With peculiar flavors, the fruits that are considered exotic are not easily found in supermarkets, but they waste nutrients and present, in most cases, quite different shapes, colors, textures and flavors.
Although they are more difficult to find, exotic fruits are gaining more and more space in large urban centers today. However, as they are rarer and often grown in distant locations, prices can be higher than ordinary fruits.
Most of the time, the nutrients found in these fruits are similar to those of the most well-known fruits. However, as the recommended amount is at least three servings of fruit a day, consuming the exotic helps to vary the menu and also to find new flavors.
Next, check out some exotic fruits:
PITAYA OR pitahaya
Also known as “dragon fruit”, pitaia is a tropical fruit originally from Mexico and Central American countries and belongs to the cactus family. The term pitaia means “scaly fruit”.
The pulp is usually sweet, gelatinous and sprinkled with seeds. Pineapple contains vitamin A and C, as well as fiber, zinc, calcium and iron, and bioactive compounds with antioxidant action that help fight free radicals in the body.
Frequent consumption of the fruit helps to protect the stomach, maintain satiety, improve inflammation and it also acts as a mild laxative, as it has soluble fibers.
The fruit stands out for its complicated name and appearance: it is very small and is inside a cocoon made of thin leaf and shaped like a goblet. It belongs to the Solanaceae family, which is the same as that of tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes.
It is a fruit native to Brazil, from the Amazon region and known by several names such as camapum, mulaca, joá and joá-de-capote and even golden berry. It has vitamin A, C and B, in addition to bioactive compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and phosphorus action.
Among the benefits of the fruit, stand out as a muscle relaxant, diuretic, laxative, help with glycemic and cholesterol control and strengthen the immune system. Because it has vitamin K,it also contributes to bone health.
You have probably never heard of the kino fruit. It is part of the gherkin, melon and cucumber family. It has a vibrant color and its appearance is very similar to a small melon with thorns, with a gelatinous pulp. Remember the passion fruit or pomegranate when open.
The fruit has high levels of fiber, protein, vitamins A and C, in addition to potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium. It has several bioactive and functional compounds and therefore strengthens the immune and digestive systems, contributing to the rebalancing of the intestinal microbiota and increasing satiety.
Its seeds are rich in omega 9 type fats, which improves insulin sensitivity and can prevent some types of dementia, in addition to helping with anxiety and regulating cardiovascular metabolism.
Its yellow-green pulp is gelatinous and the fruit can be used in its natural form or in the form of juice, jellies and mousses.
Cupuaçu is a fruit obtained from an Amazonian tree known as cupuaçuzeiro, cupuaçueiro or cupu and is from the same family as cocoa. It can be found in the north of Brazil.
The food is large and heavy (usually weighs more than a kilo) and has a spherical shape, with a hard, smooth skin and brown color. Cupuaçu seeds are wrapped in a white pulp.
The flavor of the pulp varies from sweet to sour, has few calories and is a nutritious fruit for having fibers, carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamin C and B complex in addition to minerals. It can be beneficial for bone health, increase immunity, decrease inflammation of the body and provide satiety.
The pulp is used in the preparation of ice cream, juices, jellies, sweets, mousses, chocolates, cookies and yogurts. After drying, the seeds are used in the manufacture of a type of food similar to white chocolate.
The breadfruit has an Asian origin and is from the same family as the jackfruit. It received its name because its texture is similar to baked bread. The fruit contains vitamins and minerals, proteins, potassium, fiber, magnesium. It is rich in carbohydrates in the form of starch and also provides good amounts of vitamin A, C, antioxidants and lutein.
Its consumption promotes satiety, helps to regulate diabetes and excess cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Due to antioxidants, breadfruit is good for the heart, decreases infections and inflammations. Lutein is an antioxidant that helps in eye health.
It can be used fresh, fried, roasted, boiled or as flour. The mature pulp, due to its high starch content, can be used for the preparation of sweets, replacing corn starch or wheat flour.
Cherimoya originated in the Peruvian Andes and the mountains of Ecuador. In Brazil, the fruit is poorly cultivated, with a characteristic of being large and can weigh between 300 to 600 grams. It is the same family as the pine cone, atemoya and soursop and has similar nutritional properties.
Like atemoya, its color is green and has a smooth, tanned surface. Its pulp is fleshy, white and tasty, ranging from slightly acidic to sweet. Its flavor can be compared to that of a cross between a banana and a pineapple. In 100 g of the fruit there are about 75 calories.
The fruit has vitamins C, A and the B complex, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, as well as fibers and bioactive compounds. Therefore, it has health benefits for the skin and eyes, increases the production of natural collagen and improves the immune system. In addition, it protects the heart, as it contains potassium, which controls blood pressure, favors cognitive function, reduces tiredness and improves mood.
The fruit is typical of the atlantic forest of the coast of brazil and is related to guava and pitanga berry. Its name is of indigenous origin and indicates its shape as a ceramic pot. It is a food that has antioxidants and vitamin C. It is also a source of beta-carotene and magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and fiber. It has a high concentration of vitamin A, B1, B2 and B3 and selenium.
These nutrients contribute to the control of diabetes, prevention of bronchitis and coughs, reduce the risk of macular degeneration (protecting eyesight) and high blood pressure. Improve the immune system and prevent premature aging.
These are just a few examples of fruits that are not so common but can help a lot in our health, if you liked the post please leave the like.