Which fruits taste sweet
13 tropical fruits you should know about
Take a look over the edge of the fruit plate
Bananas, mangoes and pineapples come to our markets from tropical regions and are almost as common as apples and pears. But do you also know pitahaya, durian and rambutan?
Here are 13 lesser-known tropical fruits that are still waiting for you in the world's fruit baskets:
Pink with greenish scales, the pitahaya stands out visually from the fruit shelf. Varieties with a yellow skin are less common. The exotic, also known as dragon fruit, grows on climbing cacti and is particularly popular in Southeast Asia and Central America. Once cut in half, the white or pink pulp appears, which tastes subtly sweet and can easily be spooned out. Also very tasty: Smoothies and mueslis with the special fruits!
In its tropical home, the plant climbs up trees or stakes and forms striking flowers that develop into smooth, round passion fruit. Their skin is reddish to purple and becomes darker and wrinkled over time. The sweet and sour pulp can be eaten directly with seeds. It goes perfectly with creamy desserts with coconut, but also gives dressings and chutneys a summery, fruity note.
With a weight of up to two kilograms, pomelos are the heavyweights among the citrus fruits! They taste bittersweet and slightly sour, with the Chinese honey pomelo being one of the particularly aromatic ones. To get to the light yellow or pink inside, cut off the thick skin and remove the membranes from the firm pulp. Pomelos taste good on their own or with a hearty salad with coriander and mint.
Mangosteen is considered the queen of fruits in Southeast Asia because of its unique taste. Their aroma is juicy and sweet with a subtle sour note. The dark purple fruits have a white interior that is divided into individual segments. In size and appearance, these are reminiscent of garlic cloves and some of them contain seeds that should not be eaten. Mangosteen taste best straight; to do this, simply press the shell in slightly and peel it off with your fingers.
Lychee, rambutan and longan:
The fruit siblings belong to the same family, are about the same size and differ mainly in their exotic outfits. While lychees have a pinkish-red nubby skin, rambutans are red with green, soft spines. Longans, on the other hand, have a smooth, yellowish-brownish shell. Inside the fruit, there is an oval, milky-white pulp that differs in taste in nuances. Their sweet and sour aroma is particularly effective in tropical cocktails and ice cream.
The decorative fruit is also known as carambola and grows on evergreen trees, especially in Southeast Asia. Ripe fruits have a glossy yellow color, their interior is light yellow. Carambola is eaten with its shell, mostly cut into slices so that its star shape comes into its own. The fruit not only goes great with Christmas desserts and fruit salads, but also gives hearty sauces and dips an exotic note thanks to its sweet and sour taste.
Its vitamin C content exceeds that of an orange eight times and makes the guava a real superfood. It originally comes from Central and South America, where it grows on trees up to ten meters high. The fruits are visually reminiscent of pears and, depending on the variety, have a white, light green or pink interior that tastes tart and sour. You can eat them raw like apples, but if you like it sweeter, you can conjure up compote or crumble cake from guavas.
Tastes differ when it comes to durian: some appreciate durian as the king of fruits and love the complex, intense aroma, while others are driven to flight by the strong smell. Durians are about 30 centimeters long and grow on trees up to 50 meters high in Southeast Asia. The shell has firm spines and inside there are chambers in which the yellow, lung-shaped pulp is. The creamy fruit tastes best when it is freshly harvested.
Star, cinnamon and rose apple:
Despite their names, these tropical and delicious rarities have nothing in common with apples and are not related to each other. All three are hard to find in Europe and are waiting to be tried in their home countries of Southeast Asia, Central and South America.
With their shape and consistency, star apples are reminiscent of khakis. If you cut the purple-greenish fruits in half, the star-shaped core becomes visible. The flesh is white-purple and tastes creamy-sweet.
The flaky cinnamon apples, whose white interior can be described as mushy and is interspersed with black seeds, taste even creamier. This makes the cinnamon apple more "cream dessert" than fruit!
Rose apples, on the other hand, are very juicy, crisp and fruity. They look similar to pears, have a bright red skin and a rather sour interior.
Have you tried any of these tropical fruits? Let us know in the comments or upload your favorite tropical fruit recipe!
Published on February 4, 2018
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