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)
Kiwano (African Horned Melon)
Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle Fruit)
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.
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.
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.
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.