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Exotic fruits: you should know and try these

Many people only know exotic fruits from crossword puzzles. It is worth trying some of them. Domestic apples or pears are delicious, always available, inexpensive and have a good ecological balance. But as is so often the case, this is not a question of either / or, but of both-and-also. We therefore present you with an overview of the southern fruits: with description, pictures and names.

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Buy exotic fruits: From Mexico to Germany

Thanks to globalization: there is now a large selection of Mediterranean fruits in the large supermarkets at almost every season of the year. Some of them are known. For example:

  • pineapple
  • avocado
  • banana
  • mango
  • melon
  • kiwi
  • orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Star fruit
  • lemon

However, the selection of exotic fruits is much larger. They come to us from Mexico, from Chile, from Peru or from African countries or the Far East.

However, many lesser-known exotic fruits are rarely found in the supermarket around the corner. But you can still buy them in Germany:

  • In market halls
  • In fruit and vegetable stores
  • In special tropical stores
  • In Asia shops
  • In online supermarkets
  • In large multi-assortment markets

Delicious exotic fruits: pictures and names

Anyone who wants to buy exotic fruits is initially unsure: which ones are there? And how do they taste? We have therefore put some delicious exotic fruits together in a list for you. An overview with pictures and names:

Exotic fruits: rose apple

Many of you may know the rose apple from crossword puzzles. It is also called wax or Java apple. This exotic fruit comes from the Far East - mostly from Malaysia. It is about four to seven centimeters tall and either white, greenish to dark red. The pulp is extremely juicy and tastes slightly sweet and sour. Comparable to the taste of a star fruit.

How do you eat a rose apple?
You should divide the rose apple after washing and remove the non-edible seeds. Then it can be eaten with the skin.

Exotic fruits: babaco

The babaco is a melon tree from South America or the Middle East. It is also called mountain papaya. The skin is initially green, but turns yellow when the fruit is ripe. The taste is similar to that of a papaya, is slightly sour and can be reminiscent of pineapple. The juicy pulp contains a lot of vitamin C and is accordingly healthy.

How do you eat a babaco?
Babaco is best eaten raw, well washed. But some also peel them beforehand.

Exotic fruits: cherimoya

If you want to enjoy an exotic fruit as a dessert, the cherimoya is highly recommended. It belongs to the so-called annone family and is native to South America and the tropics. The special thing is the taste of the cherimoya: The pulp is reminiscent of a mixture of banana, vanilla, cinnamon and can also be slightly sour.

How do you eat a cherimoya?
The pulp of the cherimoya is particularly edible: pure, but also in creams.

Exotic fruits: dates

Dates are sweet, tasty and healthy too. These exotic fruits are mostly reddish, but can also be darker depending on the variety. The taste is reminiscent of honey. Due to the sugar content, dates have a relatively high number of calories, but are also a good source of energy.

How do you eat dates?
In the supermarket, dates can usually be found dried. So they can be eaten right away. Before doing this, however, you should see whether the dates are already pitted. Otherwise, they contain an elongated core in the middle that is not edible.

Exotic fruits: Grenadilla

The sweet grenadilla belongs to the passion fruit family. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Behind the orange peel, the exotic fruit has a light pulp and greenish stones. The grenadilla is rich in vitamin C. It also contains calcium, iron and magnesium. That makes them an all-round healthy fruit.

How do you eat a grenadilla?
The pulp of the grenadilla is thick to jelly-like. The kernels can also be eaten - either directly with the rest of the fruit or separately: as a crispy addition to yoghurt and muesli.

Exotic fruits: guava

The guava is also known as gujave or guayaba. It is one of the berries and grows in tropical regions. In terms of size and appearance, the guava is initially reminiscent of a pear. The flesh is quite soft and the sweet and sour taste is reminiscent of figs, quinces and also slightly of pears.

How do you eat a guava?
If the guava is eaten pure, you can simply cut it open and spoon it out. The peel is not edible. The guava only lasts for a few days when left unrefrigerated.

Exotic fruits: jackfruit

The jackfruit is already known and loved by many vegetarians and vegans. The exotic fruit comes from India and Southeast Asia and belongs to the mulberry family. For many, the jackfruit is initially a deterrent because the peel gives off an unpleasant odor when ripe. The taste, however, is completely different. The juicy flesh is sweet and tastes like a mixture of pineapple and banana.

How do you eat a jackfruit?
The inside of the jackfruit is completely edible. Before preparing it, however, it is essential to put on gloves. The fruit exudes a very sticky juice that can only be washed off with great difficulty.

Exotic fruits: kumquat

The kumquat is also known as the dwarf orange because of its appearance. This exotic fruit is up to five centimeters long and oval to rounded in shape. It originally comes from China, but is now grown in many warm regions, for example in Africa or in some cases even in southern Europe. The peel tastes sweet and slightly tart, the flesh is slightly sour. Usually the taste of a kumquat is compared to an orange, but it is a bit more bitter.

How do you eat a kumquat?
Kumquats can easily be eaten completely raw. All you should do is wash the fruit well. If you want to prepare the kumquat further, you can use it as a base for jam or jellies.

Exotic fruits: lychee

You may have seen the lychee in a Chinese restaurant - because the fruit was originally grown in southern China. They are now also growing in other Asian and African countries. White flesh is hidden under the pink skin. The sweet and sour taste is reinforced by a pleasant scent of roses.

How do you eat a lychee?
Only the pulp of the lychee is edible. In the middle there is an inedible core. It is important that you bring fresh lychees and do not use pickled fruits. These taste completely different and are hardly comparable.

Exotic fruits: nashi

The Nashi or Nashi pear also comes from China and has made its way to other Asian countries from there. The flesh is light, but much firmer than a normal pear. In terms of taste, the nashi can be classified between a pear and an apple. Especially those who are a little skeptical about exotic fruits can create an easy transition with the Nashi.

How do you eat a nashi?
The Nashi pear is to be eaten just like the local pear. It also has an edible shell and a core in the middle.

Exotic fruits: persimmons

Persimmons can also be found under the names kaki or sharon fruit. While it originally comes from Asia, this exotic fruit is now also grown in numerous areas. The taste of the persimmon is reminiscent of apricot or peach.

How do you eat persimmons?
Making a persimmon is very simple: wash the fruit, remove the leaves and cut the persimmon into smaller pieces. The bowl can simply be eaten.

Exotic fruits: pitahaya

Pitahaya are a real eye-catcher in any case. White flesh with small, black seeds is hidden under the pink skin. It is better known under the name dragon fruit. How the pitahaya tastes depends on the type and color of the pulp. Red pitahaya taste slightly sour, yellow pitahaya have a taste of pineapple or mango and taste more intense overall.

How do you eat a pitahaya?
The pulp of the pitahaya can be eaten with the seeds it contains. The easiest way to do this is with a spoon.

Exotic fruits: Ugli

A fairly unknown exotic fruit is the ugli. It is a mixture of mandarin and grapefruit. The juicy meat of the ugli is also reminiscent of sweet mandarins with the slightly bitter taste of grapefruit.

How do you eat a Ugi?
The yellowish or green fruits are peeled in the same way as mandarins to get to the segments of the pulp. They can be eaten raw and do not need any further preparation.

Reasons for Exotic Fruits: Out-of-Season Vitamins

Again and again we resort to what we already know. The same products are on the shopping list every week. The well-known types of fruit and vegetables end up in the shopping cart.

Exotic fruits? Many are rather skeptical about that. There are several good reasons and advantages for eating exotic fruits more often. First and foremost: They are very tasty - even if that is of course a matter of taste. But exotic fruits are often sweet and juicy, which is popular with many.

In addition, there are only a few local fruits available in winter - at least fresh. Outside the fruit and vegetable season, exotic fruits are a good alternative on the menu.

Other good reasons for exotic fruits:

  • You make your diet varied
    Experts keep advising you to eat a varied diet. This is also possible with local fruits, but you can expand the variety significantly if you eat exotic fruits more often.
  • Exotic fruits contain a lot of vitamins
    Many exotic fruits are very rich in vitamins. And with it a good support for your body. Especially when there is less local fruit available during the cold season, you can get the necessary vitamins from exotic fruits.
  • You get to know new tastes
    When was the last time you got to know a really new taste? For many people that was a long time ago. Exotic fruits can offer you exactly this experience.

However, it should not be overlooked that exotic fruits are not necessarily climate-friendly due to the longer transport routes. Pesticides are also sometimes used in cultivation. Instead of just looking for the cheapest price, you should prefer organic quality when buying exotic fruits.

What exactly are exotic fruits?

What exactly counts as exotic fruits is not easy to determine. There is no uniform definition. This is also how Wikipedia has a hard time:

Exotic fruits (more rarely exotic fruits, also exotic fruits for short) are mostly wild or cultivated fruits that are imported in comparatively small quantities from distant countries and are not as familiar to consumers in Central Europe as oranges or bananas.

The decisive factor for the category of exotic fruits is not just their growing area. However, exotic fruits are also called tropical fruits because they are native to southern countries due to the warmer temperatures.

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