One of the best things about summer is the variety of fresh delicious fruits that show up on supermarket shelves. The last few years that selection has grown to include a number of more unusual varieties. If you’ve been itching to try some of these exotic fruits but are unsure where to start, we can help.
Exotic fruits you can find in your local grocery store
Following is everything you need to know about five unusual fruits you’ll find in your local supermarket that you should try
If you see what looks like a scaly pear in the produce section, it’s probably a cherimoya. Fans of this delicious exotic fruit say it tastes like a cross between banana and pineapple with a hint of strawberry, for good measure. In fact, Mark Twain was so impressed with the flavor of this exotic fruit, a staple during his trip to Hawaiian Islands, that he described it as “the most delicious fruit known to men.”
But the ancient Incan cherimoya isn’t just delicious, it’s also nutritious. This fiber-packed fruit provides 18 percent of a man’s daily recommended amount of fiber, and more than 25 percent of a woman’s.
Cherimoyas are also a good source of potassium and copper, which means they fuel your metabolism, boost your energy and support brain health. Some studies have even found a link between regularly eating cherimoyas and reduced depression and anxiety levels.
To eat a cherimoya cut the fruit in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the creamy white flesh and dive in. We guarantee you’ll be back for more.
2. Dragon Fruit:
The dragon fruit might look a bit intimidating at first with its red skin and green spikes. But don’t let that prickly appearance fool you. The flavor is surprisingly mild. In fact most folks describe it as tasting something like a lighter version of a kiwi, with just a hint of sweet flavor.
Where a dragon fruit really shines is in the nutrition department. It’s packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and even healthy fats. The journal Pharmacognosy Research reports regularly eating dragon fruit could help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering “bad” cholesterol while raising your “good” cholesterol levels. And the fruit’s high fiber content can help keep your blood sugar steady, and your digestive system running like a clock.
To eat a dragon fruit simply remove the skin. Just like with a kiwi the seeds are edible.
With light green skin and bright pink flesh, the guava is as beautiful as it is nutritious. This high fiber, high nutrition, low calorie exotic fruit can help boost your immunity, maintain your blood sugar and protect your heart. And it accomplishes all that for a measly 37 calories per fruit.
To eat guava treat it like you would an apple or pear. Just cut it into slices, remove the seeds and enjoy.
4. Horned melon:
If you’ve ever seen the horned melon, or kiwano in the grocery store, it’s pretty clear how the fruit got its name. The tiny melon is about the size of a lemon with an orange-yellow rind that’s covered in small spikes that look like horns.
The horned melon may be the most exotic fruit on our list. For some folks it can take a little getting used to with its edible seeds suspended in a gel-like flesh. But fans report the sweet and tart layers of flavors you get make it well worth trying. People describe it as a fantastic combination of cucumber, banana, mango, lime, pineapple and watermelon.
The easiest way to eat the fruit is right out of the rind. Slice it in half, hold a half up to your mouth and gently squeeze the sides. The green flesh will easily loosen and rise to the top and you can just go ahead and eat it. The seeds are perfectly edible, and provide some important nutrients of their own. But if you prefer you can suck the gel through your teeth and spit out the seeds.
The nutrient dense horned melon provides support for your eyes, brain, bones heart and digestive system. The age-fighting fruit’s seeds are rich in a-tocopherol and y-tocopherol, two forms of vitamin E. And the flesh provides plenty of vitamin C. The horned melon helps support healthy skin, muscles, nerves and red blood cells.
While most folks have heard of kumquats, far fewer have ever actually tried eating them. This citrus fruit looks a little like a baby orange, but it comes with a sweet, edible and nutritious skin.
As small as kumquats are they’re brimming with healthy carbs and riboflavin, so they provide a big energy boost. Plus, they’ve got calcium for strong bones and teeth, vitamin C for your immune system and beta carotene for your eyes.
To eat a kumquat wash the fruit under cool water. Gently roll the fruit between your fingers to release its essential oils. And then just pop it in your mouth and chew. The seeds and skin are all edible, and in fact the skin is its sweetest part. If you prefer you can spit out the seeds.
We’re entering peak fruit season. On your next trip to the grocery store besides stocking up on your standard summertime favorites why not go ahead and finally give some of these unusual supermarket fruits a try too? You may even find a new favorite.