Are you tired of eating the same old apples, oranges and bananas? Then why not try some of the more exotic fruits available in the supermarkets. These days, grocery stores are full of these interesting, unusual and healthy items that can liven up your daily quota.
Check out these highly nutritious, yet unusual fruits you’ve probably never eaten:
A member the persimmon family, sharon fruit is about the size of a tomato and bright orange in color. The entire fruit can be eaten and has a sweet, peach like taste. Because of its coloring, it is rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and also vitamin C.
Cactus Pear (Prickly Pear)
The thick skin of this exotic fruit covers a refreshing pulp that has a taste similar to watermelon. Cactus pears can be peeled and eaten raw, or pureed for sauces, desserts and drinks. Cactus pears have a firm, meaty texture with small, edible seeds. They are a good source of fiber and are high in vitamin C and magnesium.
The dragon fruit has a bright pink skin. Inside the pink or white flesh contains small, black edible seeds. It tastes something like kiwi and it was believed to have been created by fire-breathing dragons, thus its name. It contains anti-oxidants as well as vitamin C and minerals.
These mini kiwi berries are like grape-sized kiwis, but without fuzzy exterior. They are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.
The cherimoya has a creamy flesh that tastes like a blend of banana, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple. Its best eaten straight, by cutting the fruit into wedges and spooning out the flesh which is a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin C.
This fruit may look “ugly” but looks can be deceiving. This tasty fruit can be peeled and eaten in segments or squeezed for juice. Ugli fruit is a good source of vitamin c. It can be green or yellow with a mottled skin.
The sampote has a custard-like flesh that tastes like a blend of banana, peach, lemon and coconut. They can be eaten whole, like a plum, or the flesh can be scooped out with a spoon. Sapotes are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
Feijoas have a gritty pear-like texture with a jelly center that tastes like a combination of pineapple, guava, lemon and strawberry. They are usually eaten raw. The skins bitter exterior should be removed before eating. Feijoas are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
This fruit from China is surrounded by a rough, bumpy skin, which surrounds a deliciously sweet flesh. You can eat them raw (peel away the outer skin) or they can also be poached. Lychees are an excellent source of vitamin C, with just 10 lychees providing over 100 percent of the daily value.
The next time you’re at the grocery store, titillate your taste buds a bit by trying some of these healthy and unusual fruits. The can provide a welcome change from the standard apple and orange.