10 Must-Try Exotic Fruits

    No break in paradise is complete without a super-sized bottle of SPF 30+, a good page-turner and an unlimited supply of strawberry daiquiris. But there’s one other thing to complete your island sojourn; something which lives at the breakfast buffet. We’re talking about exotic fruits; they’re weird and wonderful and seriously worth trying. So, forget apples and oranges, we’ve hand picked our top 10 exotic fruits for your eating pleasure.

    1. Rambutan
    Native to the Malay Archipelago, Southeast Asia
    Got a sweet tooth? Look no further than the rambutan – a sweet and juicy fruit that looks like a lychee. It’s a popular garden fruit tree and one of the most famous in Southeast Asia.

    2. Jackfruit
    Native to southwestern India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Sri Lanka
    If you like pineapple, you’ll love jackfruit. You can get it canned or as sweet chips. Yum.

    3. Passion fruit
    Native to South America
    No explanation required for this one. What’s not to love about passion fruit?

    4. Lychee
    Native to southern China
    If you’re looking for a little extra Vitamin C, can we interest you in a lychee martini?

    5. Star fruit
    Native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka
    If pineapple, apples and kiwi fruit get your vote, look no further than the star fruit. It comes from the carambola – a species of tree with pink flowers grown even in the US. The golden-yellow fruit is crunchy and sweet.

    6. Mangosteen
    Native to the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas
    The mangosteen is an evergreen tree that produces oddly-shaped fruits that taste like citrus with a hint of peach. Rich in antioxidants, some scientists suggest mangosteen can lower risk against certain human diseases like cancer.

    7. Kumquats
    Native to China
    The kumquats or cumquats are small edible fruits that look like oranges. They’re often used in marmalade, jelly and alcoholic drinks. The Taiwanese add kumquats to their teas, while others boil it and use it as a remedy for sore throats.

    8. Durian
    Native to Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia

    You won’t find this one at the breakfast buffet, but we’re including it because it tastes divine. Also known as the ‘King of Fruits’, durian has a very particular odour, a unique taste and a hard husk. Having a disagreeable smell that’s compared to sewage, the fruit is forbidden in hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia.

    9. Dragon fruit
    Native to Mexico and Central and South America
    Dragon fruit (also known as strawberry pear or pitaya) is a fruit of several cactus species with a sweet delicate taste and creamy pulp. The most common dragon fruit is the red pitaya. Juice or wine can be obtained from the fruit, while the flowers can be eaten or used for tea.

    10. African cucumber
    Native to Kalahari Desert, Africa
    The African cucumber (also known as horned melon or melano) is like a melon with horns. It has dark green pulp that tastes like bananas, limes, passion fruit and cucumber. It’s often used for decorating food, but also as an ingredient in smoothies and sundaes.

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    279 comments on “10 Must-Try Exotic Fruits”

    1. Farook says on September 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm:

      I’ve eaten mangosteen,star fruit, jack fruit and rambutan out of these 10 fruits.All is very tasteful.. One kind of star fruit is also used for pickle and here in Kerala jack fruit before becoming fruit is used for curry and upparichwala (mixed with salt)..

    2. Judy says on September 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm:

      Dragonfruit are wonderful. Don’t they also grow in S.E. Asia?

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    4. TheNocturnalChef says on October 2, 2011 at 4:24 am:

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    5. Ove says on October 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm:

      After eating fresh mango in Manila in the Philippines i have to say its my favorite fruit, it can not be compared with the imported mango i can buy here in Europe.

    6. Someone says on October 4, 2011 at 1:08 am:

      Yummy

      I ate durian and i puked… The smell was overwhelming
      Lol but all the other fruits are delicious in my opinion.
      Love Mangosteen

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    10. Bangkok Foodies says on November 4, 2011 at 5:24 am:

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    11. indra says on November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am:

      Am from Guyana and we have some of the best fruits in the world

    12. Farouk says on May 28, 2012 at 5:02 am:

      Excellant website! Sydney – Australia :)
      Lovely Fruit, I have Mango, Dragon Fruit, Pineapple Guava, Figs, Peach, Apricot, Loquat, Brazilian Berry, Brazilian Grape (jabuticaba),
      Irish Strawberry (Arbutus Unedo), Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, RED Banana, Olive & of course apple, pears, orange(normal), Lemon etc I have brought an Achacha as well rescently LOVE MY GARDEN! (& like little guys, like broad beans, snow peas, mint, basil, thyme etc).

    13. Farouk says on May 28, 2012 at 5:09 am:

      Excellant website! All yummy fruits! Haven’t met a fruit I don’t like other then the poisonous ones haha! Live Sydney – Australia :)
      Lovely Fruit, I have Mango, Dragon Fruit, Pineapple Guava, Figs, Peach, Apricot, Loquat, Brazilian Berry, Brazilian Grape (jabuticaba),
      Irish Strawberry (Arbutus Unedo), Persimmon, Caco Chocolate,
      Ice-Cream Bean, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, RED Banana, Olive & of course apple, pears, orange(normal), Lemon etc I have brought an Achacha as well rescently LOVE MY GARDEN! (& the little guys, like broad beans, snow peas, egg plant, mint, basil, thyme etc).

    14. jacob says on June 28, 2012 at 11:48 am:

      yah! the starfruit in the philippines are so yummy, i could almost die wanting for more especially with salt dipped in it… oh! just try and you’ll heavenly die!

    15. Hachi says on August 4, 2012 at 1:40 am:

      in CHina kumquats are called ‘Jin ju”. they are sweet and slightly bitter on the skin and inside is a bit or too sour for you. Mangosteens are a favorite of mine. I’ve tried the durian and it tastes like mangoes and bananas. I just love star fruits.

    16. Ellie says on August 26, 2012 at 12:48 am:

      I am from Jamaica and have eaten most of these fruits which grow there. I have had soursop, honey apple, guava, star fruit, jack fruit, lychee, sapodilla and kumquat and found them quite interesting. My favorites, however, are guava, sapodilla and custard apple which someone referred to, but it was not included in the list above. I do respect each person’s opinion re the taste of each fruit because some are “exotic” as one might have to really acquire their taste to enjoy them. Those of you who have not experienced them, search them out, taste them – call it a “fruit tasting adventure” if you will. I will be looking out for those that I have not tasted and if on my first taste my reaction is “UGH” then I will be somewhat more knowledgeable for the experience but of course, will move on to something else – what’s there to lose?

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    18. Reem says on February 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm:

      My favorite fruits are dragonfruit, mangosteen and Rambutan. Yummyyyyy I had those in Thailand during my honeymoon

    19. those fruits comes from Indonesia says on April 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm:

      man, you wrong mentioned, those fruits comes from Indonesia: Rambutan, its in indonesia language, in english mean hairy fruit.
      Star fruit
      Mangosteen
      Durian/the “King of Fruits”, only from indonesia, its in indonesia language, in english mean spines fruit.

    20. Josh says on April 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm:

      Don’t forget the Quince guys. The true and age-old apple of love.

    21. Durian says on May 19, 2013 at 11:30 am:

      Durian comes in different taste depending on its Kind Here in Davao ( City in Philippines ) we have more than 5 kinds of Durian . We have some bitter Durians , some are bland but the folks here always buy the sweet kind of Durian .

      If you’d like to eat one don’t rush yourself , savor it a little by little and you’ll be used to the taste .

    22. imran says on June 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm:

      you people forget the best fruit in the world is mango………………………..mangoooooooooooooooooooooo the best and most tastiest……………..

    23. Zoe Lee says on August 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm:

      Ive tried most of these! :)

    24. AWSUMNES says on September 19, 2013 at 3:39 am:

      0.0 ive never heard of most of these :P
      ive had starfruit a few times and it tasted…. a little bland i thot. i stumbled across this because i am looking up fruit as a theme for my portfolio, i probly wont use any of these but i thot they looked interesting ^_^ i wonder if ill ever try any of the others….

    25. Shahriar says on November 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm:

      I love lychee !! and also like this site.

    26. Jeffrey says on January 18, 2014 at 10:17 am:

      Mangosteen is by FAR the best fruit in the world. Nothing even comes moderately close. I remember boarding a non-stop flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles with about 3 kilograms of mangosteen, and was told I would not be permitted to bring them through customs in LA. I responded, “they will be gone by then.”

      If you try it for the first time, do not bother unless the inside is nice and white. The yellowish looking ones are old and would ruin what should be one of the best flavors you’ve ever had in your life.

    27. ana says on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm:

      Well, I am Mexican and I tried Durian. Me and my two kids and two brothers. I was the only one who could passed the smell. The flavor for my taste buds are like mango, pineapple, kiwi and orange! Too much flavor! Happy to tried something different!

    28. Mari says on March 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm:

      Turian fruit has an extra ordinary taste in it. I used to havea turian fruit daily whenever season is available.

    29. Jake says on May 7, 2014 at 5:28 am:

      I think my favorate is dragon fruit. I first got it from tescos and have liked it ever since.

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