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6 Weirdest Looking Fruits You Didn’t Know

Updated on November 14, 2012

What is the strangest fruit you have ever seen? If you thought that a custard apple or a mangosteen is weird, they are nowhere near to some of the weirdest looking fruits you will see below. One glance at some of these fruits and you may never want to eat them. However, though they look strange, some of them are the most delicious fruits you could have ever tasted. So, here goes the list of some of the weirdest looking fruits you could have come across.

1) Durian

If you thought that mango is the king of fruits, you probably have never heard of durian. Dubbed as the “king of fruits”, it is one strange looking fruit. The outer shell looks like that of a jackfruit, but spikier. Stranger than its appearance, is its smell. Well... I would rather call the smell disgusting. The disgusting smell can make you run a mile away. But, once you have gone past the spiky shell and the foul smell, you get a creamy and an amazingly tasty flesh.


2) Dragon fruit

I don’t think I need to say much about this fruit’s appearance once you have seen its picture. The fruit is native to Central/South America and it appears pink in color with green scales. Also called as pitaya, the fruit is not only juicy and refreshing, but also rich in Vitamin C and fiber. The fruit has a flavor similar to a pear, and has black seeds similar to a kiwi fruit. The best part of the fruit is that there is no extra effort required to eat this fruit. All you need to do is cut the fruit into half and scoop out the flesh. You can also cut it into pieces and add it to a salad.

3) Carambola

No, it has nothing to do with the game of tambola. Also referred to as star fruit, this fruit is a definite crowd puller due to its star-shaped appearance. This is a tropical fruit commonly found in countries like India and other South Asian countries as well as some Latin American and Caribbean countries. The fruit is increasingly finding its popularity in grocery shops across USA. A ripe fruit has a taste akin

4) Rambutan

Have you ever seen a pompom (the fluffy, decorative ball made of wool)? If you have, then this fruit can be easily confused for a pompom. This fruit is native to Southeast Asia. It is a popular garden fruit which is sweet to taste with a hint of sour taste. The flesh may be either pink or translucent white. The seed is known to be mildly poisonous if raw. But it is said that it is alright to use once it is cooked.

5) Kiwano melon

How shall I describe this fruit’s appearance? Let me just say that you may find it as an object from outer space if you see one of these melons. The fruit is native to Africa and is widely grown in Southern Africa. It is also currently grown in some orchards in California and New Zealand. The fruit is nicknamed as the horned melon due to its stubby exterior. The fruit is yellow on the outside and it encases a green, jelly-like flesh inside with edible seeds. The fruit has a flavor that can be compared to a mix of lime, banana and cucumber.

6) Physalis

The physalis is a fruit akin to a gooseberry. It is native to warm temperate and subtropical areas. It looks similar to a tomato but grows enclosed in a large papery husk. The fruit has a tangy taste similar to tomatoes. It can be either used in salads or can be used to prepare jams and jellies.

These are just some of the weirdest looking fruits you may not be aware of. Do feel free to add your list of weird looking fruits here.

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      Karthik Kashyap 2 years ago from India

      fruitluva: Thanks a lot for sharing the information :) They do look really interesting.

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      fruitluva 2 years ago

      These fruits aren't that weird if you are from the east... to most people they are actually quite common. These are some of the weirdest looking fruits I know. Also take in mind that there are different kinds of weird, from appearance, to color, to just plain weird.

      If you search the common name and nothing comes up then search with the scientific name(the words after the dash.)

      1. No common name - Prainea limpato

      2. Pindaiba - Duguetia lanceolata

      3. Amvout - Trichoscypha acuminata

      4. African Breadfruit - Treculia africana

      5. Junglesop- Anonidium mannii

      6. Mocambo - Theobroma

      7. Angled Rambai - Baccaurea angulata

      8. Anjily - Artocarpus hirsutus

      9. Pitangatuba - Eugenia neonitida

      10. Fox Araticum- Annona cornifolia

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      PlatinumOwl4: I would say so. Thanks again :)

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      platinumOwl4 3 years ago

      This article confirms my belief that the colonist have colonized everything even the existence of other fruits and vegetables, other than apples and oranges and cantaloupe.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      One of the strangest fruits is the Hands of Buddha fruit. Its orange colored and resembles an octopus. It tastes like orange or citrus fruit.

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      anonymous: Thanks a lot for sharing that :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Durians are one of the favorite fruits of Orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo. The smell is bad but it tastes good. The Kiwano or Horned Melon is said to be eaten by the Bushman in times of water scarcity. Kiwanos have a high liquid content and can be substituted for water. Mangosteens and Rambutans are delicious and are similar and related to Lychee. Custard Apples, Gunabanas, Cherimoyas and Feijoas are all wonderful fruits. One temperate North American fruit that resembles a tropical fruit is the Paw Paw. This is not to be confused with the Papaya which is tropical. Pawpaws are said to have a pudding like taste. Noni is said to taste bad and smell bad but is healthy. Common Guava and Strawberry-guava are delicious but the hard seeds in them should not be eaten as it can cause appendicitis. Otherwise they are healthy. Papayas, Mangoes, Java plum, Mountain Apple, Starfruit, Coco plum, Banana poka, Passionfruit, Breadfruit,and all melon varieties are wonderful. The watermelons from Molokai are said to taste the best. Molokai, Hawaii grows a great deal of mangoes. Another favorite of mine is Pineapple. Hawaii is famous for its Pineapples and Florida and California are famous for Oranges and citrus fruits.

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      tristan 4 years ago

      i knew the first two

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      Muhammad Ilyas 4 years ago from Pakistan

      yes. never seen them. thank you for introducing

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      sure MelChi.. I get a lot of star fruits in the city I live. Very tasty :) I wanted to try rambutan when I was in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the season was over.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow, I didn't know ANY of these fruits existed! I want to try them all! Thanks for sharing :)

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