Bali is well known as the beautiful and exotic tropical island that has a lot to offer for visitors. From the authentic nature, the culture, the people, and of course the culinary. One of the highlights on Balinese culinary is Balinese exotic and tropical fruits. As the volcanic island, Bali has fertile lands to produce a plenty of all the exotic and tasty delights. If you are planning to have a holiday in Bali or already in Bali at the moment, make most out of your holiday by pleasing your senses – try as many Balinese tropical fruits as you can. Please do not be surprised if you also find these exotic and tropical fruits as materials in salads, dishes, and juices in Bali! Let’s check out our list of top 10 exotic and tropical fruits you must try in Bali!
Many love to describe rambutan as resemble of lychee with its red-colored skin. As a fruit native to Southeast Asia, the rambutan is now grown in tropical climates all over the world. If you have never seen one before, you may be confused on how to eat it. Once you learn it, it is easy, simple, and of course delicious! For your information, rambutan, contains a high amount of fiber and boasts a high amount of iron. You can easily find the rambutan on a traditional street fruit vendor in Bali.
Soursop or best known as sirsak in Indonesia has the taste is just like its name. Its sourness is very obvious! Often blended with sugar syrup as refreshing drinks, makes soursop as an enjoyable treat during the hot days of summer. The best way to enjoying soursop is dig in with a knife and fork, and beware with the small black seeds. Soursop is a high-antioxidant fruit due to its vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous and even some iron that it contains. These vitamins and minerals are why soursop benefits include potentially helping reduce eye disease, treat infections and potentially even fight cancer, among others. (https://draxe.com/soursop/). If you want to buy soursop, try to explore Bali’s traditional market.
Originating from Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Africa, jackfruit has a yellow meat with sweet taste. With its glycemic index and some fiber, protein and antioxidants, may promote better blood sugar control. Jackfruit is also good for vegans because of the taste and texture of meat. (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/jackfruit-benefits#section1). You can easily find the jackfruit on a traditional street fruit vendor in Bali.
4. Rose Apple
Despite the name, rose apples are not related to roses or apples. In Indonesia, jambu air is a popular name for this fruit. It has unarmored seeds in an open, central cavity. Rose apples are rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, calcium, thiamin, niacin, iron, sulfur, and potassium. Pink and red maroon is the color of rose apple. Many traditional markets sells rose apple. So don’t worry to missed out to try it.
Pomelo or locals usually call Jeruk Bali, is the largest citrus fruit. Pomelo is primarily found in Southeast Asia, which is its native region. Pomelo has a lot of health benefits that can boosts immunity, weight loss, hair care, and prevents cancer. Interesting, isn’t it? Wanna try it? Just visit the nearest traditional market in Bali.
6. Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is an exotic and delicious fruit with its wealth of benefits. Dragon fruit is a low in calories and rich in antioxidants and can be added to any weight loss diet. The taste of a dragon fruit is somewhat bland. It is usually mildly sweet and has a subtle taste. In any modern and traditional market, you can find these fruit easily.
Mangosteen is high in fiber, vitamin C and anti-oxidants. The round, apple-sized and deep purple fruit is easily cracked opened by pressing between both palms. The reddish stains on your palms resemble blood at a glance, hence its nickname the ‘blood fruit’. The evergreen trees are largely grown in the highland regions of Tabanan in Bali’s west, and the Bangli regency on the island’s east. (https://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/10-great-fruits-in-bali.htm).
Durian is affectionately called the King of Fruit throughout Southeast Asia. With it’s size, bristly appearance, and fanatic following, it’s an appropriate nickname. Durian is distinguished for its strong odor, large size, and thorn-covered husk. Health areas that durian is said to positively impact include digestion, blood pressure and cardiovascular health, aging (due mainly to its antioxidant properties), insomnia, sexual dysfunction, cancer, bone health (as a great source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, and copper), and anemia. (https://foodfacts.mercola.com/durian.html). Dare to buy and try it while you are in Bali? With its appearance, you will not have difficulties to find it.
9. Salak or snake fruit
Salak has a round-peer-shaped with a sharp tip. It can easily be peeled off by breaking the tip. With its sweet and sour taste, salak has a crispy texture, but some are slightly moist and juicy. Health beneficial of salak is strong antioxidant and good for the brain, therefore salak is also known as “the memory fruit” that can be found in modern and traditional market in Bali.
10. Boni Fruit or Buah Boni
Boni fruits are considered wild berries and can be found in fruit markets (mostly you can find it at traditional ones). While easily enjoyed as it is, with a taste ranging from biting sour to sweet, the locals are fond of preparing the boni as a rujak or salad mix. High in vitamin C, it is also locally known as a remedy for hypertension. (https://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/10-great-fruits-in-bali.htm).