Carambola or star fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, parts of East Asia and the South Pacific. Its name comes from the fact is has distinct ridges running down the side that at cross sections resembling a star. Generally the fruit is eaten raw, although it can be used to make relishes, preserves and juice drinks.
Dragon fruit, whos name is derived from its vernacular Asian name is also known as Pitaya. It has a mild taste in contrast to its vibrant look. Described as very bland with a mild sweetness, the fruit is popular all over the world.
Longan, which in Chinese translates to Dragon’s eye, is named so due to its resemblance to an eyeball while still shelled. Its taste is often described as sweet and juicy. Aside from being consumed fresh, it is also used in East Asian soups, snacks and desserts.
Lychee is native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China. It is known for its floral smell and sweet flavor that is vaguely fragrant. This is lost when canned, so its generally eaten fresh.
Bayberry commonly known as the Chinese bayberry, and the Chinese strawberry (among other names), the spiky red fruit has the tart-sweet duality of most berries, with an edible skin and a pit in the center. There are two types, a sweeter variant for fresh consumption or juicing and a sour variant, to produce dried fruit. Yangmei can also be canned, jammed and fermented into an alcoholic drink.
The kumquat, the smallest citrus fruit in the world, looks like a grape-sized orange and has an edible peel. It is eaten fresh but can also be pickled and candied or made into jam. Kumquats are most often eaten during festival days like Chinese New Year and are mostly sweet and a touch sour, with an overarching and expected orange-like taste.
The jujube is a popular Chinese fruit that is often dried and used as a snack or in Chinese cuisine. It is also used widely in Chinese traditional medicine for its believed host of beneficial properties as an anti-inflammatory and anti-stress agent. When dried, it becomes a deep, brownish red and its sweetness intensifies. Fresh jujube is also popular, and is green and dark brown in color. It is sweet and has a texture similar to an apple.