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

top 5 healthy fruits you may not of 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 fruit

Mangosteen

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.

rambutan is one of my top 5 healthy fruits

Rambutan

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 fruit

Dragon fruits

A 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.

delicious 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.

papaya fruit is so healthy

Papaya

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.

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Fresh healthy 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 yummy fruits if you haven’t already, if you have any comments or questions please do leave them below.

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5 thoughts on “Top 5 Healthy Fruits – You may not have Tried Yet…”

  1. Hi,
    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?
    Thanks,
    Sofia

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

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