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Exotic Tropical Fruits you can find in Indonesia

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Indonesia is the land of nature’s goodness. It is the place where you can get the beautiful sunshine 365 days a year, this make this country a beautiful and fruitful one. Talking about fruitful, Indonesia literally has many things that you won’t be able to find in other places, including fruits. Tropical fruits are widely recognized due to its nutritious benefit and refreshing taste. So here are some of the tropical fruits you can find in Indonesia :

 

1. Mangosteen

mangosteen

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Mangosteen is grown from tropical evergreen tree that believed to be originated in the Sunda Island of the Malay Archipelago and Indonesia’s Mollucas. The outside appearance is a reddish purple rind that tastes bitter if you accidentally tasted it. The inner fruit is white, with big lemon shaped endocarp that is also inedible. The fruit itself tastes sweet and sometimes a little bit sour if they are not fully ripe.

 

2. Salak / Snakeskin Fruit

salak bali

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This somewhat terrifying looking fruit grows in cluster in the base of its palm and if you are not careful, you might hurt yourself when you try to open it. But once you taste its fruit flesh, you will keep wanting for more. The white fruit flesh tastes sweet, slightly acidic and bitter altogether, that wrap its smaller endocarp. Bali is known for its Salak Bali due to its sweet and particular taste, which also make Salak as one of the favorite souvenir for your friends and family at home.

 

3. Pomelo

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Pomelo, or locally known and Balinese Orange, is a natural citrus fruit. This uniquely aromatic and tasting fruit is known widely in Indonesia, especially Bali. The outside rind is hard and think, while the fruit flesh itself is sweet with grapefruit like texture. The locals believe that the fruit can cure your hangover, while the outside rind, though its inedible, can be used as mosquito repellent by burning it.

 

4. Guava

guava

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Much like apple, you can eat Guava straight from its rind. The outside rind is soft and tasteless, while the inner fruit flesh is reddish pink colored and is some different genus, white. The taste is sweet and tangy, with soft texture and aromatic smell, combined with small seeds that you can either spit out or eat anyway, based on your taste preference.

 

5. Durian

durian

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This notorious fruit is known all over the world because of many reasons. The outside rind is thorny, thus earn its name ( Duri = Thorn), so be careful when opening this fruit or you can hurt yourself. What makes Durian more reputable than its outlook definitely is the smell. Those who love Durian will say that the smell is what makes this fruit attractive, while those who hates it might get dizzy just by a little hint of its smell. The inner flesh is soft and sweet. In some genuses, the Durian might tastes a little bit bitter due to its alcoholic content, which is why in Indonesia, you might hear a term “Mabuk Durian’, which loosely means people who got drunk from eating way too much Durian.

 

written by : Novi Devimerzeg

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