Top 20 Exotic Fruits You Probably Don't Know

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I was playing a game the other day, in which you have to come up with fruit that start with every letter of the alphabet. Apple, banana, cherry and that is about where I hit a blank.


Lucero D‘s insight:
If your family is anything like mine you are always looking for new and interesting foods to try.  The other day we had the opportunity to go to the largest grocery store in the world near (at least according to Travel Channel) Cincinnati, Ohio, called Jungle Jim’s, last week and we came upon loads and loads of exotic fruits we had never seen before.  My hubby got curious and started searching the internet for the name of a fruit that looked like a fuzzy strawberry.  The bin at the store wasn’t labeled so we had no idea what it was or where it was from.
Christine Vrey from made a list of 20 unusual fruits.  Some I’ve tried before but most I have not.  Turns out the fruit in question falls at number 11 on the list, the Rambutan.  The ones in the store were not at all as colorful or fresh looking as the ones in the pictures so I am glad we didn’t get any.
Another fruit from the list that caught my special attention was the Marula.  Before even reading the paragraph it dawned on me that this may very well be the source of the liqueur called Amarula.  Sure enough it is.  The fermented version of this fruit is very yummy indeed.  
My hubby had the privilege of trying number 2 on the list, the Pitaya, when we were visiting Barcelona, Spain in 2003.  He said it was one of the most delicious and interesting fruits he’s ever tried.  Unfortunately, I was working and didn’t get a chance to go with him to the market the day he found the fruit (and he didn’t save any for me :P).  
Needless to say, living in the Midwest US leaves us with very few exotic choices.  Thankfully, with advances in shipping and refrigeration there are more foreign fruits and vegetables becoming available in large retail settings.  There really is still nothing like fresh fruit, directly off the plant, in season.

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4 comments for “Top 20 Exotic Fruits You Probably Don't Know

  1. momto8blog
    April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    We too love to try new foods. My kids have grown up used to the idea of at least giving new foods a try, so they are always game…when their friends are over our house they look at the food and say no thanks!!!
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  2. Kiersten @ OMV
    April 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I love trying different exotic fruits–I just wish they were easier to find at the store!
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  3. Kimberly B
    February 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I love trying new things. We have a new grocery store in the area that has bringing in more of the exotic fruits and veggies so its fun to buy one and do the research on how to eat or prepare them.

  4. Helen Kempster
    April 18, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I thought that Dragon fruit was being exotic!!

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