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What i found out about tropical fruits for kids
We’ve been live in Kuala Lumpur for about a year and a half now, and I had that fear of feeding my baby-girl any tropical fruits. I just didn't know, should I or shouldn’t I? Well I found out that most of them are totally safe and nutritious and do not invite any reactions with most babies (check your little one though with a specialist, for example Kiwi presents some allergic reactions with a few kids). My daughter loves all the tropical fruits, especially Papaya. Usually she enjoys it just cut up in pieces. I was surprised that papaya started beating the banana as her most loved fruit!
Generally it is safe to feed tropical fruits at about 8months. Just watch for any reactions to them and as explained before, introduce the types one by one, separating them by a few days.
Papaya is rich in vitamins C, A, E, folate (natural folic acid) and potassium. It is also a good source of fiber.
Here some more tropical fruits nutrition information:
Passion fruit: I gave it to my daughter at 8 months. Just scoop it out and feed with a spoon, or mix into smoothies and purees. Passion fruit is a good source of vitamins C and B. Great source of fiber and Iron too. This fruit has a fantastic aroma, I'm sure your kids will enjoy it.
Pineapple: It's like all citrus fruits, so postpone it till your baby's first birthday. Cut into small pieces or use in smoothies or meats recipes. It's a great source of vitamin C, B1, B6, copper and fiber. It has good anti-inflammatory effects.
Mango: If your baby is younger than 8 months, you may want to steam it gently. Otherwise this fruit is great as it is or mixed with other fruit purees and smoothies. Mango is great source of vitamins C and A.
Star fruit: This fruit is a great source of Potassium, Vitamins C and A. It’s also a good source of fiber and Calcium. You can use it in smoothies, or just cut up to pieces in fruit salads. Offer this fruit at 8 months or so.
Durian: Here in Asia it’s a most beloved fruit, they called "King of fruits". Even though it has a strong and peculiar smell, Some people and most Asians enjoy them so much. I'm not brave enough, but I heard people say it tastes heavenly. Here, little kids enjoys this fruit too. This fruit is a good source of fiber, thiamin, Vitamins B6 and C.
Jack fruit: It's pretty much like Durian, but is far less smelly. I found this fruit tasty, and it is said to have healing qualities. For example it is prescribed by those-in-the-know twice a day for about four days to help treat Urinary Tract Infections. Boiling the root of jack fruit and drinking the tea is a very well known treatment here for controlling Asthma. Also it helps with reducing fever and diarrhea. Besides that it is full of Vitamin C and potassium. Just like Durian, kids enjoy this fruit from an early age.
Kiwi fruit: Researches showed that Kiwi can cause allergic reaction. If your kid is allergic to peanut butter, milk or eggs, then there is a risk to have allergic reactions to Kiwi. Otherwise Kiwi can be introduced at 8 to 10 months. Kiwi fruit is reach in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate.
Lychee: Very tasty, sweet and juicy :o) It's Ok to introduce them at 10 months. This fruit is high in vitamin C and Copper. It nice to eat raw as it is, or if you offering this fruit for the first time, you may wish to steam it gently.
Mangosteen: It's purple in color with "seeds" inside it. The flesh is white. The fruit is incredible! It's rich in Vitamins B1, B2, and B6, calcium, potassium and iron. It also packed with antioxidants. Consumption of this juice improves your health overall, decreases pain, improves your immune system and has anti-inflammatory powers. It will be fun for your baby to try something new. You can introduce it at 8 months, as it is, or extract juice out of it.
Persimmon: My all time favorite. :o) We cultivate them in my home country too. Make sure it is ripe, otherwise they are not tasty and quite tangy. There are two types: one is mushy when ripe, other is just like an apple, firm when ripe. Persimmon is packed with vitamin C and contains potassium, iron and calcium. The good age for introduction is 10 months.
Dragon fruit: Known as pitahaya, this fruit is high in antioxidants. Good source of Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. Also they are high in fiber. Some moms here, start giving this fruit as early as 6 months. I guess it's safe:o) You can give to your baby as it is. Just cut in half and scoop the flesh out. They are two types, the red flesh one is the most delicious.