Mother Nature has a sense of humor when it comes to the appearance of some of her vegetation. What’s taken seriously though is the potent nutritional value they add to our diet. Here are some superfoods you may not have heard of.
The Rambutan is a fruit native to Southeast Asia and closely related to the lychee. The leathery hairy skin of the rambutan is reddish and covered with fleshy pliable spines. It’s a low-fat fruit that high in vitamin C, copper, and iron. They help burn fat, inhibit hunger, boost energy, and strengthen your bones.
This stunning fruit has native to India and China. It’s peculiar protruding fingers have perplexed many. Though it looks like a mutated lemon, it is a fruit in the citron family. It has a mild taste and sweet, lemon blossom aroma and no juice or pulp. Benefits include pain relief, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, ease a cough, clear phlegm, soothe digestion, and so much more.
The Kiwano, also known as the horned melon or horned cucumber, is grown in hot locations like New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and South America. It’s abundant in antioxidants and ideal for anti-aging, eye health, nerves & blood vessels health, cognitive function, stress & anxiety, bone strength, and as a digestive aid.
The Cherimoya is native to Ecuador, Bolivia, bordering Peru and the tropical forest of the Central Andean Mountains. It’s known as the sugar apple and has a very sweet and pleasant flavor. It’s high in vitamin C so it’s perfect for your skin. It’s loaded with fiber which is important for a healthy digestive system. It contains zinc, iron, and magnesium which improves and promotes hair growth.
Oca is a tasty tuber from central and southern Andes. It’s also known as the New Zealand Yam. There are many different varieties, so flavors can vary. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. Oca can also range in colors, anywhere from yellow to traditional red.
I admit that when I see a weird looking fruit or vegetable, I’m hesitant to taste test. But, appreciating what Mother Nature has lovingly blessed us with might encourage us to try new foods. They’re all superfoods and have a vibrancy and nutritional repertoire that will definitely benefit our bodies.