10 Rarest Fruits You Probably Have No Clue
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Fruits are the fascinating gifts of nature and are also very healthy, tasty and interesting looking. From large fruits like watermelon and pumpkin to smaller ones like grapes and cherries, fruits come in all shapes, sizes and colours. But not all fruits are found in your neighbourhood market. Here is a list of the rarest fruits you had no idea about.
The List of 10 Rarest Fruits in the World
4. African Horned Cucumber
7. Miracle Fruit
Which are the Rarest Fruits in the World?
Ackee is a rare and strange-looking fruit that grows in the tropical regions of Western Africa. It is also the national fruit of Jamaica. The brain-like shape is the main attraction of this fruit. The inner part of ackee contains soft white to yellow flesh with black seeds.
In African countries, people like to eat ackee with vegetable dishes. This fruit can also eat in raw form. Ackee is completely free from cholesterols and other unwanted fatty acids. But its seed contains poisonous hypoglycin. That is why the U.S food and drug administration banned the importation of ackee fruit to the country.
Rambutan fruit grows across South East Asia. This exotic, oval-shaped fruit has pinky hairs on the outer shell. It is named after the Malaysian word ‘rambut’, which means hair. The sweet and sour white-colored fleshy part lies inside the fruit.
The rambutan trees bear fruits in the fall and late spring seasons. Rambutan tastes just like grapes. The carbohydrate and protein content of this fruit offers instant refreshment. This copper-rich fruit also helps to increase the rate of white blood cell (fight against infection) production in your body.
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This unusual and rare fruit is found in parts of Brazil and looks somewhat like a grape. The interesting thing about this fruit is that it grows on the bark of the tree and not the branches and bunches of this fruit look like outgrowths of the trunk.
It has a tougher outer skin and is slightly larger than grapes with a diameter of 1 inch. It has a white pulp that is very sweet and fragrant. This pulp is used to make jams, jellies and sweets as well as in flavouring wine. It also has medicinal properties that help reduce the symptoms of asthma and acidity.
4. African Horned Cucumber
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African horned cucumber is one of the oldest fruits in the world. The fruit was originated 3000 years ago in Africa. It is also called as ‘blow fish fruit’, named after it’s yellowish outer shell with spines like horns. The fruity part of horned cucumber is green with lots of seeds. The outer shell of the fruit is rich in vitamin c.
This jelly, melon fruit has an oblong shape and length between 5-10 cm. African horned cucumber tastes like a cross between a cucumber and lemon. Its juice is a excellent remedy for acidity, heart burns and eczema. The consumption of this fruit also helps to get relief from kidney, urinary problem and to regulate blood pressure.
Physalis is an exotic fruit native to South America. The fruit is related to the tomato family. It has a transparent leaf-like husk. Unlike tomato, physalis fruit is small in size. The fruit also has the same acidity as the tomato.
The tasty physalis has many medicinal properties. The presence of Vitamin C, B, and Iron makes physalis a special herb in a number of traditional medicines. The consumption of physalis also could stimulate your immune system.
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The seasonal, durian fruit is known as ‘king of fruits‘ across South Asian countries. In fact, only a few species of durian fruits exist today. The fruit is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. This fruit smell awful due to the presence of different combinations of chemicals.
The fruit grows up to a size of 12 inches and has a green thorn-covered husk. It has weight up to 4 kilograms. The pulp of durian inside the husk is in light yellowish color. Durian fruit drink is completely free from cholesterol and other fatty acids. It offers instant refreshment as it contains simple sugars. The fruit is also used for the preparation of ice creams, sweets, and shakes.
The two most famous varieties in Vietnam are Ri 6 and Cai Mon, from the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long and Ben Tre.
7. Miracle Fruit
The small, red colored miracle fruit is native to the tropical forests of West Africa. The miraculin (glycoprotein) within the fruit makes every food taste sweet. In the medical field, doctorsmake use of the sweetening effect of miracle fruit to bring back the appetite of cancer patients.
This single-seeded, exotic is fruit also called as miracle berry, sweet berry, and miraculous berry. The sweet, miracle fruits also help you to cut down the calories. At the same time, excessive consumption of miracle fruit also results in acidity.
Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Puerto Rico and Florida. The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled vesicles like the flesh of citrus fruits, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanically endocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary.
Seeds are almond-shaped and sized. Mangosteen fruit contains no cholesterol and other types of fats. It is also a rich in vitamin C which help to prevent many infections. Mangosteen juice is one of popular drinks in South Asian countries in the summer season. The fruit also has few medicinal properties. Mangosteen juice help to reduce diarrhea, urinary problems and also can stimulate the immune system.
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Cherimoya is mainly grown throughout South Asia, America, southern Europe and East Africa. It is the most delicious fruit known to men. The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple.
The fruit is oval, often slightly oblate, with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The fruit flesh is white and creamy, and has numerous dark brown poisonous seeds embedded in it. When ripe, the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure. The fruit can be chilled and eaten with a spoon, which has earned it another nickname, the ice cream fruit. Indeed, in Peru, it is commonly used in ice creams and yogurt.
Cupuacu mainly grows in the wild Amazon rainforest. This fruit also cultivates in some parts of Peru. Growing 8 inches in length and weighing of 2 kg, cupuacu completely look like a wild fruit. This thick shelled fruit also has a soft tasty pulp inside.
The pulp of cupuacu fruit is very fragrant. It is a rich source of vitamin b1, b2 and b3. In fact, cupuacu is from the family of chocolate. It’s also tastes like chocolate.
Eating cupuacu could stimulate your immune system. Reducing the chances of heart diseases is an another benefit. The huge concentration of antioxidants in cupuacu also empowers the body tissues.
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