The Weirdest Fruit You’ve Never Tasted

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The Weirdest Fruit You’ve Never Tasted

February 25, 2019

Sure, you’ve probably eaten apples, bananas, and grapes. But have you ever tasted a jabuticaba? It’s just one weird food on this list of 20 fruits you’ve probably never heard of. The “bael” is an apple with a shell so woody you need to crack it with a hammer. The rambutan looks like a furry strawberry, and the horned melon really has horns. That grape-like jabuticaba grows right on the trunk and branches of the tree. And when you eat the berry-like miracle fruit,  everything you eat after it tastes sweet, even broccoli. If you don’t love your veggies, that might be a great weird fruit for you.

Wee ones: If you eat 3 apples and a jabuticaba, how many pieces of fruits do you eat?

Little kids: If you pick 6 jabuticabas from the tree trunk, then climb up and pull 2 more off the branches, how many have you picked?  Bonus: If you try all 20 of these fruits except the snake fruit because that just doesn’t sound good, how many types have you tried?

Big kids: If you try 1/2 of the fruits on this list of 20, then try that snake fruit, how many do you try?  Bonus: If you bite into a miracle fruit at 6:25 pm, and it makes broccoli taste sweet for the next 17 minutes, what’s the latest you get to taste sweet broccoli?











Wee ones: 4 pieces of fruit.

Little kids: 8 jabuticabas.  Bonus: 19 types of fruit.

Big kids: 11 fruits.  Bonus: Until 6:42 pm.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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