There is no doubt about the fact that fruits are nutritional to the body. They make you healthy and strong all day long. They are good source of vitality, so to say!
Although they come in strange names and odd shapes, these exotic fruits will change the way you think of eating healthy forever.
Prickly pears: Aka cactus pears, these fruits that are in avocado shape have effervescent golden or ruby-red pulp that is mild and sweet. They are essential for your body because each unit has quite a wealth of magnesium better than pear, apple and orange combined. Prickly pears are grown in the Southwest U.S. or Mexico. Look for the deep-colored pears and choose the one free of dark, moldy or squishy spots. You can store the fruit in plastic bags and put it inside the refrigerator for up to one week or at room temperature for a few days.
Persimmons: Two different types of persimmons are generally available. The first one is the Hachiya fruit. It is bright orange in color and can be identified by its acorn-like shape. When it is totally ripe, it is tangy-sweet, creamy and soft. The second specie is the Fuyu persimmons. It is similar in color with Hachiya but smaller and appears like compressed tomatoes. They are loaded with Vitamin A that aids in maintaining the immune system. Each of them also contains Vitamin C and 6 grams of dietary fiber.
To get the best of this fruit, opt for the one with smooth, glossy skin, plump and heavy. They are good for cracked skin, bruises, blemishes and other skin irritations.
Papayas: They are non-acidic fruits of the angels as popularly referred to by Christopher Columbus on his first bite of it in the 1400s. Since papayas are non-acid, they are good for soothing the stomach. They are loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Select discolored yellow papayas. The skin should be more yellow than any other color when ripe.
Kumquats: This is just like a big orange, but has bitter and juicy flesh. However, its rind is fragrant and tremendously sweet. Kumquats are popular grown in China but can now be fund in the United States. It is packed with Vitamin C levels almost at par with oranges and higher than apples, bananas and grapes several times. However, choose the firm and totally orange fruit with stems. It alleviates blemishes, soft spots and green skin.
Longans: They are frequently called Little Brother of the bigger, red-skinned lychee. The flesh of this fruit is transparent with a black seed in the middle. Longan tastes musky but it is sweet with its texture like the mixture of pear and grape. They are popularly grown in China. It is rich in Vitamin C, while only 100 grams of it offers 140% of the daily value of just 60 calories. You can select the reddish-brown to yellow-brown longans for your consumption.
Plantains: They are popularly grown in Southeast Asia, Latin America, parts of Africa and the Caribbean. The green plantains are like the big bananas. They are tough, austere and tasteless and therefore required to be cooked before eating. The skin turns yellow, then black as they ripen. At this stage, the body becomes more and more sweet and edible. They can either be cooked or eaten raw. Plantains are rich in Vitamins A and C and potassium that reduce blood pressure than bananas. Choose plantains with no cracks or noticeable bruising in the skin.