This strange-shaped fruit is a citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections. It grows in Asia, usually on a shrub or on a small tree on the thorny branches. It could be used in a variety of salads and other cooked foods, due to its taste, which is not bitter like other citrus. The fruit also may be used as religious subject in Buddhist temples. It’s believed that Buddha prefers the “fingers” of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer.
This fruit has a lot of names: kiwano, horned melon, African horned cucumber, hedged gourd, jelly melon. It’s native to Africa, but also grows in California, Chile, Australia and New Zealand as well. In California it’s widely-known as Blowfish fruit. Although it’s edible, kiwano is mostly used as decoration food.
The carambola, also known as starfruit, is native to Southeast Asia, but it could grow on any tropic place all over the world. Its name derives from its unusual shape: when it’s sliced it is like five point star. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium and acid
Pitaya is the fruit of several cactus species. In different countries in Asia it has different names: dragon fruit, dragon pearl fruit, and strawberry pear. The flash, which is similar to kiwi due to its black seeds, is eaten raw, and it shouldn’t be used with strong-tasting food. It taste sour and refreshing, hence it’s loved by hikers.
This alien-looking fruit is native to Southeast Asia, as the most of the strange fruits on this list. It has several names, like: Indian mulberry, beach mulberry, cheese fruit, dog dumpling, pace, etc. Although not accepted by conventional medicine, noni fruit is used in traditional medicine to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities and urinary tract infections.
The monstereo, windowleaf, Mexican breadfruit, Swiss cheese plant, ceriman, fruit salad plant, monster fruit, or whatever is its name is most common known as monstera deliciosa. It’s vine plant native to Mexico and Panama. It could grow to amazing 20 meters tall. The fruit is up to 25 cm long, looking like a green ear. It’s used for making baskets to remedy for arthritis or snake bite.
“The King of Fruits,” as it is well known in Southeast Asia, is famous for its thorny husk and very large size. Its odour evokes different reactions: from admiration to disgusting. Those who don’t like it say that it smells like rotten onions or gym socks. However, its taste is more appreciated. There are 30 durian species, but only about one third of them are edible
The fruit is known as bottle gourd, but also as opo squash, calabash or long melon. It can be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, when it could be used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. Bottle gourd grows in tropical areas all over the world. So, it’s part of a lot of national cuisines and it’s used in a variety of household activities.
Yangmei (yamamomo, myrica rubra, kanji, katakana, Chinese bayberry, Chinese strawberry tree) is native to Southeast Asia, mainly China. The tree is mostly used as ornaments in parks and gardens. The knobby fruit has wonderful red color and sweet and tart taste. In the middle there’s a seed, with a diameter of a half of the whole fruit.
The dulse grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s great source of minerals and vitamins and has high protein content. It grows attached to the rocks in Ireland, Iceland and Atlantic Canada. It has large leafs, colored from deep rose to reddish purple. Strange but true, it can be eaten directly from the rocks where it grows. In Iceland people eat it with butter, but also it can be used in sandwiches, soups, pizza, etc
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