Which fruits are tropical and exotic

Exotic fruits pictures

Exotic fruits

Whether kiwano, acerola or persimmon: do you always know which exotic fruit is in front of you in the supermarket? We show the pictures of many exotic fruits and explain how to eat them. Treat yourself to some fruity variety in your diet.


How do you recognize a kiwano?
Spiky orange on the outside, bright green on the inside: The colorful African fruit is an eye-catcher! When cut open, the exotic fruit with its kernels reminds us of cucumbers, to which it is related as well as melons. The kiwano is therefore also called "horn cucumber" or "horn melon" and is a pumpkin plant.

How does it taste
Kivano fruits have a slightly tart, slightly tart taste that is reminiscent of lime, passion fruit and banana. With this flavor cocktail, they can be used in many ways in the kitchen.

How are Kiwanos mostly used?
The fruit can be spooned like a kiwi by cutting open the skin lengthways. However, this is not edible. The kiwano tastes best when it comes out of the refrigerator. You can also use it to prepare delicious fruit salads, compotes for desserts, ice cream and cakes or savory meat and fish dishes. As decorative as the fruit is, it also adorns every dish when cut in slices.

What vitamins are in the fruits?
The kiwano, like its relatives (cucumber and melon), consists mainly of water, which is why the fruit is very low in calories. 100 grams have just 44 kcal. It contains minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium as well as vitamins B and C.

Recipe idea

Serve a kiwano compote with poultry skewers and chicken wings, or add a little on cheesecake and ice cream.


How do you recognize dates?
Dates, also known as desert bread, are thick-fleshed and sticky fruits up to 3 cm in size. They contain an elongated core that has to be removed for consumption or processing of the fruit. The fruits come from Pakistan, Morocco and Egypt and come from the date palm.

How do they taste
Dates have a slight honey taste and are just as sweet - so they are high in fructose and calories. Those who like to eat sweet will love the fine aromatic fruit!

How are datesmostly used?
The sweet fruit can be eaten pure or finely chopped to sweeten milk, cakes and other dishes. This not only gives baked goods and Co. a very tasty honey note: dates are a popular alternative to sugar as a natural sweetener. Dates are mainly found in dried fruit mixes and are said to provide quick energy.

What vitamins are in the fruits?
Dates contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. In addition, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, niacin and folic acid - vitamin C only occurs in small amounts. The dietary fiber it contains is good for digestion, and at the same time dates are said to have a healing effect on respiratory and nervous diseases and anemia.

Recipe idea

Sweet and savory: dates wrapped in ham are a popular finger food at parties.

Dragon fruit or pitaya

How do you recognize the pitaya?
The pitaya is about 8-15 cm long. There are usually three types of pitaya available in the supermarket: a yellow and a red with white flesh and a red with red flesh. The ripe fruit can be kept for about twelve days at room temperature.

How does it taste
The pitaya can taste sour or very sweet. It has a high water content. In the supermarket you can find two types: a yellow fruit, it is sweet and its taste is similar to a kiwi, but it is not as intense. The red fruit is almost tasteless.

How will the Pitaya mostly used?
Pitayas are used to decorate buffets in their countries of origin, such as Mexico. You can cut the fruit lengthways and spoon it out like a kiwi. It is also suitable for desserts in fruit salads, on cakes or as ice cream.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The dragon fruits consist of about 90% water and contain a lot of iron, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins B, C and E.

Recipe idea

The pitaya can be eaten with ham and cheese like melon. It is also suitable with fish.


How do you recognize rambutan?
You can't miss this fruit. Rambutan is small, round, and full of tuft-like spines. Their flesh is white with an inedible core.

How does it taste
You can pick up rambutan and spread it with your fingers. They taste sweet and sour and refreshing. In terms of taste, they are similar to grapes.

How is rambutan used?
The tropical fruit is related to the lychee and is native to Southeast Asia. The hairy fruit can be eaten both raw and cooked.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
Rambutan is very rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fats, iron, calcium, vitamin C, pectin, phosphorus and flavonoids.

Recipe idea

In addition to eating fresh, the small fruit is also suitable for salads, desserts or compotes.

The Langsat

How do you recognize Langsat?
The fruits of the lansi tree are called Langsat, Longkong or Duku. The fruit is mostly unknown in Europe, but you can buy it in Asian grocery stores. Langsats are two to four centimeters tall, oval, with a yellowish-gray color. Their shell is hairy like velvet.

How does it taste
The white, transparent, juicy-sticky pulp tastes sweet to sour, with a pleasant bitter note. The taste is similar to that of a grapefruit.

How is Langsat used?
The Langsat is best eaten fresh. You simply take the fruit between your fingers and tear the peel apart, then you can eat the individual segments, like a tangerine. The seeds should not be bitten, as they taste very bitter, just like the peel.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The fruit is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2 and ascorbic acid.

Recipe idea

The Langsat is best eaten raw. But you can also use them in salads or desserts.


How do you recognize the acerola?
The acerola is one to three inches tall and red. In terms of appearance, it resembles a Kische. In the supermarket it is also known as the maple, Antilles, Puerto Rico or Barbados cherry.

How does it taste
The acerola tastes slightly sour and is reminiscent of the taste of apples. But be careful: the fruits spoil quickly. You should not store your fruits for more than three to five days.

How is acerola mostly used?
Since the fruits spoil quickly due to their high juice content of almost 80% and the sensitive skin, they are mostly processed into juice.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The acerola is one of the fruits richest in vitamin C. It also contains provitamin A, vitamins B1, niacin and the minerals iron, phosphorus and calcium.

Recipe idea

The acerola is particularly suitable for a delicious fruit juice. A delicious combination is, for example, the juice of the acerola together with apple, passion fruit, orange and grape juice. A few ice cubes in a glass and you've conjured up a wonderful summer drink.

Pepino or melon pear

How do you recognize the melon pear?
As the name suggests, the pepino looks like a melon. The egg-shaped fruit is usually ten to eight inches tall. A clear feature is their thin and smooth shell. As they ripen, their stripes change color, from green to yellow to purple. Their flesh is yellowish and very soft.

How does it taste
The taste of the Pepino is a mixture between pear and melon.

How is the melon pear mostly used?
The pepino can be eaten as an addition to a fruit salad or as a refreshment snack. The fruits are eaten when they are marbled creamy white and purple. When it is very ripe, the bowl can simply be eaten.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
Their vitamin C content is extremely high. Even higher than in citrus.

Recipe idea

The Pepino fruits are particularly suitable as an addition to fruit salads, but can also be prepared like pumpkins.


How do you recognize the persimmons?
The persimmon is reminiscent of a yellow-red tomato. There are four hard, pointed leaves at the base of the stem. The fruit has a firm, smooth and shiny skin. Their flesh is soft and jelly-like.

How does it taste
The taste of the persimmon is reminiscent of a very sweet apricot with a hint of vanilla. The contained tannin provides a pleasantly tart note. But be careful: pay attention to the ripeness of the fruit when buying. Because in the unripe state, the tannin content is extremely high, which gives an unpleasant and furry taste in the mouth.

How is persimmon mostly used?
Even if the peel of the fruit is easily edible, the persimmon is often spooned out like a kiwi. It can be eaten raw or cooked.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The persimmon contains vitamin A. But watch out! The little fruit is a sugar bomb too! This makes it a perfect source of energy for in between - but should not be consumed in large quantities.

Recipe idea

The kaki can be used in many ways in the kitchen. The orange fruit goes wonderfully with hearty dishes. It can of course also be combined with sweet dishes. Whether for a fruit salad, a quark dish, or made into jam. This fruit is an all-rounder!

Prickly pear

How do you recognize the prickly pear?
The prickly pear is an oval and fist-sized fruit with a greenish-yellow skin and small, pointed thorns. It has juicy orange-yellow flesh with small, edible seeds inside. The fruits of the prickly pear smell like a watermelon. When buying, make sure that the prickly pear is soft and juicy, because the fruit no longer ripens. Prickly pears keep for about 2 days at room temperature and a little longer in the refrigerator.

How does it taste
Warning: grass-green prickly pears are immature and taste bland. The ripe fruits are sweet and sour and taste like ripe melons or pears. Before eating, you should remove the existing spines, cut the fruit in half, and then spoon it out like a kiwi. You can also peel the prickly pear and then cut the soft flesh into pieces or slices.

How is the prickly pear mostly used?
The prickly pear is mainly used as a natural coloring agent for ice cream, fruit juices or as animal feed.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The prickly fruit is high in fiber, vitamin C and potassium.

Recipe idea

With its sweet and sour aroma, the prickly pear can be used in many ways in the kitchen. Be it with desserts or with savory, savory dishes. The fruit is particularly tasty with game or poultry dishes.


How do you recognize the kumquat?
The kumquat is visually reminiscent of a small orange. The fruit, which comes from Asia, is often used to decorate dishes. It is up to four inches long and colored yellow to orange. The shell is thin with very fine pores. Inside the kumquat you will find several areas with edible seeds.

How does it taste
Since the peel of the kumquat is so fine-pored and untreated, you can eat the fruit without hesitation. The pulp tastes similar to an orange. The peel itself has a tart, sour taste.

How is kumquat mostly used?
It is best to eat the fruit raw. Since it is untreated, you can simply eat the bowl with it. The kumquat is also good for jams, jellies or jams. If you roll the fruit between the palms of your hands, it will become sweeter and softer.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
There is a lot of power in this mini fruit. It contains vitamins A, B, and C. It is also rich in potassium, calcium, iron and sodium.

Recipe idea

The small citrus fruit is perfect for desserts. Whether ice cream, fruit salad, or as a decoration on your cocktail.


How do you recognize the carambola?
Carambola, also known as carambola, is a tropical fruit. It becomes 8 to 12 cm long. She is best known for her appearance. It is light to golden yellow and also slightly transparent.

How does it taste
Its pulp is as varied as its exterior is interesting. Because depending on the degree of ripeness, the flesh of the carambola is soft and sweet or firm and sour.

How is the carambola mostly used?
You will have seen the carambola on the cocktail glass many times, because when you cut the fruit into slices, small stars appear. Hence it bears its name "star fruit".

What vitamins are in the fruit?
The star-shaped fruit is rich in potassium and vitamin C. If you have problems with iron deficiency, you should consume the star fruit in moderation, as it contains plenty of oxalic acid, which also blocks the absorption of iron in the body.

Recipe idea

Thanks to its high water content, the carambola is a great refreshment! This makes it relatively unsuitable for cooking. It is best to cook the fruit briefly. The fruit goes best with Asian dishes.

Feijoa or pineapple guava

How do you recognize the feijoa?
The pineapple guava is a plum-sized and egg-shaped fruit. Their dark green skin turns yellow as it ripens. White, jelly-like pulp with small, hard but edible seeds is hidden behind the thin and firm skin.

How does it taste
This fruit tastes like a mixture of pineapple and strawberries. Usually it is slightly sour. It is eaten like a kiwi.

How is the feijoa mostly used?
The guava can either be spooned raw, like a kiwi, but it is also suitable for jams or jellies because of its exotic taste.

What vitamins are in the fruit?
It is rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine). It also contains vitamin C and a lot of pectin. Above all, the high iodine and vitamin C content is very healthy.

Recipe idea

For use in fruit salads and other desserts, the fruits must be washed and then peeled. It is also suitable for making compotes, fruit sauces, drinks or ice cream.


How do you recognize the grenadilla?
The fruit is a passion fruit, about the size of a chicken egg and has a smooth, dry and somewhat woody skin. This is orange and has yellow speckles. Inside the fruit is the aromatic pulp, which encases small black edible seeds.

How does it taste
The taste is sweet and sour and reminds a little of gooseberries.

How is the fruit mostly used?
You can process the grenadilla into juices, for example. The fruit also tastes great as an ingredient in desserts, quark or yoghurt.

Which vitamins are in the grenadilla?
The fruits have a high proportion of vitamins C and B, potassium and iron and are therefore very healthy.

Recipe idea

Serve the grenadilla with your morning muesli. The sweet and sour fruit is a perfect addition.

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