Fruits You Never Knew Existed!

Expand your health horizon with these cool fruits which you may not have heard of before. These are foods that don’t generally make the shopping list but deserve a spot in your basket thanks to the healthy benefits they provide. Take the test and see how many of these 11 foods you knew about!
 
Pitaya


This weird fruit is known by many by its more common name; dragon fruit. Though this fruit looks beautiful, the taste is well-known to be bland and boring with a bit of sweetness.
 
Horned Melon


This alien looking fruit looks even weirder once you open it up, and only seems to look good when you shoot it. It is also called the ‘African Cucumber’ which may be the case because its flavour has been compared to cucumbers and zucchinis, which the fruit resembles, but also bananas and lemons.
 
Akebi


This Japanese fruit comes from a plant that is actually considered invasive in New Zealand and some parts of the US. The white flesh of this plant is known to be sweet, but also insipid-lacking in flavour- so tends to be a bit dull and bland with a sweet aftertaste.
 
Rambutan


Related to the lychee, this weird fruit is found in tropical south-east Asian countries.
 
Black Sapote


This fruit definitely looks like its common name of chocolate pudding fruit. Grown in many parts of the world-including Australia-this fruit is known to have a very sweet interior. This would certainly make more people eat fruits if this apple-looking creation tasted as sweet as chocolate mud cake.
 
Hala Aka Puhala Fruit


From trees found mainly around Hawaii, the fibrous pieces of this fruit are sometimes used as floss as well as eaten raw or cooked. Each little section or leaf is called a ‘key’, which contains flavourful seeds. Unfortunately, the keys are very tough, making them much better as part of lei wreaths.
 
Salak


Known to make your mouth feel quite starchy after eating it, this fruit has a unique flavour of diluted pineapple with a mixture of lemon juice. To be fair this fruit looks more like a cross between a cockroach and an anteater.
 
Mangosteen


Again growing in south-east Asia, the soft inner fruit of this plant is similar in texture to oranges and another citrus, but tastes sweet and tangy.
 
Ackee


This is the national fruit of Jamaica and also part of its national dish, ackee and codfish. It is to be eaten cooked, as the unripe raw form contains hypoglycin, which is quite poisonous.
 
Buddha’s Hand


This is a citron, thus unlike it’s orange and lemon cousins, it has no pulp. The fact that it is basically all rind makes it great for zesting and making marmalades. 
 
Jabuticaba


The speciality of this fruit is that it grows on the side of a tree like little fruit barnacles. Looking like grapes, you should squeeze out the inner flesh and spit out the skin and the seeds.

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