Unusual fruit from around the world

Buddha’s hand | Unusual fruit from around the world

Buddha’s hand is a citrus fruit originating in India or China. Judging by its appearance, it’s 50% lemon and 50% squid (figures are approximate).

Noni | Unusual fruit from around the world

Noni | Unusual fruit from around the world

A noni is a type of mulberry, but one which is far too ugly to have a handbag named after it. The fruit can reach up to 18cm long and looks like some kind of gross, larval blob – like it might suddenly split open and a horrible insect will climb out and fly towards you.

Salak | Unusual fruit from around the world

Salak | Unusual fruit from around the world

The salak is a type of palm tree which grows its fruit in clusters at the base of the plant (rather than dropping it on you from above, like some other palm trees I could mention).

Thatch screwpine | Unusual fruit from around the world

Thatch screwpine | Unusual fruit from around the world

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

Rambutan | Unusual fruit from around the world

Rambutan | Unusual fruit from around the world

A rambutan is a soft, white-fleshed fruit (similar to a lychee) covered in a red spiny skin. The word rambutan is Indonesian for “hairy”. This is fine as a description of how it looks, but really needs something more to make it clear that they’re talking about a fruit – the tree that the rambutans grow on is also called rambutan (and that isn’t even hairy) so there’s bound to be some confusion.

Jabuticaba | Unusual fruit from around the world

Jabuticaba | Unusual fruit from around the world

Sometimes called Brazilian grapes, jabuticaba fruit are big purple berries, 3-4 cm in diameter. Unusually, rather than growing in bunches, the fruit grows all the way up the tree’s trunk and leaves it looking like it might have a hideous disease.