VOMIT fruit is part of the coffee family and is native across southeast Asia and Australasia.
Contestants on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here have been forced to eat the fruit as part of the show’s Bushtucker Trials.
What is vomit fruit’s real name?
The fruit’s scientific name might be Morinda cirtrifolia but it has dozens of other names, of which vomit fruit is just one.
Other names include great morinda, Indian mulberry, noni, beach mulberry, cheese fruit, dog dumpling and starvation fruit.
As the name vomit fruit suggests, it has a strong smell to it.
What does it taste like?
The fruit is said to taste like “rotten cheese” according to Atlas Obscura although reports say the taste alters as the fruit ripens.
At its unripe stage it is said to be “spicy and grassy, with hints of horseradish and parmesan”.
When it is ripe it has been described as “sharp cheese, lemon and vomit”.
The fruit is thought to be too foul to consume on its own when it is over ripe and usually diluted.
It is also claimed Polynesian shamans use the fruit to ward off evil spirits because it smells so bad even ghosts keep away.
And they believe it cab help cure aches, cancer, anxiety, addiction and inflammation
Who has eaten it on I’m A Celebrity?
It is perhaps no surprise the fruit has featured a fair few times in the I’m A Celebrity trials where contestants usually have to swallow or drink some foul concoction to win their team a hot meal.
Here are the people have had to down vomit fruit:
Mark Wright had to eat a cricket dipped in vomit fruit in 2016
Carol Vorderman was forced to eat ‘Sicktoria sponge’ made from vomit fruit in 2016
Amir Khan downed a vomit fruit drink in 2017
Malique Thompson-Dwyer ate blended vomit fruit in 2018
Noel Edmonds glugged back a glass of vomit fruit in 2018.
Beverley Callard dodge the sheep brain for the meat-free dish, vomit fruit in 2020.
Snoochie Shy was unlucky and forced to have a vomit fruit bag in 2021.