Five Exotic Fruits From Booker’s Travels

A lot of great moments from our adventures don’t make it into the episodes. Here’s a sampling of some exotic fruits from all over the world that Booker didn’t get to show you…


The platonia, more commonly known as bacuri, grows in the Amazon rainforest. With an oval shape about 6 inches long, this papaya-like fruit has a white, sticky pulp that is an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, and…latex. The fruit is delicious to eat (as long as you don’t have a latex allergy), with a sweet-sour taste, and the seeds are used to make a traditional Brazilian home remedy for skin bacteria.

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An average jackfruit looks like a slightly deflated, green volleyball with spikes, but this Sri Lankan fruit can grow to 20 inches in diameter.  The biggest ones have been known to weigh over 80 pounds! The taste is best described as a combination of fruits like pineapples, bananas, and mangos.  It also has a distinctly sweet aroma.

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Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

The dragonfruit, or pitaya, grows in central and south America.  It gets its name from the distinctive spikes on the outside, but its taste is relatively modest compared to its appearance. With a watery, slightly sweet taste, it’s been described as somewhere between a kiwi and a melon.

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Another Sri Lankan native, this fruit gets its name from the shape it gets when sliced. Every part of this fruit is good to eat, and can be used for many different dishes, including condiments, beverages, and preserves. Some say that it tastes like green apples and has the texture of grapes.

Photo by: Hana Farms Online


Grown in southeastern Brazil, this fruit looks like giant caviar and tastes very sweet.  Since it begins to go bad within days of harvest, it’s usually sold close to where it’s grown.  However, it’s also made into wines, jams, and juices that can be found farther from the tree.

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