The world isn't just apples and oranges. There are rambutans, lychees and durians too! Half of these fruits don't even look edible, but they are — and they're pretty tasty too. HOT WEATHER/COOL FRUIT Take a look at these weird fruits from around the world and maybe you'll get some travel inspiration, too.
In Indonesia, it is common to make tea and jams out of the mangosteen, since it is extremelysweet. The fruit is also touted as a cure to some health ailments, although the science is out on that.Try this mangosteen cocktail to cool down on after a hot summer day.
It has a sweet, crisp, and juicy taste, and can be used fresh in salads or in this recipe for astarfruit, orange and mango smoothie for a summer treat.
'Rambutan' is Malay for hairy, a pretty appropriate name for this fruit that could be straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Underneath the red and spiky flesh there is the sweet, white fruit. The spikes are actually pretty soft so you can bite into the fruit, or cut it open.
Try rambutan gelato on a hot summer day. Your taste buds will thank you.
Passionfruit is great in deserts and cocktails.
The fruit comes in three different varieties, white flesh, red (really bright magenta) flesh, and yellow flesh: all equally delicious. This dragonfruit shake is sure to become a summer staple.
In the center of the fruit is a hard seed, so make sure to watch out for it. Lychees are commonly eaten out of hand, but can also be used in teas or cocktails.
Although it's mostly rind, you can use this fingered citron to infuse drinks, make marmalade, in azesty dressing — or even to do laundry. Wash your finer clothes with a piece of the rind for a refreshing and citrusy smell.
Although the jackfruit doesn't smell great, it has a gooey mango-like taste and is best eaten fresh. Look in Asian or Caribbean markets for imported jackfruit, as it is grown on a very limited scale in the U.S. And try your hand at making jackfruit ice cream to impress at your next summer barbecue.
Horned melons are native to Africa, while the name 'kiwano' was created by two New Zealanders who began growing the fruit. The hard shell is perfect for creating gorgeous dishes like this kiwano, banana and pineapple sorbet.
The fruit has many large, black seeds, so make sure to remove those before you it it. The custard-like texture of the sweetsop make it a perfect ingredient for sorbet.
It is regarded as the "king of the fruits" in some parts, but the durian's taste might be appalling to outsiders. Durian ice cream is an extremely popular dish in Indonesia, but you'll have to try it for yourself to decide if you're a lover or a hater.