The horned melon, cherimoya, atemoya, chocolate pudding fruit and Buddha’s hand are some unusual fruits. Canistels, star fruit, kumquat and ugli fruit are other obscure fruit choices.
Horned melons, also called African cucumbers, feature a geometric shape and have bright orange skin. The flesh of the fruit tastes like a mixture of bananas, lemons, zucchini and cucumbers. The horned melon is native to Africa.
Cherimoya has soft white flesh that is sweet with a custard-like texture. The taste is comparable to peaches, strawberries or bananas. Atemoya is a cross between the cherimoya and sugar apple; its taste is comparable to vanilla, coconut and pineapple.
Chocolate pudding fruit, or black sapote, hails from South and Central America. In some places, distillers ferment it to make liquor. Buddha’s hand is a citrus fruit with multiple fingers eaten individually. It grows in China and India.
Canistel, also called egg fruit, is sweet and has an egg-like texture. Cooks in Mexico use it to make custard, sorbet and ice cream. Star fruit has yellow-green skin and five angles, giving it a star-like appearance. The taste is tangy and sweet with a crunch.
Kumquats hail from China and have bright orange skin. They are about the size of large grapes and have a citrusy sweet and tart flavor. Ugli fruit have green-yellow skin and are sweet like tangerines.