There is so much biodiversity that it seems impossible to know all of it.. And so it is with fruits.
Regularly we only eat and enjoy the typical seasonal fruits of our region, but there are many that are even considered exotic and that we can hardly find in a local market.
There are many little known fruits, but this time we bring 20 fruits less known to the general public.. Some of them are not widely marketed due to their slow growth, and in other cases they are recently discovered fruits.
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Meet 20 of the lesser-known fruits
Some fruits have an exotic exterior and a sweet taste inside.. In this list of the 20 lesser-known fruits, you will find some that have an unappetizing appearance in some cases, but whenever you have the opportunity, do not fail to try them.
Like almost all fruits, they are sweet and are also very nutritious. So if you find them, enjoy them in their natural state. In some regions they are more common, but in other parts of the world they are totally strange and exotic fruits.
Akebia is a plant that produces a purple colored fruit.. It is a fruit native to China, Japan and Korea. It has a semi-hard rind with a pulp filling that tastes similar to raspberries, although the plant has a chocolate smell.
2. Finger lime
The finger lime is the most unusual of the citrus fruits.. It is a very small fruit, with a thin shell and inside with very small capsules, similar to fish eggs. These balls are easily burst when chewed.
3. Snake fruit
Snake fruit has a rind resembling snake skin**… hence its name. It is a very aromatic fruit and its flavor is confused between pineapple, banana and walnut. It has very small thorns that you can prick yourself with when peeling this fruit, so be careful.
4. Black sapote
The black sapote is this color that, far from indicating that it is spoiled, indicates its maturity.. The texture of the black sapote is like that of a bread, it has a very sweet taste similar to chocolate. This fruit is of Mexican origin.
5. Mexican sour gherkin
This sour gherkin looks like a tiny watermelon on the outside.. This fruit is not sweet, its flesh is more like a cucumber and tastes like a cucumber, but with a hint of lemon. It is a fruit native to Mexico.
6. Dragon’s eye
The dragon’s eye is a fruit originating from China.. Its pulp has a taste and texture similar to lychee, but with a hint of nutmeg flavor. Its thin skin is yellow, the pulp is whitish and the seed is black, so when it is split in the middle, it resembles an eye.
7. Tree tomato
The tree tomato is a fruit, although it belongs to the tomato family.. However, it is distinguished by its flavor, which is a combination of tomato and passion fruit. It is regularly used for desserts and garnish.
The yaca is a fruit of great size and combination of flavors.. Its origin is in Indonesia, although it is said that it is not widely consumed there. It reaches up to 35 kg in weight and has a very hard shell, inside the pulp has a mixture of banana, mango and pineapple flavor.
Durian is a fruit with a horrible smell.. Some say it smells like garbage, others like onions or rotten fish. But inside this fruit tastes nutty with cheese and a hint of banana, mango, pineapple and strawberry. This fruit native to Indonesia is forbidden to be taken on public transport due to its strong smell.
10. Red banana
The red banana is native to Ecuador.. This fruit contains more potassium and vitamin C than the bananas we normally eat. The peel is red, but inside it is similar to the common banana but with a raspberry or mango flavor.
11. Buddha’s hand
Buddha’s hand is a complicated fruit to eat.. This is because it has almost no pulp. Its flavor is similar to lemon peel. The shape of this fruit resembles a hand but with many fingers, which are used for salads.
12. Amazonian anon
This fruit also turns black when it is ready to be eaten.. Although the pulp is white, its exterior is dark when it can be tasted. Many agree that its flavor resembles a lemon pie.
Chicozapote is a little known fruit of Mexican origin.. It is a fruit with a very strange flavor, between root beer and brown sugar. Be careful when eating them because the seeds have a hook that could get stuck in your throat.
This fruit is very nutritious and has an exceptional flavor.. It is one of the few fruits that can be eaten in various stages, that is, when it is ripe and unripe. However, its flavor changes. When it is unripe, it tastes like freshly baked bread.
The copoazú fruit comes from the cocoa family.. Even used instead of traditional cocoa, it is an alternative to chocolate with a more intense flavor. It is one of the least known fruits, but it has a great flavor.
The jabuticaba is a fruit similar to grapes.. It is a tree native to southeastern America, and its fruits grow directly on the stem of the tree. It even has some medicinal uses, and is commonly prepared in jams.
17. Hala fruit
The hala fruit is native to Polynesia.. It can be eaten raw and cooked. Some people use it as dental floss and some parts are used to make necklaces. Medicinal properties are also attributed to it.
The Kiwano fruit is one of the least known fruits but it has a great flavor.. It has multiple names by which it is known as horned melon, African cucumber or jelly melon. The taste is similar to a cucumber mixed with kiwi and bananas.
19. Magic berries
From West Africa come the magic berries.. Their name is due to the fact that they have a peculiar property, just by eating one, whatever you eat next will have a sweet taste. This effect lasts about one hour.
Pitahaya is a fruit of American origin.. There are two varieties of red and yellow skin. The yellow one has a sweet taste and juicier pulp, so it is the most consumed. It is also a very nutritious fruit.