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Exotic Fruits

In Western culture, we often of fruits as common fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, and pears. After all, these are plants that people have been eating and trading for a very long time, so they have naturally become an ingrained part of our culture. However, there are many rare and exotic fruits that people are not aware of, or have not had much opportunity to try. Some of these include acai berries, tamarind, longan, jackfruit, passion fruit, papayas, lychees, and star fruit. These foreign fruits are usually grown and eaten in Asia or South America, so Western countries have not had very much exposure to these fruits.

exotic fruits

Longans, lychees, starfruits, jackfruits–how many exotic fruits can you name?

Some of these fruits have many health benefits. For example, acai berries, which are tropical fruits that come from trees in Central and South America, are very high in powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help defend the body against toxins that can cause serious physical harm, and recently, the acai berry has become very popular in America, in the form of smoothies or special drinks. Another exotic fruit that has many health benefits is the passion fruit, which is widely grown in southern Asia and South America. Passion fruit juice is a very good source of Vitamin C, which helps the immune system. People who have high blood pressure might also find that passion fruit can help keep their blood pressure at safe levels.

Southern Asia is the home of many exotic fruits such as longan, lychee, jackfruit, and star fruit. Interestingly enough, the cross-section of a star fruit yields a perfect star, hence its name. Many of these fruits may be foreign to the Western eye, but they are unusually unique and interesting, like the aforementioned star fruit and the passion fruit. On the other hand, though, fruits like the papaya and the tamarind might look plain or nondescript, but they have exotic and wonderful tastes. These fruits are uncommon in Western culture, but they can usually be found at farmer’s markets, or in international grocery stores, like those that can often be found in a regional Chinatown. You may also be able to find them at a local grocery store, though they may cost more than typical produce, since they must be imported from farther away.

Further reading

  1. [amazon asin=0898156882&text=The Great Exotic Fruit Book: A Handbook with Recipes]
  2. [amazon asin=0600600556&text=The Exotic Fruit and Vegetable Handbook (Cookery Handbook)]
  3. [amazon asin=0805002057&text=Cooking With Exotic Fruits and Vegetables]

Exotic Fruit Insider Report 2012

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Since we have been hesitant to release this sensitive information to the public, we have decided to release it as an eBook available for download, rather than simply as posts on our site, for anyone to access on the Internet.  You can download it below; it is completely free and all we ask is that you make a simple tweet to your Twitter followers to help spread this important information.

Cancer Fighting Fruits

We all know that eating a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables is good for our overall health, and we are raised to believe that we need at least 5 pieces per day, but does eating these fruits and vegetables pose more benefits that we don’t know about? One benefit of eating fruit and vegetables which you probably didn’t know about (more specifically fruits), is that they can help fight off cancer. That’s right, cancer fighting fruits! How do they do it? Let’s take a look:

Almost every type of fruit contains what we call antioxidants. These antioxidants are essential to our health, as they are responsible for strengthening our immune system, fighting away disease and other unwanted antibodies, and even cancer prevention. It’s hard to believe that fruits can help you steer clear of cancer, but it’s true, and thanks to modern research, it is possible to know exactly what cancer fighting fruits we should be eating. Let’s take a look at 2 of the more popular ones:

Apples

You have all heard the phrase ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ right? Well, it could also be said that an apple a day, keeps the risk of developing prostate cancer away! Not only does eating apples on a regular basis help diminish the risk of developing prostate cancer, it also prevents the growth of cancerous tissues in the lungs, ultimately preventing lung cancer. Apples contain a type of flavonoid called quercetin, and this chemical is what is responsible for the previously mentioned benefits.

Berries

If one type of cancer fighting fruit could be called the ‘king’ (or queen!), it would most certainly be the berry. As you are well aware, berries come in a variety of forms, shapes and flavors, but the good thing is: They are all good for you! Berries are known to have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit, and as we mentioned before, these antioxidants are what are responsible for the blockage of cancer development.

The way in which berries are responsible for the prevention of cancer, is by simply stabilizing the electrified free radicals in our bodies, which are what cause the development of cancerous tissues, and other chronic diseases. Eating berries on a daily basis can help keep you safe from all types of cancers, and other fatal diseases, so make sure you stock up on them!

Some of the ‘best’ berries (ones high in vitamins, and of course, antioxidants) include:

  • Acai berries, which of course are an extremely hyped exotic fruit!
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Further reading and bibliography

  1. [amazon asin=0756628679&text=Foods to Fight Cancer: Essential foods to help prevent cancer]
  2. [amazon asin=1573223433&text=How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine]
  3. [amazon asin=096383729X&text= Beating Cancer with Nutrition, book with CD]

Square Watermelons

I’m pretty sure many people would not consider the watermelon to be an exotic fruit.  However the square watermelon is so interesting and unique that you could consider it to be an exotic fruit.

“What exactly is the square watermelon?”, you may be asking. You may not have seen the square watermelon in supermarkets in the United States yet. However they’ve been quite popular in Japan for the last decade or so. Square watermelons are basically watermelons except with the square shape. Interestingly enough they are not another species, but rather watermelons that have been grown inside a square-shaped box. The box’s shape results in the watermelon growing up to be in a square shape.

Why exactly did people get the idea to make a square-shaped watermelon? Well, if you think about it, many people have had trouble trying to fit round fruit inside their refrigerators. Even more have you ever experienced trouble with trying to cut round shaped and large fruit?

This ultimately led to the creation of the square watermelon, invented by a farmer on the island of Shikoku in southwestern Japan. Though square watermelons are quite prominent in Japan, they are not exactly very popular. In fact, usually they can only be found in upper class and  high-end supermarkets and department stores. In fact they’re usually only bought by richer people in Tokyo and Osaka.

Square watermelon

A square watermelon. Photo credit: Laughlin

Why? Square watermelons are usually at least twice the price of normal watermelons, but get even more expensive than that. In fact, usually, square watermelon sold for 10,000 yen, which is actually almost US$100.

But the idea of square-shaped watermelons doesn’t stop just there. In fact, you might even see pyramid-shaped watermelons. In fact growers say that watermelons can potentially be grown into any polyhedral shape.

Further reading

  1. [amazon asin=0978039912&text=Grow Your Own Square Watermelon] 

Benefits of Exotic Fruit

While some ordinary and everyday fruits, especially berries, such as blueberries, have a great supply of vitamins and antioxidants, many exotic and tropical fruits have many times the antioxidants and health benefits of local and more ordinary fruits.

It’s always fun to try new and exotic fruit from around the world, and the good thing is that most exotic fruit provide various health benefits and are good for your general health.  In fact, many exotic fruits promote weight loss.

Many studies on tropical and exotic fruit show that their benefits include lowering cholesterol and preventing cancer.  In fact, some exotic fruits have been directly tied to improving memory and mental power.

Many common, everyday foods you can find in your supermarket are actually considered exotic; these include pomegranate, passion fruit, and more.  Many more exotic fruits can be found in juice form in your supermarket; you may be able to find pomegranate, passion fruit, dragonfruit (pitaya), or acai juices in your supermarket.

Perhaps the most well-known exotic fruit is the acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry.  It has been promoted as a “superfood,” as it contains many antioxidants.  In fact, many believe that it can cure many health problems including heart disease and arthritis.  While the health benefits that the acai berry provides are extremely varied, it also provides many of the nutrients and antioxidants needed for everyday life.  For example, acai berries contain many times the protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fatty acids of typical ordinary fruits.  In fact, many ethnic groups indigenous to Brazil call the acai tree the “Tree of Life.”

But let’s not just stop there – there are many, many more exotic fruits that have tons of health benefits, such as the dragonfruit, lychee, goji berry, mangosteen,  and kiwano.  Take goji berries, for example.  Goji berries have been used for their health benefits in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.  Similarly to the acai berry, goji berries are totally packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids.  Not only are goji berries packed with these health benefits, they also taste delicious.

Further reading

  1. [amazon asin=0898156882&text=The Great Exotic Fruit Book: A Handbook with Recipes]
  2. [amazon asin=0600600556&text=The Exotic Fruit and Vegetable Handbook (Cookery Handbook)]