Have you ever come across a fruit that looks weird or tasted something really different? That’s what we’re talking about here. We’ve got a list of 11 exotic fruits that you should try at least once. These fruits are all over the place in terms of taste – some are super sweet, others are tangy. It’s a cool way to see what else is out there beyond the usual apples and oranges.

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Cherimoya. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Cherimoya, often called the ‘custard apple,’ combines flavors reminiscent of banana, pineapple, and pear. Originating from the Andes, its creamy texture and sweet taste make it a delightful treat.


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With its quirky, hairy appearance, Rambutan is a tropical treasure. Inside its spiky exterior lies a sweet, translucent fruit similar to lychee. It’s a juicy burst of sweetness from Southeast Asia.


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The ‘king of fruits’ in Southeast Asia, Durian is an experience in itself. Its rich, custard-like texture contrasts with a strong aroma, making it a unique taste adventure. Perfect for those looking to explore bold new flavors.


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Jabuticaba is a Brazilian wonder. The fruit grows directly on the trunk of its tree and bursts with a sweet, grape-like flavor. Its unique growing pattern and delicious taste make it a fascinating discovery.


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Vibrantly colored and uniquely shaped, Dragonfruit is as delicious as it is striking. Its mildly sweet taste and kiwi-like texture make it a refreshing choice. Native to Central America, it’s a must-try for exotic fruit lovers.

Carambola (Starfruit)

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Shaped like a star when sliced, Carambola is a visual and taste delight. Its crisp, juicy texture with a sweet-tart flavor is perfect for a refreshing snack. Originating from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, it’s a star (no pun intended) in fruit salads.


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Wrapped in a papery husk, Physalis (or Golden Berry) offers a sweet-tart flavor that’s hard to forget. Native to the Americas, these small, round fruits add a zesty punch to both sweet and savory dishes.

African Horned Cucumber

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Known as ‘Kiwano,’ this spiky, orange fruit is not just visually striking – it offers a refreshing cucumber-like taste with a hint of banana. It’s a cool, zesty addition from Africa to your fruit repertoire.


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Dubbed the ‘queen of fruits,’ Mangosteen is a tropical gem from Southeast Asia. Its sweet, tangy flavor and soft texture are enveloped in a deep purple rind. A luxurious treat for the taste buds.


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The massive Jackfruit is a culinary chameleon from India. Its sweet flesh is deliciously tropical, while the unripe fruit is great in savory dishes. It’s a versatile, must-try fruit for adventurous eaters and a staple for vegan eaters.


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The Pepino, or ‘melon pear,’ is a delightful blend of melon and cucumber flavors. Native to South America, its mild, sweet taste and juicy texture make it a lovely addition to any fruit salad.

These Are The Worst 13 Fast Food Joints In America

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We’ve all had those late-night fast food cravings that lead us to the nearest drive-thru, hoping for a bite of greasy bliss. But sometimes, what we get is less “mmm” and more “meh.” In a nation filled with endless fast food options, not all joints are created equal. We dove into the greasy underbelly of fast food to bring you a list of the 13 spots that might just have you rethinking your next order.

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15 Foods We Hated As Kids But Now Can’t Live Without

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Remember those foods we used to push around on our plates, hoping they’d somehow disappear when we weren’t looking? Now they’ve somehow become the foods we love most. It’s funny how things change once you’re all grown up. This list is a shout-out to those foods we used to avoid like the plague but now find ourselves craving on the regular.

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The Craziest Deep Fried Foods Across America

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Ever thought about how far you can push the boundaries of your deep fryer? Well, it turns out, pretty far. Across America, folks have been upping the ante, turning the deep fryer into the ultimate playground for culinary creativity. We’re diving into some of the most outrageous and inventive deep-fried concoctions that have emerged from state fairs and adventurous kitchens alike. How many have you or would you try?

Read it Here: The Craziest Deep Fried Foods Across America

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