My second fun trip to an international grocery store got me these fun treats. Which ones have you had? While they are not as fun colored as the last batch they are super fun to try out and I am excited to try to plant some of these seeds soon as well. Check out my first international fruit post from a few weeks back.
There are four fruits in this picture. The largest is a Korean pear, slightly larger than the average Asian pear and is easily an entire day’s serving of fruit, if not two days. They are delicious and not too sweet. Great for staying hydrated and can be juiced easily. They are more expensive than your average pear (these were $4 each) but are a great special treat.
The next smallest you may recognize easily. It us a kiwi but not one of those green sour ones. This is a yellow kiwi from New Zealand. They are a lot sweeter and do not offer an irritating sensation if you expose your mouth to the skin of the fruit. They are eaten raw and are easily peeled by cutting off the ends and using a spoon to encourage the peel off.
The last two fruits are both commonly mistaken for a third fruit that is not even here, lychee. Its two friends are rambutan (the red) and longan berries (the small brown). Even the grocery store I bought these at had the rambutan labeled as lychee. It is a common mistake. Rambutan have these tendrils that come off of the fruit when lychee are smooth.
I was first introduced to rambutan in Cambodia a few months back and they were a delicious fruit that I could easily get on the street to enjoy as a snack. They are easy to peel and are not small so 2-3 are an easy snack. They may look kinda scary on the outside but the inside is less so. Take care of the seed inside. The seed cover tends to stick to the flesh and may not be pleasant to eat. The seeds look like white almonds but are not edible.
Longan berries always have felt very European to me but they also grow in South East Asia. Every time I have them I am reminded of grapes but they are not that similar. There is one larger seed inside and you do need to peel longan berries. I am curious if this is where peeling grapes came from. Longan berries are not very sweet but the texture is similar to grapes without having to crunch on the seeds.
And because I like plantains I made some more for my wonderful international fruit breakfast. I hope you feel inspired to try some new fruits this week!
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.