Exotic Fruits



Exotic fruits are not the kind of product you will find in abundance at your local store. The reason being is that they may not be able to grow in your country.

They are grown in large quantities in their country of origin and make up part of the local cuisine. Some may be tropical produce and can only grow in those hot climates.

They usually look different, feel different and of course taste different. You just have to be willing to try them and savour the experience as you eat them.

passion fruit

One of the most exotic fruits is called passion fruit. This tropical product is a little bigger than a golf ball and has a distinct taste.

Grown in Brazil and other hot climate areas it is high in vitamin A and C and provides a great source of calcium and iron. It has a yellow flesh with small seeds. The inside can be scooped out and eaten or used to make juice.

Juice is made by blending the inside with water and adding sugar to the finished product. You can also boil the inside with water and strain the contents into a jug. You also add sugar for sweetness.

My preference is usually the boiling method. Here is the recipe

PASSION FRUIT DRINK
Can serve 8 people. If you want to serve less people then divide the numbers by 2.

  • 12 passion fruits
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • hmm...sugar...start with a 1/4 cup
  • Put the seeds and pulp in a container and pour the hot water over the contents. Cover and allow to cool and strain. Add sugar for for desired sweetness. Alternatively, boil the contents of the passion fruit. Add water and sweeten.

    starfruit

    Another product on the all star exotic fruits list is called starfruit. A native to Indonesia, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka it is also known as Carambola. On the Caribbean island of Trinidad it is known as "Five Finger".

    It is a fruit high in water content and low in calories and carbohydrates. It contains soluble fibre and can help people with constipation problems. It contains potassium and has vitamin A and C.

    CARAMBOLA FRUIT DRINK

  • 10 Star Fruit
  • 1 table spoon of sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 table spoon of honey
  • a pinch of salt
  • You can also add oranges and grapefruit for a citrus fruit punch. Wash the fruit, cut (take out seeds - optional) and blend all the ingredients. I am not an advocate of very sweet juices so add sugar as you see fit.

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