Posted on 12 September 2011.
Traveling around the world and going into different markets allowed me to better understand diversity. What we see as fruits in North America and Asia is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of other rare foods and lesser known fruits that we would never thought existing. This list examines 10 unique and rare fruits that we recommend you try before you die, especially when visiting Asia, Australia and tropical islands.
Better known as Snake Fruit, it is grown in Indonesia and Malaysia. The name Salak means bark. The fruit is covered in brown bark/skin which looks identical to snake skin. Eating it is easy as you peel the skin. It is one of the rarest fruits as it is not grown anywhere but in its native regions. All individuals who are buying it are warned against refrigerating the fruit as the skin tends to break.
Commonly known as the egg fruit, it originates from the Andean Region in Peru. It is also popularly used as an ice cream flavor in countries like Chile and Peru. It is rarely found in Europe and in North America, as an import.
This fruit is commonly found in South East Asia and is known to be the king of fruits in the region. It is large, has a special smell and is spiky. Many Chinese supermarkets sell this fruit, whilst major supermarket chains do not. They come frozen to prevent odors the flesh can emit.
4. Purple Mangosteen:
It is popularly grown in Malaysia and Indonesia. The rind is purple when ripe. When the juice comes into contact with clothes, the stain is permanent. The inner layer, which is white, is sweet and flavorful. Many are not aware that this food exists and it is not sold in major supermarkets around Europe and North America. In 2006, Puerto Rico started to grow a small amount of Purple Mangosteen.
5. Pink Banana:
We all know what a banana is. We also know that all bananas should be yellow when ripe and green when not. There, however, is another type of banana that people do not know about; the pink one. The person eating the banana should be warned against hard seeds which can chip a tooth.