Fruits make our world taste much better. These gifts of nature are fascinating because they are not only tasty, but also juicy, esthetical and diverse. Each region has its own ‘little secrets’ in terms of fruits and discovering all of them might be a life’s task. Imagine that a whole world of new tastes waits beyond your ordinary daily meals. Would you accept the challenge? Some smell amazing, some look weird and some seem to whisper ‘taste me’ from the plate. Take a look at this list of 10 delicious fruits you probably never tasted and tell me if I’m wrong!
1. The Yangmei or Chinese Bayberries
The Yangmei is an evergreen plant which produces delicious round fruits of a purple color. If you never went to Asia, than most probably you didn’t taste this great looking fruit, because it is specific to this continent, and especially to China. In case you were wondering, the Chinese bayberry, as it is commonly named, is sweet, very tart and it hides a single seed in the middle. The juice of Yangmei , known by the name of ‘Yumberry’ ,is being commercialized not only in Asia but in Eu as well.
2.The Marula nut or Jelly Plum
The marula nut grows in South Africa in a medium-sized, large-crowned tree. The fruit is very appreciated in the area for its tart, flavored taste, but also as main ingredient in alcoholic drinks. It is used in the African died as an important nutritive element since thousands years, for its nutritive properties as well as its enjoyable taste. While the fresh fruit is very rich in Vitamin C (8 times more than the orange), the nut contains minerals and oleic acid. The marula oil can be a tasty option if ever cooking in Africa.
3. The Sea Buckthorn or Sea Berries
Even though you have the greatest chances to find this plant in China, where 90 % of all world plantations are found, the sea buckthorn may be encountered on the sea coasts of Western Europe as well. The name of the plant tells a lot about it: this is a tree which grows around the seas because the salt in the air and in the soil has no effect on the sea berry but it stops other plants from growing around it. Furthermore, it possesses thorns which make harvesting difficult. The fruits are really acid and they can hardly be consumed as such. They are very tasty in jams, jellies, pies and juices.
4.The Duku Fruits
The duku is a tropical fruit which can be found in the South-Eastern Asia and, especially in Malaysia. It cannot be exported because it doesn’t remain fresh for a long while and it starts blackening after a day from being collected. The fruit is small in size and it is covered by a thick skin. Once removed, you may enjoy the sweet-soured taste of this Exotic fruit. That is, if you just have the chance to get your hands on one!
5. The Cashew apple
The cashew apple grows in Brazil and it cannot be transported due to its fragility. The cashew (or caju) apple is actually a ‘fake fruit’, while the real one is at the base of the apple. Inside the cashew fruit there is a nut which, together with the cashew apple, is the reason for which this tree is planted. The sweet taste of the cashew fruit has a very specific, tropical flavor and its juice is considered very refreshing. The cashew nuts contain a toxin which is eliminated through frying.
6. The Yuzu
This is a citrus from Japan, China Tibet and Korea. It is an orange –greenish fruit with some interesting particularities. For example this one of a kind citrus may be planted in cold places where temperatures descend many degrees under 0. Another aspects is that Yuzu is not usually ate as it is, but rather used(itself or the juice) in order to aromatize certain dishes, in the same way as lemons.
7. The Babaco
The Babaco has been planted in Ecuador a long time before the Europeans had discovered these lands. Nowadays, the plant can be found in New Zeeland and in The Middle East as well. It cannot bare extreme temperatures but it is though pretty tolerant. The fruits have an awesome aspect and the slice of the babaco is in the shape of a pentagon, which makes it very presentable. The fruits have no seeds whatsoever.
8. The Medlar
This fruit is characteristic mainly to the temperate parts of Europe. This is a strange kind of fruit because it is open at top showing its seeds and because it has to rotten before becoming eatable. The fully-grown fruit (to use a more delicate expression) should be soft, brown and with a specific aroma which it acquires only by ripening for a few weeks. This fruit was popular in the past when it was consumed by members of the high society at banquets.
9. The Quince
This Caucasian fruit is pear shaped, sour and astringent and too hard as to be eaten fresh. It has to be left to ripe for a few days. It can also be used in preparing sweets or drinks, because of the refined unique aroma they spread. In the Middle East, where this fruit may be encountered as well, quinces are used for preparing main dishes. These fruits are known in Europe since 900 years, and they are used in combination with apples for an explosion of flavors.
10. The Cassabanana
The Cassabanana can be found in South America only. It is a fast-growing plant which requires a large space as it can reach 15 meters in height; the fruits are also pretty big. While the green fruit may be used as a vegetable, once the Cassabanana is fully grown, it gets a reddish tone on the skin and a beautiful light orange color in the interior. Its taste is sweet and similar to that of a…well… banana!
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