Have you ever wondered what those strange-looking fruits and veggies in your local store are and how to eat them? Below is a short guide to seven tropical fruits and vegetables from around the globe worth trying!
Durian is said to be the world smelliest fruit, with a very strong aroma. It’s actually so strong that it’s banned on Singapore subways, as well as many hotels and airports in South-East Asia. But don’t let that scare you, the taste is delicious. The football-sized fruit is growing in tropical climates and have a very limited season and short shelf life. Cut the durian in half and scoop the edible flesh out of the husk.
This fruit is native to South America, Argentina and Brazil, and has a purple color, looking a little like a blueberry. The funny thing with them is that they grow off the trunk of the tree. Jabuticaba can be eaten raw or be used to make jellies and drinks, and is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants.
Pitaya, also called dragon fruit, is grown in Southeast Asia, South America and Mexico. It’s actually a type of cactus and is both sweet and crunchy, tasting like a cross between pear and kiwi. It’s loaded with different nutrients, such as vitamin C, calcium, antioxidants and fiber. Unsure if the fruit is ripe? Hold it in your palm and try pressing the skin with your fingers. It should be a little soft, but not too mushy. Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the flesh and eat, just like a kiwi.
Romanesco is an edible flower from the family that includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. It can be served raw, lightly cooked, or cooked through, and tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a nuttier flavor.
Rambutan has its origin in Southeast Asia, but has been imported around the globe and is now commonly cultivated in Mexico and on Hawaii. It has a hairy exterior, but when peeled away a tender, fleshy fruit is revealed. The taste is both sweet and sour, a little like a grape. Cut a slit in the skin and open it gently. Eat raw, but be aware of the stone in the middle.
The Kiwano is also known as the horned melon and is native to the Kalahari Desert. The taste is like a cross between cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit. However, the more it ripens the more it tastes like a banana. Cut it in half and eat with a spoon, add to a salad or drink it.
These berries are both delicious and juicy! Besides being nutritious they bring a cooling effect on the body. Perfect to beat the summer heat. They have a sweet as well as sour taste, depends on how ripe it is. Give it a little squeeze, and if it doesn’t collapse or leak, it’s eatable. Peel away the outer skin and eat the white, semi-translucent flesh inside. But keep in mind there is a large sees in the center of the fruit.
By: Henriette Danielsen