10 Healthy Exotic Fruits

If bananas, oranges and apples seem boring to you, you need to change something and discover new tastes. There’re plenty of fruits on the shelves, names of which are well known to you but if you take a closer look, you’ll see many interesting fruits. They’re called exotic because only people living in their regions and countries know about them.

1. Cucamelon

Cucamelon that’s also called mouse melon, sour gherkin and sour cucumber, resembles little melon and is native to Central America and Mexico. This fruit’s crispy and juicy combining gustatory qualities of lime and cucumber. You can add it to your salads or salsa. Look for the low-calorie fruit in summer and autumn.

2. Kiwano

The taste of kiwano that’s also called horned or jelly melon and native to New Zeeland resembles a combination of banana, lime and cucumber’s tastes. This fruit’s a good source of vitamins A and C, magnesium, potassium and iron. The fruit’s fully ripe when its skin turns bright orange. You can add kiwano to your salsa, fruit salad or smoothie.

3. Sugar Apple

Sugar apples are grown in the tropics of the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. This fruit is rich in fiber and vitamins B-6 and C. It’s originally consumed raw without seeds or blend with milk. You can find sugar apples on the shop shelves in autumn.

4. Durian

Durian is quite a unique fruit. The fruit native to Southeast Asia smells terrible but has an inimitable mild taste.

Moreover, it contains vitamins B, “good” fats, potassium and fiber. Look for the fruit in summer months and have it as a quick snack or add it to your dishes.

5. Mangosteen

Mangosteens that are often called xango are grown in the tropics of Asia. It’s a good source of fiber, calcium and magnesium. It has a sweet taste so you can eat it as a dessert. If you’ve found a fresh fruit on the store shelves, you’re quite lucky as more often mangosteens are sold in the section of canned fruits.

6. Star Fruit

Star fruits grow in Southeast Asia and have such other names, as maduns and carambolas. The fruit smells sweet but harsh at the same time. Low-calorie star fruits are sources of fiber and vitamin C. You can find it at any time of the year but it’s better to buy yellow fruits and then let them turn green and ripe at your home. Add sweet slices to your salad or smoothie.

7. Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruits can surprise you with their pink and thorny skin and white seeded flesh. The fruit is grown in Central America. Gourmets love it for its mild taste and smell. It’s also rich in vitamins B and C and is low-calorie. You can buy them all year round and eat it as a snack or add it to fruit cocktails and salads.

8. Lychee

Lychee grows in Vietnam and China. It’s a good source of vitamins B and C and potassium. There’re almost 125 calories in 200 g of fresh fruits. You can eat lychee fresh or add it so salads but first remove its skin. You can find it in spring months but more it’s sold canned. Note than canned lychee contains more calories and sugar than fresh fruits.

9. Calamondin

Calamondin is a cross between cumquat and citrus growing mostly in the Philippines. The fruit that’s also called calamansi is rich in vitamin C and potassium. It’s quite difficult to find fresh fruits on the store shelves but you can find puree or juice of calamansi. Fruit puree is a dietary product high in fiber.

10. Camu Camu

Camu camu berries are grown in tropical forests of South America. Berries are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, antioxidants and lutein. You will hardly find fresh berries if you live not in South America but you can add powdered berries to natural juices, yoghurt and fruit cocktails.