Looks can be deceiving. How many times have you heard that when you flee away from a, er, not-so handsome suitor or a quite Ugly Betty admirer? We put a premium on good looks, even if we ourselves haven’t been blessed in the physical department. Sometimes, the most judgmental people are those who are ugly, or uglier. Could be defense mechanism.
Apparently, the simple phrase “looks can be deceiving” isn’t only applicable to human beings, but to fruits as well. A short trip to the grocery or supermarket will give you a glimpse of just how that Big Man up there has this sense of humor. If you believe in the story of creation, that is.
In this article, you’ll know all about these scary and should-be-banned-from-supermarkets-looking fruits that you, surely, wouldn’t give the time of the day if you’re an appearances-based person. But I guarantee my next paycheck on this. Once you have tasted a morsel of any of these fruits, you’ll forget your name. And address, too.
1. Black Sapote
Even if you are into exotic food, I am sure you’ll hesitate taking a bite of this fruit native to Mexico and Central America. Honestly, looking at it, you wouldn’t know if it’s even edible! Outside, it’s very similar to a guava but inside, it resembles a rotting…you might be eating so let’s leave it at that.
Black sapote is also called chocolate pudding fruit simply because of its pudding-like taste and obviously the brown color its flesh turns into when completely ripe. Dieters, read this! Black sapote is low in fat so even if you eat this everyday, because the lure really is its chocolatey quality, you don’t have to feel guilty. It has high Vitamin C content so your immune system can get the boost it needs.
It has high Vitamin C content so your immune system can get the boost it needs.
You may eat this as is, just make sure it’s ripe, or you may use this instead of chocolate powders when making cakes, pies or milkshakes. It’s healthier and fresher. Other recommending serving style is to mix it with orange juice or brandy/wine and topped with cream.
Really, this fruit is a ripening contradiction. Ugly yet yummy. Chocolatey yet non-fattening. Who can imagine that to give your body some serious vitamin c and the nutrients that may help it combat heart and periodontal diseases, allow faster reproduction of collagen and connective tissues thereby giving it faster wound-healing time, you have to gobble up on some chocolate-flavored fruit? Ain’t life full of surprises.
2. Custard Apple
If you don’t know any better, you would imagine maybe some green or red fruit that’s similar to the apple you know. Yes, the one Eve offered to Adam. But if Eve had offered custard apple to Adam, I’m sure he wouldn’t have accepted it because he’d wonder if his partner was trying to poison him.
This fruit is green, yes, but it’s very different from your ordinary apple as night and day. For one, it looks like several tiny lumps clustered together and feels rough and dry. Two, you don’t bite into it but rather, you open it by finding its center and pressing or slicing it open with a knife. The white, soft flesh tastes grainy yet sweet, although why it’s called custard apple beats me.
Aside from its appearance, its strong smell is also a turn off for some sensitive noses. It smells tangy and sour, and even putrid when really ripe. But if you’re willing to overlook all these, you’ll learn to enjoy the fruit. Since it’s fleshy, think of a curvy woman, it’s soft and easy to bite and swallow. The seeds are as big as white kidney beans so you don’t have any danger of swallowing it and nurturing a custard apple tree in your stomach.
Custard apple is a good source of fiber that aids your body in digestion. You can almost taste the fiber in the think strands of its white and milky fruit. It also helps older people deal with arthritis and rheumatism as it is high in magnesium. The magnesium regulates the water balance in the body and thereby removing the acid from the affected joints.
Soursop is like acne gone bad. Really bad. If this fruit has feelings, it would always feel hurt by the rejection it would constantly face because of its unfortunate “looks.” And as if being peppered by “pimples” isn’t enough, it is rough and leathery to the touch too that if it would’ve needed a mate for reproduction, their family would be nearing extinction now.
But soursop makes up for everything it lacks in the physical department. When opened, it emits a strong odor that’s not entirely awful, rather pleasant even. Its flesh, much like the custard apple, is white, soft and milky. But it lacks the grainy taste of the former. It’s best eaten fresh, pulling out its tender insides and sucking out it’s sour-sweet (thus, soursop) juice.
Soursop is quite a popular flavor in juice drinks in various parts of the world such as the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil and Spain. While it may not be entirely a top choice, many like its unique taste that simply oozes of pure, fruity goodness.
As research proved, the soursop juice when extracted and taken in, helps cure rethritis, haematuria and liver ailments. While the flesh may be applied on a wound to help dry it out and completely heal it.
If there’s any fruit that’s literally banned from some hotels and airports, it’s the durian. It’s that bad. While it’s scary-looking, it has huge thorn-like “fingers” protruding from its green husk, what appalls people the most is it’s strong odor. To illustrate how putrid a durian’s smell is, one’s nose can sniff it even when put inside a ref or even if it’s almost 50 meters away.
It may be surprising though that majority of the countries in Southeast Asia hail it as the “king of fruits” despite its notoriety. Perhaps it is because its fruits range from medium to large size, thick and almost warrior-like “shield” and “unforgettable” stench.
But a lot of people actually like durian once they have gotten over the initial shock of its strong aroma. The fruit’s flesh is chunky, white and milky and also has a distinct taste that can be likened to custard or some soft dough. It is actually very sweet and addicting!
If there’s any fruit that’s literally banned from some hotels and airports, it’s the durian. It’s that bad.
Since its fruit is unusually delicious, durian has various by-products already. There are durian candies, durian pies and even durian ice cream! Proof that durian has seriously hurdled the challenge of being a horrendous-looking and -smelling fruit.
Healthwise, durian is rich in energy and vitamins and minerals. It also contains a high level of fiber that can help when you are constipated. Like most fruits, durian is a very good source of vit c that aids in the strengthening of the immune system so it isn’t susceptible to various diseases. One of the most notable benefits of durian as well is it can help induce sleep and relieve epilepsy because it has tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which assists in metabolizing serotonin and melatonin in the body.
Anyone who delights in eating a cluster of microbe-looking fruits might need a little conk in the head. Rambutan eerily resembles some bacteria group that you’d wonder if you aren’t being tricked to eating some harmful fruit. It not bacteria, it also looks like a sea urchin that can seriously injure you once it pricks your skin.
The term rambutan actually means hairy in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia and it basically got its name because of the thick hair-like “protection” outside the fruit. It is mainly available in most of Southeast Asia. Which might be a good thing because the surprise inside that red, spiky exterior is a juicy, sweet fruit that can quench any thirst.
To open and eat a rambutan, you squeeze it’s center until it slowly opens and reveals the seed hidden by its clear and thick flesh. Don’t be fooled by the spikes. They’re actually soft and not pricky at all. It just tickles and sometimes itch.
The best way to eat it is to bite into its flesh, straight away. It is sweet, juicy and can be compared to a grape. The seed in the middle is almost almond-size but please, don’t eat it. It doesn’t taste like an almond at all. A rambutan may be small- or medium-size and it basically depends on the size of the seed.
Rambutans contain a lot of vitamin C that helps detoxify the body and aid in strengthening the body’s resistance against viral diseases like colds and flu. It also has phosphorus and calcium that supports the development of bones and cell membranes.
6. Dragon Fruit
Just from the name alone, you’ll feel like shouting “rawr!” with matching fire flaring out of your nostrils. This exotic-looking fruit isn’t only weird on the outside, but also cringe-inducing in the inside.
Dragon fruits are loaded with vitamin C for the immune system.
There are several ways to eat this fruit. You may slice it and spoon the flesh out or peel it and cut the flesh into cubes. One may eat it fresh — it is sweet and juicy that’s why some say it is refreshing. Or you can also throw them in a blender to make some mouth-watering smoothie, either alone or mixed with other fresh fruits.
Dragon fruits are loaded with vitamin C for the immune system, fiber for the digestive system and carotene for the eyes. They also contain phytoalbumins which are very essential nutrients needed to fight off free radicals that cause cancer. So it kinda scares the bad things inside your body.
These are just some examples of horrible and maybe scary-looking fruits that may prevent you first from tasting their wonderful goodness. But as long as you remember that yes, looks can be deceiving and not all ugly fruits taste terrible, and at the same time, not all pretty-looking fruits are yum, you won’t miss out on the fun.
all images from wikipedia.org