Give Boring Fruit the Boot

Next time you visit the produce section, try a new fruit! Photo by Caroline '13.

Next time you visit the produce section, try a new fruit! Photo by Caroline ’13.

Are you a fruit lover who is searching for a new favorite fruit? Are you tired of typical, store-bought fruits like blueberries and bananas? There are said to be up to 9,000 known fruits, some of which are fascinating, exotic fruits that most people don’t know about.

Over 7500 varieties of apples exist, and that’s only one fruit! You could have a different type of apple a day for 20 years, and you still wouldn’t get through them all!

If you are feeling adventurous and compelled to try new, peculiar fruits, here are some of the world’s weirdest exotic fruits.

Kiwano:
Kiwano is a combination of melon and cucumber from New Zealand. When you cut it open the fruit is an unexpected bright green color. This fruit is said to work great in salads! It has been reported that Kiwano has been found at Ralph’s.

Buddha’s Hand:
One of the oldest fruits in the citrus family, Buddha’s Hand is also known as a custard apple or a sugar apple because the rind tastes like a sweet custard. However there is no juicy pulp like other citrus fruits. The name is appropriate because Buddhists use this fruit in temples during religious practices. The shape is the oddest fruit shape I have ever seen: it looks like a bunch of yellow fingers that are about to grab you. The appeal of this fruit is due to the particularly strong citrusy fragrance that can be used for cooking purposes in drinks, pie crusts or anything that you would use lemon zest for. It is also used as a fragrance in rooms, so If you are looking to add some flare to your bedroom, this could definitely serve as a unique decoration. Buddha’s Hand can be found at high-end food markets such as Whole Foods Market.

Snakeskin Fruit:
The name says it all: this fruit looks like a clove of garlic covered in snakeskin. In fact, the outer peel has such sharp scales that cutting yourself on them would be like cutting your finger on the tip of a knife. Snakeskin fruit is a crunchy fruit tastes like a cross between an apple and a pineapple. Oddly enough, snakeskin fruit is found on certain small palm trees. They grow in Southeast Asia, and are available most of the year. So if you ever find yourself in Southeast Asia near a small palm tree and are feeling spontaneous, look for a fruit that looks like it is covered in snakeskin.