25 Exotic Asian Fruits to Try on Your Next Trip

The point of this list is to share the names of common and exotic Asian fruit you may encounter, what they taste like, and how to cut open and eat them.

This way, you’ll look like a pro and know which ones to reach first (they often wind up in luxury hotel room fruit bowls — which I love).

Native to Southeast Asia, pomelo looks like a large, oversized grapefruit (reaching 6-10″ in diameter) but it tastes a little bit sweeter and milder than a grapefruit.


A notably aromatic and exotic fruit, the flesh is starchy and fibrous and tastes like a combination of apple, mango, pineapple, and banana.


Native to the Malay Peninsula and surrounding islands, wax apples grow on tall trees and are shaped like a bell. The cotton candy-like nest at the inside center tastes like a pear.

Wax Apples

The lychee is the most popular of Asian fruits. It grows on an evergreen tropical fruit tree that bears small fruits, about 1″ wide, with a red-colored, rough-textured, and inedible outside skin.


Inside, the fruit has an off-white (or maybe pinkish) color and tastes like grapes. It’s commonly eaten raw and is rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and other nutrients.


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