Top 5 Of The Strangest and Weirdest Fruit

Matthew Crabtree, Staff reporter

If you’re a fan of fruit, you must know strawberries and blueberries. What about Lychee or a Pulasan? Anyone? Everyone knows there are a variety of different fruits and food, but the weirdest and strangest you probably don’t know about. We do and that’s why we are writing this article to countdown the oddest fruit around.

Number Five, Langsat or Lanzones. These fruits grow from trees, so they’re not from space like you think. These fruits actually have the flavor combination of grapes and grapefruit. As you can tell, they look like small potatoes rather than fruit. On the inside, it is almost clear and it has a little white park in the middle where the seeds are placed. In Indonesia, Langsat is very popular fruit in West Kalimantan. “It doesn’t look like a really tasty fruit, rather a disgusting vegetable like broccoli,” said Joseph Kinkade,  8th grader.                                   

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 Number Four, Salak or Snake Fruit. This next fruit had spines going up it’s body like a pineapple, but smaller and brown. The taste is usually sweet and acidic surprisingly, like a diluted pineapple and lime combined. Once you peel the fruit, it looks like a lily unblossomed, don’t you think? It is a species of palm tree native to Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. The snake fruit is good for your stomach, brain, and skin. It can treat heartburn and diarrhea. “It looks weird and it looks very spikey. I’ve never seen that fruit before..” Said Genevieve Vega, 7th grader.   
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Number Three, Breadfruit. The Breadfruit is a fruit that is very rich in starch and when ripe, the starch turns to sugar and tastes like freshly baked bread or potatoes, earning its name. The bread fruit is similar to the Jackfruit and it is part of the Mulberry family. It is commonly found in tropical areas such as Hawaii, as it originated in the South Pacific. The milky sap is from a Breadfruit tree is used as glue. Its bark is commonly used for paper or ‘tapa’. “It looks cool, it looks bumpy and has a spiky texture. It looks very similar to the Jackfruit,” said Ashley Sustayta, 8th grader.

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Number Two, Horned Melon. The Horned Melon produces spiky points throughout it’s bright yellow and orange, mottled skin. The interior is a green jelly substance with white seeds. The melon has a sweet and tart, banana-lime taste. This fruit is native to Southern Africa and only recently has been introduced to other parts of the world. It contains numerous antioxidants and it is beneficial for your eyes, good food for metabolism, and stops premature aging.  “It looks poisonous and it looks really nonedible,” said Jaida Osborne, a 7th grader.

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Number One, Nepal seeds. It is common on coasts and rivers flowing into the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Bangladesh to the Pacific Islands. It grows on Nipa Palms, which leaves are common for making roofs for shacks in rural areas. In the Philippines and Malaysia, the flower cluster can be tapped before it blooms to yield a sweet, edible sap collected to produce a local alcoholic beverage called Tuba, bahal, or tulak. This If you leave this fruit out to the elements for 10 days it will turn to vinegar! “That’s a fruit? That’s crazy. I’m not very sure if I want to eat that, it doesn’t look very edible. I don’t know if I want to try that, it doesn’t look like a fruit.” Says Jade Long, 7th grader.

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Zoriah Briseno has contributed greatly to this article