Weirdest and Unusual Shapes of Fruits

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You’ve seen lots of the worlds weirdest – things, places, people, animals and plants. How about fruits? Check this

out.

Pyramid Watermelon

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Square Watermelon

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One of the most popular fruits worldwide is watermelon. Farmers in Japan found a way to grow cubic and pyramid

watermelons by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle.

The square shape is designed to make the melons easier to stack and store.

Monstera Deliciosa

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This unique fruit is also called Ceriman from Mexico to Panama is a creeping vine native to tropical rainforests. It

is also known with a variety of names such as Swiss Cheese Plant, Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Monster Fruit,

Monsterio Delicio, Monstereo, Mexican Breadfruit, Monstera, Split-leaf Philodendron, Locust and Wild Honey,

Windowleaf and Delicious Monster.

Buddha’s Hand

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The Buddha’s Hand is probably one of the fruits with the weirdest shape. It is a fragrant citron variety whose fruit

is segmented into finger-like sections. Other names of this fruit with peculiar shape are Buddha’s Hand Citron and

Fingered Citron.

Purple Apple-berry

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I simply love the color and shape of this fruit which is scientifically known as Billardiera longiflora. Purple

Apple-berry is edible and can be found in Australia and Tasmania.

Noni Fruit

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This freak-looking fruit which is native to Southeast Asia is high in carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Its formal

name is Morinda citrifolia. Common names include Great Morinda, Indian Mulberry, Mengkudu in Malaysia, Beach

Mulberry, Tahitian Noni, Cheese Fruit or Noni in Hawaii.

Cloudberry

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The cute and edible Cloudberry of Atlantic Canada is also called Bakeapple. It is formally called Rubus

chamaemorus and should not be confused with Salmonberry although the fruit looks similar.

Salmonberry

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The fruit of the Salmonberry or Rubus spectabilis of North America that matures in late summer to early autumn

looks like a large yellow to red-orange Raspberry.

Common Yew

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All parts of this plant is poisonous except its fruit. This very sweet tasting and gelatinous fruit is not poisonous but the seed it contains is extremely poisonous and bitter.

Pattypan Squash

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Pattypan Squash is remarkable for its small size, round and shallow shape and scalloped edges. It looks like a

small toy top or flying saucer. Other common names of this fruit are Sunburst Squash, White Squash, Scallopini,

Button Squash, Cymling, Scallop Squash, Custard Marrow and Custard Squash.

Rosehip

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Contrary to common myth, Rosehips are not poisonous. They have been used as a source of Vitamin C and are

commonly used as herbal tea. They can also be used to make jam, jelly, marmalade and wine. Rose hip soup,

“nyponsoppa,” is very popular in Sweden.

Sweet Pitaya

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This unusual cactus fruit called Sweet Pitaya is also commonly known as Dragon Fruit, Fire Dragon Fruit, Dragon

Pearl Fruit and Green Dragon.

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This fruit has creamy pulp and a delicate aroma. In Mauritius, it is known as “Débousse-to-fesse” because of its

laxative properties.

Horned Melon

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The edible Horned Melon is native to Africa. It is now grown also in California and New Zealand. Although it is

edible, it is often used for decoration for food. Its formal name is Cucumis metuliferus and also commonly known

as African Horned Cucumber, Melon, Jelly Melon, Hedged Gourd, Melano and Kiwano.

Cashew

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This fruit is one of the most peculiar fruit in the plant kingdom. The true fruit of the Cashew Tree is the kidney or

boxing-glove shaped drupe that grows at the end of the pseudofruit.

Bottle Gourd

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One vine that bears one of the largest and uniquely-shaped vegetable fruits is the Calabash or African Bottle

Gourd. Harvested mature Calabash is dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. Young fruits are eaten as

vegetable. It was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not for food but as a container.

Yangmei

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Yangmei of eastern Asia is grown for its sweet edible fruit. It has been grown in China for at least 2000 years.

Other names include Yamamomo or Mountain Peach, Chinese Bayberry, Japanese Bayberry, Red Bayberry and

Chinese Strawberry Tree. It is of considerable economic importance in the Yangtze River area.

Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!

See also

The 10 Largest Fruits in the World

12 Vitamin-rich Exotic Fruits From the Philippines (and Other Tropical Areas)

12 Exotic Tropical Fruits: How Many of These Have You Tasted


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