Top 10 Must Taste Exotic Fruits in India

India is a land of diverse climates and ecosystems, which allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of exotic fruits. As per my knowledge here are 10 must-taste exotic fruits in India. These exotic fruits are not only delicious but also offer a taste of the diverse tropical and subtropical regions of India.

Dragon Fruit


Dragon fruit is visually striking with its bright pink or yellow skin and speckled flesh. It has a mildly sweet and refreshing flavor.



Rambutan is a tropical fruit that resembles lychee. It has a sweet and juicy flesh with a slightly acidic taste. Closely related to several other edible tropical fruits called Pulasan.

Pulasan – Pulasan is closely related to the rambutan and sometimes confused with it. Pulasan and Durian are two another hybrid fruit varieties introduced in Kerala along with Mangosteen and Longan.



Known as the “queen of fruits,” mangosteen has a sweet and tangy flavor. The white, juicy flesh is encased in a thick purple rind.



Often referred to as the “king of fruits,” durian is known for its strong odor, which people either love or dislike intensely. Its creamy flesh has a sweet and custard-like taste.


Langsat is a small, round fruit with translucent flesh and a sweet, slightly tart taste. It’s similar to longan and lychee.

Longan– Longan believed to originate from India and from mountain range between Myanmar. Though longans are not much popular in India and capable of growing throughout the country.

Passion Fruit


Passion fruit has a unique, aromatic flavor that’s both sweet and slightly tart. It’s commonly used in juices and desserts.



Avocado fruit originated in Mexico and known as butter fruit in parts of India. Currently there are limited south Indian states that grow avocado in India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Rose Apple


Common names in English for Rose apple fruit also includes Wax apple, Java apple and wax jambu. Rose Apple or watery rose apple is commonly sold in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Persimmon Fruit


Indian Persimmon is native to coastal West Bengal and better known for uses in folk medicine. Also grown in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Nilgiri Hills.

Buddha’s Hand

Buddha’s Hand fruit or fingered citron is cultivated in northeastern India. Fingered citron fruit is a symbol of happiness and segmented into finger like sections of Lord Buddha.

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