Exotic fruits and where to find them
Disrupt the apple cart
We’re normally all about shopping local. Sticking to the seasonal. Then we get to March and, oh my God, all that is seasonal is rows and rows of leeks and some sad-looking pears. It’s time to have a look at the produce of warmer climes.
We first saw these on Australian Masterchef (which is the best version of Masterchef, and not only for the strange other-side-of-the-world ingredients). They taste, unsurprisingly, citrusy, but the texture is the coolest part. Every finger lime is filled with tiny beads of fruit. This caviar-like texture means it’s becoming a cheffy favourite. £14.95 for 50g (yeah, ouch), Fine Food Specialist
There’s an amazing thing about the granadilla. “It tastes just like foam banana sweets,” says Andy Mitchell, an agronomist for Marks & Spencer. These magical relations of the passion fruit come from Colombia, where, says Andy, they’re treasured. The granadilla is about the size of a tennis ball and bright yellow when ripe. Available in stores, £1.50 each, Marks & Spencer
The mangosteen is the most sculptural fruit we know of: the white flesh of its interior separates into lovely bulging sections. It’s native to Thailand and in season between March and November so look out for it in your local shops. It’s packed full of nutrients, but is sweeter than Hello Kitty playing in a pile of sugar. £7.99 for 500g, Thai Food Online
It’s a tiny kiwi fruit about the size of a grape. A tiny kiwi fruit that has hit the Nair and has no fuzz on it. You can just pop them into your mouth, feeling like a giant. Waitrose have managed to find a way of growing them in Britain but UK kiwis are only available in September. Until then it's all imports. £2 for 125g, Waitrose
It’s like a lychee, but a bit more dramatic. It’s bigger, for one, but it’s also bright red and covered with contrasting spines. It’s also sweeter than the lychee. Peak season is between July and September, but they can be found in some corner shops between January and October. £7.99 for 500g, Thai Food Online