Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 14:41 IST

Unusual and exotic fruits that you should try from around the world

Fruits are healthy, nutritious and delicious. If you love having fruit salads, here are some exotic fruits that you need to know about.

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Fruits are the bounty of nature that keep giving. From mangoes to bananas and from dates to berries, fruits are a delicious and healthy addition to our diet. Every country has some or the other specific fruit, native to its region, due to factors like geography. These fruits are considered pretty rare in other places, making them exotic. Here are some fruits that are relatively rare and exotic for Indians.

Durian

Durian is renowned for its divisive aroma and custard-like flesh. With a spiky exterior, this large fruit conceals creamy, rich segments that evoke a mix of sweet and savory notes. While some people adore its distinct taste, others find the smell overpowering, leading to a never-ending debate among food connoisseurs.

Durian | Image: Wikipedia

Cherimoya

A South American fruit, the cherimoya has a creamy consistency and sweet flavour. The green, scaly exterior hides a luscious white flesh dotted with dark seeds. Its taste is the perfect combination of tropical flavours, resembling a blend of pineapple, banana, and strawberry. Cherimoya is a refreshing treat, earning its place as a rare gem in the fruit world.

Feijoa

Originating from South America and now popular in New Zealand, the feijoa is a small, green fruit with a distinctive aroma reminiscent of guava and pineapple. Its juicy, grainy flesh has a sweet and tangy taste. Feijoa is often eaten fresh, but it can also be used in jams, chutneys, or desserts, showcasing its versatility.

Kiwano

Native to Africa, the kiwano, or horned melon, is a spiky, orange fruit with a gelatinous interior. Its flavour is a mix of banana, cucumber, and lime, with a refreshing taste that surprises and delights the palate. Kiwano is often eaten on its own or added to salads and mocktails for a fun twist.

Kiwano | Image: Wikipedia

Jujube

Also known as the red date or Chinese date, the jujube is a small, wrinkled fruit with a sweet and slightly tangy flavour. Native to China, this fruit has a rich history and is often dried for preservation. With a taste resembling apples, dates, or even honey, jujubes are enjoyed fresh or used in various culinary creations, such as jams, teas, and desserts.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 14:41 IST