On a whim last time in my grocery, I nailed three fruits I’d never tried before. They are all obscure in North America, and so hence are not local, but I figure I’d give them a try.
They are: Dragonfruit, Cherymoya, and Kiwano.
Dragonfruit: From China and Indochina. Skin inedible, seeds edible.
Mild, texture between ripe melon and custard, with a hint of crunchy (from the seeds no doubt). Sweet rather than sour, not overpoweringly so. Very cooling
fruit. Worked well eaten at breakfast along with an omelette.
Cherimoya (chirimoya): From Peru and neighboring vicinities: Skin inedible, seeds inedible. (The seeds contain a toxin.)
Very custardly, mellow, a hint of banana. Sweet rather than sour, and less sweet than the dragon fruit. Do spit out the seeds. Cooling, if not as much as the dragon fruit.
Kiwano: From Africa and, apparently, New Zealand: Skin inedible, seeds edible like cucumber seeds. Somewhere online I saw that this fruit made it onto a Star Trek episode, presumably because it does look quite alien. (I hope it was capable of the Vulcan Mind-Meld…)
Seeds are the texture of those from cucumbers, and they are edible. This item is more tart than the above fruits, but not as tart as your typical citrus fruits. Very juicy, and flavor is mild.
I like them all, even if I am not probably going to put any of them on a regular fruit rotation in this house.