Ohh la la! Try These Exotic and Odd-Looking Fruits This Summer

31 January, 2020

There’s nothing quite like snacking on fresh fruit on a hot summers day. Sure we love our apples and oranges, but there are a number of exotic fruits available to try and although some look rather odd and a little intimidating, we’ve got our top five that you simply must try! It’s time to get creative with your next fruit salad and taste test these delicious fruits that will make you feel as though you’re on a tropical island with each and every bite.

Star Fruit
Twinkle, Twinkle little star… how we wonder what you are? Star fruit gets its name from its distinct five point star shape as a whole, and when sliced looks like gorgeous lime green stars! Starfruit has a mild yet slightly sour flavour and its skin is completely edible! We love that you can eat this delicious fruit in its entirety which means no waste, just great taste! This twinkly fruit is a good source of vitamin C and fibre and is rich in antioxidants. You can try it in salads, Asian stews or simply eat it on its own for a healthy snack.

What rhymes with yellow? Pomelo! And that’s a tip when choosing this delicious fruit, ripe pomelos are most often yellow in colour and have white (or sometimes in rare cases pink or red) flesh. These fruits are larger than a grapefruit and while the texture is similar, pomelos don’t have the bitterness that grapefruits do and are much more mild in taste. Fun Fact – Pomelos are often eaten in Asia during their mid-autumn festive aka ‘mooncake’ festival.

Custard apple
While custard isn’t typically associated with ‘fruit’ as we know it, this magical fruit tastes indeed exactly as sounds. Custard Apple (or Cherimoya) is a green, cone shaped fruit with scaly skin and a creamy sweet flesh and is often eaten with a spoon just like actual custard! Custard apples have a divine ‘tropical fruit blend’ taste similar to banana or pineapple. Yummy!

Dragon fruit
Perhaps one of the prettiest fruits we ever did see, Dragon Fruit looks (and tastes) as magical as it sounds. Also known as ‘Pitaya’ this fruit is part of the Cactaceae family and have a distinct fuchsia pink lathery skin, and bright lime green ‘spikes’ – They also come in yellow with white flesh and red with pink flesh! These out-of-this-world looking fruits are used in summer cocktails and fruit salads. The taste is described as refreshing, juicy and sour and we can’t get enough of them this summer!

It’s likely you’ve stumbled across this giant odd looking fruit while strolling the isles of an Asian grocery store or fruit shop and we bet you’ve wondered ‘how the heck do you even eat that?’ – Don’t worry, us too. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weigh up to a whopping 100 pounds! These gigantic green spikey mounds hold delicious fruit within, and don’t be put off by their pungent smell- for when you open them up (which we admit is a bit of an effort, but well worth the work) they have sweet smelling fleshy bulbs – even the seeds can be eaten! Jackfruit has made its way onto vegan menus as it can be used as a replacement to meat and has a ‘pulled pork’ consistency.