Prickly pears
Prickly pears (Native American fig, Indian fig, Indian fig, sabr, prickly pear, tsabr). Cactus! The real one, just not so decorative that it may grow in your home, but a…

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Pepino
Pepino (Melon Pear, Sweet Cucumber, Solanum muricatum) is a shrub native to South America, where it is mainly grown and also cultivated in New Zealand. Quite large rounded fruits weighing…

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Champion
Champion (Artocarpus champeden, Chempedak or Cempedak). Originally from Malaysia, where it is mainly grown, it is also cultivated in neighboring Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia. A relative of Marange, Breadfruit and Jackfruit.…

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Portugal

Abacashi

Abacashi (Abacaxi) is mainly grown in Brazil. Most readers, looking at a photograph of the fruit, will say that this is just pineapple and it has long been no longer exotic. But do not rush! Yes, “abakashi” (a word from the language of the Indian peoples tupi-guarani) is one of the varieties of this prickly fruit, but it is called for a different reason. Strictly speaking, in Portuguese, “abacaxi” and “ananás” are synonyms, but with this second, familiar word, they mean the usual fruit. Continue reading

Bread tree
Bread tree (Artocarpus altilis, Breadfruit, Pana). The same name is sometimes used for Jackfruit and Papaya, so do not get confused! New Guinea is considered to be the birthplace, from…

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Chrysophillum or Star Apple
Star apple fruits are round or oval up to 10 cm in diameter. The peel is thin, smooth from green to purple or brown, depending on the variety. Under the…

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Carambola or Star Fruit
The birthplace of carambola is Southeast Asia. There, this exotic fruit is eaten just like we eat apples or cucumbers. And to taste, it is something in between an apple,…

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Sapodilla
Sapodilla (Moss Tree, Wood Potato, Oil Tree, Ahra, Sapodilla, Prang khaa, La-mut, Naseberry, Chiku) is native to Mexico and is now grown almost everywhere in the tropical countries of America…

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