More and more exotic fruits are showing up in markets. Here’s a guide to five you should try, say nutrition experts.
Carambola (star fruit)
This is a fruit that’s a winner in all categories. It tastes great and is attractive, as well. Nutritionally, it’s high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and potassium. It can be substituted for fresh lemon and lime slices, or eaten fresh.
Even if you’ve never had a guava, you may be familiar with its taste. Guavas give a tropical flavor to fruit drinks. High in vitamin C and potassium, they can be eaten plain. They’ve also been widely used in jellies, jams, and sherbets.
The kiwi, like its namesake bird, is small and cute. It’s high in pectin, a key fiber. Eat it plain, or carve into a succulent garnish.
This is one of the best sources of beta carotene. A medium-size papaya has 6,100 IU of this key antioxidant, six times the Recommended Daily allowance (RDA). You’ll also find lots of potassium and calcium, and a taste that many people say is addictive. Just cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and dig in.
So lush and tropical that they’re almost decadent, mangoes are actually one of the healthiest foods you’ll ever eat. Each mango gives you about a tenth of your daily fiber requirement. Peel and eat, but not while you’re wearing a suit; mangoes are messy. Better yet, slice into two and eat with a spoon.