We’re all familiar with the standard fruit salad that has chunks of apples, bananas, and oranges. More exotic fruits like mangos, papayas, passion fruit, and pomegranate have even become fairly mainstream for their healthy properties and the wonderful flavor that they add to smoothies, sorbet, and other fruity foods.
But what about those fruits that are so exotic you’ve never even heard of them? While you may not find any of these at your local grocery store or farmer’s market, you might run into them if you ever fly halfway around the globe or explore a specialty foods store:
- Jackfruit – native to India and Bangladesh, the jackfruit is green in color and is covered with small hard nodules. The flesh tastes similar to that of a pineapple.
- Rambutan – native to Southeast Asia, these spiny red fruits look a bit like a jellyfish, though this sweet treat is actually made into, well, jelly.
- Lychee – native to India, China, and Taiwan, this Vitamin C-rich fruit is slowly growing in popularity all over the US. It has a pink rind, white flesh, and a grape-like center.
- Kumquat – native to China, these small fruits are bright orange in color and resemble a tangerine. They can be used in jelly, tea, and other beverages.
- African cucumber – native to the Kalahari Desert, this fruit is bright yellow in color and covered with small spikes, a bit like a cactus. The dark green flesh is reminiscent of cucumber, limes, and passion fruit.
The warm climate of Florida makes it possible to grow a variety of wonderful fruits, and a few of the above specialties might not be far behind. Ask your local grocer if they carry any specialty fruits and, if they do, in which season can you expect to see them on the shelves. Delicious produce and warm weather are just a few of the benefits of living in an apartment in Alachua, FL, in the One 51 Place apartment community.
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