Fruits you Should Try in Asia

Fruits you Should Try in Asia

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When traveling to Asia for the first time you may have certain foods you would like to try.  Asia is known for its unusual and delicious foods. These foods will be very different to the ones from your home country.

For example Asia has some really unique and tasty fruits that you must try during your visit. These fruits may be at your local grocery store, but they won’t have their original taste so get them fresh in China while you can! Let’s explore some of these fruits.

Jack FruitJackfruit
This fruit swept the internet all over the world as it is the largest fruit and can feed thousands of people. Given the size of this fruit it could possibly help to fix starvation in the world.  Jackfruits can weigh from 10 pounds to as much as 100 pounds. It contains many seeds inside that are packed with many vitamins, proteins, calcium, irons. It is great for the immune system and for a healthy body.
When you buy this fruit, you usually buy it sliced up by the pound. It is very rare to buy the whole fruit.Every part of this jackfruit can be used for something and in Asia none of it is wasted! For example, the leaves from this fruit can provide food to animals, the bark from this tree is used as a dye for the monk’s robes because it is an orange like color.
There is a variety of different ways to eat this jackfruit. The most common is to turn it into a savory dish and use it when cooking in curries, baking, bbq and also with sushi! People compare this fruit to the taste of an apple but it has a subtle sweetness.

Dragon fruitDragon Fruit
Known as pitaya in Asia, but Dragon fruit in Western cultures. This all-season fruit is very popular in China. There are three types of dragon fruit. Red skin and white meat, red skin and red meat and yellow skin and white meat. The red is a lot sweeter than the white, but the yellow one is the sweetest one and the rarest to find.
Sometimes the white dragon fruit can taste very bland and a little bit bitter. The texture is similar to a kiwi but denser and filled with many tiny black seeds. The leaves of the dragon fruit can be steeped for tea, but it’s not common to eat the outside skin of the fruit. Choose one that feels hard but not too hard and a little soft but not too soft.This fruit is packed with proteins, vitamin C and plenty antioxidants. It helps the immune system and is great for detoxing. It tastes great in smoothies, in a fruit salad or by itself. It is definitely a must try while you’re in China!

Lychee FruitLychee

These fruits have a similar consistency to hard jello with a seed in the middle and a hard shell that you must peel off. They are very sweet .In China,they have lychee tea which is famous and another experience to add to your list. Lychee's are very high in vitamin C,potassium and they are great as an immune booster.You can buy these fruits at practically every fruit market in China.If the outside is a pink/red color that means the fruit is ripe.



This fruit is tangy and sweet with a very hard shell. It grows in the Southeast region of Asia. Mangosteen is a very common ingredient in Asian medicine and it is also known as the  “queen of fruits.” Packed with so many vitamins like vitamin B and C and also known to contains minerals and proximates. It is no surprise that this fruit is a common ingredient in medicines. It is in fact, another fruit which gives many benefits to the immune system and also contributes to a healthy body. Mangosteen has very high levels of magnesium which helps to regulate blood pressure. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, it is also a low calorie fruit that can help you with weightloss. If you like the texture of a lychee, you will enjoy the texture of a Mangosteen as well.

DurianDurian Fruit

This tropical fruit is quite large in size, with a distinctive smell and a spikey shell. It is a very unique fruit and people in the Southeast part of Asia refer to it as the “king of fruits.” Sometimes this fruit can reach up to 12 inches and 6 inches in diameter. Durian fruit is used in many desserts in Asia, for example in ice cream. The seeds can be eaten and if they are cooked, they will taste similar to the jackfruit.This fruit is high in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B and contain manganese, copper, iron and magnesium.

Kiwi Fruit


If you think you have had a kiwi in your home country, just wait until you get to China. Kiwi's in China are juicier and sweeter. This fruit is the national fruit of China. Kiwi’s are common in Easternand North Central parts of China.This fruit dates all the way back to the 12th century (Song dynasty) where it was first used for medicine.

This  fruit belongs to the citrus family and is similar to a lemon in taste and similar to a lime in appearance. Kabosu is one of the key ingredients made into a sauce for fish in Japan.  It is also used in certain dishes in Japan as a substitute to vinegar. Kabosus contain substantial amounts of Vitamin C, folate, and potassium, but are low in fat, sodium, and calories. Locals in Oita use Kabosu juice to protect the liver and to stabilize blood pressure. This fruit is easily found in China and part of the fruits that you must try while you explore China.

KumquatKumquat fruit
These tiny citrus fruits are the size of a grape with bursting flavor. This fruit also belongs to the citrus family. In its appearance ,Kumquats have the skin of a clementine and can easily be confused as one. It can be eaten as a whole. The skin is sweet and the fruit has a bitter taste in the inside. Kumquats supply amounts of several B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc to the body. The edible seeds and the peel of kumquats provide a small amount of omega-3 fats. As with other fresh fruits, kumquats are very hydrating.


The fruits in China are all very unique. Given the climate of its country, you can taste many unusual tropical fruits with a variety of colour and flavour. If you aren’t much of a risk taker at least try one and add that to your “ once in a lifetime” experience.


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