Exotic fruits loaded with vitamins

What’s in your fruit bowl? Apples, pears, and bananas? Maybe it’s time to try something new like the exotic fruits that are in your market. Don’t let their unusual colors, shapes, or spines scare you off. It’s important from a nutrition standpoint to shake things up a bit and add more color to your menu.

If you don’t know where to start, just check out these nine exotic fruits that are loaded with health benefits and taste. From tiny tart salaks to giant jackfruit and everything in between, there is something for even the pickiest eaters in your family.

Thailand is home to one of the biggest and most diverse collections of tropical fruit in the world. If you’re a fan of fresh fruit like we are, then here is what you need to try.

Lychee

This delicious and thirst-quenching fruit has gone out of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants into mainstream markets. Lychees are available fresh in the spring and summer and canned all-year long. This fruit is high in vitamin C and B-complex, potassium, and polyphenols that help speed up your metabolism. Peel before eating raw or add to fruit salads.

Sapodilla

This teardrop-shaped brown fruit is often called the candy of the fruit world because of its sweet toffee-like taste according to The Healthy. Native to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Sapodilla or Sapota, is also grown in Asia. Although it is a higher calorie fruit, its chock full of antioxidants, vitamins C and A, iron, folate and niacin. it’s almost like taking a multivitamin with every bite. Naturally sweeten oatmeal or yogurt by topping them with diced sapodilla. Naturally sweeten oatmeal or yogurt by topping them with diced sapodilla.

Pomelo

This largest member of the citrus family resembles a grapefruit in appearance, taste, and nutritional value, only sweeter, according to verywellfit. Filled with vitamins C, A and folate, fiber, and potassium, one cup only has 72 calories. While Pomelo, which come in yellow and red varieties, are a winter fruit from Southeast Asia, they are grown in California year-round.

Salak

This small tart and chewy fruit packs quite a punch of health benefits according to The Healthy. Full of beta-carotene, iron, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and protein, it is a fantastic fruit for vegetarians and vegans.

Rose Apple

William Shakespeare wrote: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” could very well apply to the rose apple. This exotic Asian apple is a crisp refreshing fruit with a pear-like texture that is high in fiber, calcium, and potassium.

 

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