The exotic fruits of Southeast Asia are quite possibly going to be the biggest thing I miss about this part of the globe.

When you’re traveling in Southeast Asia over an extended period of time you kind of get used the luxury of eating these exotic fruits. Now I’m in Europe and the price of one passionfruit makes me cry.  Make sure you try these exotic fruits when you’re travelling in South East Asia.

Durian

Let’s just start with Durian. Durian, durian durian. It’s an absolute love or hate relationship no inbetweeners when it comes to this Southeast Asian fruit. It is known to have a very strong and distinct odour. It’s so strong (and quite unpleasant for many) that the fruit is actually banned in many airports, hotels and public transport. You’ll see ladies eating this fruit with gloves. While the fruit gives off an unforgettable stench, the taste of the fruit is much more pleasant.

Crazy in the Coconut

Not all coconuts are created equal. Jonas was on a little mission to find where the world’s most delicious coconuts are hiding in Southeast Asia. This mission opened our eyes to the many different coconut types and flavours. From our completely subjective opinion, Bali has the biggest and most sour coconuts while Vietnam has very delicious small but perfectly ripe and fruity coconuts.

bali coconut

Longan or Dragon’s eyes (AKA Fruitato)

We like to call this one the Fruitato. They’re kind of like a lychee or rambutan inside. Just a squishy, fruity blob with a hard seed. It’s a nice snacking fruit.

longan fruit south east asia

Snake Fruit

By far one of the most unique of the bunch. It really does look like snake skin doesn’t it? The fruit inside is quite leathery as well with a neutral taste.

snake fruit south east asia

Water Apple

Mmmm this one is okaaaay. Not our favourite. Crunchy, watery, and reminiscent of an apple.

water apple south east asia

Mangosteen

This is a beautiful fruit. Like any fruit, you can often find overripe ones. Find the perfect mangosteen and you’re in heaven.

Custard Apple (AKA Sweetsop, atis, or sugar apple)

I really do like the taste and texture of this fruit but I happened to always have an allergic reaction to it? I have a weird immune system but putting that aside, this fruit really does taste like vanilla custard with a very unique sort of creamy texture. Rightfully named custard apple.

custard apple south east asia

Starfruit

Starfruit + Dragonfruit + Guava = The Best Smoothie Ever. Just putting that out there. That was always my go to in Bali (which by the way, has the best and cheapest smoothies in Southeast Asia).

Dragonfruit

Personal favourite fruit from Southeast Asia. Tastes like fruity vanilla and it’s just so fun. The inside is white with black dots and just look at this beautiful magenta. Ah. This may be the one thing I truly miss about Southeast Asia, Dragonfruit. Dragonfruits make the perfect breakfast or beach treat.

dragonfruit south east asia

Rambutan and Lychees

Rambutans and lychees are super similar and equally delicious. If you see a fruit stall, pull over and grab a few bunches. Rambutans make the perfect road snack.

lychees

Nipah Seeds (Water Coconut)

We were told that this is a water coconut. Upon googling this fruit, I found the name Nipah Seeds. These are again, squishy little fruits, sort of like lychees. One thing about it is that I think they are terribly too difficult to harvest. This man was whacking away with his machete to first take it off the tree, then second to crack open the seeds. For this tiny little bite of fruit, I felt kind of guilty to make someone work a sweat like that!

nipah seeds water coconut

What is your favourite Southeast Asian fruit? Tell me in the comments below!