Four Exotic Fruits to Try

Co-authored with Christina Newberry

( Local produce is fresh, nutritious, and environmentally friendly. But that doesn't mean we should shun produce from afar, especially those items we can't find close by. I checked out the Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference in Vancouver - a paradise for fresh produce lovers - and discovered some exotic fruits that offer great tastes and textures not found in our local fruits.

4 Exotic Fruits To Try

  1. Gold Kiwi from New Zealand
    This version of the kiwi is sweeter and less fibrous than the usual green kiwi, with fewer seeds. For those who don't like "hairy" fruit, take note that there's less hair on the skin as well. Kiwi is rich in Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and Vitamin E, and contains phytonutrients.
  2. Taylor's Gold Pears from New Zealand
    These unique golden pears are juicier and more fragrant than local pears, with a crunchier skin. Pears are good source of Vitamin C and fiber.
  3. Dragon Fruit from Southeast Asia
    This scary-looking fruit is the opposite of the gold kiwi - very bland in taste, but still juicy. The most interesting thing about dragon fruit is actually the texture - the crunchy seeds create an interesting sensation in your mouth. Dragon fruit contains Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and antioxidants.
  4. Mangosteen from Southeast Asia
    If you're expecting mangosteen to be like mango, you're in for a surprise. It's actually a Thai fruit with a woody rind that's white inside. Xango has made mangosteen juice famous – but instead of drinking the juice, why not eat the fruit instead? Mangosteen is a good source of fiber and contains phytonutrients.

The Bottom Line

These fruits won't be available at your local farmer's market, but that's no reason not to give them a try. Incorporating a wide variety of produce into your diet is the best way to ensure you get the maximum amount of nutrition from your fruits and vegetables. Who knows - you might just discover a new favorite fruit!

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