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Favorite Exotic Fruits

  • Aug 10, 2009
Exotic to me as a Californian, at least!
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Mangosteen
I think my +5 review does a pretty good job at explaining my feelings for mangosteen ;) Till I travel to Asia again, or am ready to shell out like, $7 for one at my local specialty supermarket, I'll settle for the freeze dried ones at Trader Joe's.
See the full review, "A Peculiar & Wildly Delicious Fruit".
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Pineapple
Okay, so pineapples might not be that exotic because they're growing and available all over the place now, but they sure still are tropical and tasty!
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Mango
What I said about pineapples. Plus, mangoes are so versatile. I can eat 'em straight, dried, in a fruit salad, as sorbet, on rice, sliced with a shot of rum... And the list goes on!
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Jackfruit
Mmmmm.... jackfruit! Fresh jackfruit is very expensive to get in the States, and even if I wanted to get them fresh, it'd be very hard to find, just like mangosteen. Thank goodness that they're available in cans, but nothing can compare to fresh.
5
Lychee
Juicy and sweet, I love having this over shaved ice with condensed milk as a Chinese dessert! Widely available at Asian supermarkets either fresh or frozen, or in cans.
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Longan
Longans are also widely available in Asian supermarkets in the states either fresh or frozen, or in cans. Though it's similar to lychee, I prefer eating longan dried, or in soup.
7
Dragon Fruit
I love the name of this fruit, as well as the aesthetics; it's hot pink with some green, and the inside is white with black polka dots! Makes a fruit salad extra gorgeous, and it's a great fruit for when I feel like I've otherwise consumed too much sugar, because dragon fruit isn't too sweet.
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Durian
I use to hate durian as a little kid, but its grown on me over the years. A lot of people don't like it because it looks unusual and they can't stand the smell, but it doesn't bother me; in fact, I actually kind of like the scent. It has a soft, custard-y, pudding-like texture, and is pleasantly sweet.
See the full review, "Durian: It's not *that* stinky.".
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Tamarind
Yes, I realize that tamarind does look a bit like doo doo, but trust me, it's good! It's sweet, and sometimes a little sour with a chewy, slightly gummy-like texture. The popular hard, tamarind flavored candy is pretty good, too.
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Soursop
I don't think I've ever had soursop fresh before, but their candy is oh so good, so I can't wait to try it fresh! During lunar new year, those who celebrate it tend to have out trays of sweets, and fresh soursop candy is one of them. It really is sour, but I like!
11
Passion Fruit
Yet another fruit that I've never had fresh before, but I love its flavor in drinks and candy. The closest I've ever come to having it fresh was in a fish dish at French Laundry.
12
Starfruit
I've actually been seeing these babies at Ranch 99 for a long time, but I never read the name and just thought it was some sort of vegetable. I finally had it when I was in Hainan last year and loved it! It's like a slightly sweet, tangy cucumber.
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Rambutan
A mildly sweet fruit with a very unusual shell. It's chewy, too. It's not as bad, but like durian, it does have an odor that's not pleasant to everyone, but I happen to dig it.

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September 19, 2010
Sigh. . I've only tried 2, 3 and 5 but that's one of the drawbacks of living in ICEland.
September 27, 2010
Well, if you ever travel or manage to find some imported -- do it! :D
 
November 02, 2009
Hey, I have a question for you and your fruit list. I love fruit but I'm allergic to a whole load of local fruit--pretty much all I can eat is citrus. I'm curious what families these fruits are in. Hmm, I guess I'm most curious about mangosteen? Is it more like an apple or a pear, or is it like a grapefruit or orange?
November 03, 2009
I would say that the mangosteen is more citrus-y than anything, though it actually falls into its own fruit family called Garcinia.  I have no idea whether you would have an allergy reaction to that or not!  Would you be allergic to it in juice form?  I know quite a few health stores that sell it in juice form, and Trader Joe's has it in freeze dried form!
 
August 13, 2009
Love this list. I guess spending time in Asia has paid off - I've actually had everything on your list fresh at one time or another, with the exception of soursop. I used to think it was another name for cherimoya but apparently they're different fruits from the same family.
Totally makes me nostalgic for Asia :)
 
August 14, 2009
Mmmmm, lucky you!  I've seen cherimoyas before, but have never had one because I always thought it was a vegetable!  It actually looks kind of like guava.  Have you ever had an African cucumber before?  That's definitely on my list of exotic fruits to try!
August 14, 2009
The African cucumber looks familiar but that may just be because I've seen it at the grocery store. Not sure if I've actually ever tried it. I've had guava plenty of times, but never the pink, except in juice form. Maybe I just don't ever eat guava in the States? Seems like guava in Asia always have the white flesh.
 
August 10, 2009
I've only tried 5 from your list! I've got a long way to go, but I love exotic fruit and I'll try anything! Just ate a mango, they're my favorite :)
August 10, 2009
Gotta hit up Asia! :P I'm sure in a big city like Boston though, they'd be available at the Asian supermarkets, or higher end American supermarkets ;)
 
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