Bored with bananas? Over oranges? It’s time to get acquainted with these weird yet equally wonderful fruits

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Image: The world’s freakiest fruits

Frank Fox / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: colorfulfoxes

One of the greatest parts of travelling is sampling the local delicacies, right? Well, what if those local delicacies aren’t so … delicate? Forget about apples, pears and sweet cherries, these freaky fruits will require a strong mind.

It’s time to channel your inner I’m a Celebrity contestant …

Buddha’s hand

The what? The Edward Scissorhands of the citrus family
Where’s it from? Japan
What do you do with it? It will add a tang to fish, salads and cocktails, apparently
Should I eat it? We're not sure we can get past the fact it looks like it has fingers 

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Buddha's hand

Luigi Guarino / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: luigi_and_linda



The what?  No, that puffed-up spiky thing isn’t a blowfish

Where’s it from? Africa

What do you do with it? Cook with it, but if you’re eating it raw, suck out the pulp and spit out the seeds

Should I eat it? The lime-green flesh tastes like a mix of cucumber, kiwi and banana. Who knew?

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Rocky Mountain High / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: rockymountainhigh



The what? It’s very big and bumpy with a gooey inside
Where’s it from? South and south-east Asia
What do you do with it? You can eat them fresh or add them to soups, jams or ice cream
Should I eat it? Well, when it’s green and unripe it’s meant to taste like meat (yes, really) but when it’s ripe, it tastes sweet. We. Are. Confused

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Rennett Stowe / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: tomsaint



The what? Think this looks inedible? Well, you’re almost right. Only the seeds can be eaten

Where’s it from? Mexico
What do you do with it? It has been dubbed the "poor man’s saffron" and can give the same colour to rice and fish dishes
Should I eat it? The slightly bitter seeds are good for infusing oil (and it’s less faff than cooking with them)

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Leonora Enking / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: 33037982@N04



The what? The world’s smelliest fruit
Where’s it from? South-east Asia
What do you do with it? The brave put it into smoothies, ice cream or even a cake
Should I eat it? Only if you have a very reliable nose-peg at the ready. It has been compared to smelling like sewage. Lovely

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Francis Chung / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: fchungcw



The what? It’s otherwise known as a dragon fruit
Where’s it from? Asia
What do you do with it? This is a dessert kind of fruit. Pop it in tarts or on a fruit kebab
Should I eat it? It’s sweet and creamy so, yes

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Paulo Godoy / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: paulogodoy62


Australian finger lime

The what? A gherkin-like citrus fruit with tiny, tangy jewels that burst in the mouth
Where’s it from? Australia
What do you do with it? Put it in drinks (hello, margarita)
Should I eat it? Once it’s cooked, it tastes like a lime

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Australian finger limes

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The what? a hairy sea creature of a fruit
Where’s it from? Southeast Asia
What do you do with it? It’s kind of like a lychee
Should I eat it? That depends if you like lychees 

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Frank Fox / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: colorfulfoxes