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When you think about fruits, you usually think of the classics, such as apples, oranges, and bananas. You may think you know all the fruits that exist, including some of the stranger ones, such as the starfruit. However, did you know that there are many strange and less known fruits out there? For example, have you ever heard of the kiwano or the custard apple? Well, once you are introduced to some of these, you can try out them out, and they may even become your new favorite fruit!  

 

The first fruit is the kiwano fruit, or the African horned melon. The rind or “skin” of the fruit is made up of a lot of Vitamin C and fiber, so some people eat it to be healthy. In order to eat it, you must first rinse it in water, then slice it in half the short way, so that each piece is closer to a sphere than an oval. Then, you can either choose to scoop out the fruit, or squeeze it so that the fruit directly flows into your mouth. There is a large seed in each pulp, similar to a pomegranate, and you can either eat it or spit it out. Some other ways people use this fruit is by making it into Kiwano Salsa, toppings for meat, adding it into a fruit salad, and inserting it into a cocktail instead of using limes. 

Kiwano Melon

 

The second fruit is the mulberry, a fruit originating from eastern and central China. Their appearance is similar to that of a long blackberry, or a purple-pink caterpillar. However, unlike blackberries, they grow on trees. The leaves of the mulberry tree were originally meant to feed silkworm larvae, which were then used to make the treasured silk. There are surprisingly many health benefits of the mulberry: improved digestion, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, increased body circulation, and even help preventing some cancers! Its general taste is thought to be similar to a grapefruit. 

Mulberry

 

The third fruit is the cherimoya, coming from South America. Its appearance seems to be a cross between an artichoke and an apple, and the taste is said to be an astonishing cross between a banana, a pineapple, and bubblegum! To eat this fruit, simply cut it in half, and carve out the flesh inside. You can choose to use a spoon to avoid getting your hands messy, but many people are comfortable eating with just their hands. Be careful to avoid eating the seeds inside, as the seeds are poisonous. They can also be used in tasty desserts, such as ice cream and pudding, as well as, a variety of drinks, such as smoothies and juices.

Cherimoya

 

You may not have heard of the Korean melon either, and if not, you are missing out on this delicious fruit! On the outside, it is a relatively small yellow melon with white stripes running across it, similar to that of a watermelon. It tastes sort of like a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew melon and has a sweet smell. The procedure for eating this fruit is pretty much the same as eating a cantaloupe-you carve out the seeds, and cut the remaining fruit into individual slices to share.

Korean Melon

 

The dragon fruit originates from Central America. While you may have heard of this fruit, you may not know what it tastes like. Many have say it is similar to that of a bland kiwi. Its flesh is white, with many black seeds embedded into it. It is actually easy to eat the dragon fruit by carving out the fruit and slicing it into pieces. In this case, the seeds are completely edible, so you don’t have to worry about having to pick each and every seed out. It is often eaten with a kiwi, since its taste is so similar. 

Dragonfruit

 

Of course, there are probably many other strange fruits out there you don’t know of, but these are just a few of the strangest. If you find yourself interested in discovering new fruits, you might want to look up the durian, buddha’s hand, safou, salak, or the marula. Because these fruits are considered strange, you might be worried about where to find them. However, most are sold in local markets. Just ask the produce manager to point you in the right direction. Go ahead and taste these fruits, you’ll enjoy the new experience!

 

Sites:

https://www.more.com/entertainment/fun/10-worlds-strangest-fruits

https://www.wikihow.com/Eat-a-Kiwano-(Horned-Melon)

https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mulberry.html

http://www.everintransit.com/exotic-fruits/

https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mulberry.html

https://cookingontheweekends.com/how-to-eat-a-cherimoya-a-photographic-guide/

 

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