Top 10 Rarest Fruits in the World

1. Pepino

The pepino is native to the temperate Andean regions of Colombia, Peru and Chile. It is a small, unarmed, herbaceous plant or bush with a woody base and fibrous roots. The skin is typically yellow or purplish green, often with numerous darker streaks or stripes. The flesh is greenish to white and yellowish-orange. Better quality fruit is moderately sweet, refreshing and juicy with a taste and aroma similar to a combination of cantaloupe and honeydew melon. In poor varieties there can be an unpleasant “soapy” aftertaste.

2. Mangosteen

Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree which mainly grown in southeast Asia. It’s fruit is sweet, tangy, juicy, somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled vesicles like the flesh of citrus fruits, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind when ripe. Fresh mangosteen is marketed for only a short period of six to ten weeks due to its seasonal nature.

3. Miracle Fruit

Miracle fruit is originated from tropical west and west central Africa and is best known for its ability to turn unsweet foods into sweet foods without a caloric penalty. Limes, lemons, and even vinegar, taste sweet if they are eaten after a Miracle berry. This sensation occurs, because an active glycoprotein molecule called, miraculin, attaches to the taste buds and alters the sweet receptors on the tongue and changes sour flavors to sweet flavors.

4. Longan

Longan is a tropical tree that produces sweet juicy edible fruit. It is commonly associated with lychee, which is similar in structure but more aromatic in taste. It is native to Southern Asia. The fully ripened, freshly harvested fruit has a bark-like shell, thin, and firm, making the fruit easy to peel by squeezing the pulp out.

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