“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but isn’t it boring eating an apple every day? We all have a few everyday fruits for our kitchen, and most of us do not deter from the list even in the slightest. Apples, bananas, grapes, berries, and a few more fruits are standard items in every kitchen. We have grown up eating these fruits and have gotten accustomed to them somewhere along the line. But today, this article is here to break you out of your regular choices and try something new and different. There is a world of other fruits available for us to eat, so why not try a new one:
Found primarily in parts of Southeast Asia in countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. Durian is revered as “the king of fruits” in Southeast Asia. However, one would expect the “king of fruits” to have a better smell. Durian is famous for its distinctive pungent odor. But if you can look past the scent, you will find the creamy inner flesh is rich in vitamins, fiber, and other minerals.
According to studies, this fruit serves best when eaten ripe, owing to its antioxidant properties. The tough outer shell is also helpful for its antibiotic properties as well as the cough-relieving benefits. Do keep in mind not to overeat this fruit if you are looking to lose weight, as it also has a high-calorie count.
Rambutan is native to Indonesia and Malaysia; however, today, you will find this fruit all over Southeast Asia. Rambutan looks a lot like the lychee fruit and is of the same family. The seeds, skin, and flesh of this fruit contain high antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids, which help protect against chronic illnesses such as cancer. One might say that the fruit looks like a sea urchin with a red skip outer shell. Although the appearance of the fruit isn’t much, its creamy white flesh is highly nutritious and is rich in bone-healthy minerals.
Pitaya, famously known as dragon fruit, is native to Central America and is now the most profitable crop in Vietnam. However, pitaya is also abundantly grown in Indonesia, Hawaii, Thailand, and Australia. Dragon fruit is extraordinarily nutritious and contains various antioxidants such as fiber, vitamin C, and carotenoids.
A study conducted in 2010 concluded that antioxidants present in pitaya could potentially aid in reducing the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In addition, the fruit’s bright pink peel contains a high quantity of polyphenols and lycopene, which can help prevent cancer.
Myrciaria Dubia/Camu Camu is natively grown in the Amazon rainforests of Peru, Brazil, and Colombia. This tropical sour berry contains vitamin C making Camu Camu rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In a study published in the journal of cardiology, the juice from the fruit reduces oxidative stress when eaten for seven continuous days. Camu Camu is a popular ice cream and soda flavor in Peru, but people primarily consume it in powder form, adding it to their yogurt, smoothies, or shakes.
Goji berries were grown initially in China, but today they can be found growing all over Asia and in parts of Europe. The red-orange berries are full of nutrients owing to their high minerals and vitamin count. According to a study, consuming goji berry juice can help relieve stress, reduce fatigue, increase focus and alertness and improve the overall feeling of wellness, all due to its high antioxidant levels. You can consume these berries in various forms, such as raw, dried, or powdered.
This fruit is originally grown in Southeast Asia, such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, etc. Like most fruits mentioned above, mangosteen is also full of nutritional value. Every part of mangosteen is used for medicinal purposes, from its hard purple rind to its sweet white flesh from the bitter seeds to the bark. Mangosteen is also used to treat wounds and fight infections in traditional Asian medicine. Apart from all these numerous medicinal uses, mangosteen can treat diarrhea, urinary tract infection, and even eczema. This fruit is best when eaten raw because you will get the most vitamin C it contains.
This fruit is harvested from the acai palm tree and looks a lot like a grape. The acai palm is native to South America. Countries such as Brazil and Belize are where this fruit is grown in abundance. This nutritional berry has been a staple food item in the eating habits of the Amazon tribes. However, it only recently has gained a lot of attention after the “acai bowl” trend.
This fruit contains many vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional benefits. According to some claims, Acai berries help boost the metabolism and reduce fat; however, none of these claims have been concretely proven yet. Another study claims that eating acai berries may aid in keeping the brain healthy and reduce the chances of experiencing any mental illness.
Although Jackfruit was once native to the Asian subcontinent of India, it can now be found in other parts of Asia. The fruit is now also grown in parts of eastern and central Africa as well as in Brazil. Did you know that Jackfruit is one of the largest tree-borne fruits in the world? It is also one of those fruits which have a high fiber count.
The fruit’s exterior is green, prickly, and hard, but the interior is a creamy, sweet soft white flesh. Jack fruit is not only good in taste but is also exceptionally good for the body. The white flesh has antioxidants and antibacterial properties. The fruit seeds are beneficial for skin, nail, and hair growth owing to their high Vitamin B count.
There you have eight exotic fruits that everyone must try once in a lifetime. It is always good to experience new food items, especially food items such as fruits and vegetables. All the fruits mentioned in the list above are highly nutritious and beneficial for the body, so even if you try and are not particularly fond of the fruit, there is no harm done to the body.