Weird Fruits: 4 of the World’s Strangest

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By: Bradley Hasemeyer | Amanda Savage Posted: 6:32 PM, Jul 11, 2016

If you're sick of basic fruits like bananas or apples, and are looking to add a whole lot of nutrients to your diet, you might want to try some hairy, spiky fruits from across the pond. They may look strange on the outside, but are totally sweet on the inside. Bradley Hasemeyer has four healthy fruits that are tasty, exotic, and yes, a bit freaky, but will definitely draw attention to your lunch table!

1.  Jackfruit

Hailing from the jungles of Southeast Asia, this fruit has antiviral, antibacterial properties, contains cancer-fighting phytonutrients and is packed with B and C vitamins.

You've got to pop out the seed to get to the meat of the fruit. Some people actually boil the seeds and eat them like a potato, although most people favor the meat of the fruit. And some companies like Upton's Naturals and The Jackfruit Company are even turning jackfruit into an animal meat substitute!

2.  Durian

Nicknamed the "King of Fruits," it's a high-fat fruit that-along with an impressive list of vitamins and minerals, contains folate or folic acid, which aids in fetal development and brain function.

In Thailand and Singapore, there are laws against having this in public places because the smell is so strong.

Inside the Durian is a creamy meat that some people compare to cheese. To avoid hacking through the durian's tough skin, you can purchase the meat of the fruit frozen.

3.  Rambutan

This cool looking fruit, also known as pitaya, is native to Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to being packed with vitamins and minerals,  it contains gallic acid, a free radical hunter that some doctors believe fights cancer.

4.  Dragon Fruit

This fruit is bursting with antifungal and antibacterial qualities, contains active antioxidants and is high in fiber, in addition to a laundry list of vitamins and minerals.

Dragon fruit is sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that's like a cross between kiwi and pear. So not only does it look awesome, it’s also delicious.

These four crazy fruits just might make you the most popular person at the lunch table! Go ahead and give your co-workers something to talk about.

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