Lifestyle,  Nature

15 Incredible Fruits That You Didn’t Even Know Existed

‘Frui’ is the Latin word for enjoy. This word gave rise to another word ‘fructus’. This word means enjoyment of produce. This is the actual source of the word ‘fruit’. When you hear the word fruit we immediately think of apples, bananas, oranges, etc. All these fruits are great and help our bodies greatly.

These are all the most common fruits that are available on our planet but what about the ones that are not available everywhere. What about the fruits that you have never even heard off. This is what we’ll be discussing today with some fruits that you didn’t even know existed.

Durian Fruit

Many call it nature’s Redbull as it is an instant energizer and helps with reducing stress as well as anxiety. This is the official fruit of Singapore and is high in carbohydrates and calories. It works better than glucose to energize an individual instantly. Unfortunately, it is ‘the world’s smelliest fruit,’ and is banned on many types of public transportation. The smell has been described as rotten onions or raw sewage.

Pawpaw Fruit

This is the largest edible fruit that grows in North America. Many have stated that it can taste like both mango as well as banana. In nature, it is found to be 5-16 centimeters in length and 3-7 centimeters in width. It can weigh from around 20-500 grams and is filled with seeds. Being very rich in protein it is consumed on its own or made into ice cream. Its flowers give off a rotten meat type of smell.

Peanut Butter Fruit

This fruit is native to Venezuela, Peru, Guyana, and Colombia. It is identified by its leaves that look silvery on the underside. It smells and taste like peanut butter and that is why it was given this name. It is usually used in making jams as well as jellies. It is very high in calcium, vitamin C, and carbohydrates.

Miracle Fruit

The reason this fruit is called the miracle fruit isn’t that it does miracles upon consumption but due to the glycoprotein molecule present in it called ‘miraculin’. This causes the fruit to taste sweet when in fact it is quite bitter. Miraculin blinds the taste buds and we get a sweet sensation in our mouths. This fruit is low in sugar but gives a mildly sweet tang and has been used in the treatment of diabetes.

Monstera Deliciosa

The name of this fruit that is native to Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala in English means ‘delicious monster’. The reason it is called that is that if it is consumed before it is 100% ripe it will cause throat and skin irritation. Once the fruit is ripe it is said to be delicious and the leaves of the plant look like the hands of a monster. This is how the fruit got its name.

Black Sapote

This fruit is also known as the ‘chocolate pudding fruit’. It is called this because it has a distinctive taste of chocolate pudding when the fruit is ripe. It looks like a tomato and is 5-10 centimeters in diameter. It is found in the Phillippines and is known to contain four times more vitamin C than an orange. When the fruit is unripe it is used as a poison for fish.

Snake Fruit

The reason why this is called the snake fruit is that it has reddish-brown scaly skin like a snake and is prickly like a cactus. When this fruit is peeled it looks like peeled garlic. Many have compared the texture to be like an apple and it can be either crumbly and dry or in some cases crunchy and moist.

Rambutan

This fruit is mostly found in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. These fruits are oval in shape and are covered with fleshy spines. People who have eaten the fruit say it tastes like grapes and is soft with a whitish or pinkish hue. The seeds are also edible when cooked or can be eaten raw. This fruit only ripens while on the tree.

Granadilla

This fruit is well known for being very aromatic and is found on the Andes Mountains. The fruit has an orangish color and is 5-7 centimeters in diameter. It has been described as being aromatic and sweet and in many places is known as ‘sugar fruit’. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It is imported to counties like Canada, Belgium, and the United States.

Mangosteen

This fruit is usually used to be found in Southwest India, Southeast Asia, and is now also found in Colombia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. It has been described to have white juicy flesh and it has a sweet and tangy taste. It is known for being fragrant and is 4-6 centimeters in diameter. The peels of this fruit are used as natural dyes in Indonesia.

Soursop

For quite some time this fruit has been promoted to be an alternative treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, there is no medical evidence to support this claim. This fruit is said to have a unique flavor as it is a bit acidic when ripe. This is why the fruit is called ‘soursop’. It is found in Central America and the Caribbean. The pulp is used for a number of things such as ice cream flavorings, fruit juices, candies, smoothies, etc.

Breadfruit

The name of this fruit comes from the fact that when it is cooked it resembles freshly-baked bread but tastes like potato. This fruit is native to the South Pacific and is also a staple food in many countries. The properties of this fruit are quite unnatural as it is 71% water, 27% carbohydrates, and just 1% protein. It is a good source of vitamin C.

Blue Java Banana

The fruit is known locally as the ‘ice cream banana’ as it resembles a banana while having a sweet aroma and vanilla-like custard flavor. The fruits are 18-23 centimeters in length. These fruits are grown as ornamental as well as shade plants. These fruits look quite unique due to their bluish coloration when unripe.

Physalis Fruit

It looks like a small tomato and is encased in a delicate, papery husk that covers the fruit. Over 40 unique species of this plant grows in Mexico. It is also called ‘cape gooseberry’ or ‘goldenberry’. It is relished by locals who live on the mountain slopes of Chile and Peru. It is used as a garnish for desserts in many restaurants.

Martillo

The name is in Spanish and it means ‘hammer’ as the fruit has a very hard exterior as a coconut. Its most common name is ‘lotus fruit’. In many Asian cultures, the plant is held in high regard. The seeds are consumed as food while in other parts it is used as traditional medicine. The seeds are very rich in vitamins B, dietary minerals, and protein.

Source: TP