How many of us have tasted apples? Obviously, all of us know the taste and benefits of it.But how many of us know about Elephant apples and Ice apples? I guess only few people know about it and a handful of them are aware of their benefits.Exotic fruits are those fruits that are cultivated outside and are not native to us.Fruits play a significant role in our diet.In order to have a healthy and balanced diet, you need to include fruits that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Fruits that have high fibre content and consist of essential antioxidants.
One of the myths revolving around these exotic fruits is that they are not readily available in India whereas the truth is a lot of these rare exotic fruits are found in India.A rising demography of health-conscious people has gradually inclined towards fruits and vegetables, both of the local and exotic variety.
Tadgola/Taal (Ice Apple or Sugar Palm Fruit)
A cooling treat in the hot summer season, biting into a tadgola releases the refreshing sweet juice that resides in the center of each segment. The fruit is also used to make toddy, a local alcoholic beverage.This delicious palm fruit grows in parts of Bihar,Bengal,Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.It is popularly known as Taal in Bengal and Taar in Bihar.
Tadgolas are soft,juicy,greyish-white,sweet and cool fruit covered with a cream that tastes bitter. Tadgolas are a good source of potassium and fibre. They cool our body during summers and help in maintaining electrolyte balance.They are low in sodium and fat is negligible.
Carambola or Star Fruit
Carambola is a five-point star shaped fruit, popularly known as star fruit.The skin is edible and the flesh has a mild, sour flavor that makes it popular in a number of dishe.The entire fruit is edible, usually raw, and may be cooked or made into relishes, preserves, garnish, and juices.Carambolas are primarily grown in southern India and along the west coast, extending from Kerala upto West Bengal.
Tadgola fruit comes with a rich array of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B5, B9 (folate) and minerals zinc, sodium, magnesium, copper and potassium. It is relatively low in calories providing 28 calories and 6 grams of carbs per serving. Star fruit is loaded with umpteen amounts of antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid, proanthocyanidins and epicatechin. The powerful antioxidant properties in star fruit are beneficial in lowering inflammation, cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of fatty liver.
Mangustaan, also known as Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree with edible fruit native to tropical lands surrounding the Indian Ocean. It is grown in southeast India like Kerala,Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.The fruit of mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled vesicles (like the flesh of citrus fruits), with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind when ripe.
Mangosteen are low in calories yet rich in many essential nutrients.Moreover, a single cup (196 grams) of this fruit provides almost 14% of the RDI for fiber — a nutrient often lacking in people’s diets.Mangosteen’s most significant attribute is it’s antioxidant profile.Mangosteen contains several nutrients with antioxidant capacity, such as vitamin C and folate. Plus, it provides xanthones — a unique type of plant compound known to have strong antioxidant properties.They contain anti-inflammatory properties and are highly rich in fibre content. Population studies show that diets rich in vegetables and fruits like mangosteen are associated with reduced incidences of cancer.This fruit is also known to promote weight loss,healthy immune system and supports blood sugar control.
Buddha’s Hand (Fingered Citron)
Fingered Citron or Buddha’s Hand is a fruit segmented into finger-like sections,which resembles to Buddha's hand.Unlike most citrus, the rind of the Buddha's hand isn't bitter but sweet and candies well—it's been a popular way to serve the fruit for centuries.In India, production is limited to the arid to semi-arid regions of the northwest, and the lower Himalayan regions of the northeast. Buddha's Hand grows from November to January.
The fruit's fingers contain only the white part of the fruit and sometimes a small amount of acidic pulp, but many of them are completely juiceless and some are seedless.These fingered citrons are popularly known for their fragrance and beauty.Some of the essential health benefits of Buddha's hand include its ability to reduce pain, soothe gastrointestinal distress, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, ease menstrual issues, lower blood pressure, and clear up respiratory illness.
The buddha’s hand may not have any nutrients, however it is rich in vitamin C, calcium and dietary fibres.It doesn’t consist of any kind of sugar,carbohydrates,fats and proteins.
Ambarella (Indian Hog Plum)
Ambarella, scientifically termed as Spondias dulcis, is a tropical fruit-bearing tree that goes by several common names including June plum, golden apple, dwarf golden plum, Indian hog plum and Makok faring.Ambarella requires tropical and subtropical regions to grow.In India,we have two different types of Ambarella,one that is grown in the Himalayas and the other is the tropical Ambarella cultivated in Southern states of India, including Kerala,Tamil Nadu,Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa.
This fruit is dense in nutrients and improves overall health. One serving of ambarella fruit provides 48Kcal of energy, 1 gram of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 233 IU of vitamin A, 30mg of vitamin C, 15 mg of calcium, 3 mg of iron and 22 grams of phosphorus. The fruit also contains dietary fiber and Vitamin B complex constituents like thiamine and riboflavin.
Ambarella, when consumed with a pinch of salt, can treat cough.This fruit consists of a significant amount of vitamin C which helps to control cholesterol and boosts the immune system. Ambarella fruit is considered a wonderful source of vitamin A. It plays an important role in the visual perception.With the content of the nutrients contained in fruit sugar kedondong the form element in the form of sucrose is surely very important as the vitality and endurance.
Pitaya, popularly known as Dragon fruit,is a fruit of several different cactus species.It is named after Dragon because the pointy "scales" around the oval-shaped fruit are reminiscent of a dragon.
Farmers in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have already taken up its cultivation, and the estimated total area under Dragon fruit cultivation in these regions may be less than 400 ha.
It’s rich in antioxidants,they protect your cells from damage by free radicals -- molecules that can lead to diseases like cancer and premature aging.It’s naturally fat-free and high in fiber.It contains prebiotics, which are foods that feed the healthy bacteria called probiotics in your gut.It is also said that Pitaya controls blood sugar.It can strengthen your immune system. Dragon fruit is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which are good for your immune system.It also helps to boost your iron levels.
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Avi via · Instagram I only knew about Dragon fruit. Wonder where I can find the others.
Good content and recipes by the way. Keep sharing and thank you.
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