Put Your Taste Buds To The Test

Exotic Fruits

They say that if you want to learn all about a country, eat your way through its culture.

There are many exotic fruits that are revered in their regions but reviled in others.

But these exotic fruits are packed with vitamins and nutrients that undertaking a food adventure will be worth it.

Here are 5 exotic fruits to try…

1. Durian

Durian is widely regarded in South East Asia as the “King of Fruits” because it is packed with vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients.

However, if you want to partake of its benefits you have to be ready for its other-worldly stench!

Durian emits a foul odor when opened and has a creamy, custard-like texture when eaten.

Nutrients – High anti-oxidant content; rich in Potassium, Iron, Fibre and B Vitamins

Source Region  – The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

2. Rambutan

The small, spiky fruit is a distant relative of the Lychee, a popular dessert served in Chinese restaurants.

Once opened, the Rambutan has a sweet, pleasant taste. It has a large seed so be careful when peeling off its meat.

Nutrients – Contains flavonoids and polyphenols which protect against cancer; high in Iron, Calcium and Phosphorous.

Source Region – Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

3. Dragon Fruit

The Dragon Fruit is sometimes referred to as Pitaya. It has an intimidating outer shell that once opened can present a pale white or blood red interior which is slightly sweet and has a creamy texture.

Many consider Dragon Fruit a “super food” because it contains healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Nutrients – Rich in carotenoids, fibre and vitamin C; its bright pink peel contains flavonoids and polyphenols which fight off cancer.

Source Region – Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

4. Acai

Acai has been part of the staple diet of native Amazon tribes for centuries.

Acai has been found to reduce levels of oxidative stress and improve cognition.

Nutrients – High number of anti-oxidants; rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Also contains magnesium, potassium, copper, calcium and zinc.

Source Region – South and Central America; Brazil and Belize.

5. Jackfruit

Jackfruit is one of the largest tree-borne fruits you can find. Its bright yellow fruit has a nice, subtle sweet taste and a buttery texture.

Jackfruit is also cooked and served as a viand usually with coconut milk in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Nutrients – Contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties; packed in fibre while the seeds are rich in B vitamins and riboflavin.

Source Region – South East Asia, Eastern Africa and Central America.

If you want to sample these wonderful exotic and healthy fruits, visit a specialty food store or an Asian grocery.

Ultimately, it becomes a matter of acquired taste. Try a small sample of each variety and see which ones are agreeable with your taste buds.