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Tropical Fruits

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Be adventurous!

Asia is not only rich in culture and history; it is also a treasure trove of flavors, namely those of tropical fruits you might not have encountered in your lifetime. The range of tropical fruits that can be found in the region is what makes Asia so unique. Not only are these fruits eaten as is, but they are also incorporated in savory dishes from curries and stews. The versatility of these fruits is unlike any other.


This is a quick guide to the types of uncommon exotic tropical fruits you must try on your next trip to Asia. Familiarizing yourself with these fruits will help you have an eye out for them on your next adventure. You will know what to look for and have an idea of what to expect.


Immersing yourself in the beauty of Asia also means tasting all of nature's gifts. Asian fruits may look intimidating, but don't be scared. You will be pleasantly surprised. There is much to discover using all of your senses, and you can be assured that your sense of taste will not be disappointed.

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Rambutan Fruit

The Rambutan fruit is a delicious and juicy exotic tropical fruit with red spikey rind (its spikes are soft). This spikey rind is soft to the touch. You can pry it open by poking a slit with your fingernail and gently pull the two halves apart. This fruit is easy to eat. Occasionally, you might find the outer rind of the seed clinging to the side of the meat, remove or spit out this inedible portion.


The fruit itself is a bit transparent and smooth. This fruit comes from a big tree, and the fruits grow in clusters. They start as spikey and oval-shaped and gradually ripen into red fruits.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet when it is fully ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own
  • can be mixed with other fruits to make a fruit cocktail

Similar taste: longan, lychee, pulasan, mamoncillo

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • believed to may have anti-cancer properties
  • rich in dietary fiber
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and C

Found in: native to Southeast Asia

Tree: Nepheleum Lappaceum tree



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Soursop

Soursop is yet another exotic tropical fruit that has a thick creamy texture similar to a ripe banana. Its flavors are thought to be similar to that of a pineapple combined with strawberries and apple. It is recommended only to consume small amounts of this fruit. These fruits can be seen in abundance in fruit stalls in /southeast Asia and come in juice form.


Sweet or sour scale: sour and sweet when it is fully ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own
  • it can be juiced

Similar taste: often compared to a combination of pineapple/ strawberry, apple

Acquired taste: yes

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • believed to may have anti-cancer properties
  • may help fight bacteria
  • may help reduce inflammation
  • may help stabilize blood sugar levels

Found in: native to the Caribbean and South America

Tree: Annona Muricata tree

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Dalanghita

This tropical fruit is also known as Mandarin Orange; it has a green to yellow-green rind when ripe. The fruit is consumed just like a regular orange and is frequently enjoyed as a beverage. The Dalandan is another fruit that is very similar to the Dalandan. These two are often interchanged with each other. This small, unassuming fruit packs a lot of flavors.


Typically, this is consumed when someone has symptoms of a cold. Since this juice is rich in vitamin C, it helps boost the immune system and encourages fast recovery.


Sweet or sour scale: should be sweet when it is fully ripe.

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own
  • it can be juiced.

Similar taste: orange

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • believed to may have anti-cancer properties
  • may help boost immunity to fight off infection and scurvy
  • has Nobiletin, a kind of flavonoid known to reduce oiliness in the skin
  • fiber
  • Vitamin A, C
  • folic acid
  • potassium

Found in: Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines, Japan, southern China, India

Tree: Citrus Nobilis tree

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Caimito/ Star Apple

Caimito is also known as Star apple; this is due to the seeds' radiating star shape pattern when it is cut crosswise. The flesh is translucent white, creamy, and jelly-like. It is not overly sweet and has a pleasing flavor. Often, a white sap-like liquid comes from the skin that is a little bitter, but it does not take away from the delicious tropical fruit taste of the Caimito. The Caimito's skin ranges from green to aubergine in color.


Sweet or sour scale: sweet when it is fully ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own

Similar taste: lychee, persimmon

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • Vitamin C
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • used to treat sore throat
  • may help reduce inflammation

Found in: Caribbean, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa

Tree: Chrysophyllum Cainito Tree ( can grow up to 20meters in height)

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Cacao

Did you know that the cacao fruit can be consumed and not just the seeds? The cacao is a tropical fruit that has a very thick rind. It usually has a yellowish color, the pulp has a wonderful fruity flavor, with hints of mango, a littof pineap,ple and santol. Its pulp is tangy but sweet. It has a slightly floral flavor to it. The pulp is mucilaginous. It contains about 30 to 50 seeds, which are used to make chocolate.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet and tangy when it is fully ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own

Similar taste: slight lemony taste

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • magnesium calcium
  • iron
  • zinc
  • potassium
  • manganese
  • may help fight depression
  • believed to may have anti-inflammatory properties
  • may help reduce the risk of diabetes

Found in: native to lowland rainforest of the Amazon and Orinoco River basin but can also be found in New World tropics, Western Africa, and tropical Asia

Tree: Theobroma/ chocolate tree

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Durian Fruit

Durian is the most notorious exotic tropical fruit on our list. This is due in large to its smell. Its pungent odor has gotten it in so much trouble that some airlines have banned the transport of it in their planes as well as other forms of transportation like taxis, subways, and even ships. They're also a few hotels that have prohibited the smelly fruit from being taken into its premises.

It has a prickly outer skin. Its flesh has a creamy, custardy texture, and its flavors are a combination of vanilla, garlic, chives, coffee, powdered sugar. So you are left with a somewhat sweet and savory taste. Some people either love it or despise it entirely.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet when it is fully ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own

Similar taste: like no other

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • may help reduce cancer risk
  • may help prevent heart disease
  • may help reduce cholesterol
  • may help fight infection
  • may help lower blood sugar
  • fiber
  • folic acid
  • Vitamin B6
  • zinc
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • phytonutrients
  • thiamin
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • Vitamin C

Found in: Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, southern Thailand

Tree: Durio Zibethenus tree


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Camachile/ Manila Tamarind

The Camachile or Manila Tamarind is a rare fruit that is eaten raw. Its outer pod is soft and spongy while its flesh is pinkish to white. It has a sweet, musky, and slightly floral scent. The taste can be described as being similar to dry coconut. It is sometimes mistaken for regular tamarind. Do not pass up on a chance to try this tropical fruit.


Sweet or sour scale: neutral

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own

Similar taste: like dry coconut

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help eliminate pigmentation
  • may help cure acne and pimples
  • may help remove dark spots
  • may prevent hair loss
  • Vitamin A,B,C,E,K
  • niacin
  • thiamin
  • pantothenic acid
  • pyridoxine
  • dietary fiber
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • sodium
  • selenium

Found in: native to Pacific Coast and adjacent highlands of Mexico, Southeast Asia

Tree: Pithecolobium Dulce tree


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Sugar-Apple/ Sweetsop

Sugar-Apples/ Sweetsop/ Atis is part of the Annona family. It is a segmented exotic tropical fruit and green in color, even when it is ripe. It is ripe when it is a bit /soft but still firm when you squeeze it. It will be easy to pull apart at this time. The interior has a creamy custard-like texture, a bit grainy like granulated sugar; it is sweet with a slightly tangy flavor. There are numerous seeds inside the flesh pods.


Most often, The Sugar-apple's trees are found in backyards. These are small to medium trees, and harvesting the fruits are easy. These are usually sold by the basket load during summer.


Sweet or sour scale: sweet when it is ripe

How it is consumed:

  • it is consumed on its own

Similar taste: soursop, mushy apple

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • believed to may have anti-inflammatory properties
  • believed to may have antiviral properties
  • may help lower blood sugar
  • may have analgesic properties
  • may help in hair and skin repair
  • promotes heart health
  • Vitamin B6, B2, B3,B5, B9, and C
  • thiamin
  • dietary fiber
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium

Found in: South East Mexico, Sout America, Caribbean, Southeast Asia

Tree: Annona Squamosa Tree

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Cashew Apple

Not a lot of people know that cashew nuts are part of the cashew apple. This is the fruit that is often left to rot once it hits the ground. The cashew apple can be eaten fresh, used in curries, or fermented into vinegar. It is also used to make a type of liquor called Feni. It has a sweet to bitter and acidic taste. It is highly aromatic with sweet, tropical flavors. Many liken the flavor of the fruit to be likened to a blend of cucumbers, strawberries, mangos, and bell pepper. The yellow flesh is spongy, juicy, and a bit stringy. The outer skin is waxy with colors ranging from golden yellow to red hues.


Sweet or sour scale: sweet to bitter, slightly acidic

How it is consumed: the fruit is consumed on its own

roasted cashews:

  • can be eaten as a snack
  • it can also be made into cashew butter
  • used in baked goods, energy bars and trail mix

Similar taste: flavor of the fruit to be likened to a blend of cucumbers, strawberries, mangos, and bell pepper.

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may aid in blood production
  • may help promote heart health
  • may aid in weight loss
  • copper
  • calcium
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • zinc

Found in: native to Pacific Coast and adjacent highlands of Mexico, Southeast Asia

Tree: Anacardium Occidentale Tree

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Lanzones/ Langsat

Lanzones is a citrus tropical fruit with thin, light yellow skin that is easy to peel. The Lanzones fruit is segmented like an orange, but its flesh is translucent, and some segments have seeds, be careful not to bite into the seed as it is very bitter. Some people swallow the seeds if they are small and soft, but the tougher, bigger seeds you would need to spit out. It is a delicious fruit and sought is after when it is in season. It is highly recommended!


Sweet or sour scale: a bit tart but generally sweet when it is ripe

How it is consumed:

  • the fruit is consumed on its own
  • The rind is left to dry in the sun. It is often lit to produce smoke that is believed to ward off mosquitoes

Similar taste: similar to a grapefruit, lychee, grapes

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • may help lower blood pressure
  • may help with heart health
  • may help with skeletal health
  • rich n antioxidants
  • fiber
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • carotene
  • calcium
  • phosphorous
  • thiamine
  • potassium

Found in: Southeast Asia

Tree: Lansium Domesticum tree

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Carambola/ Star Fruit

Another exotic tropical fruit is the Carambola or Star Fruit. It has a beautiful shape with its five pointy sides. The taste is similar to a pear, grape, kamias, and citrus family fruits. Unripe star fruits are firmer and sour and taste like green apples. Ripe carambolas may also be used in cooking.


Sweet or sour scale: some are sour but are generally sweet when they are ripe

How it is consumed:

  • the fruit is consumed on its own with salt
  • candied preserves
  • used in savory dishes

Similar taste: similar to pear, grape or kamias

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • believed to may have anti-inflammatory properties
  • may help with heart health
  • may help with weight loss.
  • may help regulate blood pressure.
  • may help boost digestion
  • may help reduce cholesterol
  • dietary fiber
  • Vitamin A, B, and C
  • zinc
  • phosphorus
  • magnesium
  • sodium
  • iron
  • potassium
  • rich in antioxidants

Found in: Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Micronesia parts of East Asia, Caribbean

Tree: Averrhoa Carambola tree

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Kamias/ Tree Cucumber

Kamias, also known as Bilimbi or Tree Cucumber, is an extremely sour tropical fruit and is often used as a cooking substitute for tamarind or tomato as a souring agent. It is often added to soup stocks. This fruit is firm and has a somewhat waxy skin that also can be eaten. It is overly acidic. When it is eaten raw, it is best to dip it in salt.


Sweet or sour scale: very sour

How it is consumed:

  • the fruit is consumed on its own with salt
  • candied preserves
  • used in savory dishes

Similar taste: similar to star fruit

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help control gastrointestinal bleeding in the stomach
  • may help lower cholesterol,
  • may help reduce fever and inflammation,
  • may prevent cough and scurvy.
  • believed to may have antibacterial properties.
  • may help promote heart health
  • vitamins B and C
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • fiber
  • calcium
  • iron
  • thiamine
  • riboflavin
  • carotene,
  • niacin
  • rich in antioxidants

Found in : Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Sri-Lanka.

Tree: Averrhoa bilimbi tree

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Chesa/ Canistel/ Egg Fruit

Chesa/ Canistel or Egg Fruit is a tropical fruit that tastes similar to a sweet potato or hard-boiled egg yolks. Its flesh is golden yellow and has a dry and crumbly texture. It is mildly sweet but tends to be bland. The fruit itself is oval and has a pointy tip. The skin cannot be eaten. This is usually consumed as a dessert or mid-day snack.


Sweet or sour scale: neutral

How it is consumed:

  • it is be eaten on its own

Similar taste: sweet potato or hard-boiled egg yolk

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help promote heart health
  • may help fight osteoarthritis
  • believed to may help strengthen immunity
  • may help promote good digestion
  • may help prevent anemia
  • may help with bone health
  • rich in antioxidants
  • vitamin a
  • vitamin C
  • niacin
  • beta carotene

Found in: Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Southeast Asia

Tree: Pouteria campechiana tree

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Duhat/ Java Plum

Duhat is also known as Java Plum/ black plum/ jambolan is another exotic tropical fruit. It looks very similar to black grapes. It has a thin skin with a rich dark aubergine color. The flesh on the other hand is translucent. It is sweet when it is ripe and in the season but is generally tart. It tastes similar to tart plum. It is normally served in a bowl tossed in rock salt. Much care should be taken when eating this fruit; its juice can stain your clothes.

Sweet or sour scale: more tart than sweet

How it is consumed:

  • it is be eaten on its own

Similar taste: tart plum or tart grape

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help promote heart health
  • may help strengthen immunity
  • may help promote the production of hemoglobin
  • believed to may have antibacterial properties
  • rich in antioxidants
  • may help regulate blood pressure
  • may help promote good digestion
  • may help with bone health
  • vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6
  • vitamin C
  • calcium
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • sodium

Found in: Southeast Asia

Tree: Syzygium cumini tree

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Calamansi

Calamansi is a citrus tropical fruit that is about an inch wide. It has a dark bottle green color, but some variants come variegated. The variegated variety is used more as an ornamental plant. It is widely used in sauces, marinade, dishes that would require a sour component, and in juices and shakes. This versatile little fruit packs a sour punch. Its flavor is a cross between a lemon, lime, and orange.


Sweet or sour scale: very sour

How it is consumed:

  • added to savory dishes
  • as a marinade
  • juice/ shake

Similar taste: lemon/ lime/ orange

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help fight inflammation
  • may help in collagen production
  • may help strengthen the immune system
  • may help reduce mucus
  • may help regulate glucose
  • may help regulate insulin levels
  • may help regulate cholesterol levels
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin A
  • calcium
  • potassium.
  • phosphorus
  • iron
  • calcium

Found in: native to the Philippines, Borneo, and Sulawesi in Southeast Asia and southern China and Taiwan in East Asia.

Shrub: Calamansi shrub

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Buddha's Hand Fruit

This is the exotic Buddha's Hand fruit; it has unusual "finger looking" segments. That is how it got its name, as an homage to the representations of Buddha. Buddha's Hand is a citron, an ancestor of lemons and oranges. This citron is all rind, no seeds, flesh, pulp, nor juice. It has a sweet lemony aroma. It is basically used as zest!


Sweet or sour scale: mildly sweet with a lemony aroma

How it is consumed:

  • added to savory dishes
  • added to baked goods
  • cocktails
  • fruit preserves

Similar taste: citron zest

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help fight inflammation
  • may help reduce lower abdominal pain
  • vitamin C
  • rich in antioxidants
  • Vitamin E
  • calcium
  • sodium
  • potassium.

Found in: native to China and the lower Himalayas, Northeast India

Tree: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis (small shrubby tree)

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Rattan Fruit

The Rattan fruit is about an inch wide with "scaly" skin, pretty much resembling the scales of a pangolin. Its flesh is very similar to a Rambutan but is very sour, so be careful when eating this fruit. Rattan is not grown primarily for its fruit; the fruit is more like a by-product, although this tropical fruit does produce a red resin also called "dragon's blood" that is used as a pigment and is also believed to have medical properties.


Sweet or sour scale: very sour

How it is consumed:

  • on its own with salt
  • pickled

Similar taste: similar to calamansi

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help boost the immune system
  • may help increase brain function
  • may help with anemia
  • may help digestion
  • thiamine
  • fiber
  • has phytonutrients
  • beta carotene
  • vitamin C
  • rich in antioxidants
  • vitamin A
  • iron
  • calcium

Found in: Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bangladesh

Tree: Calamus Rotang

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a very large tropical fruit with a thick and prickly rind. It is highly aromatic, especially when it is ripe. The fruit is so versatile. Cooking with young jackfruit gives you a meat-like texture like that of pulled pork or chicken. It absorbs flavor very well and has an excellent mouthfeel. It is now being used in many vegan recipes because of this. It has always been a regular in Asian dishes. When it is ripe, the fruit is cut into smaller segments and sold this way because one jackfruit can weigh up to 50 lbs. These fruits are huge, and each tree can have multiple fruits growing at the same time. It is customary to bag the hanging fruits in sacks to keep it protected from animals and insects. The fruit is sweet and firm and can also be made into jams and preserves. It is also an ingredient that is often included in desserts. The seeds are not wasted; they are boiled until soft. Once peeled, the seeds are similar in texture and flavor to a chestnut.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • savory dishes
  • preserves
  • jams
  • seeds can be boiled and eaten
  • sun or air-dried

Similar taste: a combination of pineapple and banana and apple and peach

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • high in dietary fiber,
  • may help prevent diabetes.
  • may help regulate blood pressure
  • may help with digestion
  • may improve skin health
  • seeds are rich in protein
  • may help prevent anemia.
  • may help promote healthy hair and skin
  • may help promote good eyesight.
  • may help prevent indigestion
  • may help build muscles
  • potassium
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • zinc
  • niacin

Found in: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Brazil, Caribbean

Tree: Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam tree

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Tamarind

The tamarind is brown, pod-like fruit that contains a sweet, tangy pulp. The tamarind fruit is used in cooking when a sour agent is called for. It can be added squeezed or as a paste. It is a mainstay in many Southeast Asian country's cuisines. It is also made into preserves and candies. The tamarind is sour but can be very sweet when it is ripe. Its flavor is said to resemble that of lemons and dates.


Sweet or sour scale: sour to sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • soup base
  • preserves
  • candies
  • made into a paste

Similar taste: lemons when green and dates when ripe

Acquired taste: yes

Health Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants
  • believed to may have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • may help with heart health
  • may help prevent cancer
  • seed extract may help lower blood sugar
  • pulp extract may help with weight loss
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • vitamin B1
  • vitamin B2
  • vitamin B3

Found in: India, Southeast Asia, tropical America, Pacific Islands, Caribbean.

Tree: Tamarindus indica tree

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Macopa/ Wax or Rose Apple

The Rose/ Wax Apple or Macopa is a bright red tropical fruit. The fruit's skin has a waxy and smooth texture. It has a very mild flavor but can be sweet when it is in season; it also has a cottony center. This excellent fruit differs from region to region, ranging from tasting like apples to bland jicama. This is another fruit that is highly recommended to try when visiting Southeast Asian region.


Sweet or sour scale: bland to sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • mixed with other fruits to make a fruit cocktail

Similar taste: apple

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • believed to may help prevent cancer
  • rich in antioxidants
  • may help promote skin health
  • may help with diabetes
  • may help with skeletal health
  • may improve heart health
  • may help boost the immune system
  • vitamin C
  • dietary fiber
  • calcium
  • iron
  • vitamin B12

Found in: Southeast Asia

Tree:Syzygium samarangense tree

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Mangosteen

The mangosteen is another dynamite tropical fruit that will surely leave you wanting more. This delicious fruit is round, dark violet in color, and capped by the prominent calyx at the stem. The fruit is ripe and ready to eat if the fruit breaks open when it is squeezed. The pulp is similar to that of the santol fruit. It has segmented sections. The flesh has a cottony texture with a slight tartness but is delightfully sweet and flavorful. The mangosteen has so many health benefits that several companies have capitalized on this fruit and markets it as a food/ vitamin supplement.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • as a food supplement

Similar taste: santol

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • may help with menstrual problems
  • may help regulate blood pressure
  • may help boost heart health
  • believed to may have Anti-inflammatory Properties
  • may help with skin health
  • may aid in digestion
  • may help with weight loss
  • may help regulate blood sugar
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Manganese:
  • Copper:
  • Magnesium

Found in: China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

Tree:Garcinia mangostana tree

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Santol/ Sentul

Santol/ Sentul or Cotton fruit can be tart, but it can be very sweet when it is ripe. It has segmented sections with a cottony texture. Some segments have seeds, while others are pure, soft flesh. The rind of this tropical fruit is thick, which can also be consumed, but not its skin. Santol is also a key ingredient in some savory dishes but is usually served peeled with a sprinkling of rock salt and chilies.


Sweet or sour scale: can be very sour when it is not in season but generally sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • candied preserves
  • savory dishes
  • with salt and chilies
  • stewed
  • jams

Similar taste: cottony peach

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • may help with allergy treatment
  • may help promote proper cell metabolism
  • may help boost the immune system against cardiovascular diseases
  • vitamin B
  • vitamin C
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • calcium
  • rich in antioxidants

Found in: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Tree: Sandoricum koetjape tree

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Chico/ Sapodilla

Chico is a somewhat round, brown tropical fruit. Its flesh is very sweet when ripe with a very delicious flavor and grainy texture like granulated sugar. It is so juicy and flavorful that one piece is never enough. It has hints of coffee, malt, and brown sugar. It is worth trying!


Sweet or sour scale: very sweet when ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own

Similar taste: malt chocolate

Acquired taste: No

Health Benefits:

  • may help boost the immune system
  • believed to may have anti-inflammatory properties
  • may help with digestive problems
  • may help with skeletal health
  • may help regulate blood pressure
  • may help prevent bacterial infections
  • rich in antioxidants
  • magnesium.
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • copper
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin A
  • iron
  • folates
  • calcium
  • zinc
  • selenium

Found in: southern Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Southeast Asia

Tree: Achras zapota Linn tree

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Longan

Longan fruit is very similar to a Lychee and Rambutan. Their flesh is very close in color and transparency, although Longan is a bit more aromatic than the other two. Its skin is thin and can be peeled easily. This tropical fruit is often eaten on its own or mixed with other tropical fruits to make a fruit cocktail. It can be found in most fruit stalls in Asia.


Sweet or sour scale: generally sweet when it is ripe

How it is consumed:

  • on its own
  • fruit cocktail mixed with other fruits

Similar taste: rambutan/ lychee

Acquired taste: Yes

Health Benefits:

  • may help increase energy
  • may help reduce stress
  • may help boost memory
  • may help boost the immune system
  • may help increase brain function
  • may help fight insomnia
  • may help with digestive problems
  • said to have been used as snake bite venom
  • magnesium.
  • phosphorous.
  • potassium.
  • copper.
  • manganese.
  • vitamin C

Found in: southern and southwestern China, northern Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam

Tree: Dimocarpus Longan tree

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Comments

Anna Javier (author) on October 03, 2020:

Sweetsop is really good. Growing up, we had a tree in the garden so we had all the fruit we wanted. I recommend rambutan and mangosteen if you ever encounter them!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 03, 2020:

What unique fruit varieties! I’ve never seen most of them. Here in Peru, we do have soursop, tamarind, sweetsop, carambola and cacao. We use carambola and tamarind mostly to make a refreshing beverage during the summer. Tamarind paste is so good in Asian food dishes. My favorite of these fruits is sweetsop...I think they also call it custard apple. Thank you for this informative article!