Exotic Fruits

Dr Tanya is our hostess for the 5 Things challenge.

The 5 Things tag keeps surfacing on WordPress. I am not sure who first thought of it but I have always found it fun to do. I thought “Why not make it a weekly feature?” If you participate in a post of your own please tag it #5things. Your concept of exotic varies with the variety of foods freely available around you. In western countries, mangoes would be considered exotic but in my part of the world they are the commonest seasonal fruit in summer.
I was never a fruity person (get your mind out of the gutter), just your basic oranges, apples, and bananas, with seedless grapes and strawberries in the summer and satsumas or pomegranates at Christmas.
That’s all changed now and you can have practically any fruit any time of the year.
I was introduced to mangoes in 1993 when on holiday in Amsterdam.
I love them!

Kiwi fruit

Memories of my trip to NZ (picture left, but not mine), but kiwi and raspberries for dessert? Yummy!!



Melon is good for a starter or dessert. It’s light and refreshing. One of the family dogs loved it, and would be ‘smiling’ with his own wedge!

I love fresh pineapple, but it is so acidic, it gives me mouth ulcers.
However, fresh pineapple in some of my recipes brings a whole new dimension of flavour to the dish, and not just dessert.

Star Fruit

In 1994, I was on a diet coming up to Christmas and to show willing for our department Christmas meal, I ordered an exotic fruit starter, traditional dinner and a fruit salad for dessert.
The only difference between my starter and dessert was star fruit on one, and cream on the other.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Exotic Fruits

  1. Carol anne says:

    I love all of those fruits too Di! Especially pineapple and melon!

  2. Sadje says:

    I haven’t eaten star fruit. The rest I like very much

  3. I am so glad you love mangoes. My country is famous for its mangoes.

    I agree that globalization has made all kinds of fruit available all the time.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I introduced my sons to a variety of foods. When the grocery first had star fruit it didn’t sell so I bought it on discount. Son#1 went crazy for it. I indulged him when there was any on sale. Son#2 was a “fruitarian” and there was no fruit that he tried that he didn’t like. Currently he has not tried durian but that is mostly because of access! At least if he does try it it will be in his house and not mine!

  5. Now HERE melons are locally grown (although obviously not all year round), so they’re definitely not an exotic. Every dog I’ve ever had liked watermelon, I guess that must be a favorite regardless of species? LOL. Star fruit? I’ve never seen that before, although I have read about it. What a weird looking fruit. How does it taste?

    • Not of very much to be honest and I only had it that once. I’m not a fan of water melon (to many pips) so it’s Galia or honeydew for me.

      • Ooo. You’ve never heard (or had offered apparently) the seedless variety. But you have to enjoy the flavor and perhaps that’s not to your taste? It’s my favorite type of melon, in the summer time I live on the stuff. My diabetic doctors don’t like that much, they still have too much natural sugar for such as me! I don’t thin I’ve ever heard of a Galia? Is that a European variety?

      • I didn’t know Melanie so looked it up and according to WIKI:
        Galia melon is a unique hybrid melon created from cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Developed in Israel, the Galia melon’s scientific name is cucumis melo var. reticulatus
        As I like both honeydew and cantaloupe, that’s probably why I like this one too.
        Hope you’re having a good day.

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