Fruits in Bali are presented in the most diverse variations, they are truly a feast for the eyes and stomach, in some places they have unusual colors, shapes, sizes. While many of the local fruits are similar to those found throughout South Asia, here you will also find exceptional varieties found only in Bali. This small island, 8 degrees south of the equator, is rich in heavenly soil. 1. Mangosteen Those who have previously visited the countries of Southeast Asia may have already come across such a fruit as mangosteen. Round shape, pleasant, the size of an apple, has a rich purple color, easily breaks when squeezed between the palms. Care must be taken when handling the mangosteen fruit: its peel secretes a reddish juice that can easily stain clothes. Because of this strange feature, it has the name “blood fruit”. 2. Sloth This fruit is found in oval and round shapes, has a pointed top, which facilitates the cleansing process. It tastes sweet, slightly starchy, a mixture of pineapple and apples. A variety of herring in eastern Bali is made into wine by agricultural production cooperatives. You will find this fruit in almost all markets and supermarkets in Bali. 3. Rambutan From the local language, the name of the fruit is translated as “hairy”. Usually grows in the countryside of Bali. While immature, the fruits are green and yellow, when ripe they become bright red. It is a soft white pulp that resembles a cloud. Various types of rambutan are common, ranging from “long-haired” and very juicy to small and drier, more round and less moisture content. 4. Anon Anona grows among papaya and bananas in rural gardens and is a delicious treat on hot summer days, often mixed with sugar syrup as a drink. Anona is quite acidic when used in its original form. Locals resort to the help of this fruit with a mouth ulcer. Very soft when ripe, the peel is easily peeled off by hand. 5. Ambarella Ambarella grows on low trees, becoming lighter in color when ripe. Its flesh is crisp and sour, and contains a large amount of vitamin C. It is usually peeled and chopped before being eaten raw. Ambarella contains thorny seeds that must be avoided from getting between the teeth. Very common in local markets, Bali people believe that ambarella improves digestion and helps with anemia.