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Unless you live in Asia or Africa, the fruits, which we will tell you about later, are not familiar to most of us. While Europeans and North Americans are accustomed to what is considered the “standard fruit” (bananas, apples, blueberries, and so on), people in many countries know almost nothing about them. For them, apples and blueberries are exotic fruits. However, the point is that the exotic fruit is relative. In any case, for most of you, twenty-five fruits, which we describe below, are the strangest fruits in the world.
It is one of the most famous fruits of Southeast Asian endemic Indonesia. (But, if you live in the west, you've probably never seen this fruit).
Aki is endemic to West Africa, but was introduced to Jamaica during the slave trade and today is an important part of Caribbean cuisine.
This fruit, which is often called simply Jack, is the largest fruit in the world born on a tree.
Palatine citron (Buddha’s hand)
Finger citron is often used in Asia in perfumery, medicine and various rituals.
This fruit is endemic to China and according to historical records, has been cultivated for over 2,000 years.
This South American fruit, used to make butter, jams, ice cream and even wine, is known for its multi-purpose nature.
Black Papa or Kaffir Lime (Markut Lime)
This Asian fruit is also called kafir lime, however, the term “kuffir” is offensive in some nations, therefore, the term papa black-leaved is recommended instead.
This fruit is also known as fruit-ice cream, as it has a similar structure. Mark Twain described this American treat as “the most delicious fruit” known to man.
This fruit first appeared in Italy. The shape of this fruit led to the name "cauliflower".
This fruit, which is the main source of nutrition in Micronesia, has many uses and can even be used as a dental floss!
This fruit, highly valued for its juicy, tender flesh, has been grown in Southeast Asia for thousands of years.
Despite the fact that in several states in the United States, akebiah is considered an invasive plant, it is popular in Japan. Some aged people may recall how in childhood they extracted these fruits in hilly areas.
This fruit, endemic to Java and Sumatra, is also called the snake fruit because of its scaly outer layer.
This fruit, endemic to both Americas, has a texture comparable to a tomato, but it resembles strawberries in taste.
Annona mesh or Custard Apple
This fruit grows in subtropical regions. In order to eat it, you need to cut it in half and scrape out the white flesh with a spoon.
Momordica Kokhinkhinskaya (Gac)
Due to the fact that this Vietnamese delicacy grows only over a very short period of time, mainly in December-January, the Komarbe Momradika is usually served only at ceremonies such as weddings.
Kivano (Horned Melon)
Although it is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, this fruit is grown throughout the world and in the USA it is known as a puffer fruit for obvious reasons.
This beloved fruit, endemic to Mexico, grows on a cactus and blooms only at night. It is commonly known as Pitaya.
These Caribbean trees, on which fruits with an exceptionally sweet and intoxicating taste grow, die very quickly if the temperature drops below zero.
This is another Caribbean fruit, popular for its use in milkshakes, smoothies and ice cream. It is most popular in Central America, in the south of Florida and in the Caribbean.
Despite the fact that it looks like an orange, in fact, kumquat is much more solid. These citrus fruits can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
This fruit, cultivated in the Amazon, is known for its unique flavor, which resembles a mixture of chocolate and pineapple. However, to taste it looks more like a pear with a banana.
Momordica Kharantia (Bitter Gourd)
Not all fruits are sweet. This fruit is grown throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean due to its extremely bitter taste!
Carambola, also known as “star fruit” due to its sectional shape, tastes like a mixture of apple, pear, grape and citrus.
Despite the fact that he is known for his pleasant taste, this fruit smells awful. In fact, these fruits smell so bad that in many Asian institutions (and public transport) they were banned.