5 Especially Exotic Fruits

March 28, 2011

People throughout the world eat lots of different fruits, many of which a lot of us have never laid eyes on. Well, Foodista wants to make sure that isn't the case. Here are five fruits you probably haven't seen very many times (if you've seen them at all).

1. Chayote: This green, starchy, pear-like fruit is native to the Mesoamerica region. It can be cut up and included in salad raw, or cooked lightly, like summer squash. Regions like California and Florida have started to grow this fruit as well.
Chayote Squash (Choko)
2. Pomelo : The world's largest citrus fruit, the pomelo is also called the Chinese grapefruit in some places. It's about the size of a cantaloupe with a yellow green skin. They are often given as gifts during the Chinese New Year and considered a sign of fertility.

3. Cherimoya: This fruit is native to areas like Peru, Colombia and Equador. It's flesh is extremely sweet and has a taste similar to a combination of pineapple, bananas, and strawberries.

4. Jackfruit: These guys here are native to South Asia (principally India, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Sri Lanka). The sweet flesh on the inside has a taste similar to pineapple. They are one of the largest tree fruits in the world. In addition to canned jackfruit, there's a large market of jackfruit chips.
Jackfruit Coconut Curry
5. Durian : You can find this fruit in countries like Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, but probably not in the hotels there. Even fans of the fruit acknowledge that it has the smell of skunk or sewage. Apparently, it's worth it, but you have to remove a thick husk to get at the fruit itself.
Photo by JOCELYN, yo./ YimHafiz



Cooking competition's picture

Wow. Don't know any of these fruits. Durian sounds awaful - a fruit that smells like a skunk. Yuck! haha.