On the Menu: Exotic Fruit


5 sweet + mysterious treats

We’re unofficially dedicating March to healthy eating, and what better way to celebrate than to sample some attention-grabbing fruit. We’re talking about the ones you always look at but dare not add to your basket: those with weird shapes, wacky colours, and peculiar textures. We thought we would demystify a few of them for you, so that you’d be more inclined to include them in your diet.


With a look that lives up to its name, it’s hard not to love this spiky pink-and-green specimen! Otherwise known as the pitaya, this little Mexican treat reveals a white fleshy interior speckled with black seeds. It has a subtle flavour, similar to that of a pear or kiwi. Include it on your fruit platter the next time you have friends over for brunch—you’re bound to get them talking!


Nope, it’s not a hairy lychee! This cute little round fruit is über-popular in India and East Asia, but rather rare on our side of the globe. Don’t be fooled by its appearance: this fruit is surprisingly sweet. A guaranteed hit for all you foodies out there!



African horned cucumber
You guessed it! As its name suggests, this funny fruit hails from Africa. It has a jelly-like texture, with an interesting taste that can only be described as a mix of banana and lemon. It will certainly make a delicious addition to any smoothie or purée!


A true find, the salak (also known as the snake fruit, due to its scaly skin) can be found in Indonesia, and is the epitome of exotic. Crunchy with a syrup-y taste, it’s perfect for fancy desserts. On its own or with other foods, this delight will make you swoon!


An apple that looks like a bushel of grapes? That can’t be right… But, c’mon: give it a try! This South American fruit has a sweet, creamy interior that is simply to die for. What better way to surprise your kids than with a different kind of apple!

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