For most of us, the phrase “tropical fruits” brings thoughts of bananas, oranges, kiwi, and pineapple. True they entered into our life relatively recently. Before that, fruits from the tropics were part of songs and cartoons, not grocery stores.
Today, the borders between countries and continents have worn off thanks to transport and the Internet. It turned out that there are quite strange fruits in the world, which will be discussed below.
If a gourmet wants to taste something very unusual, then a kiwano is a godsend for him. This fruit looks like a strange hybrid of melon and cucumber. And he comes from New Zealand. The length of the yellow or orange fruit is 15 centimeters. Outwardly, with its spines, it does not at all resemble an appetizing fruit, and its interior is also unusual. In addition, the green liquid is more appropriate for a dead alien than for a mouth-watering fruit. The taste is something between a banana and a cucumber. These fruits and salt, and sugar. From kiwana they make salads and cocktails. In the fruit, there are few calories, so it is the best for a diet.
Another name for this fruit is Pitaya. Why he was so called, it becomes clear from the appearance. From the outside it may seem some kind of image of a flame created artificially in a modern style. In fact, the first mention of Pitaya dates back to 1553. The native land of this plant from the family of cacti is Mexico and Central America. Today the dragon fruit is successfully cultivated in Southeast Asia, China and even Israel. The fruit of Pitaya has a white flesh with black specks, and to its taste very much like watermelon. Yes, and cut it in a similar way, lobules. The fruit usually weighs up to half a kilogram, but there are also twice as large specimens.
This fruit is known for having the most polar reviews about it. On the one hand, he is called the King of Fruits. And on the other, the durian smells like a mixture of onion, sewer and rotting debris. The fruit is simply not allowed into a public place. But there are durian and their fans, and not just animals. After all, if you overcome disgust and close your nose, then the nut-creamy taste will surprise you pleasantly. It is no coincidence that durian is the most valuable fruit in Southeast Asia. Fruits can reach 20 centimeters in diameter and weigh 4 kilograms. They have a hard shell and strong spines to protect themselves from animals.
Hand of Buddha.
This unusual fruit is like a strange and elongated lemon. He has a rather thick skin, often only she is present. From the fruit to squeeze out the juice can not, and the seeds there are not always. The main value of the fruit lies in its fragrant crust. Therefore, even spirits with a strong citrus smell are made from it. There is a Hand of the Buddha almost impossible, because there is almost no pulp there. But it is believed that the white core is not really bitter. Yellow “fingers” of fruit are often used for fish dishes or salads. Its other purpose is to serve as a household mascot. And the plant became known 6 thousand years ago, growing in Mesopotamia. Now the Hand of the Buddha is very popular not only in India, but also in China.
Fruit of passion.
This fruit is much better known to us under the name passion fruit. Its homeland is South America. The fruits of different species vary in size. Some – the size of a pea, but there are large samples, the size of a melon. At passion fruit is very tasty juice, and the flesh is very appetizing. Often it is added to various confectionery products, salads, jelly, ice cream. Some species of this plant have a poisonous peel, which contains cyanogenic glycosides. However, this does not prevent the jams from making “right” species. Another feature of passion fruit is that it is an excellent natural aphrodisiac. True, scientists have not confirmed this fact, a beautiful legend continues to live.
The scientific name of this plant is pandanus. His homeland is the island of Malaysia.Fruits are used in many areas. This is the manufacture of paint, and just eating. In fact, pandanuses are not related to palm trees, making up their own family. Adult plants are often used to decorate home interiors. Only here in the dwellings the plant does not bloom, and therefore does not bear fruit. Curiously, pandanus seeds are spread by fish. They eat fallen fruits and carry them to distances.
This fruit looks like some kind of vegetarian egg. The tropical tree also grows in Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Indonesian word meaning “hair.” The fruit of the tree is small, up to 6 centimeters. They grow up to 30 pieces in whole bunches. When ripe fruits have a green color first, and then turn red. The rind is quite dense, but easily separates from the peel. The flesh of the fruit is white and gelatinous. It has a pleasant sweet and sour taste. Rambutan is often eaten directly raw or canned with sugar. This fruit is very useful, because it contains a lot of vitamins. But the seeds in the raw form are poisonous. But after frying, they can already be eaten.
This fruit is also called “climbing cucumber”. It grows in Central China, Japan and Korea. Fruits look pretty interesting. It seems that they themselves are ready to eat someone. The shape of the pods resembles sausage. Inside of them is an edible flesh. It though and unpleasant externally, but very fragrant and tasty, reminding raspberries. The plant also has a very useful stem. It contains about 30% of potassium salts, which makes it an excellent cholagogue. The fruit itself grows up to 8 centimeters in length. But in New Zealand this plant was banned, as it adversely affects its competitors.
In fact, this fruit is a hybrid of cherry and a sugar apple. He from South America spread to Spain, France, India and Australia. The fruit looks quite intimidating, like durian, but in fact it is smooth and soft, like cherimoya. Atemoyia is rightly considered one of the most delicious tropical fruits. Pulp it to taste like and mango, and pineapple. At the same time, it just melts in your mouth like sour cream or a gentle cream. Even Mark Twain wrote about this fruit in a capacious and laconic way: “The very admiration”. The flesh of fruits is added to cocktails, salads, ice cream. Fruits are also prepared with refreshing drinks. This fruit is famous for helping to bring down the temperature, treats dysentery. Tea from the bark helps with swelling. But the seeds of the plant are inedible, since they are simply poisonous.
This tree belongs to the family of palm trees. It grows in Southeast Asia. Its fruits are covered with a peel, which is very similar in structure to the snake. Hence the name of the fruit. And its shape resembles an onion. The diameter of the fetus is 3-4 centimeters, and it weighs from 50 to 100 grams. The flesh is beige in color. Although it is fragrant, but the taste is rather specific and not everyone will like it. There is in it something from a banana or pineapple with a nutty taste. The very procedure of cleaning the fruit implies caution, because it is easy to cut off all hands. Inside the fetus there are 1-3 inedible bones. Fruits are usually eaten raw. They go for compotes, salads, they even marinate.