Alright, so you've been around the block in your time. You've eaten a pomegranate or two, you cracked a mango once before, and the local grocery store sells coconuts. You know that when you eat asparagus or beans you'll smell it later and you know that the Jambul can be used to treat diarrhea and diabetes. Here's some food that you may, however, not be quite so aware of (but you probably should be):
Tragopogon porrifolius or Purple Salsify
This plant is an invasive species in North America, originally from the Mediterranean, and actually decently common in many regions. The root, however, is quite the strange little fruit in that it tastes like oysters, so much so that this plant is commonly known as the Oyster Plant. It can also be used for a variety of other purposes, including folk medicine and in chewing gum, but don't eat it unless you like seafood. Be aware the first time you eat it, though, because it is also a diureticeat too much and you may just go ahead and piss yourself.
Durio zibethinus or the Durian
Alright, this fruit is pretty well known in the Eastin fact, it is banned on public transportation and in hotels throughout a number of regions. What would cause such a unified effort against this "sweet and savory" fruit of decent popularity? It isn't dangerous, but it does smell awful. The smell of this fruit has been likened to rotting meat, vomit and pig shit to name a few. While there are many types of durian ranging in taste, Durio zibethinus is the only one available on the international market and tastes of almond custard, if you can get past the smell. It's also used as an antipyretic, or a fever reducerjust make sure you shower after.
Inga edulis or the Ice-Cream Bean
This South American plant grows from a frail tree which can literally be blown apart by the windthe limbs are that weak. Of course, those aren't what interest the natives who consume it, and neither are the seeds. Inside of the bean pod, the plant produces a wool-resembling fabric which can be peeled from the seeds and eaten with a flavor like vanilla ice-creamwithout the ice. If you've ever wanted to eat some ice-cream in the winter, this plant may be your solution.
Cucurbita pepo or the Spaghetti Squash
This squash is a naturally occurring alternative to man-made pasta (for those of you who don't know how pasta is made, it's flour, water, and eggs, stupid) and seems far-fetched at best. On the outside, a normal squash, but on the inside
a normal squash. However, when cooked, it falls apart in ribbons resembling spaghetti noodles in texture and taste. Mix it with tomatoes or cheese and you have yourself a fancy version of your favorite white-trash ramen dish.
Artocarpus altilis or Breadfruit
From the Pacific Islands, Breadfruit belongs to an odd class of fruits which are starchy and air-layered, which resemble some mushrooms when cut open. The breadfruit, however, is an interesting specimen when cooked because it, not surprisingly, tastes just like fresh baked bread. It also resembles other starchy plants, like potatoes, and isn't eaten raw. Also good to know, this bread substitute is used in treating a variety of ailments like sciatica, or "pain in the ass" syndrome. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it will get rid of your roommate (try Durian for that).
Synsepalum dulcificum or Miracle Fruit
There are some foods that do some weird shit to you. Food that will make you hallucinate, food that will make you study hard and food that will make you become hard. But you've never had anything like this. The Miracle Fruit is an African berry which is sweet on its own. After the berry pulp is spread around the mouth, however, it binds to the tongue causing everything eaten for fifteen to thirty minutes to be sweetbitter and sour foods taste like candy, sweet foods seem even more blissful. The catch is, the plant only lasts for three days once picked, making it difficult to ship. Fortunately, miraculin tablets can be bought if you know where to look, putting a new spin on everything from eating vegetables to oral sex.