Exotic and unusual fruits of the World (odd, tasty, beautiful and some ugly fruit to eat)

I love traveling and check out the local markets for exotic and unusual fruits from around the world that I love to sample. Coming from Hawaii, I’ve had my fair share of exotic fruits that grow on the islands, but I am always interested in checking out some more organic or tropical fruits that you can only find locally.

It’s always exciting to visit a new destination and visit farmers markets to check out the different exotic and unusual fruits grown in the especially in many parts of Asia, the humid climates in Central and Latin America, Mexico and many cooler climates that produce different fruits only grown in that local.

Here’s a sampling of many of my favorite exotic and unusual fruits around the world that hopefully you will recognize and try on your travels.



Exotic and unusual fruits around the world

Try the best exotic fruits around the world

There are so many exotic and rare fruits to look out for when you travel to many destinations around the world from tropical, sub tropical to Mediterranean  and arid regions of the world from Asian inspired, Central and South America, Hawaii and Pan Pacific locations to even unexpected places with unusual fruit grown in their regions.

Here are some of the most popular and unusual fruits to look out for in the local markets, fruit stands, grocery stores and other venues selling these delicious and rare fruits to try. Whenever you visit a new places check for these fruits around the world and what they look an taste like from the descriptions below.



What are the most exotic and unusual fruit from around the world?

What are the most exotic and unusual fruit from around the world?

Typically ,you’ll find exotic and unusual fruits from the many destinations you visit around the world and in the many markets you’ll come across. If you are looking specifically in your area, then check out larger farmers markets, specialty markets and native markets of each nationality that may import seasonal fruit that is available from their particular country.

The tropical fruit list below references the particular country or region where you will find the fruit available, when it is in season and taste and characteristics of that particular tropical fruit. I have the fruits broken down into the regions/country where they originate from and some of the delicious and exotic fruits you will find available in the markets, street food and grocery venues around those areas.



Exotic and unusual fruit from South East Asia 

Exotic and unusual fruit from South East Asia 

South East Asian exotic fruits do tend to have the most luscious, unusual, pungent and beautiful exotic fruit to eat in the region. Check out all these unusual and delicious fruits available in these regions.



mangosteen exotic fruit

Mangosteen fruit

Of all the rare fruits in the world, Mangosteen fruit is one of the tastiest sought after tropical fruit coming mostly from Asian countries. Called the Queen of tropical fruits mangosteen fruit is a delicious  tropical fruit that tastes like a combination of pineapple, cherimoya and tangerine – an exotic combination of flavors. You can find this rare fruit mostly in Southeast Asian countries, Hawaii, Caribbean and even Hawaii. A powerful antioxidant, this is considered super fruit helps to prevent cancer, boost heart health, allergies, diabetes, antibacterial and a slew of other remedies.

Here’s what mangosteen fruit tastes like below






Exotic and unusual Durian fruit



Called the King of Fruits, Durian unlike Mangosteen is a highly prized and unusual fruit that comes with a scent that can scare anyone away with this spiky fruit and foul smells of the ripe creamy and custard tasting flesh from this unusual fruit. Some people love and others hate the stinky fruit which can be found all over Southeast Asia, Hawaii and other tropical countries. This weird fruit is considered an aphrodisiac by many cultures, Durian also has vitamins B and C, manganese and other dietary minerals.

A funny look at tasting durian fruit







Tropical Longan fruits


Longan fruit

One of the exotic Asian Fruits is the Longan fruit which is popular all over Asia. The longan fruit is a sweet tasting exotic fruit that can be found in many Southeast Asian countries and other tropical zones. The taste of longan fruit is jelly like, succulent in consistency with a tart to sweet taste like lychee. but the longan fruit are usually smaller and have a dry taste compared to lychees, which are wet and messy. Longan fruit do have some juice in each fruit that when it is peeled has a little sugary sweet juice.



Here’s how to eat Longan fruit and how it tastes like below






Delicious tropical Lychee



A very popular and interesting fruit grown throughout Southeast Asia,Hawaii and other US tropical zones, Lychee has a relatively short fruit season and when it happens, everyone seems to have lychee fruit to give away or sell very cheap.  Harvest season in Hawaii typically happens in May to June timeframe.  When the fruit is ripe and bright red, it is relatively easy to pull apart the leathery and thorny skin. Left for more than a few days and the skin gets tougher and harder to peel.  The flavor of the lychee is sweet, wet and juicy inside with fruity taste to the translucent skin on this delicious and cool fruit.


Here’s a little about the health benefits to eating lychee fruit below







Exotic Rambutan fruit



A very popular exotic Asian fruits grown in Southeast Asia and other tropical regions, rambutan is a popular fruit that is sought after and tastes a little like lychee fruit. These colorful and hairy looking fruits are easy to open by just pulling apart the skin from the middle and then eating the white flesh from the large seed inside. Look for rambutan that are brightly colored from orange to red and avoid those that are starting to brown. Rambutan are flavorful and packed with vitamin C, manganese along with calcium, iron, potassium and other healthy minerals.

Here’s how to eat rambutan fruit and what it tastes like







Chico sapote and sapodilla


Sapote or chico 

Called many different names depending on where you find them in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and other tropical regions. Sapote is a soft, creamy and easy to digest fruit, the sugary pulp is made with simple sugars of fructose and sucrose.  Fresh Sapote has fantastic nutrients that includes: powerful anti oxidants, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and filled with vitamin A, B and C and other micro nutrients. Eat fruit when it is soft and the flesh is bright pink to reddish colors.

Here’s a little more about the sapote or chico fruit

How to cut and eat mamey sapote fruit below







Unusual and exotic Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Another exotic Asian fruit to try is the Dragon fruit.  Dragon fruit is very colorful in red and green with intense white or red meaty fruit and quite nutritious, with a sweet tasting fruit with a combination of kiwi and pear flavor. When the dragon fruit is ripe, it’s both sweet and crunchy. The fruit is filled with anti-oxidants and fiber and has lots of vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium in each serving. To pick a ripe dragon fruit just look for bright red colors and no browning spots on the fruit, press the flesh for a little give just like a kiwi and you should find a nice one to eat. This Central American fruit is grown in tropical environments but is starting to pop up in Hawaii, Florida and many other Asian countries.

Here’s how to eat dragon fruit below









Jack fruit



When it is ready to eat and ripe, jackfruit can look menacing and heavy. A large tropical fruit that can easily weight in at over five pounds or more in certain varieties. The fleshly meat covers the seeds buried inside which are also edible when it is boiled. The white fruit tastes like a combination of pineapple and lychee fruit when it’s mature. Jackfruit can also be cooked in a green state like a vegetable and is used as a meat replacement in many Asian vegetarian curries.

What jackfruit will taste like below







Usual ripe Rollinia fruit

Rollinia fruit

A strange and unusual fruit with bumpy yellow to black skin, rollinia is ripe when the skin starts to just turn black and is getting soft. With white colored flesh and marble sized seeds, the fruit taste similar to cherimoya and custard apples. This spiky fruit has a relatively short shelf life,  so when it starts to ripen, it must be eaten quickly for its soft and sweet fruit. Creamy and soft tasting like a custard, you’ll enjoy this interesting fruit from mostly the Amazon areas of Brazil and Peru.


What is rollinia and what it tastes like below






Tropical wood apple from Asia

Wood Apple

Native to China, India and Sri Lanka, the wood apple fruit is an acquired taste with a funky smell. Wood apples are definitely an odd fruit and a little hard to open taste sour to sweet with sticky brown pulp and white seeds. The fruit aids in indigestion and constipation, Diarrhea and diabetes and fights viral infections and boosts immunity.

Tasting the strange and stinky wood apple fruit below








Tropical Star fruit for sale

Star Fruit

A mostly green to yellow fruit of Southeast Asian origin in mostly Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Starfruit can be found and sold in many tropical areas including US tropical zones. A five angled fruit that is ripe when it is yellow to orange/green and soft and taste like a mix of orange, pineapple and pineapple. The fruit has powerful antioxidants, reduces inflammation and rich in vitamin C and other nutrients.

Here’s 11 benefits to eating start fruit below







Snake fruit from Southeast Asia

By ProjectManhattan – Own work, CC0, Wikipedia

Snake Fruit or Sala

A mostly Southeast Asian fruit, the snake fruit is known for its reddish brownish outside that has a snakelike skin with a rough scaly exterior. Can be sour tasting like diluted pineapples and limes with a sweet taste of crunchy honey when it is more ripe. This rare to find fruit is rich in vitamin B2, iron and is a natural cure to nearsightedness and promotes general body health.

Want to know more about eating snake fruit?






Latin American Fruits

The fruits from Latin American are exotic, colorful, tart to sweet and used for some many different purposes outside of eating raw. Check out all of these exotic fruit that you will find on your travels to Latin American countries.


Tropical tasting passion fruit


Native to Latin America primarily Brazil to Paraguay, passionfruit can be found in almost any tropical zone around the world. Unlike most tropical plants that grow from tropical fruit trees or shrubs, passionfruit grows from a vine and the passion flower. It comes in different varieties but the fruit is mostly is a golf ball sized fruit with the insides with sweet to sour gelatinous fruit and seeds. The fruit has many benefits to include preventing cancer, boosting immunity and eyesight and enhancing digestion.

Passionfruit and what it tastes like below








Exotic soursop fruit

Soursop fruit

Soursops are very strange and prickly fruit that are usually about 6 inches up to almost a foot for a really large and spiky fruit.  Originating from Central and South America but also found in Southeast Asia and other tropical zones, the fruit is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins and is supposed to be a cancer preventative fruit, although it has not been extensively tested for being a cancer cure. It is very popular in nectar, fruit drinks and smoothies.

Trying the delicious and nutritious soursop fruit





Tasty tropical Cherimoya fruit

By Hannes Grobe 21:22, 5 November 2006 (UTC) – Own work, CC

Cherimoya fruit

A relative of the Rollinia, Chermioya is soft, creamy with tropical custard overtones of peach, mango and pineapple. A native to South America and found in Mexico and some tropical USA zones, the fruit is worth looking out for in local farmers markets when this fresh fruit is in season and available. With a interesting mixture of sensation and flavor I consider cherimoyas one of the best fruit in the world in terms of overall fruit taste.

Tasting delicious cherimoya fruit and what they taste like








tropical fejoia fruit


By Didier Descouens – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia

Fejoia or Pineapple Guava

Native to Latin America mostly in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, this fruit is more common in latin countries and even subtropical USA zones. The guava fruit is similar to other guavas but the seeds are edible and the fruit is a little more tart and gritty but flavorful to the guava fruit.

Tasting delicious Fejoia or pineapple guava fruit



Fresh Surinam cherry on the tree

Surinam Cherry

Of all the interesting fruit names, Surinam cherries are called many names including, Pitanga, Brazilian or Cayenne cherry and they have a cherry-like taste ranging from sweet to very sour. The red or black color fruit tends to be sweeter and the yellow or orange-colored fruit is usually sour. These cherries are eaten raw or  made typically into jams or jellies.  The fruit is also packed with vitamins A and C and is a good anti-inflammatory,  relieves hypertension and stomach pain.

Healthy and delicious surinam cherry below







 tropical Jabuticaba_fruto

By Alexandre CampolinaCampola – Own work, CC BY 3.0, Wikipedia

Jaboticaba or Brazillian Cherry

Native to Latin countries primarily Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Jaboticaba are part of the guava family with an exotic fruit name. These fruits grow in many tropical environments in the US tropics and Latin countries. Look and taste like a grape with large seeds and purple color, the fruit is popular to making jelly and marmalades.

All about Jaboticaba tree







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