Next time you go to the supermarket, instead of just buying some instant noodles and a Twix, why not take a moment to look at the fresh fruit? It’s all a bit strange, isn’t it? Bananas are a funny shape, kiwis have a furry skin and strawberries have their pips on the outside! Weird. However, believe it or not, these are actually pretty normal compared to some of the bizarre fruits grown around the world.
Noni | Asia/Australia
A noni is a type of mulberry, but one which is far too ugly to have a handbag named after it. The fruit can reach up to 18cm long and looks like some kind of gross, larval blob – like it might suddenly split open and a horrible insect will climb out and fly towards you.
Of course the fruit can’t help the way it looks, and it’s wrong to focus on appearances, but unfortunately the noni doesn’t have much else going for it either.
As it grows it releases a strong, unpleasant odour, meaning that it’s sometimes called the cheese fruit or even the vomit fruit.
If you’re determined to eat one, and aren’t put off by the smell, you’ll find that the fruit has a bitter taste and very little nutritional value.