6 Different Types of Exotic Fruits
by Kathy Wang
These fruits come from all over the world. Some of them can be bought in the US, but some of them cannot. However, I have tried all of them. Here is my interpretation on the exotic-ness of these fruits, with 1 being the least exotic, and 6 being the most exotic.
Native to Southeast Asia, Pomelos are cantaloupe sized citrus fruits that look like huge grapefruits. Their taste isn’t too different from grapefruits either. It tastes orangey, slightly sweeter and less bitter than regular grapefruits.
Also known as carambolas, these fruits originate from Sri Lanka and are native to other Southeast Asian countries. They have a waxy skin that is edible, and has a similar texture to grapes, except they are crunchier and firmer. Starfruit are described as tasting like green apples when unripe, and being sweet with a tart undertone when ripe.
Lychees have a pinkish reddish shell on the outside of its juicy, white flesh. They originated from China and are still extremely popular among east and south Asian cultures to be eaten fresh or in dessert dishes. They taste like a more floral and sweeter version of a grape, but with the flesh being crunchier, yet still tender.
The longan originated in southern Asia and is very similar to the lychee. Besides the difference in outward appearance, the longan have more of a dry apricot-y taste, while the lychee is messily juicy and florally very sweet. Longan can also be eaten fresh. However, they seem to be eaten more often as a dried snack or used towards sweet and sour foods, Asian soups, or Asian desserts.
Originating from China, yangmei are dark purple-red colored fruit that taste like a mix between raspberries and blackberries. However, unlike raspberries or blackberries, yangmei have a small seed on the inside.
Mangosteens have a hard purple shell with soft, fleshy fruit separated into garlic-like chunks on the inside. They originated from Indonesia and taste like a combination between peaches and mangoes.
Have fun tasting (and trying to find) these different fruits!