3 Tasty-Looking Fruits That Are Actually Poisonous

The natural world is filled with things that want to kill us. 

Across our many years on Planet Earth, mankind has discovered a wide range of fruits that are as delicious as they are healthy – apples, oranges, pears, and watermelons, plus a whole other array of scrumptious, pulpy goodness. At this point, we all know that fruits, packed as they are with essential vitamins and nutrients, are incredibly good for you – but what if there were fruit out there that wasn’t? 

Much like many things in the natural world, fruits come with their own boons and banes. Just as there are fruits that are safe and healthy to consume, there is also a variety that is straight-up harmful – with poisons and toxins that may straight up kill you if you’re not careful in what you eat. While it’s practically impossible to accidentally order a poisonous fruit when you buy fruits online in Malaysia, perhaps you might one day find yourself in the wild – and be unable to discern the edibles around you from the all-around wilderness. So as far as wild fruit goes – watch out. 

So for the survivalists out there, here are 3 tasty-looking fruits that are actually poisonous! 

1. Manchineel 

If you’re looking for an incredibly deadly tree, the Manchineel tree is a strong contender. 

At first glance, this tree and it’s hanging fruit look very innocuous – a large tree bearing green leaves, thin branches, and a round green fruit roughly the size of a lemon. However, the Manchineel tree is actually incredibly toxic; from it’s leaves to the fruit that hang innocently from it’s branches. 

The toxicity of the tree itself comes from a white sap, which can greatly irritate skin by causing blisters and burning sensations at mere contact. The fruit, however, is a veritable wolf in sheep’s clothing – with an appearance no more dangerous-looking than lime, the fruit is known to cause extreme tightness and damage to the throat if ingested; to the point where some people can hardly swallow solid food because of the pain. What’s worse is that, upon immediate ingestion, the manchineel fruit actually tastes kind of sweet – so you won’t know what’s wrong until the pain inevitably hits. 

2. Winterberry 

This’ the season to be jolly…so long as you don’t eat this fruit. 

The winterberry is a species of holly and is distinct in its bright red appearance and it’s association with the festive holiday Christmas. The winterberry is mostly known for it’s ornamental and medicinal purposes, but don’t let the bright clusters of red fool you – the winterberry, while often consumed by wildlife such as birds, is actually poisonous to human beings. 

While not nearly as toxic as the aforementioned Manchineel, consuming winterberries have been shown to produce some detrimental health effects. This includes things such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach aches – though symptoms are often not that intense and can hardly be said to cause fatalities. Still, best stay away from what harms you if you can. 

3. European Spindle 

The European Spindle is an incredibly pretty-looking fruit; with a bright pink coat, a flower-esque shape, and a juicy-looking orange fruit found within. European Spindle trees that bear fruit often wear crowns of dotted pink, making them look as pleasant and beautiful as a Japanese sakura tree. But this, again, is another innocuous guise – as the European Spindle fruit is actually incredibly poisonous and may even cause death. 

The bright pink and orange fruit is actually it’s danger; as it looks innocuous enough, pretty enough, for less-informed people to deem it safe to eat. But upon consumption, the European Spindle fruit can actually cause severe damage to your kidneys and/or liver, and may even in some cases cause fatalities. So all-in-all – be wary of the pink tree. 


There are all types of fruits out there that are delicious and healthy to consume, and even more that are so dangerous that risking a bite could cause damage. So if you ever find yourself in the wilderness and searching for a food source, memorize the shape of these fruits – and stay well away from them. 

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