10 Rare Fruits You May Have Never Heard of But Worth Trying

Everybody has heard of apples and bananas.  Some have heard of the pomegranate and mango.  But how many of you have heard of the Ackee or the Rambutan?  There are so many different kinds of fruits available in this world that it is absolutely mind blowing!  You have to travel the world just to truly see all of the different kinds of fruits that are out there.  These are just 10 of some of the rare fruits that are out there and are worth looking into trying if you ever get the chance!

1. Ackee

Native to tropical West Africa. The Ackee is known as the “vegetable brain” because the inner yellowish brain-shaped piece of the fruit isthe only edible part of this fruit.  The ackee can also be found in Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba, and is incorporated into some Caribbean cuisine.

ackee_fruit

2. African horned cucumber

Another African native fruit – you may have heard of this fruit as the “blow fish fruit”.  This fruit has such vibrant contrasts and has been said to taste like a cross between a cucumber and a zucchini.  The African horned cucumber is also very rich in vitamin C and fiber.

African Horned Cucumber

3. Cherimoya

This fruit is “the most delicious fruit known to men” according to Mark Twain.  The fruit has been described to taste like the cross between a pineapple and a banana but also has been said to taste like bubble gum.  Maybe you should try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

cherimoya

4. Cupuaçu

This fruit has been described as the next great super fruit because it is chock full of nutrients.  It is described to have a chocolatey pineapple taste, and it has a thick, buttery flesh that can be used as a skin moisturizer.

cupuau

5. Mangosteen

A fragrant, citrusy, peachy tasting fruit is protected by a thick shell that must be cracked with a knife.  This fruit from Asia is so sought after that it comes with a hefty price.  The mangosteen went on sale in New York City for a whopping $45 a pound! It has also been said that Queen Victoria offered 100 pounds to anybody who could bring her a fresh one!

mangosteen

6. Miracle Fruit

Another fruit native to West Africa, the miracle fruit is most famous for being able to make sour fruits taste very sweet.  It utilizes a molecule called miraculin which actually distorts the shape of sweetness receptors on the taste buds.

miracle-fruit

7. Monstera Deliciosa

The monstera deliciosa is a fruit that is native to Central America.  It has a scaly exterior that protects a pineapple-like fresh.  The monstera deliciosa must ripen for as long as a year before it can be eaten, as it can be very toxic before it is ripe.

monstera_deliciosa

8. Pepino

The pepino resembles characteristics of a melon and a pear.  It is also related to the tomato and eggplant.  Native to South America, the pepino can bear fruit as soon as 4-6 months after it is planted and is a very resilient plant.

pepino

9. Physalis

The physalis is native to the Americas and is related to the nightshade family like the tomato and the pepino.  It resembles the tomato closely in flavor, and can be used just like the tomato in recipes.  It is protected by an unusual looking husk.

Physalis_Nahaufnahme

10. Rambutan

The rambutan is native to the Malay Archipelago.  The name is is derived from the Malay word “hairy” due to its exterior.  Once you get past the odd exterior, it is said to have a sweet and sour taste that resembles a grape.  It is cultivated in Hawaii.

rambutan

This just goes to show that even the biggest farmers market and grocery stores in America are probably lacking some of the worlds most amazing looking fruits produced by our amazing planet!

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