Weird Exotic Fruits

1) Kiwano Melon



A Kiwano Melon is known for its spiky features. This exotic fruit is actually called cuke asaurus. It has a gelatinous texture and its taste is compared to that of a tart and delectable cucumber.

2) Romanescu or Romanesco



Closely related to cauliflower or brocolli you will surely like this unique healthy vegetable, loaded with antioxidants.

3) Buddha’s Hand





This finger-like citron fruit is popular because of its unique shape and fragrant citrus very common in Asia. The peel is thick, and have tiny amount of seedless, dry flesh that is similar to lemon.

4) Durian





This spiky fruit has foul odor, but so delicious and sweet found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Davao in the Philippines. During the harvest season of durian, no one is allowed to get near the trees, because ripe durian falls on the ground and would be fatal if a person is under the durian tree. The spike of durian are hard and pointed.

5) Monstera Deliciosa





Weird, unusual and rare fruit is not well known in the United States, but most popular elsewhere as a food and household plant and is very tasty. Though it has a pungent and unpleasant odor that emits when the kernel began ripen and pop off and the sweet pineapple flesh like beneath and can be consumed.

6) Paw Paw Fruit





Otherwise called as North American bananas, prairie banana, Hoosier banana and poor man’s banana and grows in the Southeastern of Unites States. Resembling bananas, but shorter and with a more fragrant smell when ripe. These are popular local fruit but not yet available in the market.

7) Dragon Fruits





Dragon fruits or Pitaya fruits, filled with a flesh speckled throughout with tiny black edible seeds, the fruits looks-like taro fruit or creamy like ice cream and taste like mild, sweet and creamy fruit with kiwi fruit like texture. Commonly found in Asia.

8) Jagotocaba





It looks like Plum fruits, sweet and grows in Asia.

9) Star Fruit





Star fruit are commonly called carambola in native to Sri Lanka and Balimbing in native to Philippines. Taste like grape, mango and lemon all in one. It’s sometimes sweet when ripe but mostly it is sour with a tart tinge. Green when unripe and yellow when ripe.

10) Goats beard





This Goats beard or falsify roots, are popular in Europe and Southern United States use to add flavor for cooking soups to stew. This fishy flavored roots taste like oysters so it is commonly called “oyster plant”. The flowers and stems are not eaten, it’s the pungent root that is popular.

11) Madruno or charichuelo













The charichuelo or Garcinia madruno is a fruit-producing tree species from the Central and South American rainforests. The madruno has dark green leaves and leathery-like, the fruit looks like a lemon with similar rind, the fruit’s inner part is soft white pulp and has a, slightly citrus taste like which other people compared to a sweet santol fruit or a cotton candy with lemon flavor. The former genus of this exotic fruit species was included in the genus Rheedia, which has since been absorbed into Garcinia, due to the Rheedias species are now known as new world mangosteens.

12) Cupuaçu

Cupuassu exotic fruit

Cupuassu exotic fruit












Cupuacu fruit opened

Cupuacu fruit opened











Cupuaçu also spelled cupuassu, cupuazú, cupu assu, and copoasu, is a tropical rainforest tree related to cacao, which commonly grow throughout the Amazon basin, and is widely cultivated in the Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and in the north of Brazil jungles, with the largest production in Pará, followed by Amzonas, Rondônia and Acre. The Cupuaçu trees commonly ranges from 5 to 15 meters to 20 meters, have long brown bark leaves with 9 or 10 pairs of veins, and soon they mature, their leaves change from pink-tinted to green, and begin bearing fruit. Cupuaçu fruits are oblong, brown, and fuzzy, covered with a thick (4 to 7 mm), hard exocarp or plant anatomy. The white pulp of the cupuaçu fruit has a unique fragrant (like a mix of pineappple and chocolate), and is frequently used in desserts, juices and sweets. The cupuacu juice tastes like a pear, with a hint flavor of banana. The cupuacu’s commercial production includes food supplements, pills, drinks, smoothies (a blended and sometimes sweetened beverages made from fresh fruit) and sweets. The pulp is also used in cosmetics products such as body lotions, as it is highly hydrating, similarly to cocoa butter. 

13) Dead Man’s Fingers Fruit

dead man's fingers or Decaisnea fargesii fruit

dead man’s fingers or Decaisnea fargesii fruit














The Decaisnea, commonly called  as dead man’s fingers, is a genus in the family Lardizabalaceae of flowering plant, native to eastern Asia, from west China to Nepal and south to Myanmar. The Decaisnea leaves are pinnate or arranged leaves of feather-like or multi-divided features arising from both sides of a common axis. Their flowers are produced in drooping panicles, wide with greenish-yellow sepals and no petals. The dead man’s fingers fruit is a soft greenish-yellow to blue-black pod-like follicle, a dry unilocular fruit formed from one carpel (one of the leaflike, seed-bearing structures that constitute the innermost whorl of a flower) containing two or more seeds.The fruit contains a transparent, glutinous, jelly-like pulp, which is edible, with numbers of flat black seeds about a centimeter wide. The D. fargesii fruit pulp flavor  has been characterized as sweet and similar taste to watermelon, and have gelatinous texture. The fruit was also described as jelly-like and bland. The D. fargesii or dead man’s finger fruit is valued by the Lepcha or Róng people of Sikkim enclosed by Indian state located in the Himalayan mountains, and the only state in India with majority of ethnic Nepali majority.

14)  Garcinia gummi-gutta

Garcinia gummi gutta

Garcinia gummi gutta









Garcinia gummi-gutta or Kudampuli, color Yellow when ripe

Garcinia gummi-gutta or Kudampuli, color Yellow when ripe











Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical plants species of Garcinia native to Indonesia, with common names such as garcinia cambogia (former scientific name), as well as gambooge, brindleberry, brindall berry, Malabar tamarind, assam fruit, vadakkan puli (northern tamarind) and kudam puli (pot tamarind) The Garcinia gummi-gutta fruit is a pumpkin look-alike and is green to pale yellow in color. The Garcinia gummi-gutta fruit has recently catch media attention because of its purported effects on weight loss,  although there is no clinical evidence to support this claim. Garcinia gummi-gutta is grown for its fruit in southeast Asia, coastal Karnataka, Kerala, India and west and central Africa. The Garcinia gummi-gutta plants can be found in most moist forests. The G. gummi-gutta fruits are popular in the west coast of South India, best known as  Malabar tamarind, and shares culinary uses with the tamarind , also called goraka or, in some places, simply known as kattcha puli which means souring fruit.


15)  Safou Fruits


Safou fruits

Safou fruits












Dacryodes edulis or safou is a fruit tree native to Africa, sometimes known as African or bush pear or plum, Nsafu, bush butter tree, or butterfruit. The Dacryodes edulis fruit is the main use, which can be eaten either raw, cooked in salt water or roasted. The safou‘s cooked flesh has a texture similar to butter. The kernel or seeds is something fed to sheep or goats. The flowers are useful in apiculture (the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives). The D. edulis tree is also a source of many herbal medicines. The resin (a hydrocarbon secretion of many plants) is sometimes burnt for lighting or used as a glue.

3 Responses to “Weird Exotic Fruits”

  1. Angelina Quebral June 21, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Those fruits are really weird but looks delicious. Is it available in the Philippines? I will often visit your site.

    Thanks for sharing this


  2. Soung Kab Yang June 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Weird but delicious fruits. Nice site. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Sekisui House June 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    What was my enchantment to come accross an article like this. Direct my favorites! See you soon !

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