Exotic fruits of Sri lanka
There is no way to avoid exotic things in an Island as exotic Sri Lanka. Full of rich smells, rich sights and rich smiles washes over anyone not busy enough to ignore the beauty at arm`s length here; The diversity here offers you misty mountains, bays sculpted through divine influence, and people who are always curious of your welfare. But today we talk about the fruits of the island - some endemic, some brought from places as exotic as Lanka - grown in the rich soil of the island, every bite lets you taste the bountifulness of the land itself. So let's dive in and take a little bite.
The purple fruit is pretty but does not look edible, but don't let its looks fool you - just like all good things, the tasty part is on the inside; the white, pulpy meat (divided in to segments) on the inside is sweet, tangy and refreshing once you break in, which is usually done by squeezing the fruit between your palms, but watch out because the juice from the skin can leave a nasty stain on your clothes. Pro tip - you can tell how many segments are in the fruit by counting the number of leaves attached to the bottom of it.
Durian is the Marmite of the fruit world in Sri lanka - you either love it or hate it; the smell of the durian fruit is enchanting to some and disgusting to others - truly an exotic fruit. Inside the fruit is are seeds covered in a rich, buttery pulp that's yellow in colour and full of Potassium, and vitamins.
Known by a few colloquial tongue in cheek names, chiefly Hairy Balls, the rambutan fruit resembles sea creature more than a fruit; its spikey, bright red exterior makes its seems almost poisonous, but once you break the skin of the fruit you will discover a translucent, succulent flesh covering a seed that will delight you with every bite.
This bell-shaped fruit is a favourite among the fauna of Lanka, The Jambu tree attracts monkeys, bird and even bats. The flesh of the Jambu ranges from sour to sweet, and the varieties of it ranges even further, The Jambu can be eaten raw or with salt and pepper. Fun Fact: The Jambu is known as the syzygium fruit - try to say that with your mouth full
Contrary to what might be assumed the Jack Fruit is not named after its discoverer, instead its name comes from the Malayalam term Chakka. The Jack fruit grows abundantly in Lanka and is used in curries before it is ripe and as the flesh turns sweet as a desert. Pro tip: Although it's awfully tempting, eating too much ripe fruit may give you a belly ache.
This tropical fruit is and experience in itself, eaten raw, made in chutneys, and mixed with chillie flakes and vinegar there are so many ways to enjoy this fruit, making very popular among those who try it.
This fruit is as fun to eat as it say its name; pop the yellow velvety skin and you'll find a sour treat inside that will curl your toes as you suck on it.
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