Durian derives from Malay-Indonesian ‘duri’ which means “spike.” Considered to be the ‘king of fruits’ by Southeast Asians, the large fruit has a pungent odor likened to ‘sweaty gym socks’. The thorn covered outer body encases the soft, fleshy yellow colored edible fruit. Alfred Russel Wallace, famed naturalist described the fruit as a ‘rich custard with the flavors of Almonds.’ The overpowering smell of durian has led to its banishment from certain hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia.The smell emanating from the edible flesh of durian evokes an extreme reaction from food lovers, some consider it as pleasant fragrance while others are revolted by the smell which reminds them of putrefied flesh or rotten onions.
Alfred Russel Wallace, famed naturalist described the fruit as a ‘rich custard with the flavors of Almonds.’ The overpowering smell of durian has led to its banishment from certain hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia.The smell emanating from the edible flesh of durian evokes an extreme reaction from food lovers, some consider it as pleasant fragrance while others are revolted by the smell which reminds them of putrefied flesh or rotten onions.(source)
7. Miracle Fruit.
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The Miracle fruit is grown in West Africa. The fruit got its name due to its astonishing ability to make sour fruits taste like sweet when their juices are mixed. The miracle is brought about due to a molecule called miraculin. The miraculin works by changing the shape of the sweetness receptors on your tongue. Although the molecule succeeds in distorting the taste of the food, it does not alter the chemical composition of the sour fruits. Caution is advised as it may cause high acidity in your body. The fruit by itself has a mild tangy taste and an edible, but bitter seed hidden inside the fleshy part of the fruit.(source)
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Queen Victoria once offered 100 pounds to anybody who could get her fresh fruit! The fruit of the Mangosteen is well protected by a hard shell. The shell has to be split and cracked open before it can be enjoyed. The edible flesh is juicy, tangy and sweet. Mangosteen is available in Southeast Asia, Southwest India and in other tropical countries such as Peurto Rico and Florida.
British-born Malaysian author Desmond Tate wrote: ”By popular acclaim, the mangosteen is held to be the most delectable of all the tropical fruits, and it has been proclaimed their queen. There is no doubt about the luxury of its taste. It has won unstinted praise down the ages from all who have encountered it.” (source)
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Langsat is part of Mahogany family and bears an edible fruit. The fruit can be elliptical, oval or round. they resemble potatoes and are borne in clusters. Langsat is found in Southeast Asia, Bhutan and India. The small, translucent edible flesh is sour when unripe but turn sweetly delicious when ripe. The fruit is eaten raw or can be bottled as syrup.Since they are found in clusters, they are often cultivated by shaking the tree. (source 1, 2)
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Cherimoya is most popularly known as ‘Custard Apple.’ cherimoya grows throughout South Asia,Central America, South America, California, Hawaii, southern Europe, East Africa, and northern Africa. Mark Twain once referred to the Cherimoya as “the most delicious fruit known to men.” Some suggest the fruit tastes like a blend of banana, pineapple, peach, Papaya and strawberry. The fruit is soft and gives when pressed. Cherimoya is normally chilled and eaten with spoon earning another nickname of ‘The ice cream fruit.’
11. Aguaje Fruit
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Aguaje fruit or Moriche palm is a palm tree. The tree yields a red-scaled, yellow bodied flesh. The red scales must be peeled away to get to the flesh. The fruit is eaten by scraping the flesh ,which separates it from the large embedded seed. Aguaje is used in the making of jam, juice, ice cream and wine. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin A and Vitamin C. It finds its use in the treatment of burns as well. Aguaje is grown in Amazon rain forests. It has been found in Trinidad, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guinea, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. The popularity of the fruit has led to faster chopping down of the trees than they can grow. (source 1, 2)
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Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, sometimes weighing as much as 80 pounds. The tree can produce 100 to 200 trees a year. Jackfruit belongs to breadfruit and marang family. The tree is found in South and Southeast Aia. Archeological findings suggest that Jackfruit was cultivated in India 3000 to 6000 years ago. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh. The thick fibrous buttery flesh is said to possess a starchy flavor. The fruit can be eaten raw or fried and consumed as crackers or chips. The jackfruit tastes like a cross between apple, pineapple, mango and banana.(source 1,2)
13. Monstera Deliciosa
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Monstera Deliciosa, unlike its name, is not a monster. It almost looks like an ear of corn than a fruit. It has a scaly exterior and a pineapple like flesh. The skin of the fruit must be flaked off gently. Monstera deliciosa takes almost a year to ripen and be safe for consumption. Unripe fruits are toxic and should not be eaten. The ripe fruit is the only safe part, the other parts of Monstera deliciosa are poisonous.
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