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By Lineo Lesemane

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Custard apple and 9 other exotic fruits you should try and where to find them

From curuba fruit to custard apples, rambutan, and more!

Exploring the world of exotic fruits can be a delightful and adventurous experience for fruit lovers.

These exotic fruits not only offer unique flavours and textures, but also provide a taste of something truly extraordinary, making them worth seeking out.

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10 exotic fruits you should try and where to find them

1. Monstera deliciosa

Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, this fruit is said to have a unique flavour reminiscent of a mix between pineapple and banana. It is native to Central America and can be found in tropical regions like the Caribbean.

Monstera Delisiosa, Picture: iStock

2. Curuba fruit

Curuba, also called banana passionfruit, comes from the Andean valleys in South America, especially Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This fruit tastes tangy and a bit sweet, similar to passionfruit, and has a texture like a banana. People often use it in juices, desserts, and smoothies.

Curuba fruit. Picture: iStock

3. Longkong or Langsat

This fruit is popular in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines and is said to have a sweet and slightly tart flavour.

Yellow langsat fruit. Picture: iStock

4. Hairy sugar apple

This fruit has a sweet, custard-like flesh and is native to the tropical Americas but can also be found in parts of Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam and the Philippines.

Sugar Apple fruit. Picture: iStock

5. Custard apple

Known for its creamy texture and sweet flavour, the custard apple is widely grown in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

Custard apple. Picture: iStock

6. Keppel fruit

Keppel fruit, often referred to as the “forbidden fruit,” has a unique flavour reminiscent of a blend between mango and cantaloupe. It is native to Southeast Asia and is particularly found in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Keppel fruit. Picture: iStock

7. Starfruit

Also known as carambola, star fruit is notable for its star-shaped cross-section and tangy-sweet flavour. This fruit is popular in Southeast Asia but is also cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, including the Caribbean and South America.

Yellow Starfruits. Picture: iStock

8. Soursop

Soursop, also known as graviola or guanabana, is a large, green fruit with a spiky exterior and a sweet, tangy pulp. It is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean and is prized for its potential health benefits.

soursop/guánabana fruit. Picture: iStock

9. Rambutan

With its hairy, red shell and juicy, sweet interior, rambutan is a popular fruit in Southeast Asia. It is found in the Malay-Indonesian region and other tropical areas of Southeast Asia like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

A heap of rambutans. Picture: iStock

10. Cactus fruit

Also known as prickly pear, cactus fruit is the fruit of the Opuntia cactus. It has a sweet, melon-like flavour, and is found in regions like the southwestern United States, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and most African countries.

Prickly pear cactus fruits. Picture: iStock

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