Blood Limes, Jostaberries, and Limequats… Hybrid Fruits to Satisfy your Palate

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Do you like grapefruit? Do you like tangerines? If you like both and can’t decide what one eat why not eat a tangelo? The tangelo, along with the other nine fruits listed below, is a hybrid fruit. A hybrid fruit is the offspring of two plants of different varieties bred purposely for specific results. Here are 10 hybrid fruits you need to try.

1. Tangelo

– According to mentalfloss.com, “Tangelos are a cross between tangerines and grapefruits, or pomelos. Created by a USDA biologist named Walter Swingle in 1911, the tangelo is super juicy and incredibly large when put next to an ordinary tangerine.”

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2. Jostaberry

-Even though the jostaberry is a cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant, it is much sweeter than the two. This unique berry has the tastes of kiwi, grape, and blueberry, according to eatingright.org

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3. Blood Lime

-Blood limes are a cross between Ellendale Mandarins and Red Finger Limes. Eating a lime may be too sour for the average person, but these blood limes are much sweeter than regular limes because of the Ellendale Mandarins incorporated into them.

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4. Tayberries

-The tayberry is a cross between the blackberry and the red raspberry. Looking like an elongated raspberry, this strange fruit has a tart taste. Since this berry is hard to pick industrially, it has never been incorporated into commercial farming crops, reported mnn.com.

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5. Limequat

-“A cross between a lime and a kumquat, the limequat takes out some of the harsh acidity of the citrus fruit and replaces it with a soft, sweet skin—though some still find the tang too much to take. Just like the tangelo, the limequat was hybridized by Walter Swingle,” stated mentalfloss.com

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6. Pineberry

-A cross between white strawberries from Southern Europe and red strawberries produce this pineapple-flavored berry, typically available in early May until June.

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7. Carambola

-Also known as star fruit, the carambola can vary between sweet and tart depending on the type. The star-shaped slices make the carambola perfect to add to fruit kabobs and salads.

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8.Peacotum

-Peacotums are a hybrid of peaches, apricots, and plums. Even though it has the texture of a peach, it tastes like a plum, apricot blend.

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9. Oroblanco

-This is a cross between a grapefruit and a polemo. Its taste has been described as a grapefruit with sugar.

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10.Baby Kiwi

-“The lineage of the baby kiwi traces back to fuzzy kiwifruit, also known as the Chinese gooseberry. With smooth skin that doesn’t need to be peeled, the typically berry-sized baby kiwi can vary in size, shape, color and taste between producers,”eatingright.org

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If these don’t tempt you then maybe there are some new hybrid fruits you are looking forward to in the near future. How about an avocado passion fruit, or a tomato kiwi, or what about a eggplant strawberry? You never know what hybrid might show up in your local supermarket.