Tired of apples and peas? Need a break from prunes and brussels sprouts? Here’s a list of unusual fruits and vegetables to look for next time you’re at the supermarket.
Also known as the African horned cucumber and the jelly melon, the kiwano is a yellow-orange, oblong, spiky fruit with lime-green flesh that looks like kiwi fruit but tastes like a mix of lemon, banana, and cucumber.
A 3- to 5-inch long banana with square sides that tastes kind of lemony when ripe. (There’s also an Ice Cream Banana—a creamy banana with a blue skin.)
A caterpillar-shaped tuber with a crunch and flavor similar to a Jerusalem artichoke.
A yellow Japanese fruit, similar in size and shape to a tangerine, but with a flavor that’s stronger than a lemon.
A green prickly fruit from Southeast Asia that looks like a hand grenade and smells like stinky feet. It tastes so good that it’s known as the “king of fruits.”
A green thickskinned cousin of the grapefruit. It’s not as juicy as a grapefruit, but it can grow as large as a basketball.
A dark, almost black vegetable that has a taste and texture similar to an artichoke.