Thatch screwpine | Unusual fruit from around the world

Next time you go to the supermarket, instead of just buying some instant noodles and a Twix, why not take a moment to look at the fresh fruit? It’s all a bit strange, isn’t it? Bananas are a funny shape, kiwis have a furry skin and strawberries have their pips on the outside! Weird. However, believe it or not, these are actually pretty normal compared to some of the bizarre fruits grown around the world.

Thatch screwpine | Australia/Pacific Islands

Thatch screwpine

The fruit of the thatch screwpine is made up of many little wedges, each containing between two and eight of the plant’s seeds.

Thatch screwpine

These wedges (technically called phalanges, which is a funny word) can float, and this has allowed the fruit to spread from island to island – it now grows in coastal regions from Australia to Hawaii.

Thatch screwpine

The buddha’s hand may be the world’s scariest fruit, but the thatch screwpine is the only one that can be used as a prop in a geology lesson.

Thatch screwpine

As can be seen in the picture, when some of the phalanges (ha ha – phalanges!) are broken away from the main body of the fruit, the rest could be used to demonstrate the layers of the Earth.

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About Nick Heady

Nick Heady

My favourite holiday souvenir is a shower cap I brought home from the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. I’ve never used it, though. I’m saving it for a special occasion.

At the Luxor, all the casino games are inside a pyramid. The hotel rooms are also inside a pyramid. And their shower caps come in little pyramid-shaped boxes. It’s fantastic.

Once you’ve been to Vegas, there’s no need to go to Egypt. The Luxor’s pyramid has a giant lamp on top and, from the hotel windows, you can see a medieval castle – the same can’t be said for Egypt’s pyramids. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a model of the Sphinx that’s bigger than the one in Giza. It’s made of plastic, sure, but at least its nose is still intact.

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