Five of the best exotic Chinese fruit You should try at least once
Here are five of the best exotic Chinese fruit, most of these exotic fruits can be purchased seasonally at local street markets or year round at supermarkets. If you have a chance to visit China, keep an eye out for one of these exotic fruits and delicious indulge yourself.
No matter where in the world you come from, chances are high that you have had your fair share of exotic fruit throughout your life, but if you are like me and have not had the chance to explore past the exotic Chinese fruit, then the following list of five of the best exotic Chinese fruit you’ve probably never heard of is going to be quite the adventure for you !
First, Yangmei is the best exotic Chinese fruit you should try. Marketed as the ‘yumberry,’ the yangmei has been grown in southern China for more than 2,000 years and can be eaten fresh, dried or fermented as baijiu. Though it resembles an enlarged dimpled cherry, this fruit has a sweet-sour flavor that teases the mouth like a fusion of cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate. In season for a few weeks during May. RMB16/kg.
Persimmon is also a exotic Chinese fruit worth trying. A soupy pocket of juicy flesh, the Chinese persimmon has a Latin name meaning ‘food of the gods’ and grows wild on Luofu Mountain in Guangdong, though these are normally smaller than varieties found in most supermarkets. Try dishing these gems out with a spoon or, for a less sticky alternative, purchase a few dried. In season from October through February. RMB8/kg.
When it comes to this stinky, spikey ‘king of fruit,’ most either love it or hate it. Cradled in a thick, thorn-adorned husk, durian can grow to be over a foot long and 6 inches wide. Despite boasting unique aphrodisiac and nutritious properties, it has been banned in some hotels and public areas due to its odor. In season from April to August. RMB38/kg.
The Native to Malaysia, this odd-looking comestible is related to the more commonly seen lychee and longan fruits. While it sounds vaguely like Rasputin, Rambutan is actually named after the Malay word for ‘hair,’ an obvious tribute to its fuzzy protuberances. Dig in for a daily dose of manganese and niacin (B3). In season during August and September. RMB30/kg
Dubbed the ‘queen of fruits’ for its luxurious taste, this tropical pod flaunts tangy white flesh hidden inside a hard purple shell. Simultaneously sweet and acidic, the mangosteen is revered around the world for its unique flavor and stands out among tropical fruit for having cooling properties in traditional Chinese medicine. In season during peak summer months. RMB40/kg.