Tropical Fruits

Active Life With Tropical Fruits

Tropical fruits have been a part of human life for many centuries. Trees native to the tropics (the region between tropic of Cancer and tropic of Capricorn) produce these fruits. Over the past few years, the demand for tropical fruits has significantly increased. This is because people’s interest intensified in nutrition, glamour, and fitness. They have become an important part of the diet of the people living in developed countries, especially among the health and diet conscious.

Today, tropical fruits contribute widely to the economic growth of developing countries. According to a research, the developing world accounts for 98% production of these fruits. Tropical fruits are generally categorized as major and minor. Major tropical fruits include mango, pineapple, papaya, and avocado. These are not only widely produced and eaten but also offer some serious business for farmers and traders. Minor tropical fruits are not produced on a massive scale and are usually found in specific regions only. However, their market has also started to grow now. Among them are lychees, durian, passion fruit, and rambutan.

How Beneficial Are They?

WHO (World Health Organization) has recommended including tropical fruits in daily diet. Nutritionists suggest eating at least 100 grams of fruits per day. Most tropic fruits are eaten fresh. They play an important role in the human diet because of their great mineral and vitamin content. By regularly eating them you can avoid cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

The uses and applications of tropical fruit are not restricted to eating only. They are used for several other purposes.

Oils and perfumes: A certain type of oil is extracted from oranges. Avocado oil is a commercial product in many countries and is occasionally used for cooking. The essence of these fruits is taken and used for manufacturing bath soaps, shower gels, shampoos, and perfumes.

Handicrafts and decorations:  mature dates palm leaves and wood from avocado trees are great for making decorative items.

Paper and Textile: The fiber from banana leaves and pineapple is used for making cloth and paper.

Construction and furniture: the wood of breadfruit, mango, and guava is used in interior paneling. In some areas of the world, banana and date palm leaves are traditional roofing materials. You are now well aware of some uses of these fruits; now let us specifically discuss two exotic tropical fruits.

Health Benefits of Kiwano:

Kiwano is a peculiar-looking exotic fruit that comes from the southern and central regions of Africa. It is a famous snack in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Africa. It is also called horned, jelly melon. When ripe, it appears to be orange in color from outside and is covered in small tiny projections. From inside the flesh is slimy lime-green. If you get the opportunity to taste one, it’ll be mild and slightly sweet. Almost like a cucumber (not exactly but very close). If kiwano is very ripe you may also detect a bit of banana flavor. You may not find it appealing in terms of taste and looks but these health benefits will force you to put it in your grocery basket.

Kiwano contains a variety of essential nutrients making it ideal for diet plans. It also offers several antioxidants (mainly vitamin A, vitamin C, Zinc, and lutein) which protect against cellular damage, chronic diseases and reduces inflammation. Kiwano contains iron which supports red blood cell production. Furthermore, this fruit contains 88% water along with carbs, making it useful for increasing hydration.

Effects of Sharon fruit on Your Health:

Sharon fruit or commonly known as persimmon is being eaten for thousands of years because of its fresh sweet taste. This fruit has many types but the most popular include Hachiya and Fuyu. Sharon is rich in fibers and helps to lower cholesterol levels. It also contains high levels of proteins and glucose. The powerful nutrients combination in persimmons increases heart health.

How Can You Eat Them?

You can enjoy this fruit fresh as a simple snack or in mouthwatering recipes.

(1) Slices of it can be a great addition to your salad.

(2) Thinking of desert? Bake Sharon in the oven then drizzle with honey to enjoy a healthy snack.

(3) Top your morning yogurt with it to get a burst of natural sweetness.

(4) Mix Sharon with a variety of other tropical fruits for the perfect fruit salad.

(5) If you want to eat it as a savory then bake it with chicken or any other meat.

Conclusion:

Tropical fruit consumption is increasing rapidly because of receptive attractiveness and growing recognition of its nutritional value. They are inexpensive making them a great export option for developing agricultural countries. Many of these fruits are brightly colored, sweet, juicy, tender, and flavorful, making them appealing to people of all ages.

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