Fruits are like nature’s candy. Did you know that fruit is designed to be attractive to us animals, so we’ll scatter their seeds about in our poop? Also, did you know that a strawberry isn’t actually a berry, but a banana is? In short, nature is weird.
If you’re getting bored with your bog-standard apples and oranges, then don’t worry, because I’ve lined up a list of fruits so unusual that you’ll just have to hop on a plane and seek them out. From fluffy, cotton candy-type flesh to peanut-like flavours, these fruits have something for everyone. Fruit salad, anyone?
The monkey orange
Native to Africa, these small, heavy fruits taste like a mushy mix of orange, banana, and apricot. What I can’t vouch for, however, is their texture. But hey, you can’t have it all, right?
Canistel flesh is sweet, with a texture often compared to that of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its colloquial name: eggfruit.
These megafruits might resemble primordial pineapples, but they’re far from extinct. One junglesop will last as a meal for several days, which is good, because they can get pricey, even in their native Africa.
The sugar apple
The sugar apple is the baby sister to the junglesop. It’s extensively cultivated almost everywhere in the world, except America. It’s so widespread, that it’s still unknown whether the fruit is native to Central America, the Indian sub-continent, the Philippines, or the Caribbean.
The cherimoya grows wild in tropical climates and is super sweet and high in sugar. They’re really popular in Hawaii, so you might be able to sample them next time you decide you want to take a trip to paradise.
This bizarrely tufted softball sized wild fruit hails from Southeast Asia. Its flesh tastes like a cream version of Juicyfruit gum. When broiled or fried, its large seeds taste like peanuts.
If you’re after a bit of a twist, you might try hunting for the sweet but slightly acidic bacupari. This wild South American fruit features in several Brazilian holistic cures, and is currently under scientific examination for its potential cancer-treating properties.
So there you have it. It turns out that the wonderful word of fruit is much, much more than the dull varieties you can find in the supermarket. So why not hop on a plane and seek out some of these incredible sweet treats? Your tastebuds will thank you.