Top 5 Healthy Fruits – You may not have Tried Yet…

Gorgeous fresh fruit, it looks good, tastes great and it is a wonderful healthy addition to include in your every day diet.

Fruit is loaded with nutrients that have many health benefits as they are all packed full of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

They are a great source of fibre and most are low in fat, sodium and calories, so are a great and easy alternative when you are craving for something sweet or just fancy a healthy snack.

My Top 5 Healthy Fruits

I am lucky enough to live in a country that has the perfect climate for growing fruit and so we have a huge variety of choices available all year round here. There are fruit stalls on practically every corner here that sell bananas, dragon fruit, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, mangoes and so many other different varieties, so buying and eating fresh fruit is a normal part of our daily lives.

A lot of Thailand’s fruit is exported to supermarkets around the world, so I just want to introduce you to my favourite top 5 healthy fruits that you may have seen on your supermarket shelves, but have not ventured to try yet.


Mangosteen Fruits These are a lovely dark purple looking fruit that has a waxy exterior, that when you cut open reveals a really juicy and soft white segmented centre.

They are delicious to just eat alone and are also often used to make various delicious desserts.

They are a great source of magnesium, potassium iron and calcium and have many healing properties that are vital for our immune systems, help regulate blood pressure and can assist in treating various skin conditions.


These are a very popular yet strange looking bright red hairy fruit, that grow in clusters and when peeled reveal a silky white grape like centre that contains a seed within it.

They are a lovely juicy snack and it can be quite hard to not eat too many as they are quite moorish. Just make sure when you don’t eat the seed though, as it is quite bitter.

They are full of nutrients including iron, fibre and vitamin C and their carbohydrate and protein content can provide a great source of energy.

Dragon fruits

dragon-fruitA dark pink fruit with green tinges on the edges that resembles a cactus on the outside, but when cut in half has a delightful creamy flesh that is speckled with black seeds.

Dragon fruits are a sweet delight that have a slightly similar taste to a pear and kiwi combined.

They are packed full of nutrients that are beneficial for you in so many different ways including for your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, helping getting rid of free radicals, as well as helping wounds and bruises heal more quickly.

longan fruit

Longan Fruit

These fruits are a very similar taste to the popular lychee, yet they are slightly smaller and a light brown colour and come in bunches.

You just need to peel them to find the lovely nearly transparent white centre. They are not quite as sweet as the lychee but still very juicy and quite yummy.

They are packed full of anti-oxidants, are a great source of vitamins, good for treating stress and have been used in many Chinese medicinal remedies over the years.


These are a pear shaped fruit that when properly ripened have a nice sweet taste and slightly buttery texture.

They are rich in powerful anti-oxidants and also contain a digestive enzyme that can help in the healing of trauma and injuries.

Here they are popular to eat as a sweet fruit but are also used when slightly unripe as the main ingredient in delicious papaya salad, as well as many other savory recipes.

Fruit is so beneficial for us in so many different ways and can be eaten alone, in a fruit salad or used to make a variety of delicious deserts.

I’m also a great fan of throwing some fruit in the blender to just make a natural juice without all the additives you find in the shop bought ones.

Another great alternative is that you can make a delicious and thirst quenching fruit shake by adding some natural yogurt or milk to the blender along with the fruit.

I hope you get to try some of these lovely fruits if you haven’t already, if you have any comments or questions please do leave them below.

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14 Responses

  1. shrey says:

    I have not tasted any of these fruits, How does the dragon fruit taste?
    The rest of the fruits looks a bit like litchi from the inside so I’m guessing they might be sweet but the dragon fruit looks completely different.
    I really need to try these, though I doubt if I can find all of them in India.
    I think I have seen the dragon fruit but never tried it, however I need to search for the other fruits.

    • Emma says:


      All these fruits are sweet and delicious and if you can imagine eating a pear and a kiwi at the same time then that’s a similar taste to the dragon fruit. I hope you get a chance to try them as they are lovely.

  2. Jean Brickley says:

    Hi. This was very interesting. I had never heard of any of those fruits except papaya. I wonder where they could be found in the US? It is nice that you have included what each fruit is good for.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Jean,
      I am really pleased you found the article interesting and I think it is good to know why certain different foods are good for you.
      I know that a lot of our fruit is exported but I’m afraid I don’t know to exactly which places it ends up. If you can’t find it in the U.S, then it’s a great reason to visit Asia on your next holiday.:-)

  3. stopnot2000 says:

    I love the way your site explodes with color. I’m going to be using your ideas on fruits on my journey to getting back in shape…

  4. Sofia says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have eaten three of the five you have listed. I have not tried mangosteen or dragon fruit. I have seen dragon fruit at the asian market but havent’t picked one up. Does mangosteen have flesh similar to an orange or grapefruit? What percentage of percentage of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium is in the mangosteen? Where can you buy? Online or at a store?

    • Emma says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Thanks for your comment

      The mangosteen is sweet but also very slightly sour and tastes similar to a combination of strawberry and lychees. They contain around only 0.5% of Calcium, but 3.5% of RDA for Magnesium.

      I’d look for them in your local Asian market though I am sure there are also online shops in your area that will stock them.

      Hope you get to try them 🙂

  5. Ray says:

    Hi Emma, thanks for the great info. I’ve tried papaya many times but have never even heard of others! Dragon fruits draw my attention particularly – it looks great and, when you say it tastes like kiwi and pear combined, I’d certainly love to try.

    I guess it depends on which country and how they’re exported, they must be quite pricey? I must try to look for them next time I go to my local exotic supermarket. It will be great to maintain my health if I can eat them regularly. Thanks!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for your comments and I’m really pleased you like the post.

      I’m really lucky living in a country that produces so much delicious fresh fruit, so it is a fairly cheap option for us.

      I’m not sure on the prices in other countries, though they are definitely worth trying even if it for an occasional healthy treat.

  6. lilywong says:

    Great list of exotic fruits you have here. I love papaya and dragonfruit. They make good blends as well. Other than eating them alone, these fruits can be cooked in a variety of ways – from cakes to even desserts. Mangosteens, I heard are full of antioxidants – so it’s great for skin too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Lilywong,

      I’m really pleased you liked the post and are also an exotic fruit fan and realise just how good they are for you.

      You are right many of these fruits are a great ingredient to add to recipes. I’m addicted to Papaya salad at the moment as its perfect with grilled chicken or pork.

  7. Asen says:

    Hello there,

    I am impressed with those fruits you describe.
    I have to admit that I haven’t heard a single of them.
    Maybe it’s due to the fact that they are not popular in my country (Bulgaria).
    However, they all seem like very good for the health.
    I like most the Rambutan. It looks like a cactus.
    Thank you for the detailed description. It is very curious to get acquainted with those fruits. I will try to taste some of them where that is possible.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Assen,

      Thank you for your comment, I’m pleased you enjoyed the post and that I aroused your curiosity to some different types of exotic fruit available.

      Eating any fruit that is available in your country is good for you and you may also be interested in my post on the benefits of bananas.

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