Food & Drink

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.

133 Comments for "Top 10 tropical fruits"

AJ says on July 15th, 2008 at 9:20 pm:

You left out my favorite– lychee nuts.

Juan Camilo says on July 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm:

You can find most of these fruits in Colombia. Since we are near the equator and the Andes offer many different heights, most fruits can find a patch to been grown in.

I wont bother you with their names here, but believe me you can at least find several as fruit juices in most places.

jason says on July 15th, 2008 at 10:27 pm:

I knew about the Guava :)


grant says on July 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm:

Just for kicks, here’s even more fruit trivia:

1. Ugli fruit may be a hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine, but grapefruits themselves are some kind of offshoot of oranges or tangerines and pomelos (also known as shaddocks – big, dry, tart citrus fruits).

2. You can find cherimoyas, a close relative of sugar apples, in some US groceries.

3. Sapodilla trees are where chewing gum came from – chicle was made from dried sapodilla sap.

Jen says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:04 pm:

Excellent list! (Although frankly, the guava’s not much of an unheard-of fruit anymore.)

I had a Langsat for the first time a couple months ago, in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid. Even the server manning the buffet didn’t know what it was – he had to call in the chef. :)

Geff Chang says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:09 pm:

The following fruits you can find in the Philippines:
9. Langsat (which we call Lansones)
8. Sugar Apple (Atis)
7. Guava (Bayabas)
5. Soursop (Guyabano)
4. Lamut (Chico/s)
3. Santol (Santol)
2. Sweet Tamarind (Sampaloc)
1. Rose Apple (Tambis)

Wow, 8 out of 10 ain’t bad. :D

Mechón says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:14 pm:

Sugar Apple also grows in the south east of Mexico (in Yucatan) and its called “Saramuyo”. In Yucatan the Lamut (Sapodilla) it’s called Sapote; and the Guava it’s called Guayaba.

Are delicious fruits.

Arthur Pemberton says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:24 pm:

Most of these fruit exist regularly in the Caribbean (just South-East of Florida). I’m not sure I would consider them ‘exotic’

kingbinary says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:31 pm:

Mangosteen should be on there. I had some for the first time last week and they were phenomenal.

Chris says on July 15th, 2008 at 11:51 pm:

You left out the Durian!

K says on July 16th, 2008 at 12:07 am:

If you like Sugar Apple (Noi-na), you should try Custard Apple, known as Cherimoya or Anone. It looks like a green, scaly dino-apple (flat scales instead of bumps, like a faceted jewel). The creamy white flesh inside contains several large, smooth black seeds, very spoonable. It tastes just like sweet vanilla custard with a hint of apple or cinnamon-apple, with a similar texture as well. (I was foolishly brave – the inedible skin tastes like pine-cleaner, so do not bite right in!)

There is a relative that grows in the northeastern United States, the Paw-Paw, but I don’t adore it as much. It is much cheaper if available in your area, however. I believe the season is late August into October, and there is an Ohio Paw-Paw Festival at that time. The skin is thinner & it bruises very easily, so it is only available over the internet as jam or frozen.

From the original Top 10 Exotic Fruits list, if you haven’t been impressed by Starfruit (Carambola), you MUST put sugar on it! It brings out the flavor and makes it 10,000% better! I couldn’t figure out why the Hawaii’s Own frozen starfruit juice blend was so much better, until I tried this. It is now my favorite juice fruit.

And if you are afraid to try Durian because of the smell, try Durian Ice Cream — the cold kills the smell and it tastes like a completely different fruit! It really is delicious! (Plain Durian fruit still tastes like money-farts to me, because of the smell, sadly. I must try it again with a worse headcold next time.)

I must try the Sapodilla — I was thinking it wasn’t a fruit, because the store has been sticking them in with the heirloom tomatoes and cactus leaves.

– K

Ben Andersen says on July 16th, 2008 at 12:19 am:

I’ve never had ugli or snake fruit but I’ve had the rest while living in teh philippines. I love santol, I love Langsat(Lansones). Most people I suspect have had tamarind in one form or another, if not hunt down a recipe for sinigang na baboy and have the best stew of your life. Sugar apple is barely a fruit, it’s pretty nasty, rose apples don’t only not show up because they spoil fast but because they really don’t have much flavor, and aren’t sweet at all. Lamut (Chico ) when ripe taste more like brown sugar when ripe.

James says on July 16th, 2008 at 2:46 am:

Durian not in the list?

pink says on July 16th, 2008 at 2:57 am:

got a little guava tree in my garden, and im in new zealand (bottom of the southern hemisphere) :D you better believe those seeds mean business, though

E Cho says on July 16th, 2008 at 3:01 am:

Hey Chris,

Durian was in the first list of 10 Must Try Exotic Fruits. We didn’t forget it :)

e0neclassix says on July 16th, 2008 at 3:56 am:

nine from ten of those fruits are common in Indonesia. It beats 8, right?? I’ll give you the other name of those fruits in Indonesia:
9.Langsat = Duku
8.Sugar Apple = Srikaya
7.Guava = Jambu Biji
6.Salak = Salak
5.Soursop = Sirsak/Sirsat
4.Lamut = Sawo
3.Santol = Kecapi
2.Sweet Tamarind = Asem Jawa
1.Rose Apple = Jambu Air (Water Champoo)

shoes says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:09 am:

I’ve had all these, but I’m curious why the king(durian) and queen(mangosteen) of fruits are not on the list. They are given that title for a pretty good reason.

E Cho says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:12 am:

Hi Shoes, Thanks for the comment, just letting you know that both Mangosteen and Durian were listed in the first part of this post series called 10 Must Try Exotic Fruits – check it out!

docatomic says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:17 am:

What; no durian? No lumboy, no kaimeto, nor even damortis? Apo! I miss those fruits, even as I also miss chico – the one referred to as a “sapodilla” in the article, which has a granular texture like a pear and the flavour of rich brown demerara sugar (but which is also very much imbued with a sap-like latex, which sticks to one’s teeth and even clogs sawblades totally when one attenpts to saw a chico tree.). Damortis was one of my favourites – crunchy, deliciously faintly-sweet, and slightly astringent. And of course lumboy, the grape-sized “chokecherry” of the Philippines (referred to as dohat, farther south) – the town of Piddig used to have the biggest and tastiest lumboy I have ever enjoyed… mmm! And of course, the kaimeto – eating it is like going down on your girlfriend, only even sweeter! Yummy-juicy-jelly…. ;-)

I miss those days.

Eugene says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:27 am:

WHAT?! Those fruits are ordinary-everyday fruits here in the Philippines. There are lot more exotic fruits than that.

dwg says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:36 am:


Claudia says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:54 am:

I’ve had the Salak, they’re nice, kind of like Apple only more dry if that makes sense.

floridian says on July 16th, 2008 at 5:29 am:

I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida and we had this strange plant in our yard and we had no clue what it was or whether or not we should eat the fruit it produced. It turns out it was what you call the Sugar Apple.
I wish I had tried one.

syed adie says on July 16th, 2008 at 6:18 am:

All of the above fruit can be found in Malaysia, and i have eaten all the fruit except the Ugly one.. :D you may add the Durian, Manggis, Rambutan, n Dokong.

hottietin says on July 16th, 2008 at 6:26 am:

7 out of 10 fruits here are common fruits in the Philippines. maybe the reason that they are perceived to be exotic is because from the fact that they are only seasonal fruits, therefore, they are seldom to be seen in abundance, in contrast to the local fruits.

Jen says on July 16th, 2008 at 8:01 am:

WOW! What a fascinating list. I’ve never seen or heard of any of those fruits with the exception of one or two. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying new fruits and vegetables, but your list has me inspired to pick up something “exotic” next time I’m at the grocery store.

Edwin says on July 16th, 2008 at 3:39 pm:

mangosteens should indeed be on the list – by the way you can actually get fresh mangosteens in New York City in Chinatown now

and durian should probably be on the list – it’s the durian that’s the best fruit in the world, not mangosteen

what’s funny is that both the soursop and the sugar-apple, which are related botanically, have an equally delicious cousin that can be grown in North America, in places as cold as USDA Zone 5

Brian says on July 16th, 2008 at 6:08 pm:

Neat list. I was going to say that you forgot the durian, but fortunately I read the comments first (unlike a few other people! hehe).

paresh says on July 18th, 2008 at 7:45 am:

nice, healthy post.

Ashley says on July 18th, 2008 at 7:23 pm:

I agree with AJ. You left out the best, Lychee nuts!

You peel off a thin shell, and a soft, jelly-like fruit is left over, wrapped around a seed. My first try of lychee was in the Japanese soft drink, ramune, and I wasn’t too fond of it. Then, a friend of mine gave me a real lychee fruit. Let me tell you, those things are AMAZING!

If you haven’t tried a lychee, then go find some. They are AMAZING!

iván says on July 19th, 2008 at 7:46 am:

Have you tried prickly pears (tunas)? Good stuff.

United Voices says on July 19th, 2008 at 8:56 am:

These are very good looking fruits, but unfortunately most are not available in my country. may be some day i’ll have the luck to try most of these.

Mary says on July 19th, 2008 at 6:23 pm:

Most of these fruits are also very common in the Caribbean. I would like to taste the ugli, however, my favorite from the list is the guava (guayaba). This fruit tastes good and helps to relieve various health problems including an upset stomach.

Import from China says on July 19th, 2008 at 9:04 pm:

Nice post, you got some good points there – thank you.

Rekha says on July 20th, 2008 at 4:21 pm:

Hmm really nice and delicious. Every one must have

rc67 says on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:57 pm:

the sugar apples are also prevelant in India and there they call them “custard apples”. One of my favorite fruits, and, when we lived in Miami, we had a custard/sugar apple tree. the taste is awsome. I would like to try the that soursop one day, but here in Mississippi, our resources are limited.

Online Advertising says on July 24th, 2008 at 8:37 pm:

Lychee =) mmmmm

Scott A. says on July 24th, 2008 at 11:59 pm:

I was in India about a year and a half ago, and I believe I tried a few Sapodillas, at least I think I did. It sure sounds similar to the fruit I tried. I had the texture and taste of an Japanese apple pear, and as I ate it, it was very sticky – made my lips stick together like it did, indeed, have a lot of latex in it. The seeds also looked like little brown cockroaches (sorry if that is unappetizing – I’m just describing the color). It was really good though! If anyone can confirm what I ate was, in fact, Sapodillas, please let me know (because I am curious – I didn’t know what they were when I ate them):


nono2 says on July 26th, 2008 at 1:40 pm:

You left out Brazil’s exotic fruits, and there are zillions of them

Joseph says on July 26th, 2008 at 8:58 pm:

woah you forgot the best exotic fruit ever
dragon fruit
its the best fruit i have had and i have had most of the above

dante says on July 30th, 2008 at 8:26 am:

As a curiosity, you should know Ugli is the only fruit in the world that starts with the letter U.

nein, here in italy grape is called UVA, pronounced oovah (-:

Luis says on July 30th, 2008 at 12:01 pm:

Actually there is a brazilian fruit called “UMBU”, in Brazil’s northeast region….Starts with the letter “U”

diane says on July 31st, 2008 at 2:02 am:

What about Rambutan? That’s way more exotic than Guava!

Julians says on July 31st, 2008 at 2:59 am:

I think my only claim to fame here is that, being Malaysian, I have tried ALL these fruits – you people have NO idea what you’ve missed!

Travis says on July 31st, 2008 at 3:09 am:

What about Jubotakava (sp?), Longong, mountain apples (that’s what we call them in Hawaii)

Lychee aren’t very exotic, I’ve heard of them all over and are available, at least in processed form, nearly everywhere…

Thredith says on July 31st, 2008 at 6:41 pm:

The Sugar Apples are a common fruit in Colombia, with the only difference that here we call them “Anon” or “Anones”

Verfann says on August 3rd, 2008 at 8:45 pm:

Hey thanks for both of the lists!
Some I have had, some I have seen and not tried (I will now) and some I will be on the look out for. I am lucky to live on the west coast of the United States in a city that has a large transplanted Asian population. Since that is the case, we to have stores that carry not-so-run-of-the-mill North American fruits catering to that population.

Jane says on August 4th, 2008 at 1:27 am:

I’ve had the ugli fruit, guava, and tamarind (in sauce- I LOVE Indian food!) I may have had langsat..

If I’m ever in Thailand or the Philippines, I’ll know what to look for!

Viet says on August 5th, 2008 at 7:38 pm:

All the fruits here you can find in Vietnam. There are so many that you haven’t listed that I think are more “exotic” than the ones in your list.

farid wajdi says on August 6th, 2008 at 12:56 am:

those fruits available in malaysia except no 1.whauhaua..there are more exotic fruits here.

brad says on August 12th, 2008 at 5:34 pm:


As I walked the streets of Singapore, the smell of something fetid breezed past me. It smelled as though fruit had been left in the sun for days, and then mixed to a soupy perfection in a 10 year old seafood restaurant’s dumpster. I immediately checked my surroundings to find the source of this offensive odor. I came up short. All I could find was a table with an odd looking fruit on it and it seemed to be the direction from which the smell was coming. Later, I was informed that it was indeed the fruit that smelled of rotting garbage, and once I knew this, I began to pick out the smell everywhere. The odor of this fruit is so horrific that it is not permitted on public transportation in Singapore, lest it offend people.

One evening, while eating at a local restaurant, I saw a pastry puff and decided to eat it. It looked innocent enough there on the shelf. So, sitting at the table, I picked through the mango, guava, grapes, and apple on my plate. I assumed I was saving the best for last, that the pastry would either be sweet, or perhaps even filled with some flavorful custard. I took a bite and immediately gagged, spitting the pastry onto my plate. I turned to my wife to tell her not to eat the pastries because they had gone bad. She gave me a funny look and said, “I thought you knew. I was wondering why you got that. It’s durian puff.”

Durian is the king alright… the king of offensive fruits.

On another note, I have to agree with other posters that mangosteen should have been included. I had the pleasure of trying mangosteen juice last week and this morning a friend offered me a few of the fruits to eat with breakfast. It was very delicious.

Coconut Girl says on August 13th, 2008 at 5:35 am:

I absolutely love tropical fruits…

I grew up in Hawaii where some of these are common while others aren’t both well known or available. I’ve eaten all of the fruits on this list, except for the Ugli, and I wouldn’t recommend most of these as an introduction to tropical or exotic fruits. That being said, if you do get to try any of these and like them, I’m sure these here will impress you even more. If ever in the tropics or sub-tropics, these will be worth finding. FYI: The names of these fruits may be variations of the same fruit somewhere else. Some species of fruits listed here have hundreds of cultivars or varieties (except for the mangosteens and atemoyas), be sure to ask locals about favorites. Lastly try to eat fruits at their peak ripeness.

To start off the list are Papayas and Apple Bananas; the list resumes counting down to my top recommendations:

PAPAYA – Sunrise variety from Hawaii w/ red flesh, similar to a really ripe melon with a softer texture.

DWARF or APPLE BANANA – ~ 5-6 inches long and way sweeter than those Chiquitas – call that a banana?

PITHAYA – (not dragon fruit but similar) yellow or pink fruit of night blooming jasmine cactus (vine looking, segmented, and unsuprisingly, thorny); looks kind of like a succulent pineapple in shape; and is a little bigger than a large egg in size. Flesh is whitish-clear in the yellow variety and red in the red variety, flesh is similar in texture to a kiwi and also contains little crunchy edible black seeds, again like a kiwi but a little crispier. Moderately sweet but refreshing and light.

JACKFRUIT – large (up to 50 lbs., yellow, spiky (dull 1/4 inch bumbs) fruit, grows off the trunks and branches of trees; thick skin contains white latex; sweet (no acid or tart), yellow, slightly rubbery flesh which surrounds the many seeds inside, texture similar to roasted peppers, but not at all muchy; tastes resembles wrigley’s juicyfruit gum – juicyfruit got it’s flavor from the jackfruit! The milky latex is used in gum and rubber protection –

RAMBUTAN – red or yellow fruit; size of a small adult’s fist; outside covered in what looks like the hooks on a velcro strip (but about 1/2 inch long), same color as fruit; flesh similar color and texture to lychee but sweeter, milder flavor.

MANGO – not so exotic, most have tried and love it. tropical, exotic, intense flavor – no list would be complete without it.

SUGAR APPLE (included above) – this definitely belongs on this list, in addition, fruit growers have developed a hybrid called the ATEMOYA, which is a cross between the SUGAR APPLE above and it’s cousin, the CHERIMOYA – all somewhat similar in taste

LONGAN – small, round fruit, skin similar to lychee but smooth and brown, fruit size and texture also similar to lychee, but the flesh is less acidic/tart with floral tones

LYCHEE/LITCHEE – slightly tart but sweet and flavorful, strawberry-sized tree fruit; red in color; rough, thin, paper-like skin; crisp, opaque-whitish flesh with a single black shiny seed roughly the size of an almond. You can buy canned lychee in asian markets and although canned is never as good as fresh. But, in the case of lychees, substitute the lychee syrup for the olive juice in your next MARTINI – KILLER LYCHEE MARTINIS!

MANGOSTEEN – (my favorite) purple skinned with a woody, brown clover like cap and stem; opaque-whitish flesh with a smooth, creamy and fibery texture – trees take 10-20 years to fruit.

And finally, now that you’ve tried em all, and can consider yourself to be connoseuir of tropical fruits (or if you’re a good sport and up for trying new delicacies, try the DURIAN.

DURIAN looks like the medieval weapon – the mace, the spiky metal ball at the end of a stick. oblong in shape, similar to the size of a volleyball; and covered in unforgettable 1/2 inch tall woody spikes (each spike base is about the size of a nickel). However, you are bound to notice it’s smell before you even come within eye sight of this unusual exotic. It’s smell reminded me of petrol and sauteed onions and a barely noticeable perfumy floral scent. Inside, it’s flesh was an off-white, orange-yellowy color around oblong round seeds (about 2-4 per fruit). Texture like custard or foie gras – weird choice for texture comparison, but it begins to convey your initial, instinctual repulsion to it, along with the excitement of trying something new and putting an effort into acquiring the taste of it. You’ll be talking about it for years…

Karl Eklund says on August 16th, 2008 at 5:10 am:

Taiwan has an agricultural mission on St. Vincent and they have introduced the Wax Apple (rose apple). It is similar to the Plumrose, which seems to be native. We have one of each in our yard.

Haydee says on August 16th, 2008 at 2:29 pm:

I think “Sea Grapes” should probably be on the list, however they are not commercially available. I live in St. Maarten in the Caribbean and they grow wild near a few of the beaches. They grow in bunches like grapes, hence the name, but have a very large pit at the center. They are about the size of marbles and are a bright green until ripe. There is very little flesh on the fruit, but when ripe they are a beautiful dark purple and absolutely delicious.

Also “Pommeserettes” at least I think that’s how you spell it, also not commercially available here, but they look like tiny apples varying in size from about a quarter to a half dollar. Eaten whole they taste fresh and clean with little sweet and a little tart.

And last, but not least “kenips”, spelling of that is probably wrong too, but you get the idea. When in season, kids pick these in bunches from the trees and sell them by the sides of the roads. They are also very tasty with a green exterior sort of soft shell like skin that you remove (usually by biting in two) and a bright peach colored interior that has a texture I find difficult to describe covering a large pit.

These all taste great, grow wild for the most part, (if you know where to look) and have been some of my favorite things since I was a little kid. I have noticed however that because of all the new construction everywhere there are less and less native trees left, and I wonder if my son will get to enjoy them on St. Maarten as much as I do.

steven feldman says on August 20th, 2008 at 12:40 am:

does anyone know the name of the limelike fruit mentioned on the philippines episode of the andrew zimmern show “bizarre foods”? the fruit is a cross between a lime and mandarin orange.

Alex says on August 21st, 2008 at 5:07 am:

How about passion fruit? It’s not that great on it’s own but the seeds are very sweet yet tart and are used to make an awesome juice.

sarah says on August 24th, 2008 at 3:11 am:

These fruits are the fruits I used to trade in with papers and pencils when I was in my primary grade coz my guardians could not afford to buy me those school supplies…. There are still some fruits that are really good and not on the list. Lumboy was one of my favorites too… and so with “Iba ng Moros” it’s a very rare fruit and I haven’t seen any since I left our province in the Philippines…

tui says on September 2nd, 2008 at 12:40 am:

Isn’t number 8 called a Custard Apple? Not a “Sugar apple”??

Syahid A. says on September 5th, 2008 at 7:42 am:

Durian should be included once again! The undisputed king of fruit in Malaysia.

JiiMMY says on October 14th, 2008 at 9:07 am:

These look yummy i will try some soon :)

Maritess says on October 27th, 2008 at 6:01 am:

hi steven feldman. that tiny fruit is called calamansi. It is a fruit we use for dips and marinades. We also make it into calamansi juice. It is a small citrus fruit. I have a few calamansi trees in my backyard.

Caibel says on November 14th, 2008 at 5:01 am:

What about cherimoya? I randomly bought one at the market and was delightfully surprised when I got home.

Cheryll Ann says on December 7th, 2008 at 1:12 am:

I have tried 9 out of 10 fruits you listed.

Now I must look for Ugli

R says on December 15th, 2008 at 7:41 pm:

You can find some of these in the Bahamas!

M says on January 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 am:

In Queensland Australia we have your sugar apples growing but they are called custard apples. In Queensland they also have a chocolate pudding fruit that looks yuk but does taste just like a chocolate pudding. I had that one at the Frosty Mango in the Townsville area.

stevebonzai says on February 9th, 2009 at 1:56 am:

Mamey Sapote IS ONE OF THE BEST.

Cherry says on February 14th, 2009 at 2:44 am:

i really love eating fruits, they are nutritious & yummy….

Scout Baxxter says on March 13th, 2009 at 11:40 am:

RE: M :) chocolate pudding fruit is the best (and so is frosty mango) It’s actually grown up near cairns same with the rambutan and dragon fruit is awesome as well. FYI sugar apples are custard apples my grandma grows them

Dexter says on March 19th, 2009 at 3:24 am:

the NONI fruit was left out as well, it can cure cancer. LOQUATS were left out as well these are the greatest fruits in the world they grow all over California, same with POMEGRANETS and the PRICKLY PEAR the GOOSEBERRY was left out as well. The PERSIMMON is a good fruit that is left out as well, it tastes like applepie. SAPOTE is good too. i dont know if SUGAR CANE is conciderd a fruit but its damn good to eat. JUJUBES are good. CHERAMOYA is good too. i like fruit…..

lilo says on April 7th, 2009 at 6:48 pm:

Doesn’t anyone like apples anymore ?

Sam says on June 15th, 2009 at 3:36 am:

Having lived in Mexico for about half of my life, I’m not surprised to have eaten most of these.


Soni4ka says on July 9th, 2009 at 9:18 am:

Wow,I don’t taste none of this fruits! I’m from Ukraine,and onse see Guava.Others:banana,pineapple,kiwi…And we eating our traditional fruits: apples,pear,apricot,peach,cherry,crab cherry,melon,crab cherry and etc. It’s so interesting item,thanks)

Norlinda says on July 10th, 2009 at 1:10 am:

In Malaysia, these fruits have similar names.
3. Nona
4. Jambu batu
5. Salak
6. Durian belanda
7. Chiku
8. Duku
9. Asam Jawa
10. Jambu Ayer

Liz Mohd Dun says on July 11th, 2009 at 4:17 am:

These fruits are easily available in markets around Malaysia. So if u wanna try them all, why not come to Malaysia instead? ;)
I’ve had all except for Ugli.
Another list and yet still no Tarab. Looking forward to another list!

Nimisha Khimji says on July 14th, 2009 at 9:05 am:

Sugar apples are called custard apples in India. They r very tasty and fleshy and naturally v sweet. also extremely fattening…

michaeL angeLo de castro says on July 16th, 2009 at 1:55 am:

hi..anyone here who knows the rattan fruit fruit? it’s also called as littuko on the northern part of the’s the sourest fruit’s also called the snake fruit..but it’s not the salak on malaysia and indonesia because it’s’s not’s real sour..but maybe they are on the same family..hmmp..and i’m wondering where i can find it here somewhere in metro, manila, philippines..

michaeL angeLo de castro says on July 16th, 2009 at 2:02 am:

i really have a hugh desire of looking for it..i even looked for it in baguio on the northern part of philippines but i was told that it’s not their season right now on their, i don’t know where i can find it..i really want and need to get some because my girlfriend has been craving for it so badly..and i’ll do my best to look for it and get her some so that i can make her so much happy..and the future of our love affair also depends on if anyone here knows where i would be able to get some here in metro manila or nearby, please reply to this message or would be better if you’re gonna send me an email to my email address that i’m gonna include ot the bottom of this message..hmmp..i’m really hoping to find and get/buy please help me..heheh..thanks..ü.. =c

someone. says on August 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm:

by the way everyone who is complaining about other fruits tht are not on here, they are on the first on which is called > 10 must try exotic fruits. there is a link after the last fruit under related posts. :D

ZEE says on August 13th, 2009 at 9:53 pm:

the tamarind is sour and sweet at the same time.. sorta good.

SoCal Hombre says on August 29th, 2009 at 6:07 am:

My all time favorite fruit is the guava, the varieties and taste difference seem endless. The feijoa is a close relative of the guava, with a pineapple strawberry taste with a hint of mint.

Casey says on August 31st, 2009 at 1:04 pm:

the Santol picture is wrong. What is shown is a duku.

TerrieCoons says on December 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm:

I want to know how does a person consume/ eat a pomagranate

baby says on January 12th, 2010 at 1:47 am:

loveee da sweet tamarind its sweet n sourrr!!!! :p

baby says on January 12th, 2010 at 1:48 am:

SRRY I WROTE DA WRONG EMAIL IN DA srryy! :P srry srry !!i feel awfulll

baby says on January 12th, 2010 at 1:49 am:

:( :0

edge me not says on January 29th, 2010 at 10:19 pm:

i live here in the philippines. most of the mentioned fruits above are found in here. i’ve tasted rose apple,santol,rambutan,lansones,sweet tamarind and sugar apple. tasted good. love it !

Skippy says on March 24th, 2010 at 4:03 am:

I love rose apples. They are delicious, and despite the comment, they have no core. You can eat the whole thing.

lololollol says on April 11th, 2010 at 1:59 pm:

i am vex were can u get the infomation

Poop says on April 13th, 2010 at 6:30 pm:

I wanna EAT IT ALL YeA !!! Have u ever tried pooop its GOOD yeaaaaa Goodbye Fattys

Hobo says on April 13th, 2010 at 6:35 pm:

im a hooooooobooooooooo yea

Bill says on June 6th, 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.

sylvia says on June 13th, 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

teddy westside says on June 21st, 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…

miamee says on June 26th, 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…

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

Sugar apples and custard apples are not the same thing

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

amazingly odd!

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

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

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

nyc fruits n sugar apple is mah favourite

maldita says on October 4th, 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

Abraham says on October 10th, 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.

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

i dont ^

Jerri says on January 10th, 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.

Thaha says on January 13th, 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.

Guy A says on January 17th, 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”

Borshon says on July 4th, 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………..

Fleur de liz Senora says on July 11th, 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!!!

matt says on August 9th, 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
4.Zapotillos (lamets)
5.Guanabana. many people say its seeds (soursop)
cure cancer
7.Guayaba we use it for Diabetes and (Guava)
prostate problems or
8.Anona the most delicious and rare (sugar apple)
9.Mamones Mamar is another perjorative(Langsat)
verb for to 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

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

Guava isnt that rare its like in evry drink Now!

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


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

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

Bryan says on May 17th, 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.


  1. Kathryn Elliott
  2. links for 2008-07-16 »
  3. Benjamin Harrison » Amusing Internet Phenomena
  4. Links Back to The Week That Was 7/20
  5. :::Media-Digest » Blog Archive » 10 Must-Try Exotic Fruits
  6. 10 MORE Must-try exotic fruits « MY INTEREST
  7. HotelClub
  8. Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
  9. Laura West
  10. macky
  11. Diana Rodriguez
  12. Banksy “Fruit For Thought…” « L.K.Thayer's Poetry Juice Bar
  13. Alexander
  14. Viv
  15. Mariana Calleja
  16. Produce Professor
  17. Produce Professor
  18. Gourmet Club
  20. Paul Paslaski
  21. Paul Paslaski
  22. What is this weird floral smell everywhere? | Attract Pheromones