It is no secret that fruits are delicious. They can cut cravings, fill you up, and open your eyes to so many exciting flavors. Typically, we hear about or have our kitchen stocked with typical fruits like grapes, oranges, apples, and bananas. However, while we are stuck in the rut of eating thees typical fruits every day, we are actually missing out on so many other flavors and exotic tastes.
Adding in tropical and exotic fruits to your home can introduce you to flavors you never thought of and open your eyes to recipes using dragon fruit syrup that you would not learn about without trying. Below are some amazing tropical fruits that you should try and a description of what they look and taste like so you know what to look for next time you are at the store.
This fruit is typically found in Southeast Asia but it can also be found in places like Columbia, and if you know where to look, Puerto Rico. Mangosteens smell very sweet and provide you with a tangy, juicy bite. Each piece (it is similar to orange slices on the inside) is very juicy and fragrant. It has white-colored slices on the inside and the fruit is covered with a rind that is a deep maroon color when it is ripe.
Do not let their weird look keep you from trying these tasty fruits out. On the outside, they look like a mixture between a lemon and an orange while other strains are large and purple. Purple passionfruits are typically the ones that people will buy to eat while the orange ones are used for juices. Inside of these fruits, you will find a host of hard, gray, crunchy seeds that are covered in a slimy film; this is where the juice is found.
The two fruits mentioned above are fairly easy to get your mind around and convince yourself to eat as they look similar to most of the fruits you generally have in your kitchen. Rambutan is a fruit for those who are a little more adventurous and ready to try something totally new. It is native to Malaysia, Thailand, the Phillippines, Vietnam, and Borneo. It has a tough outer shell, similar to those of a coconut, which is covered in what looks like long green grass. Once you cut this shell open you will find a white fruit. It is sweet and juicy with a tart afterbite. This may be exotic here, but it is as common to cooler climate countries as apples are here.
Lychee is native to China though it has been grown in Hawaii for about a hundred years now. This tiny purple fruit looks much like a large grape. It has a scaly purple peel that gets peeled off to reveal a white fruit on the inside with a seed in the middle. You can pop it right in your mouth and eat the white fruit and spit the seed out. It is often said to taste and feel much like a grape, though it is a bit sweeter and more tart than your typical grape would be.
Jackfruit is believed to have originated from rain forests in India thousands of years ago and has crept through Southeast Asia over time. It is a very popular food over there and is the largest tree fruit in the world growing up to 80 pounds in weight and 36 inches long.
This is another fruit for those people who are a little more adventurous than others. It is often referred too as a corpse fruit because, unlike most sweet-smelling fruits, it has an odor that smells like rotting meat. If you can get past the smell, you will find a fruit that is surprisingly filling and even sweet. It is a fruit that you are either going to love or absolutely hate; there is rarely any in-between.
Any one of these fruits are amazing options to try. They will open your mind and teach you more about the amazing world around you and show your taste buds what they have been missing out on for so many years.