Summers are knocking at our door; and with them comes the urge to have juicy, thirst quenching foods. For those hot summers when you need something refreshing, here is a list of few exotic fruits which are exquisite to look, lip-smacking and are nutritious as well.
Rambutan: grown mainly in south-east Asia; it resembles Lychees when peeled. Its peel is red in colour and is covered with spines. The fruit is sweet and juicy with a decent dose of vitamin C and iron. The Online Culinary School website reports that eating this fruit may help kill intestinal parasites and may also aid in lessening symptoms of diarrhea.
Passion Fruit: The passion fruit has a soft, juicy interior full of seeds. It is mainly added to mixed fruit juices to boost their flavor. A good source of vitamin C, A, fiber and antioxidants.
Mangosteen: is called “queen of fruits” in Thailand. The fruit is purple in colour from outside with creamy interiors. Its taste is described as citrus with a hint of peach. It is rich in vitamin C, B-complex, antioxidants and immune system boosters. Scientists have even found mangosteen being beneficial in preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases.
Kumquats: are small edible fruits resembling oranges. They are often used in marmalades and jellies. The Taiwanese add it to their teas, while others boil it and use it as a remedy for sore throats.
Dragon Fruit / pitaya: is a fruit of cactus family. It has a sweet delicate taste and creamy pulp. The most common dragon fruit is the red pitaya. The fruit is eaten as such; also juices and wine can be obtained from it.
Kiwifruit: the national fruit of China has a refreshing green appearance. Kiwifruit is a rich source of vitamin C, E and K and fiber. A medium size kiwifruit provides about 46 calories,1 g protein and 2.6 g dietary fiber.
Aren’t these fruits pretty enough to bring water in your mouths??
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