Rare Fruits

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.

Chirimoya, Kiwano, Dragonfruit

Chirimoya, Kiwano, Dragonfruit

They are:  Dragonfruit, Cherymoya, and Kiwano.


Dragonfruit:  From China and Indochina.  Skin inedible, seeds edible.

dragon fruit

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.

Dragon fruit

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.





About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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4 Responses to Rare Fruits

  1. Hi! Of these dragonfruit is by far my fave. Ate them in boatloads when I was living in Singapore.

    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  2. pablo rocco says:

    Try eat Chirimoya + orange juice 😉 it’s called Chirimoya alegre

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