If you thought you knew just about every fruit there is and that none could ever leave you shocked – or cringing! – think again. Read on for seven fruits and veggies, that are widely described as some of the "weirdest" and "strangest" plant growths because of their appearance, taste, or growth pattern. Surprisingly, they are edible!
Weird food exit! There are many places in the world that are home to some unusual foods such as fruits. That's why if you happen to visit a tropical or exotic country, you should discover what its nature, culture and territory offer. In this article, we have listed seven fruits and veggies that are widely described as some of the "weirdest" and "strangest" plant growths because of their appearance, taste, or growth pattern.
Let's discover them together!
The Durian is commonly termed the "king of fruits." The reason for that remains unknown. One thing that makes this fruit most distinct, however, is that it has rather unusual features.
It has a thick and spiky skin that quickly discourages many from eating it. If you do manage to make a move towards the Durian, after all, you'll find that it even has a terrible smell!
Its taste is nowhere near normal either; unlike it looks, the Durian tastes creamy and like a custard blend of flavors that many describe as a mix of whipped banana and vanilla cream, with just a hint of onion.
The Jabuticaba is a tropical fruit native to Minas Gerais, Goiás and São Paulo states in Brazil. It bears the physical characteristics of a plum but the flavor of a grape.
What makes this fruit most distinct, however, is that unlike most other fruits of its size and kind, it grows directly on the trunk and branches of the Jabuticaba tree.
This yummy fruit can be eaten raw, processed into jelly, or even made into wine!
Yams are commonly large tubers of dark brown flesh with inner whites, and that makes purple yams, which have vibrantly purple flesh and insides, a strange sight.
Also, unlike the typical yam, the purple yam comes in small sizes and has a distinctly sweeter taste. The latter mainly causes many to mistake them for purple-fleshed sweet potatoes.
So the surprise comes when you cut the tubers open to find that they are purple all the way through unlike the purple-fleshed sweet potatoes.
Romanesco is native to Italy. This easy-to-cook vegetable makes this list because of its strange appearance – a cross between broccoli and cauliflower.
The romanesco is a spectacular sight with its natural fractal skin that almost makes it appear inedible. This vegetable's signature bright green color that ensures that it never goes unnoticed doesn't help matters either.
However, rest assured that it is edible!
The nutritional benefits of eating romanesco include obtaining vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and carotenoids.
The dragon fruit is named so because of the leather-like skin and prominent scaly spikes on its exterior. This fruit is most commonly purple, but it has a yellow variant that is more rarely seen.
The dragon fruit has grown to become one of the most popularly weird fruits on the market. Cut them open, and you find that the flesh inside it bears grainy dots that are, in fact, its edible seeds.
Unlike its appearance might suggest, the dragon fruit is juicy and regarded as a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
The pummelo is a large exotic fruit native to Asia. They have features that are similar to the grapefruit, which may cause some to mistake them.
This can be explained by the fact that they are the progenitors of the grapefruit. While these exotic fruits do share similar features, there is a lot more to the pummelo.
For one, its skin is thicker than that of grapefruits. They are also sweeter and have also been found to be rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
The Kiwano melon is not the most unsightly on this list; its exterior, which is usually orange in color, bears spikes which gives it its name, "The Horned Melon".
It is very but the tropical fruit with its insides juicy and of a light green color. When cut into half, the Kiwano melon looks like citrus fruits and yet has a sweet flavor commonly likened to a cucumber's.
When it's very ripe, you may even be able to detect a hint of banana flavor, too!