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Do you use any of these very strange fruits? - moved from Home Cooking board

I found this article. "Ten of the World’s Strangest Fruits" http://www.divinecaroline.com/22145/8...

There are a couple of them that I have at least heard of, durian and starfruit. Have you ever used any of these fruits?

Here is a list:

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)
Durian
Carambola (Starfruit)
Rambutan
Kiwano (African Horned Melon)
Custard Apple
Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle Fruit)
Ugly Fruit
Cherimoya
Physalis

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  1. Yes to Ugly Fruit as an alternative to grapefruit.
    Yes to starfruit as a nice addition to fruit salad or to decorate a plate.

    I've eaten dragon fruit and durian is a very acquired taste (that I have not acquired).
    Most of these are tropical fruits and not readily available in North America.

    1. Dunno if "used" is the right word, but I eat just about everything listed on that list with the exception of the now-infamous so-called "miracle fruit".

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I don't think Hank meant infamous Acai/ Mangosteen MLM products as "Miracle Fruit". He's talking about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_... or http://mberry.us/

         
        1. re: Charlesnl7

          Yes, I know. I've never tried it, despite it's supposed magical powers.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Let me know if I can help out if you're interested. I'm the founder of mberry and we love sharing the magic :)

            if you have twitter message me @mymberry or just shoot me an email charles@mberry.us and I'll make sure we hook you up.

      2. I have used Carambola [starfruit] thinly sliced in fruit salads more for appearance as I don't find the taste that great. I have also used Ugly Fruit - a citrus fruit that I like. I have seen custard apple and miracle fruit but most of the others are not available in our stores.

        1. That dragon fruit is beautiful. I think if I saw a great horned African melon, I would probably run the other way. I think I might get a small spoonful before I ran. I have seen the starfruit at the grocery store.

          1. Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) - Yes. Very pretty but not real flavorful. Refreshing in hot climates.
            Durian - Nope. Can't get past the smell.
            Carambola (Starfruit) - Yes. Again, pretty but not a strong flavor. Nice in fruit salads.
            Rambutan - Yes. Delicious! One of my alltime favorites. Yum.
            Kiwano (African Horned Melon) - Nope.
            Custard Apple - No.
            Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle Fruit) - Nope.
            Ugly Fruit - Nope.
            Cherimoya - Nope.
            Physalis - Nope.