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Exploring 5 Unusual Chinese Fruits

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In this 720 Fusion Fresh blog post, we are going to explore some of the odd-shaped and vibrant-colored fruits that are typically found in Chinese markets. They may not be popular in western civilization, but after reading this post and learning more about each variety, maybe you will be more willing to give one a try!

1. BUDDHA’S HAND (佛手 FÓ SHǑU):

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Buddha’s hand is a natural variation of the regular citron (Citrus medica). Historians believe the fingered variety was brought to China by way of India thanks to traveling Buddhists and hence, the origin of its name. Also known as fingered citron, this yellow fruit splits in segments that look like fingers.

 

2. DRAGON FRUIT (火龙果 HUǑ LÓNG GUǑ)

 

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This poster child for exotic Asian fruits actually originates from Central America, however, after its introduction to Asia, it became popular in China. The fruit has a soft, leathery red peel and red and green scale-like protrusions that spread outward. The flesh is a surprising white-gray color dotted with small black seeds. It is often eaten raw or juiced and is a commonly used flavor for desserts. Dragonfruit is sweet though not particularly flavorful and has been said to have a mild melon-like taste.

 

3. MANGOSTEEN (山竹 SHĀN ZHÚ)

 

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Originating from Indonesia, the mangosteen gradually made its way into local Chinese fruit markets and in the hearts of Chinese people. Mangosteen has very sweet (almost too sweet) and soft flesh. Cracking the mangosteen is easy, as the shell is a soft cross between leathery and woody.

 

4. DURIAN (榴莲 LIÚ LIÁN):

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Despite the stench, durian is extremely healthy, even more so than many other fruits. Naturally rich in iron, vitamin C, and potassium, durian improves muscle strength, skin health and even lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, one small durian contains 23g of dietary fiber which is nearly all of your daily nutritional requirement. Despite the stench, durian is extremely healthy, even more so than many other fruits. Naturally rich in iron, vitamin C, and potassium, durian improves muscle strength, skin health and even lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, one small durian contains 23g of dietary fiber which is nearly all of your daily nutritional requirement.

 

5. POMELO (柚子 YÒU ZI):

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A pomelo is a type of Asian grapefruit that can be the size of a basketball. The taste is sweeter than a grapefruit, and it is often eaten raw in China as an after-dinner snack. In China, it is seen as a symbol of good luck and is often placed in the house as a decoration especially during holidays such as Chinese New Year.

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