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15 World’s Strangest Fruits


Here are the top 15 most exotic and strange fruits from around the world like the square watermelon and the largest citrus fruit ever! 

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8. Pummelo
Also known as the Chinese Grapefruit, this is actually the largest of all citrus fruits, meaning bigger than a normal grapefruit. The thick greenish yellow exterior is similar to that of a grapefruit but also tastes similar to one but sweeter. Chinese New Year traditions consider a Pummelo gift as a sign of good luck prosperity and fertility.  Despite it being popular in Chinese culture, the fruit is actually native to southeast asia. High in fiber and vitamin C it makes for a healthy snack

7. Custard Apple
This strange fruit gets the weird name of “bull’s heart” due to its external appearance. For a long time, this fruit has been prized for its medicinal properties. About 8 centimeters in diameter it has a delicious taste. The skin of the fruit is thin and tough and the inside is surrounded by seeds. A number of health benefits include, immunity boosts, energy boosts, anti cancerous properties, better vision, better dental health. And the list goes on! This little strange fruit can do quite a bit of good for you. So don’t let its strange appearance scare you off.

6. The Rose Apple 
Here in this photo you see the intriguing rose apple which is prized in Southeast asia. Not only for it’s taste, but it actually smells like roses too! The bell shape makes it appear as if it’s a blossom of a beautiful rose. Unlike most of the fruits on this list, you’re able to eat it all the way down to the core, like an actual apple.They are often praised for their ability to detoxify the body, preventing certain types of cancer, reduce fevers and cure bacterial infections. Not every fruit is capable of doing that! 

5. Red Banana
We’re definitely used to seeing a yellow banana or even green ones from time to time, but did you know there were red bananas? This variety of bananas are not just different because they’re red but because they’re sweeter and plumper than most varieties of bananas. They’re often at their prime when they have a maroon or deep color red and unbruised. This variety also contains more vitamin C and beta carotene and the more red, the higher the level. Specialty supermarkets in the US carry this superfruit year round but you just gotta look specially for them.

4. Salak
Would you be willing to eat a fruit nicknamed the snake fruit? This fruit here has eerily similar looking skin with that of a snake. This fruit is often found in southern asia in places like Indonesia and Malaysia. After it’s peeled it starts to look similar to garlic. It’s most commonly sold on the island of bali to locals and tourists. It tends to taste similar to pineapple and lemon juice. The fruit can be made into Salak wine which has about a 13.5 alcohol content, similar to wine from grapes. Would you be willing to give it a try?

3. Ugli Fruit
This strange fruit earns the insensitive name of the Ugli fruit. It can’t help the way it was made. This melon-sized citrus fruit from the island of Jamaica is slightly larger than a grapefruit and when it’s ripe, it can get as sweet as a tangerine. Others describe the taste to be more sour and tastes like a hybrid between a lemon and tangerine. The flesh inside the fruit is very juicy and high in vitamin C. It’s also available in grocery stores around the world for inexpensive prices. 

2. The Physalis
Also known as the ground cherry, this strange fruit can be grown in warm, subtropical climates in many parts of the world. They are many indigenous to North and South America, especially in Mexico and Peru. The large papery husk, covers the cherry. They grow in a similar fashion to tomatoes and are most commonly used in jams and jellies. Similar to other gooseberries, the physalis are vulnerable to many pests like spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. It has a unique sweet sour taste almost like a strawberry covered in lemon juice.

1.Square Watermelon
You have to admit that there is just something intriguing about these square watermelons that come from Japan. It’s still just like any other watermelon out there but only square. The shape makes them much easier to transport in shipping containers and just about anyone can grow them. While the watermelon is still on the vine, it’s placed in a square container and it grows to be this shape. The Japanese also like this design because it can easily be placed in their small refrigerator. These cost a bit more then if mother nature designed them.


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