10 Strange Exotic Superfoods Rarely Heard Of

by skytales | July 25, 2019

Nature is shocking in her collection and surrounded by it; we can find several exotic superfoods that range from overwhelming to downright weird.

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods that contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that promote health.  It is also known to help prevent certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Adding superfoods to a diet can reduce chances of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

10 Strange Exotic Superfoods Rarely Heard Of

Here is a list of 10 super strange superfoods you may not ever have heard of in the past.

1. Rambutan

Its bright red color and almost porcupine-ish spikes make it very unique. The rambutan is an exotic food which is usually found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.  Don’t be intimidated by its outer covering, its fruit is colored white which is a bit sweet and sour but has gummy consistency. It packs vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. 

Make an exotic rambutan fruit juice! You’ll need 4 pieces of rambutan, 1 lemon, and a tablespoon of grated ginger. Start by squeezing the juice from the rambutan fruit. Combine lemon juice, rambutan fruit, and ginger in a blender.  Add honey or any sweetener.

2. Buddha’s Hand

Buddha’s Hand is an exotic fruit that looks like a hand! As the fruit ripens, its carpels separate and forms a finger-like shape. What makes it a superfood? It contains bergapten, limonin, and aurantiamarin which have healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Add an exotic twist to your sparkling water with Buddha’s hand.  Combine 2 cups of sparkling water, 5 basil leaves, half cup of lemon juice and stir well. Finely grate the Buddha’s hand peel to create fine zest. Add zest to the blended sparkling water and serve chilled.

3. Jackfruit

Large and yellow, jackfruit is a tropical fruit which belongs to the family of mulberries and figs. Mostly found in Southeast Asia, this fruit is packed with manganese and vitamins and is known to boost brain health.

Did you know you can make a vegan bacon using jackfruit? Unflavored canned young green jackfruits are available in grocery stores. Make a bacon marinade by combining coconut soy sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, vinegar, and molasses. Add pepper and salt to taste. Thinly slice jackfruit and let it soak in the marinade.  Fry or bake the bacon jackfruit and serve.

4. Carambola (Star Fruit)

A fruit that resembles a star! Star Fruit is grown in Southeast Asia, Australia, and South America. It has high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants which makes it a superfood.

Make a jam with a twist using carambola. You’ll need a kilo of carambola, 4 cups of water, 4 cups of sugar, 2 lemons and a teaspoon of salt. Remove the ends, peaks, and ridge of the star fruit and slice into thin pieces. In a pot, boil 4 cups of water and the carambola until soft. Add the sugar and lemon juice and let it boil until a thick consistency is achieved. Add the teaspoon of salt and let it cool.

5. Kiwano

Kiwano is also known as “horned melon.”  Kiwano contains a lot of a-tocopherol and y-tocopherol, in addition to carotenoids which aid in removal of free radicals and protection of DNA.

This fruit has high amounts of vitamin A, as well as zinc, and vitamin C, which can slow down signs of aging.

Make a kiwano sauce that you can use on salads and grilled food. Scoop the pulp and add lime juice, green onion, garlic and olive oil. Blend until mixture reaches a pasty consistency. 

6. Hemp Milk

Hemp milk has been a popular substitute for dairy milk. It is made from cannibus sativa plant which is related to the marijuana plant, however, it is void of hallucinogenic properties of marijuana.

Hemp milk is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and other vitamins. It has a somewhat nutty flavor and great for the digestion.

Make a healthier smoothie or fruit shakes with hemp milk!

7. Arame

Arame is collected off the shores of Japan. This kelp (also recognized as the sea oak) is very rich in calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, and vitamin A. Arame is cultivated in safe waters and processed to remove any harmful residue that it may have.  Eating kelps have been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years since it is believed to promote health. Residents of Okinawa are known to consume arame regularly. Okinawans are known to have the longest life spans in the world, and this is attributed to their healthy diet.

Vegetable Stir fried arame is not only delicious, it super nutritious too. In a skillet, saute onions, carrots and bell pepper. Add arame and stir while adding a table spoon of mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil and oyster sauce. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste and voila!

8. Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

The skin of dragon fruit (pitaya) resembles a dragon skin. Primarily indigenous in South America, dragon fruit has gained popularity recently for its ability to lower and control blood sugar levels significantly. It packs a combination of vitamin C, B1,b2, B3 and essential minerals like calcium and phosphorus. It is high in fiber which also promotes healthy digestion.

Dragon fruits taste really good when chilled. Cut a ripe dragon fruit and scoop out the white part. You can cut it into smaller chunks and add it to salads. 

9. Cherimoya

Cherimoya, which is also called sugar apple is a fruit native to South Africa. It has a tough outer rind and inside is a creamy, almost custard-like texture. Its taste is somewhat distinct though most people say that its taste is a combination of a variety of fruits. This superfood offers high amounts of vitamin C and twice the fiber content of an apple.

A refreshing tropical smoothie made with cherimoya and papaya. Peel and chop cherimoya and papaya and place in a blender. Add ice and coconut milk for a creamy and refreshing smoothie.

10. Oca

Oca is also known as New Zealand Yam.  It closely resembles potato and also rich in carbohydrate, phosphorus, and iron. Amino acids which are vital for proper functioning of muscles and organs can also be found in this tuber.

Ocas taste like potatoes so why not grill some ocas during barbecues!