Apples, pears, plums, apricots, watermelons … These are all kinds of fruits that are exceptionally represented within us, but in some parts of the world, the list of the most commonly used types of fruits are: nipa, guava, java apple, soursop …
This is a list of unusual types of fruit, and you probably did not taste them, or perhaps you did not even hear about some of them. But they, somewhere in the world, are part of the daily diet.
Here are the 10 super fruits that you probably didn’t know existed
The java plum, whose Latin name is “Syzygium cumini“, is an extremely popular fruit in the Philippines. The taste of java plum is explained as a combination of sweet and sour, and after consuming, the tongue gets a strong purple color.
Java plum is used to control diabetes, and in Chinese medicine it is also used as a cure for problems with the digestive system. This fruit contains high levels of vitamins C and A, and the fruit leaves are used to control the blood pressure.
The java apples or “Syzygium samarangense” grows on the Malay Peninsula, where it is also known as a lemma, waxy apple, and amorous apple. Despite the name, this fruit actually has nothing to do with the apples that are popular araound the world.
Java apples have a taste that most resembles a pear, and in terms of juicy and flesh, it is most often compared to watermelon. Java apples can be eaten raw, but are commonly used as an additive in salads or in some other mild specialties.
Soursoprsof or “Annona muricata” is a fruit that grows in Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean and the North of South America. It is a fruit rich in vitamins B and B2, as well as with vitamin C.
According to some surveys, the soursop has the potential to treat infections, and that this fruit can heal several tumors, but this information has never been confirmed by laboratory or clinical tests. This fruit is often used as an additive in salads, juices and mildew, and in the countries where it is produced, it is often sold in the streets.
Nipa or “Nypa fruticans” is a fruit growing on palm trees on the shores of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Fruits are often consumed in the Philippines and in Malaysia, where the popular alcoholic beverage Tuba, bakal or tobacco is made from it.
Nipas are known as “Attap chee” and are used in the desserts in the above countries. In addition to being able to eat, this fruit is also a great raw material for obtaining biofuel.
Lúcuma, whose Latin name is “Pouteria lucuma”, is a fruit growing in the valleys of Peru and it is rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals and high levels of vitamins B1, B2, and B3.
Lucuma has exceptional dry meat that has the unique taste described as a mixture of maple and sweet potato. Often from it, you can get a powder that is added to cakes, ice cream or shakes.
Guava or Psidium guajava is a fruit growing on small trees across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This fruit has a sweet taste, it is rich in vitamin C, and when eating it is quite hard and crunchy.
The Guava, also known as gouva apples, is often eaten raw, cut into slices and sugared with sugar. In addition to the diet, this fruit is also used in the production of shampoos and soaps due to its strong and pleasant smell.
Prickly pear or “Opuntia” is a cactus species that counts more than 250 species originating in America. The fruits of this cactus are called prickly pears. And they can be eaten, also they can be used for medical purposes. And they are added in cakes and jelly.
Since they grow on cacti, it’s not always easy to get to the fruits. However, worth the effort, given that the award is sweet fruit that smells like watermelon. And which abounds with vitamin C, fiber and potassium.
Guavasteen or Acca sellowiana naturally grows on the highlands in southern Brazil. In the eastern part of Paraguay and in Uruguay, Argentina, and, Colombia. The taste of this fruit is described as sweet and aromatic.
Guavasteen is rich in vitamin C and contains vitamin B. It is a fruit that is extremely delicious when it is prepared. And because of its wonderful smell, it is often used in cosmetic preparations.
Yangmei or Myrica rubra, which means “mountain peach” in Chinese, is a kind of strawberry originating in China. This fruit can be eaten raw, dried, preserved or soaked in Chinese liquor. And alcoholic beverages are also made from it.
On the territory of Europe, you can find yangmei juice. Which is sold under the name “Yumberry”, and this fruit is widely used. Thus, besides the above, it also makes jams. And it is also added in yogurt and many other different drinks and specialties.
Akebi, whose Latin name is “Akebia quinata”, is a fruit that grows in northern Japan and mature in late autumn. This fruit grows on wild vines and for many Japanese people is also a symbol of the change of seasons.
When the fruit is ripe and ready to eat, it itself “opens up”. But while the interior is very mild, the peel of this fruit is bitter. But it is also used in the diet. The leaves are used for tea, and from the stems on which this fruit grows, various buskets are woven.