Weird Tropical Fruit Taste Test – The Renegade Health Show Episode #490

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Today, Charlie Wilson of Help Yourself Cafe, gives me a taste test of two unusual tropical fruits…

Watch now to find out if I liked ANY of them! LOL!

Here’s to humor…

Your question of the day: What weird tropical fruits have tried?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Wasn’t that great food! I love it when we are introduced to new foods! Hope you are having fun here in Key West!

  2. Dawni says:

    Wow…horsepoo is right. What was that again, black zapote??? I tell you, better you Kevin, than me on that tasting expedition. Love to learn about new foods and ways to prepare.

    I just discovered Phillip McCluskey. What a delightful person. Loved the variety of edible flowers he used in his sprout salad. I am really interesting in learning more about wild edibles this year. So anytime you can include that kind of information would be appreciated.

    Well now, Molly is just a hoot!!!

    I love it. When she laughed I thought what mascot she could be…

    I wonder how Johnny 5 would react to Molly?

    Nice to laugh wildly on Monday with my smoothie…


  3. Franky G says:

    Momey Sapote…. Looks like baked sweet potato.. Tastes like baked sweet potato…. But its a fruit! Amazing taste and makes for an incredible raw “sweet potato” pie!

  4. Kuru says:

    Soursop! It’s big and gnarly looking, kind of like a porcupine but not prickly. The first taste is a bit shocking, the second getting better, and the third, you’re hooked! Unique and delicious, makes great pudding with coconut creme and a little nutmeg. It takes patience to get the numerous well-rooted seeds out, but it’s well worth it. Aloha, Kuru

  5. Peasnlove says:

    The oddest fruit I think I ever tried is starfruit which I had in Australia, its kerneled like corn, and yet its is so surprisingly sweet, its “the balm.”

  6. Magdalena says:


    I went to Costa Rica and I try some fruit call CAIMITO is purple color sweet and delicious.

    Another of the fruits that I was very impress was the GRANADILLA it looks like mucus.Delicious!!

  7. Barbara W. says:

    Mamey sapote, black sapote, white sapote & sapodilla’s. Mamey sapote is my favorite of the bunch…sort of like sweet potato pie in texture. Sapodilla reminds me of a pear texture. I don’t recall being impressed by the black sapote. I was beginning to wonder if you were going to try that one 🙂

  8. RJ says:

    When I lived in Florida I couldn’t get enough Lychee nuts. I ate so many that I decided to start saving the seeds so I could string a necklace. The firm outer skin will peel easily and expose a grape-like textured fruit, but it has it’s own unique sweet flavor. I hope you can find some while you’re in Key West! Here’s a photo of the variety that ate.

  9. Tyra McMahon says:

    That was crazy. The bird I mean. Too funny.

    The strangest fruit I ever had was in Kona Hawaii. I can’t remember the name of it but I sure can remember the smell and the taste. Smelled up the whole condo. Must say no one could stomach it. It was red and looked like a bell pepper but was soft and it is the fruit that grows the cashew nut on top of it. But we were warned not to eat the cashew for it is poisonous until it is cooked. Makes me wonder about truly raw cashews.

    Fun to try new things though.

  10. Barbara says:

    If you’re in Florida and you don’t check out Hippocrates, there’s something seriously wrong with you and this show.

  11. Patty Jordan says:

    I would have to go with the Lychee nut as well. I wish I had known of this cafe while we were down there! Hope you had a chance to go to Mallory Square for the sunset celebrations!

  12. Avi says:

    wow! molly’s cute! awesome bird 🙂

    hm, unique fruits. You know Ive heard so much about black sapote, jack fruit and others but never actually tried those.

    I have had what was I’m pretty sure, a dragon fruit though, and I remember it was very challenging to separate out the seeds, but had a nice kiwi-like taste.

    help yourself is a really cool place!

  13. Avi Saha says:

    wow there is another Avi right above me, cool!
    I’ve tried the gourd fruit, the ymake gourds out of it, and that was not that palatable.

    My favorite is Anona fruit in Peru, it’s creamy and would make the best smoothie.
    I bought Noni at a market in Peru too, and it melted a little in my backpack as I walked back to the hotel, and it became VERY PUNGENT.It smelled like blue cheese, kind of old. But I LOVED IT!

  14. Pat says:

    YAH ..Im Loving the Black Sapote’s right now..In west palm beach.
    Great Low to no sugar fruit..Just add a bit of vanilla stevia mix it all up AND WOW than you Got a HOME RUN Desert!!!
    SO I Agree with Barbara..YOU just have to treat yourself to at least A Raw food Buffet Meal at HIPPOCRATES Health Institute..It has to be the Best in The US if not the world..In fact there next Awsome free event is This THURSDAY called (SAVE YOUR LIFE Lecture) Open house with Brian clement!! With some Food Sampling of what they serve from there Cafe/ Buffet..
    Anyhow Maybe I’ll CE you there :=).. And Can hook ya up with a few coconuts or even go coconut hunting if u have time.
    Look me up if u want if ur close to WPB.
    Safe travels to you…

  15. Marie1225 says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Most recently I tried durian. I didn’t like it. I haven’t heard you guys talk too much about it. I know some others in the raw food world love it. One person encouraged me to tried it again, but to blend it up with coconut water. I may do that someday. To me it tasted and smelled like papaya, which I do not like either. It was certainly an experience though 🙂

    God Bless you two,


  16. Sophia says:

    The bird was so funny!!!!

  17. Nicole says:

    That eggfruit didn’t look ripe on the outside. Maybe it is a different variety than I’ve had. Did it taste astringent? When they are at their best they are creamy and taste like caramel to me:-) That black fruit looked wicked!

    I think durian is the strangest fruit I’ve tried, just since it looks like the meanest fruit on the block, daring you to eat it—and driving you away with it’s smell.

  18. john says:

    Smart bird with a pea size brain and very good vocal cords to boot.

  19. Peg says:

    I love the cockatoo!!

    When we have visited India, I got to eat lots of different fruits. Some I liked and some…well, it’s an acquired taste. I loved the cherimoya (or custard apple) and the loquats.

  20. Jan says:

    I have started an EFTC Exotic Fruit Tasting Club!
    I am the president!
    I have tried Cherimoya, and have one growing right now!
    I have also recently tried Kiwano!
    I love finding strange fruit, taking them home, researching about them,and then finally tasting them!
    I am sure to research first because, for example the skin of the Cherimoya can be toxic and must be handled with care! I think same goes for the seeds! I did plant one though and it is growing! So much FUN!

  21. Jan says:

    To Tyra, Cashews must be handled with care, they cause skin rashes much like poison ivy and yes the fruit itself is toxic!!!
    Just like mushrooms, you need to know what you are doing or eating!

  22. linda says:

    I love lychee!!! And Durian too. We dont get much variety up in Canada, especially this time of year. I just tried a Karela. bitter.

    I was to Orlando at DW for 2 days and stopped at Cafe 118 in winter park on our way to Naples. Loved Cafe 118, hope you get to check it out. I also hope you can go by Hippocrates and show us!! I wasnt able to do that (long way around!)

    enjoy Florida!

  23. Stefanie B says:

    Ahhh! I’m sitting here very jealous of all the traveling to various climates that you two get to do. It looks so warm down there!

  24. Brenon says:

    I spent 14 years of childhood in the Philippines and had more kinds of fruit than I can remember now. I do remember lanzones, duhats, santols, jackfruit, breadfruit and star apples. I loved them all. It helps to have them from childhood. The best part of eating raw is enjoying many fruits again. For 4 yrs recently I lived in So. Fla. on a lot that had a big black sapote tree. I absolutely love them! Some people call them chocolate pudding fruit and that’s what it tastes like to me. I really miss them. There were also several kinds of mangos, citrus (incl. pomelo), guavas, key limes, papayas and otheres. I still eat papaya almost every day here in St. Petersburg, Fla. Oh, I had egg fruit from a farmers’ market. Yum! And though durian smells bad, the taste is heavenly – that’s why they cost so much.

  25. Andrea says:

    White sapote (“ice cream fruit”), strawberry guava, shaddock (a type of pomelo, but with its own unique taste and shape, native to SE Asia).

  26. Geri says:

    I live on Maui and have tried every fruit mentioned. We live on a farm and have many of them. Loquats, jackfruit, 3 types of dragon fruit, suriname cherries and on and on and I love each of them!!!! Delicious! I’ve even tried the ones you tried Kevin!

  27. Shania says:

    Isn’t the fruit you tasted where Lucuma powder comes from? How come you didn’t like them??
    We don’t get weird fruit here but maybe dragon fruit and kumquat count? And I love figs but the grow plenty here so its not really weird either!

  28. Selene says:

    Why would you call these weird? They’re just different. I don’t consider any fruit “weird” – some are just not familiar to us North Americans who’ve been reared to think apple-banana-orange is all that’s “normal.”

    As for me:

    durian (it’s not a fruit; it’s medicine!)
    passion fruit
    star fruit
    loquat (grow em)
    custard apple
    tamarind …

  29. christine says:

    i havent tried many but i LOVE the cherimoya. and the lilikoi (passionfruit). they are amazing! so tart and perfect.

    i have never had a ROLLENIA, but my partner LOVES them and searched all over Maui when we were there and did not find one on the whole island. he had them on the Big Island. if you know of a place that grows them let me know!

  30. christine says:

    p.s. lychees are common at the asian market here in oregon. love em too!

  31. christine says:

    pps oh ive also had abiu, i found it too sticky and not sure if i loved it…and the surinam cherry and that i did NOT like.

  32. Alisha says:

    OMG! Loved the show but didn’t expect the reaction from my dog – as soon as you guys were showing the bird and she heard it talking she went completely berserk! She started running around and barking – hilarious!

    I’m glad to see you guys are having a fabulous time in Key West with the crazy tropical fruit and the beautiful sun – wishing I was there too. 🙂

  33. Michael T. says:

    I live on a small farm in Kona, Hawaii, and we have a lot of exotic fruit trees growing. In addition to eggfruit and black sapote, we have:

    white sapote, sweet custard-like fruit
    sapodilla, tastes like brown sugar
    guavas – great flavor, but full of hard seeds
    lilikoi (also called passionfruit, one of my favorites, sweet and tart)
    Haden mangoes, really big and wonderful
    Strawberry papaya
    White pineapple, which are sweeter and less acidic than yellow ones
    Bilimbi, which look like cucumbers but are sour, and taste like lemonade when juiced
    Soursop, which are amazing, the flavor is kind of a combination of pineapple and coconut
    Jackfruit, which is tough like latex but with a wonderful flavor, I chew the fruit like gum and then spit it out
    Jaboticaba, which are like black grapes, but with a tougher skin
    A variety of citrus, including the sweetest tangerines ever, Clementines

    Cacao, which is a fruit. When the pods are fresh, the thin white material on the seeds can be eaten, and it is absolutely delicious, but does not taste anything like chocolate (which is made from the cacao seeds).

    Hawaii is such a wonderful place, as so many things can grow here.

    Nice to hear you are hanging out in Florida, hopefully getting your vitamin D levels up.

    When are you coming to Hawaii?

    Michael T.

  34. Lori says:

    I spent last year in Homestead, FL (gateway to the Keys and you have to pass through on your way out of Key West, there’s only one route in and out you know!) so make sure you stop at “Robert was Here” – great produce stand, some organics but tons of local produce, every week I’d stop by and chat with Robert (he loves to talk!) and try a new fruit, I remember not being too fond of those Black Sapotes and their “mushiness” even though he bragged on the “chocolate” flavor. Tons of coconuts too! Oh, get a souvenir coconut birdhouse too! And a huge bunch of fresh herbs! I’m sure you’ve already discovered but I-95 and South FL driving is horrible, I was in a motorhome too! Take the turnpike when you can, though it’s not a whole lot better. Oh yes, Hollywood is about an hour up the road from Homestead on the coast and every Sun on the beach is “Josh’s Organic Farmer’s Market.” Hollywood is a nice beach and a “50’s-60’s” style downtown “resort.” There’s also a “Wild Oats” just 17 miles from Homestead on 101(good to know coming out of the Keys) and I’d vote for the Gulf side of the state for the route home, especially if you get to Ft.Myers Beach and the islands off that way – Captiva and Sannibal. Now I’m missing FL even though I was happy to leave. And doesn’t everyone have to see Disney at least once?

  35. Leam says:

    Thank you for showing the bird! I needed a good laugh this morning and that crazy bird did it for me.

    Although subtle, Kevin, your face looks aghast that you consumed agave and chocolate in the raw desserts.

  36. Hi Kevin, as a high raw foodist I was expecting a little less of prejudice from you before trying something new, but, it’s OK. I grew up in La Huasteca Potosina in Mexico and I can tell, the tropical climate there gives you blissfully taste fruits, among them the starfruit, lichee, anona, chicozapote, mamey, black zapote, chirimoya, capulin, etc. I have four birds, they really make my day, I really think they are part of the reason of my being so healthy, but they are a lot of work too. Loved the show.

  37. Joan says:

    I too am curious if you have visited the Hippocrates Institute and your thoughts on their program…the most exotic fruit I have tried is papaya and it smelled like dog poo…didn’t like the taste much either. I stay with the more common fruits such as berries, citrus, bananas, apples, pears, peaches, etc. They seem safer LOL!!!

  38. teri says:

    I gotta tell you I LOVE your shows , I gotta watch, even if its a topic I’m not interested in. you two +Johnny five, do it so well. Not to menion I have learned so much about better nutrition. Now if I could loose some weight I would be better and healthier. Little scared of diabeaties run’s rampet in the family

  39. steph says:

    I once hallucinated from eating too much Jaca (jack fruit in Brazil) in the middle of the day. More than the fruit itself being interesting, I found it remarkable that in Brazil (at least in the north) their are certain knowns about particular fruits. Like you don’t eat banana in the middle of the day- or jaca- Oranges are ok anytime… a whole list of weird things you’re born knowing about when to eat what fruit there….

  40. durian is the weirdest fruit i’ve ever tried hands down. not only does it look very special, like a contemporary art wood sculpture, but it doesn’t even taste like a fruit… more like custard.

    and the really weird smell and blubber-shaped quarters. wow. that’s a hell of a fruit.

  41. steph says:

    well, maybe these are built in protections again overdosing on the fruit sugars, or folks are just more intuitive about when their bodies can best digest the sugars….

  42. Nadia says:

    I have spent much of my life in different tropical regions of the planet and LOVE all the amazing fruits there…far too many to mention but mangosteen is very near the top of the list for me.

    I was very sad to see that gorgeous bird caged. They should be free to live in their natural environment. I don’t believe it is funny or cute at all to see them caged. And I don’t believe that we have the right to put their life in a cage. Makes my heart very sad.

  43. Melissa Rei says:

    Thank you for this episode, Kevin and Ann, and thank you to all who posted comments. I have made a list and I hope to try all of these fruits at some point.

    I would also like to try ‘Buddha’s hand’. I saw it at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago. It is a yellow, citrus fruit that looks like a human hand! (sorta)

    Wow! I’m feeling very blessed with all the variety of foods this planet offers.

  44. Barbara W. says:

    “Although subtle, Kevin, your face looks aghast that you consumed agave and chocolate in the raw desserts.” Leam, I sensed that same subtle feeling from Kev when I heard the ingredients in the raw desserts! 🙂

  45. sandee says:

    I would have to say Durian……It is sooooo good would of never believed it.

  46. Irina says:

    Durian, guava, lychee, starfruit, loquat, longan, rambutan – for me durain is the most unusual of them all, but sooo delicious, now I’ve got to go have some…

  47. sheri says:

    You should check out Glaser Organic Farms in Miami- especially their Organic Farmers Market on Saturdays. I live on the west coast of FL Just north of Naples (Bonita Springs) if you are coming this way & need a place to stay in your motorhome.

  48. Genevieve says:

    Personally I love persimmons although I realize they are not too unusual. We don’t grow them in Canada though, so buying a case of them and waiting for them to ripen is a real treat. Also enjoy dragon fruit when it is available, lychees, tamarind.

    LOVED the bird!

  49. Denise says:

    I picked up some canistel from Truly Tropical, here in Delray Beach, FL, this past weekend and it was delish! Also, I’ve had some creamy, dreamy black sapote that tasted a little bit like chocolate.

    By the way, does anyone know about the medicinal properties of canistel?

  50. Wonda says:

    I had quince in Honduras…. yuk!

  51. Denise says:

    Jaca is in the top 10 of my favorite fruits from Brazil. Jaboticaba is another. The skin of the Jaboticaba is a little tough, so many people don’t like it, but it has more antioxidants than blueberries.

  52. Jill says:

    Persimmon by far is the most disgusting fruit I’ve ever eaten…I got a little sick feeling looking at those fruits on the show lol, especially that black one. I’d have to try them though just for the sake of having something new 🙂

  53. Great show! Are you stopping in Naples?

  54. Casey and Mateo says:

    Durian popsicles are Mateo (6yr’s old) favorite, but we also liked pure Custard Apples from Australia. Mateo loves your theme music! And my mom sent us the link to this show just for him so he could see the Silly Bird! ThanX again for a great show!

  55. Bill Murphy says:

    Well, I don’t know if I would class them as weird as they are quite normal to us Raw Fooders in these parts of Australia, but I guess mainstream people would consider them weird. 😀

    I have had the Black Sapote (Chocolate Pudding Fruit) that you had there, Durian, Star Apples, Custard Apples, Jackfruit, Lychees, Dragonfruit, Mamey Sapote, Jaboticaba, etc.

    My favourite would be Durian…Yummo! My wife is going to Thailand to hang out with the Boutenko family in April and is really looking forward to the Durian over there! I am jealous! 🙂

    We are really lucky to have a farm and fruit themed park called Tropical Fruit World near here. It is awesome!

    You can check it out here:

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