Tired of eating the same boring fruits offered at your local grocery over and over again? Want to spice up your next smoothie bowl and try something new? Look no further than this list of six strange and exotic fruits to incorporate into your next dish.
This small Asian fruit may look pretty unappetizing from the outside, but don’t be fooled. Though it resembles a sea urchin at first glance, inside is a sweet fruit with a creamy texture and light floral notes. Rambutan works well in fruit salads with mangoes, dragonfruit, lime, kiwi, or pineapple.
Recipe idea: Rambutan martini (https://cookingontheweekends.com/rambutini/)
Also known as African Cucumber due to its bright green flesh, the horned melon is something you’ve never seen at the local grocery store. Once you get past the spiky, orange exterior, you will find pulp that tastes like a combination of banana, cucumber, and lemon. It is typically served with ice cream, but you can also add it to your morning smoothie for a dash of unique flavor.
Recipe idea: Grilled beef with horned melon sauce (https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grilled-beef-with-horned-melon-sauce-recipe-1910220)
Passionfruit is nothing new for many of us, but have you heard about banana passion fruits? Native to South America, this fragrant fruit is juicy and sweet with notes of banana and a tangy bite. It pairs well with other fruits such as mango, orange, strawberries, and papaya. In South America, it is often enjoyed in milk smoothies or as an ice cream flavoring.
Recipe idea: Banana passionfruit cheesecake
Whole jackfruits aren’t something you’ll often find at your local grocery store. Weighing in between 30 and 50 pounds and the size of a small child, these massive fruits are often broken down into portioned packages for cooking. Its light flavor is often mistaken for being bland, but the meat of the jackfruit takes on the flavor of the ingredients it’s cooked with. Jackfruit has become a popular meat substitute among vegetarians and vegans, as the cooked flesh resembles pulled pork.
Recipe idea: BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwiches (https://minimalistbaker.com/bbq-jackfruit-sandwiches-with-avocado-slaw/)
At first glance, the mangosteen looks like it was pulled straight from a cartoon. This round, bright purple fruit is a staple in southeast Asia, where it is often sold by street vendors as a snack. Its light, refreshing flavor is reminiscent of peach or banana and it pairs well with vanilla, butter, citrus, apple, and watermelon.
Recipe idea: Thai-style Mangosteen Clafouti (https://www.thespruceeats.com/thai-style-mangosteen-clafouti-3217363)
Although it may look pretty intimidating on the outside, the Snake Fruit is a delicious blend of apple, pineapple, and banana. Its honey-sweet taste comes with an acidic finish, making it perfect to pair with nuts and cheese on a charcuterie board. In Indonesia, it is often sold by street vendors who peel it and serve it with salt or sugar.
Recipe idea: Pickled Snake Fruit (https://www.thesnakefruit.com/recipes/delicious-snake-fruit-pickle/)