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Some fiction will introduce similar or strange fruits and vegetables, often the object of a search and/or an important ingredient in something. They tend to have 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 Small Reference Pools, so you get fictional ones instead.

See also Magic Mushroom, Healing Herb, Multipurpose Monocultured Crop.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball has senzu beans, which can instantly satisfy the appetite of even the biggest eaters and will recover the stamina of those who eat them, as well as immediately heal all injuries bar amputation. Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! 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.
  • One Piece: the devil fruits that give eaters superpowers, with the side effect of removing the ability to swim.
  • Rosario + Vampire: the monster Durian in Capu 2.
  • One chapter of Sgt. Frog features Giroro and his brother Garuru butting heads with a giant killer space yam.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, pollinated dryad flowers later turn into pumpkin-like fruits with human faces on them. Laios is appropriately excited to eat them and Marcille equally appropriately freaked out.
  • Toriko is built on this trope and others like it.
  • Not used for laughs in the manga Sugar Dark where one of a series of monstrously sized, practically unstoppable undead Eldritch Abomination called "The Dark" had been buried under a tree, tainting and mutating its growing fruits with its essence. The adorable, yet horribly woobieish Moe, Meria, ate one of the fruits of the tree and absorbed its power, turning her into a creature with Resurrective Immortality 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 Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, 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.
  • Digimon Frontier has meat apples, which have to be cooked to be edible.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Tohru uses several bizarre fruits and vegetables from the other world when trying to make the perfect omelette rice. She also gets a hold of a fruit that sprouts teeth when bitten into (and in the anime, tries to kiss people) during a cook-off with Kobayashi.
  • Those Who Hunt Elves has nuts that can be pressed for diesel fuel, which the isekai'd Japanese high school student main characters use to run their Sherman Tank, at least until it gets possessed by a cat's ghost and gains a bottomless fuel tank to match the magazine.

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Flying Island: The Sky Adventure episode 5 features weather fruits which are shot out of cannons to form different weather patterns in the sky. Small weather fruits are used for cooling, medium weather fruits are used for cleaning, and large weather fruits are used for controlling the weather.

    Comic Books 
  • Gingold, a rare tropical fruit from the Yucatan in DC Comics. It was the basis for the formula that gave Ralph Dibny (the Elongated Man) his stretching abilities.
  • Spirou and Fantasio 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.

    Films — Animated 
  • Treasure Planet had purple lemons that crunch like apples. They were called Purps.
  • In The Croods, there's a plant that resembles giant corncobs sprouting out of the ground. When Granny sets the grass near it on fire, the giant kernels start to pop from the heat, and its cobs shoot up into the sky like a Gas-Cylinder Rocket before exploding like fireworks.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The titular fruits of Tintin and the Blue Oranges are genetically-modified oranges which are blue, glow in the dark, and most importantly, can be grown even in the harsh desert environment. They're highly sought-after by villains due to the economic implications such a crop carries, but in their current state, they have an awful bitter and salty taste, making them inedible.
  • The shuura fruit appears in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. It is more an example of Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp", since it's basically a pear.
  • In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the snozzberries taste like snozzberries! Subverted in that there are no actual snozzberries, just depictions of them on wallpaper.

  • Roald Dahl liked these. Snozzcumbers from The BFG (which were so disgusting the giants preferred to eat children instead, with the exception of the eponymous Big Friendly Giant who put up with the foul taste) come to mind.
    • Quentin Blake's illustrations of snozzcumbers resemble gigantic cousins of the real-life bitter gourd.
      Willy Wonka: And when you lick a snozzberry, it tastes just exactly like a snozzberry...
  • Dr. Seuss likewise used them a lot.
  • C. S. Lewis describes some in his Perelandra. Of course, they are on Venus.
    • The Magician's Nephew has the tree with the silver apples — a direct reference to the Tree of Knowledge from The Bible — 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 The Silver Chair, 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 The Last Battle 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 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 Summers at Castle Auburn. 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? Later subverted: the seeds aren't poisonous at all, and he was just playing mind games with the group.
  • Discworld
    • The wahoonie, a foul-smelling, earwax-colored root vegetable that can grow up to twenty feet in length. Ankh-Morpork is known as the Big Wahoonie, though the narration claims that not even the wahoonie smells that bad.
    • A whole range of these spontaneously evolved on Mono Island in The Last Continent, 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 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 Long List 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.
  • Star Trek Novel Verse:
    • Zalkatian Clamdas, Betazoid Hilrep, Horvas, Andorian Vithi, many, many more.
    • Star Trek: Titan - Taking Wing speaks of kheh, a Romulan grain.
  • Land of Oz featured a lot of these—lunch pails growing on trees featured in Ozma of Oz
  • There's a lot of these in Xanth, mostly having properties derived from bad puns (explosive cherry bombs, etc). Weaponized by one character whose magic talent is conjuring fruit.
  • In The Saga Of Ragnar Lothbrok, 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 Gentleman Bastard series, alchemists produce a variety of these for various practical and hedonistic purposes, like an orange tree whose fruit is naturally infused with brandy.
  • The Silmarillion recounts how, in Middle Earth, the Sun originated as a Fantastic Fruit.
  • Akata Witch: Plants touched by the Spirit World are popular for cooking in Leopard Person Magical Society. "Tainted peppers" are a favourite for soup, despite their tendency to explode or Curse the eater if prepared improperly.
  • The Bible describes two fruit trees existing in the centre of the Garden of Eden, called the 'Tree of Life' and the 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil'. In the story of Adam and Eve, eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge is what gets the first humans kicked out of the garden, may have been the origin of humanity's tendency towards sin, and also causes Adam and Eve to develop a nudity taboo. The fruit of the Tree of Life, meanwhile, apparently extends the life of anyone who eats it, so after humanity falls to sin God puts guards in the garden to prevent any humans getting to the tree and gaining the means to live forever.
  • Harry Potter has several mentioned in passing, usually as potion ingredients: shrivelfigs, gurdyroots, and dirigible plums (which Luna wears as earrings).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Gilligan's Island: 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.
  • In Kamen Rider Gaim, 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 One-Winged Angel if they eat one of those. 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 Eldritch Location, and it's already overtaken at least one alien world.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had the Singing Squash, which was, well, a 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.
  • Stargate SG-1: Invoked offscreen in the Show Within a Show 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.
    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."
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Neelix introduces the Voyager crew to the nutritious but awful-tasting leola root. They never quite forgive him for that.
  • Star Trek: Picard: In "Maps and Legends", a Utopia Planitia employee complains about the space pineapples in her replicated meal, so the fruit in question is not from Earth, and it presumably has a similar appearance and/or taste to pineapples.

  • The fruit of the lotus tree in Greek Mythology, which caused both sleepiness and addiction. (The tree is the Trope Namer for the Lotus-Eater Machine, by the way.)
  • The 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.
  • Chinese Mythology 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 Norse Mythology, the goddess Iðunn grew apples which acted as a Fountain of Youth 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 bestiary has the "Barnacle Goose," a bird that grows from a tree hanging by its beak, and dies when it falls off if it lands on the ground instead of water. As absurd as it sounds, it was mostly perpetuated so people had an excuse to eat geese during fast days.
  • In the Caucasian Nart Sagas 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The death's head tree's fruit resembles heads (those of the bodies the tree has eaten) that can spit seeds like bullets.
    • Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, a 5E sourcebook, has a chapter on unusual and otherworldly phenomena that includes a description of primal fruit, grown from plants rooted in areas rich in primal magic or blessed by divine influence. These fruit can be told from normal ones by traits such as odd colors or faint sparkling or luminescence, and if eaten (including after cooking or juicing) can produce a number of effects, such as healing their eater or providing them with boosted strength or vitality, providing resistance from harmful magic, or providing temporary telepathy.
  • Changeling: The Lost features Goblin Fruits, fruits that grow only in 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.
  • 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.
  • Scarred Lands:
    • Used to Squickiest effect in the monster list "Dark Menagerie". Gaurak the Glutton, one of the titans sealed into the land of Scarn by the gods, offers 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.
    • A plant that was 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.

  • BIONICLE has Bula (berries that restore energy), Madu (explosive coconuts), and Thornax (spiky, sometimes explosive, fruit used as Edible Ammunition).

    Video Games 
  • Every once in a while in most of the Animal Crossing games, the player will see rare, alternative colored variations of fruits (except for coconuts) that sell more than their regular colored counterparts.
  • Pokémon has a wide variety of fruits simply known as "berries" since their introduction in generation II. Since generation III, they have Punny Names 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 downright brutal to players) or only held by certain event-only Pokemon in promotions. This would put them on par with Master Balls, but there's often a way to farm berries in games from Gen III and beyond. In Alola and Galar different kinds of berries even grow on the same tree.
    • 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 Vegetable Lamb of Tartary), Ferroseed and Ferrothornnote , 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 fire flower from the Super Mario Bros. series, which gives Mario the power to throw fireballs. Super Mario Bros. 3 has a leaf that grants Mario tanoonki powers and Super Mario Galaxy has an ice flower, which lets him freeze enemies.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Morrowind, given its significant Earth Drift 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 Oblivion, with a large side order of Fungus Humongous.
  • Any World of Mana series game that allows you to own an orchard.
  • The Sims 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 re-fills a vampire Sim's Thirst motive.
  • The Kingdom Hearts series has the star-shaped Paopu fruit, which supposedly links the destinies of those who share one.
  • The Tales Series games have, in addition to the usual selection of apples, bananas, etc., a pair of recurring fictional fruits called "kirima" and "amango".
  • Sonic the Hedgehog games seem to have these when there's a Chao-raising virtual pet minigame. In the original Sonic Adventure, at least, you have cubicle fruitnote , triangle fruit, and round fruit, and then more special ones like Chao fruit note , and heart fruit 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 I Wanna Be the Guy, try to kill you. 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 Final Fantasy VII 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 Final Fantasy series has Gysahl Greens, which Chocobos eat. In Final Fantasy XII, it's implied that humans can safely eat them, too. Final Fantasy XII also has cactus fruit and an otherwise-undefined undefined "succulent fruit" as loot.
  • In the Fallout series, the fruit most people eat is a mutant plant called a mutfruit. The Fallout 3 DLC Point Lookout features the Punga fruit, which the local tribals cultivate, worship, and trade.
  • Dwarf Fortress 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 Crash Bandicoot franchise has Wumpa fruit, Crash's Trademark Favourite Food. They appear to be a cross between apples, peaches, and mangoes and have purple (or yellow) juice. In most games, 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 Edible Ammunition.
  • In Wild ARMs 3, 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.
  • Slime Rancher 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...
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
    • Voltfruit, the various forms of Safflina, and various supernatural species of mushroom provide buffs when cooked into food.
    • However, there is one notable downplayed example. Real-life acorns are technically edible... if you first grind them to a pulp and then put the pulp in a sack in a stream of running water for a week to leach out the extremely bitter tannins. Presumably the acorns in the game are specially bred Hyrulian sweet acorns.

  • In Poharex there's the Blue Fruit, which grow only in a certain valley, and cause addiction, madness, and eventually paralysis.
  • The Lydian Option features both a cafeteria full of "cross-nutritional" foods for multiple species and a highly addictive alien fruit.

    Web Games 
  • Neopets uses an assortment of them.
  • 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.)

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    Western Animation 
  • Anything the Kiwi can grow on Galaxy Rangers. An episode involved trees that grew nutritious marshmallows.
  • In one episode of 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).
  • Beast Machines: in the episode "Forbidden Fruit" 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 dominate 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 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, the Forbidden Fruit 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 world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Land of Mix-and-Match Critters such as platypus-bears and wolfbats, apparently also has "tomato-carrots."
  • The Legend of Korra briefly showed "Cucumber-quats" (presumably a cucumber/kumquat hybrid).
  • Korgoth of Barbaria had plum-like fruits that make whoever eats them explode violently.
  • The Simpsons 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 South Park are grapes with 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 Star Wars ad nauseam, but they also praise all the things from the past that modern society judges unacceptable.


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