Cupuacu mainly grows in the wild Amazon rainforest. This fruit also cultivates in some parts of Peru. Growing 8 inches in length and weighing of 2 kg, cupuacu completely look like a wild fruit. This thick shelled fruit also has a soft tasty pulp inside.
The pulp of cupuacu fruit is very fragrant. It is a rich source of vitamin b1, b2 and b3. In fact, cupuacu is from the family of chocolate. It’s also tastes like chocolate.
Eating cupuacu could stimulate your immune system. Reducing the chances of heart diseases is an another benefit. The huge concentration of antioxidants in cupuacu also empowers the body tissues.
Cupuaçu, also spelled cupuassu, cupuazú, cupu assu, and copoasu, is a tropical rainforest tree related to cacao. Common throughout the Amazon basin, it is widely cultivated in the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and in the north of Brazil, with the largest production in Pará, followed by Amazonas, Rondônia and Acre.
Cupuaçu trees usually range from 5–15 m (16–49 ft) in height, though some can reach 20 m (66 ft). They have brown bark and leaves are 25–35 cm (9.8–13.8 in) long and 6–10 cm (2.4–3.9 in) across, with 9 or 10 pairs of veins. As they mature, the leaves change from pink-tinted to green, and eventually they begin bearing fruit. Cupuaçu fruits are oblong, brown, and fuzzy, 20 cm (7.9 in) long, 1–2 kg (2.2–4.4 lb) in weight, and covered with a thick 4–7 mm (0.16–0.28 in), hard exocarp.
Cherimoya is a native to Andes mountain range between Argentina and Chile. It is one of rare fruits grown in South America. The pulpy, cherimoya
tastes very sweet and has a pleasant fragrance. This greenish fruit has irregular oval shape and weighs up to 500 grams.
Cherimoya contains essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. The pulp of this fruit is uses in ice cream tops and salads. Cherimoya could remove small toxic elements from your body. It also helps you to balance blood pressure and heart rate.
The cherimoya, also spelled chirimoya and called Chirimuya by the Inca people, is an edible fruit-bearing species of the genus Annona from the family Annonaceae, which generally is thought to be native to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia then transported to the Andes and Central America. Today, cherimoya is grown throughout South Asia, Central America, South America, California, Hawaii, southern Europe, East Africa, Kisii in particular and northern Africa.
Mark Twain called the cherimoya «the most delicious fruit known to men». The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple
The mangosteen fruit is very rare in Western markets. It is native to Indonesia, also found in few South Asian countries. The purple colored, mangosteen contains fruity part which packed inside a small shell. The edible part of mangosteen has a small triangular shape. This fruit is also very fragrant.
Mangosteen fruit contains no cholesterol and other types of fats. It is also a rich in vitamin C which help to prevent many infections. Mangosteen juice is one of popular drinks in South Asian countries in the summer season. The fruit also has few medicinal properties. Mangosteen juice help to reduce diarrhea, urinary problems and also can stimulate the immune system.
The purple mangosteen, colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Puerto Rico and Florida, where the tree has been introduced. The tree grows from 6 to 25 m (19.7 to 82.0 ft) tall. The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled vesicles, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanically endocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary. Seeds are almond-shaped and sized.
The seasonal, durian fruit is known as ‘king of fruits‘ across South Asian countries. In fact, only a few species of durian fruits exist today. This fruit is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Durian smell awful due to presence of different combinations of a chemicals.
Singapore, Thailand, China and Japan banned the durian fruit in public due to its powerful scent. But, the fruity part of durian tastes delicate and creamy.
Durian fruit grows up to a size of 12 inches and has a green thorn-covered husk. It can weigh up to 4 kilograms.The pulp of durian inside the husk is in light yellowish color. Durian fruit drink is completely free from cholesterol and other fatty acids. It offers instant refreshment as it contains simple sugars. The fruit is also used for the preparation of ice creams, sweets, and shakes.
The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio. The name «durian» is derived from the Malay-Indonesian languages word for duri or «spike», a reference to the numerous spike protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an. There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit, and over 300 named varieties in Thailand. Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: all other species are sold only in their local regions. There are hundreds of durian cultivars; many consumers express preferences for specific cultivars, which fetch higher prices in the market.
Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the «king of fruits», the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown,
4. African Horned Cucumber
African horned cucumber is one of the oldest fruits in the world. The fruit was originated 3000 years ago in Africa. It is also called as ‘blow fish fruit’, named after it’s yellowish outer shell with spines like horns. The fruity part of horned cucumber is green with lots of seeds. The outer shell of the fruit is rich in vitamin c.
This jelly, melon fruit has an oblong shape and has a length between 5-10 cm. African horned cucumber tastes like a cross between a cucumber and lemon. Its juice is an excellent remedy for acidity, heart burns and eczema. The consumption of this fruit also helps to get relief from kidney, urinary problem and to regulate blood pressure.
Cucumis metuliferus, horned melon or kiwano, also African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano, is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family, Cucurbitaceae. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name «horned melon». Ripe fruit has yellow-orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh with a tart taste, and texture similar to a cucumber. C. metuliferus is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is now grown in the United States, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.
C. metuliferus is a traditional food plant in Africa. Along with the Gemsbok cucumber and Tsamma it is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert. In northern Zimbabwe it is called gaka or gakachika, and is primarily used as a snack or salad, and rarely for decoration. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripened, will burst forcefully to release seeds.
The fruit’s taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini or a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon. It is also said to taste like an unripe, watered-down banana. A small amount of salt or sugar can increase the flavor. Some also eat the peel, which is very rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. The fruit can be used in cooking, but when eaten raw, most suck out the pulp
Jabuticaba is a rare, purple colored fruit native to Southeastern Brazil. Unlike other fruits, jabuticaba bear in the trunk of its tree. This fruit looks like grapes but has tougher outer skin. The fruit grows up to a size of one inch in diameter.
The whitish pulp of jabuticaba is very fragrant and sweet. This fruit is mainly used in baked products, jams, and wines. It can also heal diarrhea and asthma.
Plinia cauliflora, the Brazilian grapetree, or jabuticaba, is a tree in the family Myrtaceae, native to Minas Gerais and São Paulo states in Brazil. Related species in the genus Myrciaria, often referred to by the same common names, are native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia. The tree is grown for its purplish-black, white-pulped fruits; they can be eaten raw or be used to make jellies, juice or wine.
Physalis is an exotic fruit native to South America. The fruit is related to tomato family. It has a transparent leaf like husk. Unlike tomato, physalis fruit is small in size. The fruit also has the same acidity as tomato.
The tasty physalis has many medicinal properties. The presence of Vitamin C, B and Iron makes physalis as a special herb in a number of traditional medicines. The consumption of physalis also could stimulates your immune system.
Physalis is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family, which grow in warm temperate and subtropical regions of the world. Most of the species, of which there may be 75-90, are indigenous to the New World. Cultivated species and weedy annuals have been introduced worldwide. A notable feature is the formation of a large papery husk derived from the calyx, which partly or fully encloses the fruit. The fruit is small and orange, similar in size, shape and structure to a small tomato.
Rambutan fruit grows across South East Asia. This exotic, oval shaped fruit has pinky hairs on the outershell. It is named after Malaysian word ‘rambut’, which means hair. The sweet and sour white colored fleshy part lies inside the fruit.
The rambutan trees bear fruits in the fall and late spring season. Rambutan tastes just like grapes. The carbohydrate and protein content of this fruit offer instant refreshment. This copper rich fruit also help to increase the rate white blood cell (fight against infection) production in your body.
The rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. The name also refers to the edible fruit produced by this tree. The rambutan is native to the Malay-Indonesian region, and other regions of tropical Southeast Asia. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo.