Traveling to an exotic destination is to swimming or sunbathing and also to take the delight taste of some cooking and some of the exotic fruits and vegetables. Exotic fruits and exotic vegetables are known for their unique taste, nutritional value, and various health benefits. These fruits and vegetables are processed and sorted in clean packets and under most favorable temperatures to preserve their original flavor, aroma and taste. Fruits and vegetables which are not found in all region can be considered exotic fruits and exotic vegetables.
List of top exotic fruits:
- Passion Fruit
- Star fruit
- White sapote
- Dragon Fruit
- African cucumber
- Black sapote
List of top exotic vegetables:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Bok choy
- Sweet potatoes
- Pak choi
- Shiitake mushrooms
Passion Fruit is native to Brazil and it is the edible fruit of the passion flower. In honor of the passion of Christ, Early Spanish missionaries named the fruit. It is a small round fruit with wrinkled, red, yellow or purple-brown skin and it has the size of a large egg. The yellow flesh and small black edible seeds have an intense aromatic flavor while, the texture of the fruit is jelly-like and watery. The juice of this passion fruit is used in squashes, syrups, sorbets etc. On ripening, the skin of the fruit is wrinkled and looks old. It contains nutrients like vitamins A and C, and potassium.
Lychees are an ancient Chinese fruit. The lychees or litchis are small white flesh fruits, covered in a red rind. In the United States, it is most popular in the as a canned product. It has sweet flavor. Throw away the smooth brown seed. In markets worldwide, the fruit has started making its appearance refrigerated or canned form with its taste intact. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks without flavor loss. These fruits are rich in vitamin C.
It is native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. It comes from a species of tree with pink flowers grown even in the US. It is also referred as carambola, star fruit is so called because when you cut into slices, the pieces take on the shape of stars. It is yellow all around when ripe and ready for slicing. This is a golden-yellow fruit. It is crunchy, sweet, with a taste of pineapples, apples and kiwis combined. There are two types of star fruits – acidulate and sweet, both types are rich in vitamin C. The fruit is particularly juice. Some people even makes wine out of it.
It is indigenous to Thailand, Malay Archipelago, and Southeast Asia. The Rambutan fruit resembles the Lychees and are also called as ‘hairy lychee’. They have leathery red skin and are covered with spines. The interior of the fruit is fleshy and sweet. It is one of the most famous in Southeast Asia. Rambutan is a popular garden fruit tree. It is a sweet and juicy fruit, being commonly found in jams or available canned. Rambutan may be refrigerated for up to 10 days in a breathable bag.
It is native to China. The kumquats or cumquats are small edible fruits similar to oranges that grow in a tree related to the Citrus. The texture of fruit is juicy, containing tiny white seeds and the skin is sweet but the flesh of the fruit is tart. These fruits are eaten raw as with most of the fruits in the Citrus family. With the stems intact, refrigerate kumquats for up to one month. Dish up kumquats in fresh fruit drinks, gelatin salads and desserts or make into a preserve. These fruits are often used in conserve and jelly but also in alcoholic drinks such as liquor.
These vegetables originate from the Mediterranean region. It is one of the oldest foods known to man. It has threatening exterior but soft edible and delicious heart. These vegetables can be served as entree, appetizer, side dish or garnish. It is commonly used with melted butter or mayonnaise as an appetizer. These vegetables are rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Artichokes are of various types: Jerusalem, Globe, Roman, and Californian. Jerusalem artichoke is a root tuber. The Jerusalem artichoke is analogous to ginger root in size and color.
It is also known as the cabbage turnip. This vegetable has a swollen stem and a delicate, turnip-like flavor that is either green or purple. Kohlrabi may be refrigerated for up to one week after wrapping of it. The leaves of this vegetable can be eaten raw in salads or steamed. As you would turnips, cook the bulbs. Kohlrabi contains vitamin C and potassium.
It is an Oriental cabbage and also called as Chinese cabbage. It is very nutritious vegetable and extensively used in Chinese cooking. It has thick white stalks that support large, spoon- shaped dark green leaves. It is similar in taste to spinach. While stem is milder, the leaves are spicy hot. When it is boiled or steamed, it obtains sweet flavor. It is full of vitamin C and it contains lots of water. It also contains vitamin A and calcium. Large leaf Bok Choy can be used in soups. Unwashed Bok Choy may be refrigerated in perforated plastic bags for up to three days.
Brussel Sprouts were originated in Belgium in 1200s. Now, it is largely cultivated in Belgium and Italy. Brussel Sprouts has maximum growth to the size of a golf ball. Brussel Sprouts come from the cauliflower family. It has similar taste to cauliflower except more mild and dense texture. This vegetable is very rich in Vitamin C, K, and phosphates. Also, it has cancer preventing properties. Commonly, brussel sprouts are boiled and salted. These vegetables are used in salads, or tossed in butter or oil and served as an entrée or complement to meats.
Asparagus was discovered more than 2000 years ago in the Eastern Mediterranean region. ‘Aspargo’ is a greek word which means shoots. For its medicinal qualities, it is revered by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Today, it is widely used in salads and as accompaniments to main courses. It is very beneficial when eaten raw or close to raw, just lightly tossed/grilled with oil or butter or simply boiled. White variety of asparagus is also available in markets which are very highly rated.