Star Apple and Horned Melon: 12 Fruit Species You Probably Didn’t Hear For (PHOTO)

You might tried eating fruits and bread together sometimes, but did you know that you can get both in one indeed, if you taste a plant called breadfruit?

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Fruit is something we all eat constantly in various types – some fresh, some inside of cookies and cakes, while some are the best as ingredients of alcoholic beverages like wine or brandy. But how many frut species do you actually know? If you think its too many, let’s test it.

You’ve probably eaten the regular one sometimes, yet, have you ever heard for the horned melon? You might tried eating fruits and bread together sometimes, but did you know that you can get both in one indeed, if you taste a plant called breadfruit? No? Well, than this list is just for you.

We present you 12 fruit species you probably didn’t know existsted.

1. Sugar-apple


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Sugar-apple or sweetsop is the fruit of Annona squamosa, the most widely grown species of Annona and a native of the tropical Americas and West Indies.

Its flesh is fragrant and sweet, creamy white through light yellow, and resembles and tastes like custard. Sugar-apple is high in energy and an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese.

2. Breadfruit


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Breadfruit is a species originating in the South Pacific and eventually spreading to the rest of Oceania.Its name is derived from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when cooked, similar to freshly baked bread and having a potato-like flavor.

3. Duku


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Duku is the fruit which originates from western Southeast Asia, bears edible fruit. It is the provincial flower for the Indonesian province of South Sumatra.

It is covered by thin, yellow hair giving a slightly fuzzy aspect. The sweet juicy flesh contains sucrose, fructose, and glucose. For consumption, cultivars with small or undeveloped seeds and thick aril are preferred.

4. Rambutan


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The rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. The name also refers to the edible fruit produced by this tree.

It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo. The pleasant fragrance of rambutan fruit derives from numerous volatile organic compounds, including beta-damascenone, vanillin, phenylacetic acid and cinnamic acid.

5. Noni


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Noni is a tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends through Southeast Asia and Australasia, and the species is now cultivated throughout the tropics and widely naturalized. Noni bark produces a brownish-purplish dye that may be used for making batik. In Hawaii, yellowish dye is extracted from its roots to dye cloth.

6. Salak


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Salak is a species of palm tree native to Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. Salak is also cultivated in other regions as a food crop.Its taste is usually sweet and acidic, with a strong astringent edge, but its apple-like texture can vary from very dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy.

7. Star Apple


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It is a tropical tree of the family Sapotaceae. Star Apple is native to the Greater Antilles and the West Indies. Its tiny flowers are purplish white and have a sweet fragrant smell.The Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott immortalizes the fruit as a symbol of the Caribbean itself in his 1979 collection, The Star-Apple Kingdom.

8. Star fruit


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Star fruit or Carambola is the fruit popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia. The tree is also cultivated throughout some non-indigenous tropical areas.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.

9. Horned melon


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It is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family, Cucurbitaceae. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name “horned melon”.The fruit can be used in a smoothie, salad, salsa or cocktail. It has a high water content, is good for weight loss and is packed with other vital minerals.

10. Dragon fruit

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Dragon fruit is the fruit of several cactus species indigenous to the Americas. It is also known under the name Pitaya.The fruit is often converted into juice or wine, or used to flavour other beverages. The flowers can be eaten or steeped as tea.

11. Bael


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Bael is a species of tree native to Bangladesh and India. It is present throughout Southeast Asia as a naturalized species. The tree is considered to be sacred by Hindus. Its fruits are used in traditional medicine and as a food throughout its range.

The fruits can be eaten either freshly from trees or after being dried. If fresh, the juice is strained and sweetened to make a drink similar to lemonade.

12. Jabuticaba


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Jabuticaba is a tree in the family Myrtaceae, native to Minas Gerais and São Paulo states in Brazil. The tree is grown for its purplish-black, white-pulped fruits; they can be eaten raw or be used to make jellies, juice or wine.

They are intolerant of salty soils or salt spray. They are tolerant of mild drought, though fruit production may be reduced, and irrigation will be required in extended or severe droughts.

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