One thing locals and expats particularly enjoy about living in Taiwan is the wide variety of fresh Taiwanese fruit available throughout the island. Taiwan is home to bananas, apples, citrus, grapes, guavas, watermelons, and every other single fruit you know and love, thanks to its subtropical climate. Here, ‘fruit is king.’
Whether you are living it up in the city or taking it easy in the beautiful mountain hills, a vendor selling fresh and delicious fruit is never too far. Of course, imported fruit, which comes with a nice little price tag, is readily available from most vendors.
So, what really sets Taiwan’s fruit scene apart from your home country? Well, a unique selection of weird and wonderful Taiwanese fruit. With names like ‘fire dragon fruit’ and ‘Buddha’s head,’ there’s simply no reason not to be intrigued. Fruit lover or not!
Here is a list of the top Taiwanese fruit you simply have to try during your trip.
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The Best Taiwanese Fruit To Try
#1 Dragon Fruit
Fire dragon fruit (火龍果), literally translated from Chinese, might look like spiky magenta fireballs, but they are lip-smacking delicious. The pink skin easily peels off, so whether you enjoy them sliced or simply want to dig in with a spoon, every bite promises to be pure summer goodness.
In Taiwan, both the white and pink varieties are available throughout summer and autumn. Both are absolutely delicious!
#2 Star Fruit
Star fruit (楊桃) is packed with juicy goodness. They might lack a bit in the fiber department, but they have a nice crunchy bite. Note though, they are sometimes actually more salty than sweet. So, if the idea of salty fruit is too adventurous for your taste buds, best give this one a skip.
Enjoy with your usual breakfast bowl or just as is.
#3 Wax Apples
Wax apples (蓮霧), often referred to as bell apples, are sugary, succulent, and downright mouth-watering. Be sure to buy the redder apples, as they tend to be sweeter and juicier.
#4 Sugar Apples
Sugar Apples (釋迦), or ‘Buddha’s head’ might look strange and a tad scary at first glance, but they have an incredibly smooth, creamy and custardy taste that is simply to die for. Give them a try!
Although persimmons (柿子) have quite a weird texture when too ripe, they are delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When the skin is firm, you’ll find a perfect sweet fruit, very similar to a peach. Eat them as is, add them to your favorite salad, or nibble on the dried version.
Head on over to Wei Wei Jia Persimmon Farm (新埔的味衛佳柿餅觀光農) in Hsinpu on the outskirts of Hsinchu County to see how the locals dry persimmon in the sun. Enjoy amazing persimmon ice cream, gorgeous views, and get totally Instagrammable shots!
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Just in case you are wondering which of these you can enjoy on your trip, we’ve made this nifty little chart just for you.
Have we missed any of your favorite Taiwanese fruity picks? We’d love to hear about your foodie adventures in the comments below.
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