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- All of these fruits are grown in northern parts of Australia but have different origins. Check out this list of 29 weird and wonderful fruits that you may never have heard of!
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- Also called luma and caimito, abiu is native to Brazil and Peru. It has a creamy sweet flavour with hints of caramel and vanilla.
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- Achacha, meaning 'honey kiss', has a pearly white flesh that has a delicate sweetness followed by lemony tartness.
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Banana passion fruit
- Is that a banana passion fruit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Originating in the Andes, this fruit is essentially an elongated passion fruit.
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- When the flesh is perfectly ripe, this native Mexican fruit tastes like chocolate, hence the nickname 'chocolate pudding fruit'.
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- Hailing from the Pacific Islands, this breadfruit gets its name from its white starchy flesh, which has a bread-like consistency.
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- Canistel is a unique fruit from Central America that has the consistency of a boiled egg yolk. Eat it fresh with lemon, or make it into custard, ice cream, or pies.
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- Also known as star fruit for its star-shaped cross-section, this fruit is native to Indonesia, and has a texture and taste similar to apple.
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- Native to the West Indies, this fruit can reach upto 2kg. It is sweet, juicy, and aromatic.
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- Durian is sweet and juicy when perfectly ripe. You just have to get past the smell. When coupled with mangosteen, it becomes the 'king of tropical fruits'.
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- Duku is also called langsat. Similar in size and shape to lychee, this fruit has a sweet-sour taste.
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Fruit salad plant
- Monstera deliciosa is the Latin name of this fruit that tastes like a combination of fruits!
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- Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. It is commonly used in vegan and vegetarian dishes as a meat substitute because of its pulled pork-like texture.
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- Originating from southern Brazil, these berries both look like grapes and taste like grapes.
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- Longan has the cool second name of dragon's eye. It is similar to lychee, with a sweet taste and aroma.
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- Originating from central America, mamey sapotes can spend up to a year on the tree before ripening.
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- 'Queen of tropical fruits', mangosteen has a cooling effect when coupled with durian. Although the name suggests otherwise, the fruit has nothing to do with mangoes.
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- Also known as tarap, marangs are native to south-east Asia. They are covered in soft short spines, with soft, sweet white flesh.
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- Persimmon is the national fruit of Japan, where it is called kaki. In Ancient Greek persimmon translates to 'fruit of the gods', and it is known for its immense sweetness.
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- Pitaya is also known as dragon fruit for its exterior. The skin is fuchsia with green scale-like leaves. It has white flesh dotted with black seeds similar to kiwi.
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- The largest of all citrus fruit. It has thick skin, with yellow to red flesh that is sweet and juicy - not bitter like its grapefruit descendant.
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- The name originates from the Malayan word 'rambut', meaning 'hairy'. It is similar to lychees in size, texture, and taste.
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- From the custard apple family, rollinia tastes like creamy lemon sherbet or lemon meringue pie when eaten ripe and fresh.
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- Salak is also known as snake fruit for its scaly skin. It is sweet with an apple-like texture.
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- Sapodilla was used to make chewing gum as far back as Aztec times.
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- Also a member of the custard apple family, the soursop has a thick green skin with soft spines. The average soursop weighs 2.5kg.
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- Star apples have green skin with white flesh when young. Upon ripening, it develops purple skin and flesh.
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- Although a root vegetable, taro is used in desserts and sweet drinks when cooked. It is known for its distinct purple colour and sweet, nutty flavour.
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- Many will know of the pink guava, but there are also white ones. They have smooth, sweet flesh with edible seeds and pear-like skin.
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- You've most likely heard of bamboo, but did you know you can eat cooked bamboo shoots? Not quite a fruit, but still delicious!
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- We hope you have been enlightened on the selection of exotic tropical fruits we have available in Australia. Now go forth and try them!
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30/04/18 | StarsInsider
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