Exotic Fruits You Probably Have Never Heard Of

Fruits, if you take time to appreciate them, are the most perfect form of food our planet has to offer. Simply peel their skin (if needed) and you’re left holding a complete meal that’s not only tasty but filled with vitamins and minerals – how fruitastic is that!

Below are some fruits you probably haven’t heard of before:

The Cherimoya is a rare fruit that’s native to South America. It apparently tastes so good that it bears the honour of being branded “the most delicious fruit known to man” by Mark Twain himself! Looks like we Malaysians have been missing out. It has a soft, custard-like white flesh and is extremely sweet. The taste is a combination of banana, pineapple, and pear – some even compare the taste to Juicy Fruit chewing gum!

Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)
Ever seen a Guavasteen? That’s another name for Feijoa, an interesting pear-shaped fruit with a pleasant perfume-like aroma and roughly textured skin that’s slightly waxy to the touch. Also known as a Pineapple Guava, this exotic fruit is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. Ripe feijoas are eaten like a kiwi fruit. Simply scoop out the flesh and enjoy its unique flavour – best part is the seeds are not hard like a regular jambu (guava)!

Tamarillo (Tree-tomato)
Tamarillos come from South & Central America where it is commonly blended with sugar and water to be enjoyed as a refreshing juice. Health and refreshingly tasty, the fruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and minerals such as calcium, iron, and potassium. Today the largest producer of tamarillo is New Zealand where they will tell you to simply dig a spoon in and eat its juicy flesh raw!

Originally native to China, Loquats were cultivated and naturalised in Japan from where it spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, North America, South America, and the Mediterranean. This versatile fruit is small and pear-shaped with large seeds. Great for a snack anytime of the day, it tastes like a combination of peach and, mango with a touch of apricot – yum!

Specially for readers who have not grown up in Malaysia, meet our queen of fruits. Most Malaysians love and impatiently wait for the seasonal Mangosteen, also known as Manggis in Malay. An easy way to crack through the deep purple layer of its tough and thick outer skin is to squeeze it in between both palms. The succulent white flesh is not only delicious but contains anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants and vitamin C.

We hope this was a fruitful read, although we must say there’s nothing like getting to know these natural delights in the flesh. Join us at B.I.G. for our Fruit & Vegetable Fair happening from 24th August to 3rd September and pick them up yourself!

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