Some fruits don't grow in your backyard, so unless you travelled the world, explored all the places, the is a good chance you probably don't recognize one of these fruits, let alone know of their existance. Let's find out how far you come.
This tropical fruit comes from Southeast Asia. Its brownish shell is covered in little spiky points and resembles the skin of a snake, hence its other name, snake fruit. Inside you find usually two to three lobes with a large seed. It has a sweet acidic taste.
The shape of the Buddha's Hand is a bit strange, like an octopus gave birth to a lemon. Originating from China and India, it's fingerlike resemble depictions of the Buddha.Usually the fruit is used for fragrance and ceremonial purposes. It can also be eaten, but due to lack of pulp and juice, mostly candied like sweets.
With its roots in India and Sri Lanka, this berry looks like (guess what) an apple composed of wood. With a pungent smell and sweetish or sour taste it's usually made into a beverage, or pickled.
With origins in Southeast Asia and Northeastern Australia, this red fruit with small spines has a mild taste and mostly used in Vietnamese celebrations. Sticky rice is cooked with gac to produce "xôi gấc".
Native to Brasil, this dark purple fruit with white pulp sprouts directly from the trunk. It has a sweet taste and commonly eaten raw, but because it starts to ferment after 3 or 4 days, they often get turned into jam or liquor.
Also known as monkey fruit has its origins in the Indian continent and throughout Southeast Asia. It has a sweet and sour bite and is highly nutricious. It can be eaten raw, but mostly processed into curry or chutney.
West Africa is where it calls home. This small, red berry, after eaten, transforms everything acidic into a sweet taste. That is because of the protein miraculin, binding to the taste buds, changing its reaction to food.
Strawberry Tree Fruit (Arbutus Unedo)
Domestic around the Mediterranean region and parts of western Europe, this fruit taste like aprocots and guava. Can be eaten raw or made into jam, liquor and flavoring for desserts.
Naturally from Malesia, eastern Australia and the Pacific Islands, it resembles a giant pinecone. The inside is very pulpy, with a sweet juice, therefor it's chewed and not swallowed. The fruit is composed of up to 200 wedge-like parts, called keys and can have orange, yellow or red colors with green on top.
Originated from tropical West-Africa, this bright red to yellowish-orange fruit, is a main ingredient in many Caribbean dishes. When ripe, this fruit has a texture like scrambled eggs, has a subtle, nutty taste. Although it can be eaten raw, the fruit is mostly used for cooking. Be cautious, ackee is poisonous when the fruit is not ripened.