Delicious Fruits You Wish You'd Tried Sooner

Annona Squamosa

The Sugar Apple is known for its custard-like taste
The Sugar Apple is known for its custard-like taste

Mouth Watering Fruit

So you've heard of apples and pears, oranges and bananas, pineapples and watermelon but what you don't know is there is a world of fruit out there just waiting for you! Once you get to know about them, your ideas about fruit will change completely!

Today I will tell you a little bit about fruits that are native to the Caribbean. Do not hesitate to try them if you have the chance for you just might discover that a fruit which you had never tasted before, and existed all this time, was so good!

The Annona squamosa or Sugar Apple is a common fruit in the Caribbean. It is sweet and sugary and somewhat milky or custardy in taste. The skin is inedible and one has to break it open to get the pulp inside.


Carambola

Star Fruit better known as Five Finger in the West Indies
Star Fruit better known as Five Finger in the West Indies

Another fruit which is well known in the Caribbean is the Star Fruit/Star Apple/Carambola which is commonly known as Five-Finger because of the shape of the fruit. It looks like five fingers bunched together. It is sweet with a slight tang, crisp and juicy and can resemble a pineapple's taste slightly (I am measuring sweetness and juiciness here) but it is much more crunchy for want of a better word. Needless to say it is lovely! However, there is a danger in eating this fruit if you suffer with kidney problems.

Malay Apple

The Pomerac, when ripe is a rich red color. Here it is in its fullness, ready to pick
The Pomerac, when ripe is a rich red color. Here it is in its fullness, ready to pick

If you have never heard of Pomerac,or Malay Apple, you don't know what you are missing. Like the Star Fruit, it is juicy and sweet with a tangy side-note, however it's texture is softer and smoother.

Manilkara Zapota

The Sapodilla is a favored fruit in the Caribbean
The Sapodilla is a favored fruit in the Caribbean

There are many other fruits which are delightful in their own way. The Pommecythere, or the Golden Apple, is a sweet but sharp fruit with a big seed in the middle. It is also known as the Java Plum and is often used in chutneys. Sapodilla, is a soft sweet fruit. The sap from the Sapodilla Tree is used to make chewing gum.And last but not least, the Guava. The fruit is tasty when ripe or when just beginning to ripen. It is used to make delicious jams and jellies. Guava Jam is the most favored jam in the Caribbean.

All of the fruits named have their own unique flavor. Some are loved more than others. It is always good to try out new fruits. Why don't you give one a try?

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Dardia 6 years ago from Michigan

Mmmm! The only one of these that I have had is the star fruit. I haven't even heard of the others. Would love to try them.


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heymcs 6 years ago from Utah and DC

Yum! Would love to try some of these now. Sometimes I see a new 'food' and don't know what to do with it. I especially like the Malay Apple!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

There's no mistaking by their looks. I grow the trees that bear these fruits. In our dialect, the sugar apple is "atis", star fruit- "balimbing", pomerac- "macopa", sapodilla- "chico". I boil the leaves of the macopa to lower my blood glucose. The ripe fruit when eaten raw has the same effect on diabetics. I'll memorize their new names. Thank you!


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North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now) Author

@ Lita C. Malicdem you are welcome! I too will memorize those names. I never knew pomerac leaves could lower blood glucose. That is so great! Thanks for that!


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magnoliazz 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Living in Wisconsin, our most exotic fruit is the kiwi, but once in a great while, you will see something strange in the grocery store. I am going to try something different next time I see it!

Weight Watchers allows you to eat all the fruit you want, so there is no longer an excuse not to be eating fruit.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

@ Magnliazz Funny thing is I was always hesitant to try Kiwi and when I did, I loved it! I am sure you will love the new ones you seek out...some maybe not so much. I am the first to admit when I don't like a fruit but these get my approval.


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Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wow, I'm definitely going to try out some of these fruits sometime. I always love trying out new and exotic foods. Great blog btw the way! Thumps up!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hey Miss Lil' Atlanta! These fruits really are very delicious. Thanks for reading and for the thumbs up!


crisduhfer 5 years ago

I've had them all as I grew up in Panama but the one I miss the most is the Malay Apple (aka Rose Apple). I've been looking for these in the farmer's markets and foreign markets whenever i go. Maybe someday i'll find some!!! :)


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi chrisduhfer! I do love the Malay Apple as well especially when it is a hot day and the fruit is chilled. I never eat it without adding some salt and black pepper. Yum! I hope you find some someday :)


Ben Sarmiento 5 years ago

Ms. Malicdem,

May I share with you my interest with "Yambo" as distinguished to Macopa. Yambo, which I believe is what they call "pomerac or malay apple, as we call it in our place in Mindoro, has a slightly different texture and taste as compared to Macopa. By the way, what province are you from?


Rae 4 years ago

They are all amazing and can ALL be found in my birth country of Trinidad & Tobago.


Nancy 4 years ago

I am from south Trinidad and we have these fruits in abundance but I never knew the uses for some of them. This was really helpful. My neighbor always gives me a huge bag of star fruit and I sometimes don't know what to do with them. I also never knew that pomerac fruit and leaves can lower blood glucose. I have to pass this info on. Really great blog!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Rae, I am glad you are familiar with all of these lovely fruits!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for reading. I am glad you enjoyed it.

It surprised me as well to know that about Pomerac. I am glad that you found this to be of help. I wish my neighbor would give me a huge bag of star fruit. They are just so tasty!


Pappy Bloom 3 years ago

No one has mentioned the "Paw-Paw" custard fruit (Asimina triloba )or the "American Persimmon" (Diospyrus virginiana). They both are in my top ten fruits..


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello, Pappy Bloom.

I love paw-paw. It is one of my favorite fruits. I have never tasted Persimmon but I am dying to. I actually have wanted to use Persimmon vinegar for quite some time but cannot find anywhere that sells it. Thanks for mentioning these two great fruits!

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