1. Armenia – Apricot
Armenia's national fruit is the sweet and delightful apricot. It's not just the flesh that is sweet from an apricot, the seeds are often used to replace almonds in dishes around the world.
2. Bangladesh – Jackfruit
The Jackfruit is an unusual fruit as it grows on the trunk of the tree instead of hanging from the branches. When the fruit is young it is common to use it to replace meat in curry dishes.
3. Brazil – Cupuaçu
This fruit is mostly found in the jungles of Bolivia, Peru and North Brazil. It can be eaten raw or can be used as an alternative to butter.
4. Cambodia – Lady’s Finger Banana
The Lady Finger banana has many other names; in English it is also known as Sugar banana, Finger banana, Date banana or Sucrier. In Cambodia, it is called chek pong moan which loosely translates as ‘chicken-egg banana’.
5. China – Kiwi
The kiwifruit, often shortened to kiwi, is the national crop of China. It is actually classed as a berry and is also known as the Chinese gooseberry.
6. England – Apple
No other fruit resembles England better than the mighty yet humble apple. Today the apple is one of the most widely cultivated fruits on this planet.
7. Florida, USA – Orange
Though the United States of America don’t have a national fruit, a lot of the states have their own ‘state fruit', Florida’s being the juicy orange. Although the oranges we eat now are mainly from Florida, California and Brazil they were first grown in China.
8. Iran – Pomegranate
Pomegranates may be from Iran but they have been mentioned throughout history and are noted in many ancient texts such as the Quran and the Book of Exodus. The ancient Egyptians are said to have seen the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
9. Jamaica – Ackee
Ackee is a staple in Jamaican cooking and actually makes up its national dish as well as being its national fruit. It is related to the lychee and if eaten before it is ripe can make you very sick, this is called Jamaican vomiting sickness.
10. Japan – Lychee
Over the years the lychee has made its way over from the fruit bowls of Southeast Asia and into the market stalls of South east London and beyond. Even the cocktail world now wants a piece of this fragrant fruit, with imaginative drinks being conjured up by cocktail makers such as the lychee martini and lychee mojito.
11. Mexico – Avocado
Avocados sit with tomatoes and cucumbers when it comes to calling them fruits. It’s the argument of taste over technicality but whatever you class it as, it has to be said that this super-food is not just loved in Mexico, it is in salads and sandwiches all over the world.
12. Malaysia – Papaya
Although the papaya is the national fruit of Malaysia it was first cultivated in Mexico. Papaya fruit is packed with nutrients and the seeds inside the fruit have a sharp spicy taste.
13. Pakistan – Guava
It’s often pot luck when you come to eat a guava. The taste varies from fruit to fruit depending on the ripeness and can either be bitter and rough or soft and sweet.
14. Philippines – Mango
Along with the Philippines, India and Pakistan also claim mango as one of its national fruits. Mangoes are loved worldwide and are used in both sweet and savoury dishes enjoyed by travellers on holiday in the Philippines.
15. Thailand – Mangosteen
Thailand’s national fruit is the Mangosteen. This fruit is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as other purposes and in used in folk medicine throughout Southeast Asia. Grab some bargain flights to Thailand and sample it for yourself!
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