5. Bread fruit
Breadfruit is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and jackfruit family originating in the South Pacific and today it is grown in some 90 countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. 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. In addition to the fruit serving as a staple food in many cultures, the trees’ light, sturdy timber has been used for outriggers, ships and houses in the tropics.
Cupuassu is a tropical rainforest tree related to cacao. The pulp of the cupuaçu fruit is widely consumed throughout Central and South America, and is used to make ice creams, snack bars, and other value added products. The juice tastes primarily like a pear, with a hint of banana. Cupuaçu is generally harvested from the ground once they have naturally fallen from the tree. It can be difficult to determine peak ripeness because there is no noticeable external color change in the fruit.
Langsat fruits are most often found in Southeast Asia, India and Bhutan, and have recently even been introduced in Hawaii. These fruits have a tangy, sour and sweet combination of flavors, with a taste similar to a bittersweet grapefruit. Its aril is juicy and translucent when ripe.