especially in the world of plants, Mother Earth did not hold her creativity back, which has led to some very strange shapes, colours, smells and flavours of fruit. In this article, we have compiled a list of the most unusual fruit that nature blessed us with.
10. Horned melon or kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)
Horned melon, also called kiwano or spiked melon, is a plant from the gourd family, which makes it a relative to the pumpkin as well as the cucumber. Its ripe fruits have a yellow to orange skin, while the flesh inside is lime green. The plant originally comes from New Zealand, but today it is mainly cultivated in the USA, Chile and Australia.
9. Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus, monacanthus, megalanthus)
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is part of the cactus family. Its trademark characteristic is the fuchsia pink colour. In contrast to its vibrant skin, the flesh of the fruit is snow-white with a multitude of small, black seeds. It tastes incredibly good: it is mild and sweet and the flesh melts on the tongue. Sometimes, there is a slight hint of acidity that balances out the flavour. In tropical regions, to which it is native, it is a favourite refreshing snack.
8. Durian (Durio zibethinus)
Durian is a fascinating fruit that some love while others strongly dislike. Although many find the scent emitted by the durian sweet and appealing, many claim it is absolutely disgusting because it reminds them of rotting onions. Native to the Southeast Asia, it is also referred to there by many as the queen of fruits. Its fruits are characterized by their size, the outer thorns and, of course, the intense smell. Due to the sharp scent of durian, it is strictly forbidden in many Asian countries in public transport such as buses or airplanes.
7. Buddha’s Hand (Citrus medica)
Buddha’s hand belongs to the citrus family. Funnily enough, it is also referred to as the fingered citron. Its comical nickname comes from the bizarre finger-like segments that point away from the main fruiting body of the fruit. In China and Japan, it is mainly used to produce room fresheners. Here in Europe, the fruit with the curious shape is not very well known yet.
6. Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis)
This exotic delicacy has already made its way to the fruit shelves of Europe. It is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. On the outside, the fruit is dark purple. The inside is made of a rich yellow flesh and many black seeds. The passion fruit is extremely aromatic and has a striking acidic and sweet flavour. A small tip: adding passion fruit onto watermelon in summer is to die for!
5. Jamaican tangelo or ugli (C. reticulata × paradise)
The name of this fruit is, in fact, a blend of the words tangerine and pomelo. Knowing this, it is easy to guess the fruit’s origin. It is a hybrid of tangerine and pomelo. This fruit is also called ‘ugli’ or ‘uglifruit’, which refers to its unattractive appearance. Unlike other citrus fruits, the ugli lacks the bright colour typical of citruses and is usually greenish yellow with a wrinkled and bumpy skin.
4. Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)
The tropical Southeast Asia are home to the funky looking fruit called rambutan. The rambutan is cultivated predominantly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The name of the fruit in Malay means “messy hair” and the reason for that is quite clear when you look at the fruit. Its leathery pink to red skin is covered with unusual hair-like strands. The flesh of the fruit is white, sometimes with a pink sheen and is a little transparent. The flavour of this rare fruit is sweet and slightly acidic.
3. Five-leaf akebia (Akebia quinata)
The fruits of the five-leaf akebia have a sausage-like shape and there are plenty of seeds inside the plant. Despite all the seeds, the fruit has a pleasant sweet taste. The shrub, on which the fruit grows, comes from the Far East and is common in China, Japan and Korea.
2. Atemoya (Annona × atemoya)
Atemoya is a hybrid of the sugar-apple and the cherimoya. Its origin lies in the tropical regions of Latin America. The fruit is heat shaped with green skin and white and sweet flesh, which contains black seeds.
1. Snake fruit (Salacca zalacca)
The fruit of the Salak palm comes from Indonesia and grows mainly on the main islands Sumatra and Java. This unusual fruit owes its name to its skin. The red to brown skin looks astonishingly like that of a snake! It even has scales. The fruit is shaped like a fig and has the same distinct tip. The flesh of the snake fruit tastes sweet and is balanced out with a pleasant slightly sour undertone.