10 exotic fruits, which you never knew existed
In the countries of the former USSR familiar to the eye and the diet of modern man in the street, some fruits were considered a symbol of the exotic. Rumors have been accustomed to only the lemons, oranges, tangerines and apples, while bananas, pineapples or, for example, mango, were unusual. No one really knew what they look like and what kind of taste. When they first began appearing on store shelves, behind them certainly a queue.
Today, the once outlandish fruit all year round can be found in every supermarket in any form, from fresh to canned and dried. These fruits have long ceased to be exotic, and their is no surprise. But presented on the shelves of exotic - just a small part of fruit abundance that nature gives. On the planet cultivated many other exotic fruits, the existence of which many of us have not even heard of. Today we tell about 10 of them.
Jamaican national fruit requires a special approach. The immature fruit contains a poison gipoglitsin that residents of West African adapted themselves to use for fishing. The flesh of ripened fruit is edible. It has a creamy texture and has a nutty flavor. The most widespread was the fruit of Jamaica, where it is prepared for breakfast and made from fruit garnishes.
Evergreen shrub of the family Solanaceae native to South America gives a small sweet fruit. The color and flavor of the fruit is similar to the melon, pumpkin and cucumber. In total there are about 25 varieties of Pepino in the world. Most of them are common in Japan, South America and New Zealand.
Fruit spike comprises a gelatinous pulp with pale green seeds. On the palate, it resembles a cross between a cucumber and zucchini. The fruit is eaten as in sweet and salted by adding it to milk shakes, fruit drinks, as well as savory salads. African cucumber is widely cultivated in California, Central America, New Zealand and Israel.
In South-East Asia, the fruit is as popular as we have, for example, apples. Thick maroon-purple skin is not eaten, and the white pulp of the fruit is edible even when fresh. From it also make fresh juice.
Like grapes, the fruit grows in clusters. Ripe fruit has a fragrant juicy flesh. In the food it consumed both in fresh, and there in canned form. Try fruit can be in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, South India, and in the Hawaiian Islands.
The taste of this exotic fruit resembles a combination of pineapple, mango, strawberry, banana and passion fruit. For the first time began to cultivate it on the foothills of the Andes. From there it spread to the New World and beyond to countries such as Australia, India, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Italy, Egypt and many others. Fruit consumed either fresh, or add it to soft drinks, ice cream and prepare fruit salads with him.
To get to the flesh, the fruit must be cleaned from the skin, consisting of a red scales. The fruit is a storehouse of vitamins A and C, and some argue that it contains large amounts of hormones, allowing the beautiful half of humanity to acquire magnificent volumes in the right places. It is used fresh and made on the basis of his wine. Aguadzh grows in the Amazon jungle.
jackfruit fruits can weigh up to 34 kg. Thick peel and the seeds mature fruit attenuate very unpleasant smell, while the flesh smells nice and is somewhat reminiscent of pineapple and banana. The fruit is widely distributed in South-East Asia, India and Bangladesh. Bringing with him but neither do local chefs: it is fried, boiled, stewed, added to desserts and simply eaten fresh.
Fruit has with nothing comparable taste and strong aroma. Fifth of the volume occupied by the fruit seeds, which contain up to 50% of a white oil similar in its properties to cocoa butter. They have a higher melting point, so that made of them the chocolate melts in your mouth. Apart from him cupuaçu make jams, juices, cordials, yogurts and eaten fresh. Fruit is the most widely cultivated in South America.
Fruits resembles a kiwi, and the structure - persimmon. Ripe fruits have a sweet taste. They are eaten fresh, stewed, used as a filling for pies and do for fruit wine. The most widely used fruit received in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Philippines and tropical America.