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Jul 21, 2012 08:55 AM

Fruits That Aren't Too Sweet

I'm looking for some new fruits to try. But my tastes run toward the less-sweet side of the spectrum: I like grapefruit, granny-smith apples, blackberries, slightly-underripe peaches and strawberries, etc. In other words I enjoy the distinctive flavor and texture of each fruit more than the pure sweetness that comes with it, although a little sweetness is nice.

So what are some other fruits I might be overlooking that are similarly only mildly sweet?

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    1. re: Veggo

      Aren't crabapples not meant to be eaten raw? I'm looking for fruits that are edible out of hand but aren't very sweet. Thanks for the suggestion though.

      1. re: lamb_da_calculus

        From age 5 to 17 I ate hundreds of crabapples from our magnificent tree in Connecticut, and our mother made jelly. They were not sweet, and it took a real boy to eat them.

      1. re: piwakawaka

        I don't think I've ever seen these, but I will keep an eye out for them, thanks.

        1. re: piwakawaka

          I love blackcurrants, but I don't think they're suitable for eating raw. I think of them as being good for making jam and baked goods...they can be very pungent, sour, and astringent.

        2. Lychees are not overly sweet to me it's flavor is almost like a pear and a grape smashed together.

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          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

            Really? I've tried lychees and have found them very sweet. Maybe it's because they don't have a very distinctive flavor: it seems like there's only a mild floral note.

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              I love lychees! And fresh ones are in season now.

            2. Star fruit. They are ripe when the edges go brown but are much more tart than sweet but very juicy. I love them.

              1. Cape Gooseberries a/k/a Ground Cherries are delicious. They are the size and texture of small cherry tomatoes but are more closely related to tomatillos. I think they have a bit of a less sweet strawberry flavor. Sometimes I think a little like kiwi.

                I also like longans which are similar to lychee.