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Some fiction will introduce similar or strange fruits and vegetables, often the object of a search and/or an [[EyeOfNewt important ingredient in something]]. They tend to have [[FantasticFlora odd abilities, and properties that don't occur in real life.]]

It should be noted that there are a fair number of real fruits and vegetables that can qualify as very strange, unusual, and exotic. (For example: the Durian, the Buddha's Hand, or the Miracle Fruit.) But of course, they have a slim chance of showing up in fiction due to SmallReferencePools, so you get fictional ones instead.

See also MagicMushroom, HealingHerb, MultipurposeMonoculturedCrop.




[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has holy beans, which can instantly satisfy the appetite of even the [[BigEater biggest eaters]] and will recover the stamina of those who eat them, as well as immediately heal all injuries bar amputation. ''Anime/YoSonGokuAndHisFriendsReturn'' introduces Chichi's grateful radish, a seed that can spout into hand sized vegetables overnight but will root itself in the ground so hard regular humans can't even remove the smallest sprouts, and they can grow their roots to extend to the base of a mountain.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': the devil fruits that give eaters superpowers, with the side effect of removing the ability to swim.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': the monster Durian in Capu 2.
* One chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' features Giroro and his brother Garuru butting heads with a giant killer space yam.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is built on this trope and others like it.
* Not used for laughs in the manga ''SugarDark'' where one of a series of monstrously sized, practically unstoppable undead EldritchAbomination called "The Dark" had been buried under an tree, tainting and mutating its growing fruits with its essence. The adorable, yet horribly {{woobie}}ish {{Moe}}, Meria, ate one of the fruits of the tree and absorbed its power, turning her into a creature with ResurrectiveImmortality whom members of the {{Masquerade}} use to lure the "The Dark" into killing and torturing her in various ways before they become incapacitated by the upcoming sunlight and buried into the ground, which is the only way of sealing them off from harming humanity.
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', the travelers (all from different worlds), are arguing in a marketplace over what a particular fruit is. Said fruit looks like an apple, but when someone begins describing an apple, someone else says, "isn't that a ''raki'' seed?", which sets off another character declaring what his perception of an apple is. Not surprisingly, the fruit stand owner tersely asks them if they want to buy the fruit, or just argue over it, prompting Mokona to respond, "Want it!", and swallowing the apple, ending the discussion.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin meat apples]], which have to be cooked to be edible.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Gingold, a rare tropical fruit from the Yucatan in Creator/DCComics. It was the basis for the formula that gave Ralph Dibny (the ComicBook/ElongatedMan) his stretching abilities.
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' has a whole valley filled with fantastic fruits and vegetables. They all look horrible (i.e., purple-brown skull-shaped peaches) but are actually delicious.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' had purple lemons that crunch like apples. They were called Purps.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* The shuura fruit appears in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode II: Film/AttackOfTheClones''. It is more an example of CallARabbitASmeerp, since it's basically a pear.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/RoaldDahl liked these. Snozzcumbers from ''Literature/TheBFG'' (which were so disgusting the giants preferred to [[ImAHumanitarian eat children instead]], with the exception of the eponymous Big Friendly Giant who [[DefectorFromDecadence put up with the foul taste]]) come to mind.
** Quentin Blake's illustrations of snozzcumbers resemble gigantic cousins of the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia bitter gourd]].
-->'''[[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]]''': And when you lick a snozzberry, it tastes just exactly like a snozzberry...
* Creator/DrSeuss likewise used them a lot.
* Creator/CSLewis describes some in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Perelandra]]''. Of course, they are on Venus.
** ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' has the tree with the silver apples -- a direct reference to the Tree of Knowledge from Literature/TheBible -- one of which cures Digory's mother's apparently fatal illness. There's also the toffee-fruit tree he and Polly plant, which is sadly never heard of again. Later, in ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', it turns out that way beneath the surface of Narnia's world, precious metals and gems are living plants that produce fruit. And of course the heaven in ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' has a tree whose fruit, in true C.S. Lewis style, can only be described by saying how much better it is than everything that exists in the real world.
*** It's implied that the first and last examples are one and the same, only now [[spoiler: the characters eating it are both dead and in the kingdom of Aslan, so they get the full bore of it.]]
* ''The Queen's Museum and Other Fanciful Tales'' by Frank Stockton: the story ''Christmas Before Last'' has the Fruit of the Fragile Palm. It's similar to a coconut, but the inside is so delicious that it's worth as much as diamonds or pearls.
* Dayig fruit, from ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''. The main character's uncle uses it to pose a sort of personality test to a hunting party: The fruit is absolutely delicious, but full of tiny, poisonous seeds. Would you risk trying it? [[spoiler:Later subverted: the seeds aren't poisonous at all, and he was just playing mind games with the group.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The wahoonie, a foul-smelling, earwax-colored root vegetable that can grow up to twenty feet in length. [[WretchedHive Ankh-Morpork]] is known as the Big Wahoonie, though the narration claims that [[InsultToRocks not even the wahoonie smells that bad]].
** A whole range of these spontaneously evolved on Mono Island in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', in a frantic effort to prove useful enough to the departing wizards that they'd take their seeds off the isle (and away from the crackpot God of Evolution). Although there's no specific scene of them encountering a "pencil bush", it's mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' that pencils are ''grown'', not made, on Discworld, so it's possible that one such species did successfully spread to other islands.
** The Sto Plains are known for their cabbages. ''The Discworld Almanack'' features a LongList of cabbage varieties, all of which are fictional and some of which are fantastic, being known to move around, explode, turn to stone, or do something else that makes you wonder why people don't just grow the ones you can actually ''eat''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'':
** Loads in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. Zalkatian ''Clamdas'', Betazoid ''Hilrep'', ''Horvas'', Andorian ''Vithi'', many, many more.
** ''Literature/StarTrekTitan - Taking Wing'' speaks of ''kheh'', a Romulan grain.
* ''Literature/LandOfOz'' featured a lot of these--lunch pails growing on trees featured in ''Ozma of Oz''
* There's a ''lot'' of these in ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', mostly having properties derived from bad puns (explosive cherry bombs, etc). Weaponized by one character whose magic talent is conjuring fruit.
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfRagnarLothbrok'', Heimir feeds baby Aslaug with a "wine-leek" (''vinlauk''). This is apparently some kind of highly nutritious super-vegetable which provides a complete and balanced diet to small children.
-->''It was the nature of this leek that a man could live long even though he had no other food.''
* In the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series, {{alchem|yIsMagic}}ists produce a variety of these for various practical and [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] purposes, like an orange tree whose fruit is naturally infused with brandy.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/StargateSG1'': {{Invoked|Trope}} offscreen in the ShowWithinAShow ''Wormhole X-Treme'', when Martin Lloyd tells a prop guy to "get some kiwis and spray-paint them green" for a scene, instead of using apples.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Prop Guy]]''': So, now the scene reads, "Colonel Danning walks into the orchard, says 'How like Eden this world is', and bites into a painted kiwi."
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', the fruits of the otherworldly Helheim Forest. They're supernaturally tempting, and the Yggdrasill Corporation has developed Driver belts so that when people wearing Drivers pick the fruit, it turns into something called a Lockseed which then has an image of a mundane Earth fruit on it. Lockseeds can then be used with a Driver to give a person powerful armor based on the fruit it shows. Also related are Invase, creatures of Helheim that eat its fruit, that can be summoned and controlled by Lockseeds but go OneWingedAngel if they eat one of those. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Helheim plant is an ''extremely'' aggressive invasive species; it sprouts up immediately where any spores land and any non-Invase that eats its fruit is immediately mutated into an Invase, which then carries its seeds and can attack and infect other living beings. It's to the point that the forest can qualify as an EldritchLocation, and it's already overtaken at least one alien world.]]
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'': in the episode with the radioactive vegetable seeds, the castaways plant them, then are surprised at the shapes of the vegetables when they harvest them, including udder-shaped carrots, pretzel-shaped beans and corn rings.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had the Singing Squash, which was, well, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin squash that sings]]. A very rare vegetable that Zordon discovered in his early years (when he was still humanoid) it only grows in another dimension. The extract of it was needed to cure a curse of {{brainwashing}}.
* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', [[LethalChef Neelix]] introduces the ''Voyager'' crew to ''leola'' root. They never quite forgive him for that.

[[folder: Mythology ]]

* The fruit of the lotus tree in Myth/GreekMythology, which caused both sleepiness and addiction. (The tree is the TropeNamer for the LotusEaterMachine, by the way.)
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_Lamb_of_Tartary Vegetable Lamb of Tartary]], which was believed to ''grow sheep as its fruit''; medieval Europeans couldn't conceive of any other way for cotton to exist.
* Myth/ChineseMythology has many stories that feature the Peaches of Immortality, which, as their name suggests, grant immortality to those who eat it. At one point, Sun Wukong was given the title of "Protector of the Peaches", but it was like letting a cat guard a canary...
* Similarly, in Myth/NorseMythology, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C3%B0unn goddess Iðunn]] grew apples which acted as a FountainOfYouth for the gods. (The effect wasn't permanent; one story tells of a clever jotun who stole the apples, so the gods grew old. They made Loki go retrieve them.)
* Medieval bestiaries contain many bizarre "facts" about both real and mythological animals. One [[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast1195.htm bestiary]] has the "Barnacle Goose," a bird that ''grows from a tree hanging by it's beak,'' and ''dies when it falls off if it lands on the ground instead of water.'' People ''[[MedievalMorons actually believed]]'' this. Though to be fair, it was mostly perpetuated so people had an excuse to eat barnacle geese during fast days.
* In the Caucasian Myth/NartSagas there is a golden tree, with red-and-white apples that ripen over a single day. If a barren woman takes a bite of the white side, she will be blessed with a white-haired daughter; if she takes a bite of the red side, she will be blessed with a white-haired son. Once a year, there is also a special apple that grows at the very top of the tree, rounder and larger than the others, that possesses powers of healing and immortality.


[[folder: Tabletop Games]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Death's Head Tree. Its fruit resembles heads (those of the bodies the tree has eaten) that can spit seeds like bullets.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' features Goblin Fruits, fruits that grow only in [[TheLostWoods the Hedge]]. The fruits range in appearance from "like typical fruit, only in slightly off colors" to "resembling everything from roughly-carved human heads to icicles to ovaries." Most of them have a beneficial effect on changeling metabolism, allowing them to heal damage, but a good number of the fruits have side effects, such as increased alertness, unceasing hunger, guaranteed fertility, or the temporary ability to understand any spoken language.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': In a side story in ''Intersteller Wars'', one spacer visits a planet that is unique as a garden world that can instantly evolve its life to fit any new change. The spacer eats a local fruit and finds it delicious but shocks a local farmer who told him it had been poisonous the day before.
* Used to {{Squick}}iest effect in the monster list "Dark Menagerie" of the ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands''. Gaurak the Glutton, one of the titans sealed into the land of Scarn by the gods, would offer his most devoted followers tainted greasy melons that turn them into disgusting, greasy folds of fat hardly able to walk and swarming with lard worms that eat anything unlucky enough to suffocate in their folds.
** Similarly, a plant that had been tainted among a corrupted forest by one of the titan's blood after it was felled by the gods, is a gnarled tree covered in fruits with tormented faces on them that corrupts any creature that eats it, making the unfortunate victim willing to defend the tree with their lives. Some particularly vile cults and evil worshipers willingly corrupt themselves by drinking its juice.


[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' has Bula (berries that restore energy), Madu (explosive coconuts), and Thornax (spiky, sometimes explosive, fruit used as EdibleAmmunition).


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a wide variety of fruits simply known as "berries" since their introduction in generation II. Since generation III, they have {{Punny Name}}s and odd appearances and mysterious properties like the titular {{Mons}}. These mainly serve as the main food source for most Pokemon.
** Most of the fruit that these Pokemon berries are based on aren't really considered berries and a few aren't even considered "fruit", such as the Drash berry, an E-reader only berry which is based on a radish, a root vegetable. In the games, their properties range from simply being ingredients in Pokemon food, curing status ailments like poison or burns, raising happiness (while decreasing certain stats) to granting one-time stat boosts in battle. A few of the stat-boosting berries are apparently so rare that they're only available from getting 100 consecutive wins from post-game battle facilities (which are famous for being [[NintendoHard downright brutal to players]]) or only held by certain event-only Pokemon in promotions. This would put them on par with [[TooAwesomeToUse Master Balls]], but there's often a way to farm berries in games from Gen III and beyond.
** Heck, there's even Pokemon who are fruits or vegetables: Exeggecute, Sunkern, Seedot, Ludicolo, Tropius (technically its banana beard), Cherubi, Cherrim, Whimiscott (based on the cotton plant as well as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_Lamb_of_Tartary Vegetable Lamb of Tartary]]), Ferroseed and Ferrothorn[[note]]if horse-chestnuts are considered as "fruit". However, they're equally based on the durian[[/note]], Bounsweet, Steenee and Tsareena.
** There are also a series of inedible fruits in the Johto region called apricorns that served as the invention of the first Pokeball.
*** In the remakes, apricorns can be juiced, and the juice fed to Pokemon to improve their Pokeathelon stats.
* The mushrooms from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', given its significant EarthDrift compared to the rest of the series, has numerous examples. which are native to Vvardenfell and are cultivated by the Dunmer. For example, Comberries are bitter-sour berries used to make alcohol. Ash Yams are root vegetable similar to potatoes with a very distinctive odor. Saltrice is a white/gray stalk vegetable said to be very "tasty and nutritious". Muck is a fibrous slime harvested from fungus-like "muckspunge" plants that is mildly toxic, but if properly prepared, can be used to cure common diseases. Marshmerrow is a leafy green with modest healing properties. Trama Root is a bitter-tasting shrub root used to brew tea. Numerous other examples are found throughout the game as well.
** Everything found in the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', with a large side order of FungusHumongous.
* Any ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series game that allows you to own an orchard.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' has life fruits, which give the Sim who eats one an extra day of life, flame fruits, which aren't actually on fire but do give you a warm fuzzy feeling just by carrying it around, and plasma fruits, which [[VegetarianVampire re-fills a vampire Sim's Thirst motive]].
* The ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series has the star-shaped Paopu fruit, which supposedly links the destinies of those who share one.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games have, in addition to the usual selection of apples, bananas, etc., a pair of recurring fictional fruits called "kirima" and "amango".
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games seem to have these, when there's a Chao-raising virtual pet minigame. In the original ''Sonic Adventure'', at least, you have cubicle fruit, triangle fruit, and round fruit, and then more special ones like Chao fruit [[note]]shaped like Chao heads, increases a Chao's normal stats for every bite[[/note]], and heart fruit [[note]]pink and heart-shaped, makes a Chao fertile and interested in breeding with other Chao[[/note]]. There are also the mushrooms, which increase the hidden intelligence and luck stats and look suspiciously like Mario 1-Up mushrooms.
* Delicious Fruit, which, like everything else in ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', try to kill you. [[MemeticMutation They're more like giant cherries, really]]. And people ''do'' apparently eat them, though they have to be harvested with sticks from a distance and boiled three times to remove the poison.
* in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and its spinoffs there are the Banora White or Dumbapple fruit which looks like an apple but is purple and has no growing season.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has Gysahl Greens, which Chocobos eat. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', it's implied that humans can safely eat them, too. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' also has cactus fruit and an otherwise-undefined undefined "succulent fruit" as loot.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, the fruit most people eat is a mutant plant called a mutfruit. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Point Lookout'' features the Punga fruit, which the local tribals cultivate, worship, and trade.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' has mostly mundane plants such as bilberries, but a few unusual ones turn up, most notably underground crops such as the subterranean mushrooms known as plump helmets, the cloth-providing pig tails, or dimple cups, which can be ground into dye.
* The ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise has Wumpa fruit, Crash's TrademarkFavouriteFood. They appear to be a cross between apples, peaches and mangoes, and have purple (or yellow) juice. In most games, [[LawOfOneHundred collecting 100 of them]] will grant Crash an extra life, and in others they refill his health bar. Even more bizarrely, they're also used by Crash as pretty painful EdibleAmmunition.
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms3'', healing items are various fruits and vegetables, and extremely rare until you get access to a garden, which allows you to grow all you like.
* ''VideoGame/SlimeRancher'' has a number of different fruits and vegetables you can feed to your slimes, and all are pretty bizarre (except for the carrots). Heart-shaped beets, pears with spikes, mint-flavored mangoes, metallic parsnips, lemons that exist partly out of phase with our reality...

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Poharex}}'' there's the Blue Fruit, which grow only in a certain valley, and cause addiction, madness, and eventually paralysis.
* ''Webcomic/TheLydianOption'' features both a cafeteria full of "cross-nutritional" foods for multiple species and a highly addictive alien fruit.

[[folder: Web Games ]]
* ''{{Website/Neopets}}'' uses an assortment of them.
* ''{{Website/Subeta}}'' has the Ikumoradeekanox tree, which itself is kinda bizarre-looking. (Blue bark with white spots, no leaves to speak of) Once a day, you can pick a fruit from it. Sometimes the fruit is mundane and familiar, but more often it's a very weird fruit. (You don't get to choose which fruit it is, though; it's random.)

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* "Dogscape", one of CreepyPasta's creepiest and {{Squick}}tastic stories http://dogscape.blogspot.com/2010/10/log-one.html had the "puppy fruits".
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/calbhach#pages Brother Calbach's Herbal]] from ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' is a book devoted to them.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has nothing but these.
* Anything the [[{{Hobbits}} Kiwi]] can grow on ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. An episode involved trees that grew nutritious marshmallows.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', among the gifts given to Fry after he leaves the Planet Express to sleep in Bender's apartment is a miniature fruit salad tree offered by Leela. Fry picks a tiny banana among the half-inch sized fruits, eats it, and tosses the skin on the floor (which Amy promptly slips on).
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'': in the episode "ForbiddenFruit" one of their newest team members, a techno-organic vehicon with a bat mode named Nightscream, offers the members fruits from a towering organic fruit tree to help their organic components. However, the fruit magnifies their bestial sides that dominates over their robotic minds, turning them animalistic and feral. The maximals are restored when Cheetor (the only one who rejected the fruit out of misguided suspicion of Nightscream) cuts down the tree's trunk.
* Much of the action in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Family Appreciation Day" involves the Apple family being busy with the harvest of Zap Apples, a magical breed of apple that sprouts delicious rainbow-colored fruit... fruit which only grows following a series of ominous-looking signs, and which disappears not long after if it's not picked as soon as possible.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatestAdventureStoriesFromTheBible'', the ForbiddenFruit from the Garden of Eden is depicted as looking like a beet with a yellow top (only it grows from a tree, not in the ground.) Similarly, the Tree of Life's fruit (the antidote to the Tree of Knowledge) looks rather like an eggplant. Justified, in that it's not known what these fruits were or might have been based on. [[note]] The Tree of Knowledge is usually depicted as an apple tree because the Latin word for "apple" (''mālum'') is very close to the word for "evil" (''malum''). However, most scholars agree that an apple even being ''known'' in ancient Mesopotamia would have been very farfetched indeed; apples originated further to the East, somewhere around what's now Kazakhstan.[[/note]]
* The world of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Land of MixAndMatchCritters such as platypus-bears and wolfbats, apparently also has "tomato-carrots."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' briefly showed "Cucumber-quats" (presumably a cucumber/kumquat hybrid).
* ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'' had plum-like fruits that make whoever eats them explode violently.
* Westernanimation/TheSimpsons once managed to create tomato/tobacco hybrids. They looked like tomatoes, but where brown on the inside and highly addictive. Every plant save one was eaten by local wildlife and the last one ended up in the hands of the tobacco industry. They really did appreciate it though.
* The Member Berries of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' are grapes with [[UncannyValley human faces]] that continually talk about how great the past was, in order to create nostalgia in humans. They're annoying enough when giving paeans to ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''ad nauseam'', but they also praise [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe all the things from the past that modern society judges unacceptable]].