If you travel a lot in tropical countries, you are bound to encounter a lot of strange and exotic fruits! Ones, which you have never seen or heard before, leave alone tasting them. So far in course of my travels, I have encountered many such fruits, tasted them and collected information about them from the locals and made notes about them in my travel diary. Fruit baskets in UK sometimes have a couple of these fruits in them, but mostly these fruits are tropical and not seen much across Europe. These fruits are rich in minerals and vitamins and go a long way in keeping you healthy. These fruits help fight vitamin deficiency diseases and have been around for thousands of years in the tropics.
Here are some of my diary excerpts about the exotic fruits I came across when on a trip around a few tropical countries. While some of them have tasted like the best strawberry I have ever tasted to others plain watery and tasteless. Whatever be the taste, these fruits are truly rare – at least at other parts of the earth!
The list of these exotics is pretty interesting:
Grenadia – This belongs to the passion fruit family and tastes amazing. The fruit is high on flavors and less acidic than the other fruits of the class. Mainly, found in Northern Parts of South American continent, it is fun to peel and eat this fruit.
Mangosteens – You can call this fruit perfectly exotic! These are natively found in Southeast Asia. The outer crimson rind is soft and can be peeled away comfortably. Inside it is a white satsuma like fruit which is pulpy and melts into a very sweet and soft combination in your mouth. The taste is a real delight. Not close to anything you have tasted before!
Alphonso Mango – Crisply put, it is sweet, soft and heavenly! The soft pulp, the flavour and the texture is truly worth dying for! Found mainly in the Indian subcontinent, these mangoes taste the best when fully ripe.
Sweetsop – A sweet sop is sometimes referred to as the custard apple. When peeled off it tastes sweet and has a flavour unique to it. This is definitely one of the fruits that one cannot afford to miss out.
Jabuticaba – This is another exotic fruit that comes from Brazil. In the local language, it means a ‘fruit bud’. These fruits are unique because they are completely attached to the tree trunk. They look a bit like black grapes and are rich in phosphorus, iron and vitamin B.
On a side note, exotic fruits may not always overwhelm you with their taste. They may look great but may not taste that good. However, there are always exceptions