Yummy Exotic Fruits
Nowadays, supermarket produce sections offer a wide choice of fruits from around the world, thanks to modern shipping and storage techniques. Many of these are tropical fruits with unique flavors and textures, others are from China and other temperate areas. Whatever their origin, most are good sources of valuable nutrients.
One of the pretties fruits, cape gooseberries contain reasonable amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C, which are important antioxidant nutrients, as well as potassium, which is vital for proper muscle function and is needed to maintain healthy blood pressure.
This is the generic name given to a South American family (Annonacedae) of some 60 fruits. All are heart-shaped, with scaly skins. They are a good source of potassium as well as vitamin C.
These smallest of all citrus fruits originated in China. Unlike other citrus fruits, kumquats have a sweet edible rind. They are a good source of vitamin C and potassium; they also have fair amounts of calcium and vitamin A.
These Asian fruits, related to lychees, are also known as dragon’s eyes. Their hard shell is easily cracked. Longans are a good source of iron, but not vitamin C.
Also called Japanese plums, loquats have a tender, juicy flesh that is reminiscent of plums or cherries. They taste like a mixture of apple and apricot. Loquats are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A.
Originally from China and related to longans, canned lychees are popular in Asian cooking. Fresh lychees, available from November to January, have a sweetly perfumed aroma that is reminiscent of elder flowers; they are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.
One of the most fragrant and distinctive tasting of all tropical fruits, the passion fruit is also called granadilla , which means “little pomegranate.” This delicacy originally come from Brazil; it is high in potassium and is also a good source of iron.
This national fruit of Japan is also known as Sharon fruit. Persimons supply useful amounts of vitamin A and potassium; the American variety is also high in Vitamin C.
A worldwide folkloric symbol of fertility, the pomegranate is a good source of potassium, but low in vitamin C; its seeds are high in fiber.
The largest citrus fruit, this ancestor of the grapefruit originated in Southeast Asia. Like most citrus fruits, pomelos are an excellent source of vitamin C.