Exotic. Every once in a while don’t we all need to experience a little something exotic? The other day when I was shopping at Ingles I was drawn into the exotic fruit section. Now is that what you were thinking? Their display drew me in and I felt like I absolutely had to try some of the fun and different fruit that they had on display.
The fruit that really drew me in was the Buddha’s Hand. I mean how could you not look at this and think you had to have one? Seriously.
This is not a fruit that you really just sit down and eat. As the label says it is good for using as zest and infusing and that is exactly what I am using it for. It is so citrusy and has a lovely fragrance. It is a really neat looking fruit and one I had to try.
Next up is the dragonfruit. I have had it in dishes before at primarily Asian restaurants and I love it. It is also great in smoothies and drinks and has a unique flavor. I can’t really describe what it tastes like but I like it – a lot. It is kind of like a lot of different fruits all mixed together. I love the color, don’t you?
Next up is one that I have seen but never tried and it was a fun one. The Kiwano Melon is a prickly looking fruit but one that is surprising once you cut it open. The one I cut open tasted a little sour and I wonder if it wasn’t quite ripe yet. So it is kind of a combination of a kiwi and a melon with a lot of seeds. The seeds remind me of cucumber seeds so it was kind of weird to have them in a fruit. But this one kind of grew on me and I liked it.
Every once in awhile it is good to try something different and I think this was a good little experiment. I am not sure that I will be buying tons of exotic fruit but for this time it was a fun thing to do.
What do you think? Have you ever tried any of these? Or any other “exotic” fruit that you would recommend? I am on the lookout for some other ones to try to let me know in the comments if you have any I should try. Remember that every comment on the blog this month means a 50 cent donation to our Comments for a Cause recipient Shadowbrook Farm.