For most of us, the phrase "tropical fruits" evokes thoughts of bananas, oranges, kiwis, and pineapples. Until then, tropical fruits were part of songs and cartoons, not grocery shelves.
Today, the borders between countries and continents have blurred thanks to transport and the Internet. It turned out that there are quite strange fruits in the world, which will be discussed below.
Kiwano. If a gourmet wants to taste something completely unusual, then Kiwano is a godsend for him. This fruit looks like a strange hybrid of melon and cucumber. And he comes from New Zealand. The length of the yellow or orange fruit reaches 15 centimeters. Outside, with its thorns, it does not in any way resemble an appetizing fruit, and its insides are also unusual. In addition, the green liquid is more appropriate for a dead alien than for a delicious fruit. The taste is somewhere between a banana and a cucumber. These fruits are both salted and sugar. Kiwano is used to make salads and cocktails. The fruit is quite low in calories, so it is the best fit for a diet.
Dragon fruit. Another name for this fruit is pitaya. Why it was named that way becomes clear from the appearance. From the outside, it may seem like some kind of image of a flame, created artificially in a modern style. In fact, the first mention of pitaya dates back to 1553. The homeland of this plant from the cactus family is Mexico and Central America. Today dragon fruit is successfully cultivated in Southeast Asia, China and even Israel. The fruit of the pitaya has a white flesh with black dots, and tastes very much like a watermelon. And they cut it in a similar way, in slices. The fruit usually weighs up to half a kilogram, but there are also twice as large specimens.
Durian. This fruit is known for having the most polarizing reviews about it. On the one hand, he is called the king of fruits. On the other hand, durian smells like a mixture of onions, sewage and rotting debris. With fruit, they will simply not be allowed into a public place. But durian also has its fans, and not only animals. After all, if you overcome disgust and close your nose, then the nutty-creamy taste will surprise you unexpectedly. It is no coincidence that durian is the most valuable fruit in Southeast Asia. The fruits can be up to 20 centimeters in diameter and weigh 4 kilograms. They have a hard shell and strong spines to protect themselves from animals.
Buddha's hand. This unusual fruit resembles a strange and elongated lemon. He has a rather thick rind, often only present. It is impossible to squeeze juice from the fruit, and the seeds are not always there. The main value of the fruit lies in its fragrant rind. Therefore, it is even used for making perfume with a strong citrus scent. It is almost impossible to eat the Hand of Buddha, since there is almost no pulp itself. But it is believed that the white core is not actually bitter. The yellow "fingers" of the fruit are often used for fish dishes or salads. Its other purpose is to serve as a household talisman. And the plant became known 6 thousand years ago, growing in Mesopotamia. Now Buddha's Hand is very popular not only in India, but also in China.
The fruit of passion. This fruit is much better known to us under the name of passion fruit. Her homeland is South America. Fruits of different types also differ in size. Some are the size of a pea, and there are large specimens, the size of a melon. Passion fruit has a very tasty juice, and the pulp is very appetizing. It is often added to various confectionery products, salads, jellies, ice cream. Some species of this plant have a poisonous peel, which contains cyanogenic glycosides. True, this does not prevent from making jams from the "right" types. Another feature of passion fruit is that it is an excellent natural aphrodisiac. True, scientists have not confirmed this fact, the beautiful legend continues to live.
Spiral palm. The scientific name for this plant is pandanus. His homeland is the islands of Malaysia. The fruits are used in many areas. This is the manufacture of paint, and just eating. In fact, pandanuses are not related to palms, making up their own family. Mature plants are often used to decorate home interiors. Only in dwellings the plant does not bloom, and therefore does not bear fruit. Curiously, pandanus seeds are spread by fish. They eat fallen fruits and carry them over distances.
Rambutan. This fruit outwardly resembles some kind of vegetarian egg. The tropical tree also grows in Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Indonesian word meaning "hair". The fruits of the tree are small, up to 6 centimeters in size. They grow in whole clusters up to 30 pieces. When ripe, the fruits are green at first, and then turn red. The rind is quite dense, but peels off easily. The pulp of the fruit is white and gelatinous. It has a pleasant sweet and sour taste. Rambutan is often eaten raw or canned with sugar. This fruit is very healthy as it contains many vitamins. But raw seeds are poisonous. But after frying, they can already be eaten.
Akebia is five-fold. This fruit is also called "climbing cucumber". It grows in Central China, Japan and Korea. The fruits look pretty interesting. It seems that they themselves are ready to eat someone. The pods are shaped like a sausage. Inside they are edible pulp. Although it is unpleasant in appearance, it is very fragrant and tasty, resembling raspberries. The plant also has a very useful stem. It contains about 30% potassium salts, which makes it an excellent choleretic agent. The fruits themselves grow up to 8 centimeters in length. But in New Zealand, this plant was banned, as it negatively affects its competitors.
Atemoya. In fact, this fruit is a hybrid of wild cherry and sugar apple. It spread from South America to Spain, France, India and Australia. The fruit looks quite intimidating like durian, but in fact it is smooth and soft like cherimoya. Atemoya is rightly considered one of the most delicious tropical fruits. Its pulp tastes like mango and pineapple. At the same time, it simply melts in your mouth, like sour cream or a delicate cream. Even Mark Twain wrote succinctly and succinctly about this fruit: "The very admiration." Fruit pulp is added to cocktails, salads, ice cream. Refreshing drinks are also prepared from the fruits. This fruit is famous for helping to bring down the temperature, treating dysentery. Bark tea helps with swelling. But the seeds of the plant are inedible, as they are simply poisonous.
Snake fruit. This tree belongs to the palm family. It grows in Southeast Asia. Its fruits are covered with a skin, which is very similar in structure to a snake. Hence the name of the fruit. And its shape resembles an onion. The diameter of the fruit is 3-4 centimeters, and it weighs from 50 to 100 grams. The pulp has a beige color. Although it is fragrant, the taste is quite specific and not everyone will like it. It has something of a banana or pineapple with a nutty flavor. The procedure for cleaning the fruit itself implies caution, because you can easily chop off all your hands. There are 1-3 inedible bones inside the fruit. Fruit is usually eaten raw. They go to compotes, salads, they are even pickled.