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Have You Tried These Unusual Fruits?

We like trying new things at OXO. Whether it’s a new way to slice garlic or a more efficient way to scrub dishes, we’re constantly observing how people take on everyday tasks. Our curiosity also extends to trying new foods, recipes and techniques -- we don’t want to limit ourselves to just local ingredients. So this month, we’re trying out some less common produce to expand our culinary horizons. Over the course of the next three weeks, we’ll try new fruits, vegetables and herbs –  and share our impressions.

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First up, fruits.



We’re seeing jackfruit pop up in grocery stores (often canned) and on restaurant menus much more lately. The fruit is native to Southeast Asia and looks like a giant melon with textured skin. It’s commonly used as a meat substitute  – taking shape as “pulled pork” or “carnitas” tacos Once sliced open, the meat around each seed gets cooked with spices and then shredded(Opens in a new window) for use.


OXO Papaya Salad


Fully mature papayas have an orange flesh and taste sweet and melon-like. When they’re at this stage, they can be peeled and sliced into wedges for eating. Papayas that haven’t fully matured are referred to as green papayas. They have lighter, often white flesh, a bland taste and crunchy texture. Green papaya is commonly used in Thai Papaya Salad, Som Tam. The papaya skin is peeled off and tossed, and then the flesh is julienned(Opens in a new window). The papaya shreds serve as a neutral backdrop for the spicy chilies, garlic, green beans and peanuts that go into the salad(Opens in a new window).



Kumquats look like tiny oranges and fall in the citrus family. They have an edible, thin skin that’s sweet, but gets balanced out by their sour interior They’re great as is, sliced on top of salads, cooked down into marmalades or muddled(Opens in a new window) for cocktails.



On the other end of the citrus spectrum, we have pomelos. They look like giant grapefruits, but are actually much less bitter. They have a very thick skin and pith that has to be sliced away, and then you’re left with sweet sections. Eat it on its own, incorporate the juice into pomelo citrus bars(Opens in a new window), or add it to a tequila cocktail (because citrus and tequila just get each other).


Passion Fruit

Passion fruit is another one we see on menus, especially as the base of cocktails (passion fruit margarita, anyone?), but we weren’t quite sure how to use the fruit at home. To our surprise, it’s simple. Passion fruit can be sliced in half and the flesh and seeds can be scooped out. The seeds are edible, so the whole thing can go in a glass and get muddled(Opens in a new window) for cocktail perfection.


What fruit varieties have you been wondering about? Let us know in the comments and we’ll cover your suggestions next!


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