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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Five Fun Fruits You Should Try

Fruit is one of nature’s perfect foods. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and fibers, without fat. And, it’s delicious.

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)

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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.

Guavas

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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.

Kiwi

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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.

Papaya

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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.

Mango

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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.

40 comments:

  1. love all of them except the kiwi. i never tried that one.

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  2. I haven't tried the first two not because I do not want to try them but it's hard to find them in the groceries and marketplace haha. I know the taste of guava juice though.

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  3. I am a big fan of carambola , as we have a tree just outside the kitchen .. I am amazed with it during the fruiting season .. hitik na hitik !

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  4. I love all theses fruits especially the Balimbing. We used to have that in my grandma's yard.

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  5. These fruits are really delicious especially mango, the green one.

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  6. I always eating these fruits from time to time and it really good for the health.

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  7. i've tried most of them though the kiwi haven't yet i always refuse to try it haha it looks too funny and hairy haha xx

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  8. Among these my favorite is mango especially when its ripe.

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  9. i have tried eating carambola when i was a kid. btw, i'm a kiwi-lover. :)

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  10. The fruit kiwi is look like strange to me. . .other than that star fruit is also good. i always love to eat it during my childhood. .

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  11. From your selection, I love mangoes, papaya and guava. I had braces when I was young and I love to bite on guava haha

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  12. wow! i miss balimbing - we used to have a lot of it in the province.

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  13. Carambola and Mangoes are my favorites among all these! ;)

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  14. Sorry, not a fan of fruits. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to them!

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  15. My fave is the mango especially the MANIBA (yellowish green color). I can eat it to the bones.

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  16. I rarely encounter carambola nowadays. Whenever we visit our province I'm greatly exposed to that fruit. Guava has been mg favorite fruit (apart from apple and papaya) because of its high level of vitamin C.

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  17. Never encountered karambola and kiwi for real. :D Karambola looks like "balimbing", or is that really it?

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  18. the only fruit I eat is the mango.. haha.. never tried the rest..

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  19. I like everything that you have mentioned here especially the kiwi. The only problem is that it is quite expensive.

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  20. Tried all except for kiwi. Masarap ba siya?

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  21. I liked the four fruits except number one. Papaya is the best for me.

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  22. Mango is fruit king. I love mango. Eat this never tried others.

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  23. all these fruits are easily found in my country! but i couldn't bear to eat papaya, the abundance of black round seeds inside the fruit kinda grossed me out and i dislike the smell too.

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  24. I love fruits! All the fruits listed here! :D I was chomping down on fruits non-stop back when I wasn't limiting my sugar intake yet. Anyway, thanks for sharing this list + facts, Papaleng! Your post really made me crave for some fruits!

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  25. Love kiwis and mangoes. But mangoes are actually quite heaty and high in sugar. Not advisable to take too much. Guava is one of the fruits with least sugar content

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  26. Gah. I'm 1 out of 5 on this list. I only eat mangoes. I don't like how the guava smells and the rest, I really can't eat 'em. But now I know what a carambola is.

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  27. I have never tasted a balimbing fruit though I have tried its juice in a juice box. Curious about its texture. Kiwi though I do not like because it always gives me a sore throat.

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  28. tried it all!!!! except i dont like carambola that much :) philippine mangoes are the best

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  29. I love this blog! I tried all these fruits. We actually have them in our backyard. I love star-fruit. We call it balimbing!

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  30. Hahaha... tried all! Love all :D

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  31. I've tried all five of them!! :) Maybe it's because my parents like to stuff all sorts of fruits for me to try. I would recommend avocadoes though!! I didn't like them in the beginning but it got better when I tried it with avocado milkshake. It has lots of benefits including lots of nutrients and vital vitamins!!

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  32. I've actually tried everything in this list, but I find that kiwi is tricky. Sometimes I get a piece that's just too itchy for my throat, and sometimes it gets too sour. huhu

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  33. With all honesty, I only eat mango from this list but we have these fruits in our backyard in the province. I've tried to taste star fruit, but I just really don't like the taste! Haha. I guess, parents really is a great influence to children. My mom don't eat these fruits so I grew up not eating them too!

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  34. I am all for trying new things but the look of some of these is throwing me off. Maybe i will get my kids to try first, LOL

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  35. Mango has to be my favorite in this list. I also like guavas.

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  36. Except starfruit, the rest is my favorite food especially guava... =)

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  37. The colors of these pics are so vivid that I got the desire to try and paint a few of them. Nature is indeed amazing in its variety of shapes, forms and colors!

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  38. Reading your post made me hungry for some of them... I love fruit and miss the seasonal ones.

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