We all have heard about Superfoods. If you haven’t, Superfoods are those fruits and vegetables and plants that contain a higher than average amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants*.
Now, learn about the newest exotic fruits I am calling Tropical Delight or SUPER FRUIT – so called because of their deep color, saturated with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants To The MAX. These fruits can only be found in the tropics!
You may or may not have heard of passion fruit or the star fruit. These are two of the more unfamiliar Super Fruits that are not common in every supermarket. Or maybe you have only heard of passion fruit ice tea!
But these healthy foods are making their way to your grocery store near you, finding their places in the supermarket shelves next to the apples and oranges and pears. So more and more, you can enjoy these vitamin –rich, tasty, healthful tropical fruits, that are so good for you!
Some of these delights you will find on the shelves are:
Passion fruit is highly fragrant and egg shaped. Its color is yellow, red and purple. It is rich in vitamin A and C and fiber. Every scoop taste like guava and is delicious on yogurt or fruit salad.
Star fruit has very few calories and a great source of vitamins C. You and eat the whole “star” – skin, seeds and flesh. There is no need to peel the skin or remove the seed. Allow the juice to run down your hand and be a kid again!
We all have heard about acai – the tiny, dark, round fruit, the size of a blueberry that taste like chocolate. It has been hailed as the preeminent antioxidant and now found in almost every health drink. Acai is almost responsible for the very term Superfood. This tiny fruit belongs to the blueberry family which is rich in anthocyanins that are responsible for its purple color. Like is cousin the blueberry, acai provides many health benefits (some real some imagined).
This egg- shaped fruit is most known for it scent. The mango color ranges from green to yellow to red. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Mango is very fleshy and sweet. Cut away the seed and enjoy the sweet rich orange flesh. Don’t for get to eat the peel. That’s where the fiber is.
This big pear- shaped fruit can be enjoyed in many ways. It can be eaten raw, baked, boiled, or cooked with other ingredients to make porridge, depending on what part of the world you are living. Papaya has lots of vitamin C; it is a good source of folate and potassium. It also contains the enzyme papain use in meat tenderizer.
As a little girl, papaya grew all over my mother’s yard! We would eat it ripe and raw. We call it pawpaw in Nigeria. My uncle was tall enough to pick them for me. (it was also believed to cure Yellow Fever)
This deep red fruit is filled with jewel-like seeds. To eat a pomegranate, squeeze the ruby red juice from the pulp around the seeds and then eat the seeds themselves – plain or with other fruit, yogurt or desserts.
Pomegranates are called a “lazy man’s” fruit because they cannot be eaten on the run! You have to be reclining on your “Lazy Boy Chair” to enjoy the high dose of antioxidant. Suck the ruby juice and crunch the seeds.
Guava is sweet, juicy and acidic. It is round, oval and pear -shaped. The edible insides may be white, yellow or red, seed filled or seedless. The skin is soft and edible. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, potassium, fiber and phosphorous.
A glass of guava juice daily will do you good!
Kiwi is an egg-shaped fruit with fuzzy brown skin and sweet flesh. Do not let the fuzzy look fool you. The skin is edible and packed with fiber. Enjoy the delicious green or golden flesh and edible tiny seeds.
Kiwi is a great source of potassium and fiber with twice the vitamin C punch of an orange.
Put kiwi in salad, smooth it up with guava, juice it up in mango or top it up on low fat yogurt.
Run to the grocery store ( or open-air market) near you!
Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood