10 Exotic Spiky Fruits
Most spiky skinned fruits are related and native to Southeast Asia. The spikiest is called "the king."
The rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) is a small round to oval hairy fruit with green skin that turns yellow to red when ready to eat. It’s white to very pale pink translucent flesh that wraps around its seed can be sweet or sour, juicy or dry and slightly chewy and mildly acidic. The single glossy brown seed with white basal scar is soft and crunchy and can be eaten when cooked. This Southeast Asian native is closely related to several edible tropical fruits including the lychee and longan. It is known as ngoh in Thailand and mamón chino in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Here’s one spiky fruit that many people love. It has green skin and the fruit can be sliced or opened with bare hands when ripe. It’s soft white flesh is sweet and the flavor is described as a mix of strawberry and pineapple with notes of sour citrus contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor of coconut and banana. The pulp is used to make teas, juices, sorbets, candy and ice cream flavorings. It also has medicinal uses including stomach problems and worm infestation. Soursop(Guyabano) is native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America and is now grown in some regions of Southeast Asia where it is known by various names including Tearb Barung in Cambodia which literally means “Western Custard-apple fruit.”
Momordica cochinchinesis, more commonly known as Gac, is a fruit native to Southeast Asia but is found and consumed mostly in Vietnam and Laos where for centuries it has been traditionally used both as food and medicine. The fruit only became recently known outside the region where it is grown when it was marketed in the form of juice and dietary supplements with claims that it’s one of the “super fruits.” Gac grows in vines and only fruits once a year. Its round to oblong fruit turns dark orange when it ripens. The skin is covered in small short spines while its red core consists of clusters of fleshy pulp and seeds.