Top 10 tropical fruits

    Many of you fell in love with our blog post, ‘Top 10 exotic fruits’. And who can blame you – anything involving tropical fruit and sunny climes has to be a winner. To give you more of the things you love, we’ve scoured the globe once again and tracked down more tropical fruits for you to sink your teeth into. With names like ‘Ugli’ and ‘Snake Fruit’, all that’s required is an open mind… and a good appetite, of course.

    1. Rose Apple (Champoo)
    If you think Granny Smiths are good, wait ‘til you try Rose Apples. We’re talking about apples that taste and smell a lot like roses. The only catch is they are rarely found in markets around the world because they spoil very quickly after being picked. The bell-shaped fruits are crispy, crunchy and delicious. You can eat them whole, but as with apples, you might want to ditch the core.

    2. Sweet Tamarind
    Introducing one of Thailand’s signature fruits, Sweet Tamarind. This is an ancient fruit that grows pretty much all over Thailand. A little bird told us that Phetchabun Province is home to the best ones. Sweet Tamarind is normally eaten raw, but some people like combing it with rice.

    3. Santol
    What looks like an overgrown apple and tastes super sweet? Sorry, no prizes for guessing the correct answer. Santol is one of the most popular fruits in the Philippines, but the fruit is native to Malaysia and former Indochina. Often referred to as the “lolly fruit”, kids especially love it. Santol is used to make delicious marmalade that’s very popular in markets around Europe and the US.

    4. Lamut (Sapodilla)
    Looks can be deceiving. Take the Lamut, for example. It looks like a potato, but tastes like cotton candy or caramel. Heston Blumenthal would be impressed. Lamut (Sapodilla) originates from Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, but it was introduced in the Philippines during the Spanish colonisation. The seeds resemble black overgrown beans with a hook at one end that can get caught in the throat.

    5. Soursop (Guanabana)
    If we were to write a list of top 10 foods to eat on a hot date, Soursop wouldn’t be on it. You see, it’s very difficult to eat due to its large number of inedible seeds. But if you have the patience of a saint, you can enjoy a flavour that’s been compared to strawberry and pineapple mixed together. Soursop is a popular desert ingredient in Mexico and countries around Central America, usually processed into ice-creams, fruit-bars, sherbets or soft-drinks.

    6. Salak (Snake Fruit)
    Okay, so the name itself isn’t very appetising, but Snake Fruit gets our vote for its sweet and acidic flavour. Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, Salak is called Snake Fruit because of its brown, scaly skin resembling that of a serpent. It grows in clusters at the bottom of a palm tree and looks like a fig.

    7. Guava
    Guavas give apples a good run for their money in keeping the doctor away. This “superfruit” is jam-packed with vitamins A and C, Omega 3, six polyunsaturated fatty acids and high levels of dietary fibres. Native to Mexico, Guava is a very aromatic fruit with a pungent and penetrating odour. But the good news is it tastes delicious. Guava taste best when they’re ripe.

    8. Sugar Apple (Noi-na)
    This is one fruit you must try when you’re next in Thailand. The Sugar Apple has a white, creamy flesh covered by a lumpy green crust that makes it look like a giant, green raspberry. The incredibly sweet pulp is eaten with a spoon after the fruit is easily broken into two halves. Sugar Apples are usually blended with coconut milk, chilled and served as a delicious, light ice-cream.

    9. Langsat
    Langsat is an egg-shaped fruit that originated in Malaysia. The firm, translucent flesh is covered by a brown, leathery skin and has an acidic taste, resembling a grapefruit. If you have a sweet tooth, go for a riper one.

    10. Ugli
    With a name like Ugli and an ugly appearance to boot, you would expect this Jamaican fruit to be a dud. Thankfully, the looks of the Ugli have nothing to do with its taste. This citrus hybrid between grapefruit and tangerine is tasty and juicy. And here’s a bit of trivia for you – Ugli is the only fruit in the world that starts with the letter ‘u.

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    133 comments on “Top 10 tropical fruits”

    1. Diana Rodriguez says on May 10, 2010 at 6:18 am:

      @legalnomads take a look at these two links, in total 20 must try exotic fruits! http://ow.ly/1IVnD & http://ow.ly/1IVnK check the african!

    2. Bill says on June 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm:

      Wow! Lots of great looking fruit. Many I have never seen or even heard of here. Have tried dragonfruit and some others.
      Actually, I found these lists while looking for a place to get marullo fruit. It is a South African fruit used to make beer, liquor and other products. Any ideas where I can get some of these?

      I am in the Toronto, Canada area.

    3. […] a wonderful oil painting of a table set with a feast. At its centre was an ornate bowl full of exotic fruits glistening moistly in the dawn light. As the crowd gazed admiringly, a sparrow perched high up on […]

    4. sylvia says on June 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm:

      I need to get rid of all the sapodillo fruit on my tree it is ripe and falling every where. If anyone knows anyone in Hollywood Florida that can pick it let me know.

      Thank you

    5. teddy westside says on June 21, 2010 at 3:04 am:

      all of it can be found here in the Philippines except for the ugli…i haven’t seen it yet…
      we have a tree of sugar apple at the backyard and guava…i love it…

    6. miamee says on June 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm:

      the ugli fruit is sold here in the Philippines, you might not have recognized it since the photo shown here is a bit different from the actuAL FRuit…it is really green and sometimes orange, and it tastes like a sweet dalandan, the skin is lose and easy to remove and the pulp is juicy…

    7. Mandy says on July 6, 2010 at 12:55 am:

      Sugar apples and custard apples are not the same thing

    8. harley says on July 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm:

      amazingly odd!

    9. Alexander says on July 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm:

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    10. Kevin says on July 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm:

      I have a Rose Apple and Suger Apple tree at my house in CA. :D

    11. aksh says on August 25, 2010 at 7:23 am:

      nyc fruits n sugar apple is mah favourite

    12. maldita says on October 4, 2010 at 1:29 am:

      durian, rambutan, dragon fruit, mango, mansanitas, and some banana variants are some exotic the rest of the world don’t know they exist

    13. Abraham says on October 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm:

      Thanks for the picture, now i can tell me friends about the soursap.
      i got Duran instead of a soursap.

    14. i dont like liberals says on October 19, 2010 at 1:45 am:

      i dont ^

    15. Mariana Calleja says on October 31, 2010 at 11:51 pm:

      Wherever you are traveling, you may run into and wanna try some of this "must-try" fruits http://bit.ly/9rgef1 #travel #food

    16. Produce Professor says on December 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm:

      Have you ever tasted an "Ugli"? Despite its' looks, it tastes like a citrus fruit! http://ow.ly/3ma3A #freshproduce #didyouknow

    17. Produce Professor says on December 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm:

      I bet you have never seen or tasted these exotic fruits …. http://ow.ly/3ma6c #freshproduce

    18. Jerri says on January 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm:

      Can’t have anything like that. Wish there was a place to buy those fresh fruits in North Carolina. Makes me sad.

    19. Thaha says on January 13, 2011 at 8:16 am:

      WOW ..amazin facts
      But the truth is most of them are much cheaper and commonly used fruits in South India, Kerala. I am from south india and things befor some 5 to 10 years was like.. jackfruits, papaya,Noina(Custard Apple) , Rose fruit , Sapodilla, Guava , passionfruit were so popular and common in all of the houses.Fruits were thrown away and fed to crows as it was so abundant and overriped fruits was always seen on the ground making the area dirty .
      The price for these so called exotic fruits were as approximately follows

      Whole Jackfruit weighin 8 to 10 kgs- Rs 3 to 5 ( 0.062$ USD)
      Papaya – Rs 3/fruit(big size) – (0.062$)
      Noina(Custard Apple) – Rs 5/kg(0.100$)
      Guava – Rs 2/kg (0.045$)
      Sapodilla – Rs 5/kg (0.062$)
      Rosefruit – Rs 2 /kg (0.045$)
      Passionfruit – Rs 10/kg (0.20$)

      But now all of those are history ,as people went modernised and went behind education and technology we’ve lost almost everything.Thos remain remembrances , may be after 10 years we can see those fruits only in the suites of Five star hotels.

    20. Guy A says on January 17, 2011 at 9:37 am:

      Magosteen was included in the post on the original “10 Must-try exotic fruits” This is “10 *MORE* Must-try exotic fruits”

    21. Gourmet Club says on June 22, 2011 at 9:02 am:

      Tired of traditional applea and bananas? Try these:
      http://blog.hotelclub.com/10-more-must-try-exotic-fruits/ http://fb.me/O3nrxQAR

    22. Borshon says on July 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm:

      these are some bangladeshi fruits:

      1) Mango
      2) Jack fruit
      3) Guava
      4) Mangostene
      5) Banana
      6) Black Berry
      7) Lichi
      8) Carambola
      9) Tamarind
      10) Orange
      and many more………..

    23. Fleur de liz Senora says on July 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm:

      Can you feature “Lumboy” or Philippine Native Black/purple/blue berries…I don’t know the universal/english name of lumboy….thanks in advance. I love this!!!

    24. VisaHQ.com says on July 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm:

      Ever heard of an Ugli fruit? http://ow.ly/5OtIt

    25. matt says on August 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm:

      We Have most of those fruits in Honduras, Central America , the only ones I have not seen yet are Salaks but probably we do have them in our northern islands and cays, and santols, but we have probably another verssion that look very similar but the color when are ripe is purple, its name is Caimitos with a very espacial flavor. te other eight we use to call them:

      1.Manzanitas it is used to cure diabetes (rose apples)
      2.tamarindo for constipation
      3.
      4.Zapotillos (lamets)
      5.Guanabana. many people say its seeds (soursop)
      cure cancer
      6.
      7.Guayaba we use it for Diabetes and (Guava)
      prostate problems or
      constipation
      8.Anona the most delicious and rare (sugar apple)
      9.Mamones Mamar is another perjorative(Langsat)
      verb for to Suck.it is very
      acid and sweet at a time
      10.Toronjina Toronja/Mandarina (ugli)

      we have other especial fruits that are not common in the rest of the wolrd, like Yuyugas and Nances a kind of tini green apple and yellow berries. Negritos they look like black olives but are so are so sweet, and Pepinillo, its s sort of Orange color rounded cucumber with redish and sweet seeds it is inthe familly of Cucumber (cucurbitaceas) many peopple use to call then snakes’ food…its leaves’ tea is very common to purify and multiply the blood and men’s impotence. that’s very very bitter.

      God Bless you Matt

    26. Paul Paslaski says on September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm:

      Happy Friday! Here 10 more must-try exotic fruits! Do you have any to add to this list? http://t.co/rYqneEu

    27. Paul Paslaski says on September 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm:

      Happy Friday! Here are 10 MORE must-try exotic fruits! Do you have any to add to this list? http://t.co/Uxxm2W1

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    29. Alek says on June 29, 2012 at 4:17 am:

      Guava isnt that rare its like in evry drink Now!

    30. Alek says on June 29, 2012 at 4:18 am:

      :)

    31. Tommy says on February 5, 2013 at 10:59 am:

      Nice site. They look delicious. I’m getting hungry. :) yummy

    32. Bryan says on May 17, 2013 at 3:28 am:

      What is exotic in one part of the world may not be exotic in another, obviously. So everyone saying these fruits are not exotic are dumbbbb.

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