I should start this out by saying that I am THE pickiest eater and I typically refuse to try anything new. My sister, Nikki, however, got me into trying weird fruits and weirdly enough, I enjoyed the tasting experience. I should also add that some of the pictures are crappy because for some reason, I didn’t take a picture of the fruit as a whole.
The first fruit I bought was a cactus pear.
This was delicious! Definitely one of my favorites! It was very sweet and juicy. Some of my family members said the texture reminded them of dragonfruit. It was a very tasty treat and very easy to prepare. I cut off both ends and sliced down the middle and the rest simply peeled off.
The next fruit was ataulfo mango.
This is one of the fruits that I apparently decided not to take a picture of the whole fruit. It looked similar to a normal mango, a little more oblong and I thought it tasted similar, maybe a little more sour. You also prepare it the same as a mango, where you cut off the edges around the large seed. I personally liked it, but no one else who tried it liked it.
This next gooey-looking fruit is passion fruit.
Passion fruit very dark, blackish-purplish outer covering. I was told by a very kind lady, who came through my line at the grocery store I work at with passion fruit, that the more wrinkled the passion fruit is, the sweeter it is. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I took her word for it and got the wrinkliest looking ones I could find. (She sounded like she knew what she was talking about since she was telling me about the giant passion fruits in her native country. I’m not entirely sure what her accent was.) When Nikki and I cut them open, we said, “Eww,” and started comparing it to puke because that’s honestly what it looked like on the inside. We each took a spoonful, as did my nephew who also enjoys trying these weird fruits, and we naturally smelled it. It smelled delicious! It smelled very floral and sweet. We took a bite and it wasn’t too bad. It tasted very similar to the smell. It was very sweet and I would definitely eat it again.
This next lovely fruit is uniq fruit or ugli fruit.
The outside of the fruit is very ugly and looks like a beat up, dirtied orange. I looked on a few websites on the best way to cut it and a lot suggested cutting the segments in half and scooping it out. I cut it open to see a vibriant, juicy orange color. My sister, my nephew and I (we’re the normal tasters) each took a scoop. It tasted like a sour orange, similar to a grapefruit. This is one of my favorites. I occasionally will buy a few to have them for breakfast.
This strange, lovely looking one is a horned melon.
This one really caught my eye at the grocery store. I did what I always do and look up the different fruits on Google to be sure I pick a ripe one. When I got home, Nikki and I sliced it in half longways to reveal a gooey, green inside.
We thought it looked really cool on the inside and it had that cool, refreshing kind of smell. My sister, nephew, a friend and I each took a spoonful. In my personal opinion, I thought it tasted gross. We could all agree that it had a vegetable-like taste. I thought it particularly tasted like a cucumber and I am not a fan.
This fruit (the yellow one) is called a quince.
First of all, sorry for the terrible picture. Yet another one that I decide not to take a picture of it until after I cut it. This is one fruit that I will randomly see come in my line at the checkout every so often, so I decided to try it out. I looked up how to cut this one and a lot of websites suggested cutting the edges around the seed to make a square out of the middle (you can kind of see how I cut it in the picture). I didn’t particularly like the taste. It was very bitter and I just didn’t think it was a very good fruity snack. I have heard that it’s good in a jam.
This small, odd fruit is a feijoa.
To be quite honest, I don’t entirely remember the taste of this one, but I remember that I didn’t like it. I asked the others who tried it if they remember what it tasted like and they said that it reminded them of a melon in the taste and texture.
The next one is a papaya.
I unfortunately got an unripe one and Nikki and I didn’t realize this until we had already cut it open and was looking it up online. The outside was supposed to have a yellowish-orange color, but mine was yellow with a little green. Nevertheless, we still tried it. It was so gross. I have a rule in my mind that I have to swallow the fruit, but I just couldn’t. We tried the seeds because they’re edible, but it tasted like spicy paint and the fuit itself tasted like spicy soap (yes, that was our descriptions). Other than the taste, the seeds texture and look reminded us of fish eggs. The fruit itself reminded me of the texture of mangos. I might be willing to try it again if it was ripe, but I don’t know if I would buy it again in case I still didn’t like it.
This bumpy, green fruit is guava.
This one I did like (and it was ripe). This was one that I had been putting off buying, but I don’t really know why. I cut the fruit in slices. The inside was white with A LOT of hard little seeds (there are also red and pink guavas). The best way to tell if a guava is ripe is if it gives a little when you squeeze it.
So anyways, the fruit literally tasted like a floral pear. It tasted really good, but I wish that there wouldn’t have been so many seeds because they were very hard to eat. The rind is also edible, but I wasn’t a fan. It had kind of a waxy taste and feel, but overall I liked it.
This next exotic fruit is dragon fruit.
First of all, it is a very pretty fruit and just looks exotic. The first time I tasted it, Nikki bought it. I wasn’t overly impressed, but it wasn’t bad, so I tried it again. Now I love it! I figured out later that the white dragon fruit has a more bland taste and the red/pink/purple one is a lot sweeter and has more flavor.
The white one’s taste actually reminds me a little of a mix between a kiwi and a pear and the other is more of a kiwi. Both of their textures were basically a seedy kiwi. They’re also really good in smoothies!
The next fruit are lychees.
This was a very odd fruit. There are no knives needed, you simply peel it like an orange. The best way to describe the inside is slimy. There’s a white, slimy inside with a big seed in the middle. Find the reddest skin and the whitest inside for the ripest lychee. (I bought rambutans, which are very similar to lychees, and didn’t realize that they were overripe until I opened them.) The lychees smell very tropical and florally. We took a bite of what we described as an eyeball and we couldn’t decide whether we liked it or not. It tasted like it smelled, very floral. It was a strong taste, but I would probably buy it again.
Another fruit I tried around the same time as the lychees, are kumquats. They’re as cute as they sound.
These little guys reminded me of tiny oranges and the really cool thing is that you can eat the whole thing, skin and all. The seeds are technically edible too, but we didn’t eat them. I was aware that the skin is sweet and the inside is sour, but WOW! I like sour things. I can eat a lemon without puckering, but these were super sour. Nikki and my nephew, however, enjoyed them, so they ended up taking them home. The skin was kinda funny to eat. I don’t know if it was the fact that I felt like I was eating at orange rind, but it had a weird, almost chewy texture. The inside was literally like a super sour orange. Not so sure if I’ll ever eat them again, but I’m sure my sister and nephew will.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions. Or if maybe you’ve tried any of these, let me know what you thought about them. My sister and I will be starting a YouTube channel about the strange things we eat. Stay in tune for another post about the weird fruit we will be trying soon.