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15 fruits you've probably never heard of

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 20, 2010, noon

Photo: Peter Giger/Flickr

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These fruits encased in an unusual, lantern-like husk are part of the nightshade family and thus share a relation with the much more familiar tomato. Since it has a mild, refreshing acidity similar to the tomato, it can be used in many of the same ways. Imagine enjoying some pasta with fresh physalis sauce! Native to the Americas, they are typically imported from South America.