There are actually more exciting ways to spice up your love for healthy fruits. While most common fruits you will find contain the many essential nutrients you need such as vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and dietary fiber, you can actually try some exotic fruits that have similar nutritional contents.
The best places to look for these exotic fruits are in the tropical, such as Indonesia, Philipines, and China. Here is the list we recommended for you to try:
1. Star Fruit (Carambola)
Popular in Asian countries, star fruit or carambola is the fruit of a native tree, Averrhoa carambola. The entire fruit is edible. When eaten, it is crunchy and juicy and its taste can range from sour (unripe) to sweet (ripe).
The taste of carambola is usually compared to a mixture of pear, grape, apple, and citrus family fruits. It is rich in potassium, primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants, and vitamin C, while it is low in sodium and sugar.
2. Durian (Smelly Fruit)
Amongst the 30 identified Durio tree species, nine of which bear edible durian fruits. Durian is regarded as the “king of fruits,” and you can distinguish it for its strong odor, size, and thorny exterior. The opinions regarding its strong smell are varied; some find it sweet, while some find it very unpleasant.
This fruit is also used in many dishes such as in cake and other pastries. Durian contains large amounts of minerals (e.g. potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium) and vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate).
3. Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)
Dragon fruit (pitaya) comes from a number of different cactus species and is cultivated in Florida, Australia, Southeast Asia, and other tropical regions. The texture of pitaya is similar to kiwifruit as they both have black and crunchy seeds, while its overall taste is mildly sweet and sometimes bland.
Its seeds are edible and are rich in lipids; it also has a nutty taste. The color and flavor of pitaya are used for beverages like juices and alcoholic drinks. This exotic fruit is rich in vitamin C and calcium as well as protein.
4. Yangmei (Chinese Strawberries)
Yangmei is a local fruit of China. This exotic fruit grows on ornamental trees. It offers a sweet and sour flavor and is rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) which are mainly recognized for their antioxidant activity. Some research found that OPCs help in all metabolic systems in the body. Yangmei also contains lots of vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamine, and carotene.
Rambutan belongs to the family of Sapindaceae and is indigenous to Malay–Indonesian region and other tropical regions in Southeast Asia. Its leathery exterior is reddish and hairy, while its flesh is translucent and whitish in color with a sweet and mildly acidic taste.
At the center of the flesh is a single seed measuring about 1 to 1.3 cm. Rambutan is nutritious as it contains potassium, vitamin A, iron, calcium, fiber, niacin, magnesium zinc, and protein. It also has anti-inflammatory flavonoids and anti-cancerous contents.
There’s a reason why we were provided with these natural, healthy fruits, and that is why it is important to appreciate and take care of them. Go out of your boundaries and discover this whole new world of fruits you’ve never tasted before. Rest assured you will love these exotic fruits just as how you love your apples and oranges.