#FridayFive: Five exotic fruits
You’ve probably seen plenty of exotic fruits in the supermarket and with this warm weather you probably want to try them. So, in today’s #FridayFive we present our five favourites from distant lands!
The first of our exotic fruits looks suspiciously like a tomato, but you can actually find it growing trees in subtropical areas. It’s the kaki, of course. This exotic fruit has a firm, orange skin and tastes creamy and sweet like an apricot, when it’s ripe. Because it’s so sweet, this fruit is the perfect added to cereals, shakes and desserts. Once washed, you can eat the skin, or you can scoop out the soft pulp from the halved fruit just like a kiwi.
The pitaya is one of the most famous exotic fruits. Also called dragon fruit, the pitaya comes in three varieties: yellow, red with white flesh and red with red flesh. The latter has the most intense aroma, which is reminiscent of kiwi, pear and strawberry. The skin is beautiful to look at but sadly inedible.
Are you planning a cocktail evening? Then you need this next exotic fruit! This one’s also known for its characteristic shape – it’s the carambola or star fruit. It’s easy to see why it’s called star fruit, because slices of this fruit look like pretty stars, which also makes this exotic fruit the perfect ingredient for decorating cocktails, bowls and pastries. The carambola tastes like gooseberries, quite sour but refreshing.
The apple-sized guava comes in a variety of colours from green to yellow and has greenish, white or red flesh. This exotic fruit’s shell and seeds are edible so you can eat it like an apple, or you can cut it open and scoop out the flesh with a spoon and eat it like that. Guava tastes delicious in desserts as well as in savoury dishes.
This exotic fruit with its unusual name is also often called the "hairy lychee” and you only have to look at it to see why. The colouring and shape are very similar to that of a lychee, and it’s really only the long, soft "hairs" which distinguish the rambutan from the lychee. The rambutan tastes similar to grapes. In Germany, it’s not possible to get fresh rambutan because the fruit can’t be stored long enough to ship it here. But, you can find rambutan in Asian supermarkets in different types of jam. If you've managed to get your hands on a fresh rambutan cut open the skin with a knife and then scoop out the flesh just look out for the stone in the middle!