10 Unusual And Unique Fruits and Vegetables

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Here are some unusual and little known fruits and vegetables that some of us may have never heard of before. Just because they aren’t as common as others, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be good to try!

Has anyone ever tried growing some of these?

 

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Jabuticaba

Jabuticaba is the size of a plum with the flavor of a grape.  Unlike most fruit this one grows directly on the truck and branches of the Jabuticaba tree. The fruit can be picked and eaten raw, made into jelly or fermented to make wine.

 

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Kiwano Melon

It originated from Southern Africa.  It has a yellow, stubby horned exterior that encases a bright green, jelly-like fruit with edible seeds.  It has a citrus flavor that some think is a mix of cucumber, lime and banana.

 

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Dragon Fruit

This fruit has a bright pink outer rind with green scales (may also be seen with a yellow skin).  It originated in South America where is can be known as the pitaya. The center of the fruit is a white or red sweet-tasting pulp that is juicy and refreshing. It has a taste that is light like a pear with crunchy black seeds like a kiwi.  They are used in desserts, jelly and jams or as garnish in the cocktail.

 

Purple sweet potato

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This potato is native to the island of Okinawa, Japan and often call “Okinawan sweet potato”. It is a great source of vitamins A and C just like the regular sweet potato.  On the outside it is a tan color and looks very much like an ordinary sweet potato.  When cut into the insides are a dark, rich purple color.

 

Durian

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Durian is a fruit that people either love or hate.  It originates from Southeast Asia and has a thorny husk and a distinctive odor when opened up.  If you can get past the smell when opened you are rewarded with a custard-like fruit with the flesh red or pale yellow, depending upon the species.  The flavor has been compared to banana and vanilla with a hint of onion.

 

Buddha’s Hand

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Also called “Fingered Citron” it is juice-less and seedless.  In Asia it is used mainly as a perfume for homes and clothing.  Buddha’s hand is one of oldest citrus fruits and inside the fruit there is no flesh, it is all rind and pith.  This fruit is not really for eating but is used in candy or baking, it is also used to give a citrus flavor to liqueurs and other sprites.

 

Salsify

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Also known as Goatsbeard is popular in Europe and the southern United States.  It is the pungent root that is eaten so leave the flowers and stems out. Because it tastes somewhat like oysters this fishy-flavored root os added to soups and stews.

 

Paw Paw

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Paw Paw is the largest edible fruit in America. It grows on a deciduous tree that ranges from 12 to 20 feet tall. The fruit can weigh from 5 to 16 ounces and can grow up to 6 inches in diameter. The larger versions can become very plump, similar to a mango. A ripe Paw Paw has a thin skin and becomes soft.  It can be used in making jelly and jams.

 

Monstera Deliciosa

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The Monstera Deliciosa originates from southern Mexico and Panama. It is used more as a house plant than an edible plant, but its culinary uses are highly known. It has a rather pungent odor that emits as the kernels ripen and pop off; once they do the sweet pineapple-like flesh can be consumed.

 

Mexican Gherkins

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These miniature cucumbers (yes, they look like tiny watermelons) have an especially sweet taste and emit an audible crunch when you bite into them. You can eat them raw, but they taste better pickled.

 

 

If you have tried any of these please let us know what you thought about them.

 

 

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