10 fruits you might have never heard of

Sometimes, a nice bowl of fruit can be the perfect snack during the day. Whether you’re in the office or by the pool, it’s a healthy way of getting that craving for sweets you may be experiencing. However, the standard apples and oranges can get a little boring sometimes. So, in order to spice up that fruit salad, we’ve listed 10 fruits you might have never heard of that are still delicious and filling.

 

1. Dragonfruit

This fruit embodies the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Underneath a layer of rough skin lays a sweet and supple fruit that brings a pop of color to any bowl of fruit. While this fruit has an expotic appearance, its subtle and sweet taste is similar to familiar fruits such as kiwis and pears. 

 

2. Rambutan

At first glance, you might think this fruit resembles a sea urchin due to its spiky circular form. In reality, it’s a creamy and sweet fruit that is perfect for summertime. A rambutan hails from Malaysia and Indonesia, and is not only a delicious fruit but also has tons of health benefits such as antioxidants, iron, and calcium.

 

3. Goji Berries

You may be familiar with raspberries and blueberries, but have you ever heard of goji berries? They’re largely known as a superfood and can be consumed in many different forms including raw, dried, juice, or even sprinkled into smoothies or on top of your morning oatmeal. 

 

4. Acai

This fruit is taking the world by storm through the delicious and trendy acai bowl, but how much do you actually know about this special superfood? While it’s only getting its due now in the United States, the acai berry has actually been a staple in South and Central America for centuries. It’s packed with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and is a great way to manage your metabolism. 

 

 

5. Lychee

Similar to a rambutan, this sweet and fragrant fruit comes in the form of a small ball and filled with a creamy inside. It’s commonly used in desserts and teas, and its popularity has spanned further than its native home of Southern China. Once breaking through its bumpy red outer shell, this fresh and light fruit is a great mid-day snack.

 

 

6. Jackfruit

While Jackfruit may look like it hails from the cantaloupe or honeydew realm, this unassuming fruit is actually from the fig family. This tropical fruit is extremely large, and holds a subtle and sweet flavor similar to that of a pineapple or mango. Due to its meaty texture, it’s common for vegans or vegetarians to actually substitute meat for this one-of-a-kind fruit. 

 

7. Horned Melon

Perhaps one of the most unusual fruits we’ve seen, the horned melon has a bright yellow skin with small red spikes decorating it. Once breaking through the tough outside, you’ll be able to taste a mild and slightly sweet taste that’s perfect for those who don’t like the taste of overly sweet fruits.

 

8. Passionfruit

This tropical fruit is perfect for those who enjoy a blend of sweet and sour. Passionfruit holds a juicy texture filled with seeds, but don’t let that put you off. This fruit can be eaten alone, or can be turned into a delicious jam to add to yogurt or on toast. It’s truly a unique and versatile fruit.

 

 

9. Carambola

Also known as starfruit, this fruit is exactly what it sounds like. It’s shaped like an actual star and has both a sweet and sour taste that can fit any taste buds. What makes this fruit even more special is that there are different variations of the fruit, where one is sweeter while the other one is more sour. You can tell the difference based on the size of the fruit, where the larger one is sweet and the small one is sour.

 


10. Durian

Hear us out. Don’t let the awful smell fool you, because this fruit is truly unique and surprisingly expensive in some cases. Once you get over its fragrance, you'll enjoy a sweet taste and texture that’s reminiscent of a custard. Don’t judge a book by its cover!

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