Fruits of Cambodia

These sweet, odd, tangy, funky native fruits are too awesome not to share. Read about each fruit and watch WND team members try them!

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

I am so passionate about these sassy, strange, sweet-and-sour seeds bursting with juicy, passionate flavor. I think that’s why someone named it the passion fruit. Tiny and purple with a hard outer shell, the fruit’s bright orange seeds are waiting to be scooped out and plopped into a refreshing, tropical, passionate drink.

-Brooke Hartman

Durian Fruit

Durian Fruit

Durian Fruit

Called “the king of fruits” by some, the durian is, well… hard to describe. With a smell akin to rotting onions, most hotels here forbid guests from bringing the fruit inside. In my opinion, the custardy fruit tastes 95% delicious and 5% like a rotting cat carcass. Not my favorite.

-Barry Rodriguez

 

Rambutan

Rambutan

Rambutan

These red fruits are about the size of an egg, but with hundreds of tiny tendrils sprouting from their surface I wouldn’t want to meet the chicken that made them. Peel them open and you’ll find a pale, juicy meat that tastes like a cross between a grape and pear.

-Brad Miller

Jackfruit

Jackfruit

Jackfruit

Jackfruit is weird. The skin is all knobby and its insides are rubbery. Bitter marshmallow slime fills in between slender seedpods, which are encased by leafy strands on the rind. Sounds suspicious, right? Pop a pod in your mouth, however, and jackfruit tastes delectably like honey. Surprise!

-Hannah Warstler

Mangosteens

Mangosteens

Mangosteens

It’s certainly not the most attractive fruit on the block, but it just might be one of the most delicious. Mangosteens are small, round, and plum-brown in color with a shockingly white inside that will surprise and delight your taste buds.

-Sarah Bonthuis

Mien

Mien

Mien

When I first saw mien on my plate, I though I was being served giant fish eyeballs. The taste and appearance is similar to that of a skinless grape, but is more sweet than sour. The texture of the fruit around the seed is so smooth that I found myself eating one after another with no end.

-Anna Teeter

Dragon Fruit

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit

I can see where this fruit gets its name: red, rough, scaly skin with lime-green, flame-like projections coming out. I was initially afraid to eat it. The inside is soft flesh, with a gentle sourness and tiny, crunchy, seeds. No need to be afraid of this dragon!

-Jeff Hartman