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

Black Garlic

After garlic has been through the fermentation process, it begins to produce melanoidin. This is a dark substance that causes the garlic to turn black in color. Cooking it in this form will ensure you absorb all the nutrients of garlic without the strong odor or garlic breath!

Fermented garlic contains double the amount of antioxidants when compared to regularly prepared garlic, as well as having natural antibiotic properties.

Hemp Seed

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, as well as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. They also hold nervonic acid, a key ingredient found in your brain’s insulation which reduces your risk of heart disease and obesity.

The seeds are often blended into healthy smoothies or simply sprinkled on top of a salad.

Adzuki Beans

Japanese Adzuki Beans are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, as well as their assistance to the functions of your kidneys and bladder. They’re so effective, in fact, that they are occasionally referred to as the peeing bean’. Adzuki beans are also rich in soluble fiber, helping to keep you full throughout the day.

Those with a sweet tooth may even use Adzuki beans in a paste to create Daifuku, a delectable Japanese dessert.


Purslane is a wild weed, however it is very nutritious when consumed. Its full of Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids, in particular ALA, which helps reduce your risk of depression while improving your brain functionality.

It can be eaten raw when added to salads or side dishes, used as a healthy garnish for soup, or sautéed with mixed vegetables.


Native to Africa, the Baobab trees produce a fruit enclosed within a shell, similar to that of a coconut. Inside, it contains seeds, coated in a powder, which has been consumed with food and drink for centuries. Baobab fruit is an ideal source of potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

While your existing diet may already be healthy, there’s no harm in trying out some new, mouth-watering exotic ingredients, especially when they’re proven to be beneficial to your body.