23 Insanely Strange Fruits and Veggies That You’ve Never Seen Before

Do you love to experiment with new food?  Are you up to tasting something that looks strange?

Answered “Yes” and “Yes?” Then, read on! Here are 23 colorful and tasty food items that will not only amuse (scare?) you visually, but might also leave your taste buds asking for more. They are sweet, bitter, salty, and so much more. Some of these vegetables and fruits have been present in several cuisines for centuries.  Who knows? You’ve probably eaten one or two (or three!) during one of your travels and did not even realize it. Which ones would you like to try next?

White Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon – China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, the Philippines

Marsh Samphire – United Kingdom

Salak – Indonesia

Romanesco Broccoli – Italy

Rambutan – Malay-Indonesian region and some other parts of Southeast Asia

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit – Central America

Mangosteen or Purple Mangosteen – Southeast Asia, Southwest India, and other tropical areas

Jicama – Central America, the Caribbean, Southern Asia, the Andes Mountain regions

Jackfruit – India, the Philippines, Central and Eastern Africa, Brazil, Surinam

Kiwano or Horned Melon – Kalahari Desert

Gac – Southeast Asian region

Fruit of the Hala tree – Hawaii

Dulse – northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Sugar-apple, sweetsop, custard apple – India, West Indies, tropical Americas, the Philippines

Chico or chikoo fruit – the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Thailand

Carambola or Star Fruit –  the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Seychelles

Buddha’s hand – North East India and China

Purple Akebi – Japan

Ackee, achee, ackee apple or ayee – West Africa, Jamaica

Achiote – tropical regions of the Americas

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About the author

Isabel

Mom of three adorable brats and the wife of a VERY patient man. She loves to write, bake, watch movies, and listen to 80's music in her spare time (if there is any!).