Lichi is a Chines fruit that has a thin brittle shell and is enclosed with sweet jelly-like pulp. It is a tropical fruit in the Guangdong and Fujian Provinces of China and is now cultivated in many parts of the world.
The fruit of an Achiote tree is not edible but its seeds are. They are used as spice and tastes like fresh pepper with a hint of nutmeg sweetness. Natives in Central and South America use the seeds to make red body paint and lipstick.
The small, translucent, orb-shaped fruit can be found in Southeast Asia, India and Thailand. They can be sour when eaten unripe, but are perfectly sweet when ripe. They can be found on trees as bunches and the riper the fruit, the more they are easily shaken.
Buddha’s Hand, or the fingered citron, is unusually-shaped like fingers in a human hand. The fingers contain a white part of the fruit and sometimes a small amount of acidic pulp. Many of them are juiceless and some are seedless.
Also known as the starfruit, this fruit is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The entire fruit is edible and is usually eaten out of hand. They may also be used in cooking and can be made into relishes, preserves and juice drinks.
This mysterious and beautiful fruit that is native to Japan has translucent white flesh inside that contains many shiny black seeds. Its purple pod can be cooked and eaten as well as a vegetable.
The edible flesh of the mangosteen is sweet, tangy, citrusy and peachy. Its hard shell must be cracked in half before it can be enjoyed. It naturally grows in tropical Southeast Asia.
Fruit Of The Hala Aka Puhala Tree
This odd-looking fruit is a major source of food in Micronesia, especially in the atolls. Its oils is used to cure headaches and its flowers to cure constipation.
This fruit, which originates from Africa, is often labeled in the U.S. as the ”blowfish fruit.” Its yellow covering is spiky while its green flesh is juicy. It has the combined taste of cucumber and zucchini and is rich in Vitamin C and fiber.
Philippine Wild Raspberry
Fruity details: Discovered in 2009 by OFW Dionisio Pullan, sapinit is a type of shrub that typically grows in Mt. Banahaw. It features a prickly stem which makes it a raspberry instead of strawberry. Sapinit can grow as high as six feet and has a unique sweet-sour-bitter taste.
With the help of Bureau of Agricultural Research and its partnership with the Quezon Agricultural Experimental Station (QAES), sapinit has been processed into jam, juice, and wine. Laboratory analysis has shown that sapinit is rich in phytochemicals that inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer.