15 Little Known, Extremely Healthy Exotic Foods You Must Start Eating

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Chayote

The chayote is found in Central and South America and although it is commonly referred to as a fruit, it is usually eaten as part of a salad or cooked in various recipes.

While the fruit itself is delicious, its seeds, leaves, stems and root are also edible and contain both amino acids and Vitamin C. Chayote is low calorie and high in fiber, making it the ultimate healthy snack.

Durian

The durian fruit may look confusing from the outside, to the point it was even parodied on the US TV show Portlandia, however the foul-smelling, spiky South-East Asian fruit is actually almond-y and creamy on the inside.

Durian is a great source of vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates, as well as being a known aphrodisiac.

Persimmon

Persimmon is the national fruit of Japan. It is a type of berry that is both edible and versatile, appropriate for use when fresh, dried or cooked. Persimmon contains an abundance of potassium, iron and calcium and it has been suggested that regular consumption can lead to a lower risk of heart attacks. Not to mention the fact its peel can help to reduce signs of aging.

Brazil Nuts

The Venezuelan Brazil nut is rich in protein and full of carbohydrates, in addition to minerals such as selenium and magnesium. Due to their content, they’re ideal workout snacks, giving you the energy you need to power through.

Horned Melon

The horned melon is actually a part of the cucumber family. Native to Southern Africa, it is commonly used in purees and salads. Its unique taste is reminiscent of other fruits such as banana and lime, as if the flavors have been combined. Horned melon is low in calories, which is great for those looking to cut back their intake, while also containing minerals and beta carotene.

Tahini

Tahini is a Middle Eastern staple, made from ground sesame seeds. It is often consumed as a dip, which is great with chopped carrots or celery sticks as a healthy snack. It contains plenty of essential fatty acids, protein and calcium and has the ability to positively increase your blood flow.