Natively grown in the regions of Southeast Asia, this spiky fruit resembles the more known lychee. Although it looks intimidating don’t let its appearance frighten you from trying it out, as this super-food has low fat content, and boasts high levels in Vitamin C, Iron, and Copper. It is said that this fruit has the ability to suppress appetite, provide a energy boost, make your bones stronger, and even help with burning fat.
Resembling a hand with multiple fingers, it’s no wonder why this fruit was given the name it was, as it grows only in India and China. Buddha’s Hand have some resemblance to something of a grotesque lemon, and actually has some relation to it. Unlike other citrus fruits, this has a sweet taste to it, and doesn’t contain any pulp or juice inside of it. There are claims that the fruit is good for boosting immunity, help relieve cold and flu symptoms, provide pain relief, and help with digestive problems.
The Kiwano is native to parts of Africa, but is now being grown throughout the world, spreading from the US to Australia. Looking like something straight out of an alien science fiction film, it has relations to cucumbers and melons. It’s taste is said to have similarities to a banana crossed with a lime and a cucumber. It’s benefits are said to include its antioxidant properties which play a role in helping with stress, improvement in ocular health, strengthening bones, and even decreasing the look of aging.
Resembling that of a caterpillar cocoon, this Asian natively grown fruit is also known as the “vomit fruit” due to it’s displeasing aroma. Traditionally, Noni was considered a famine food and only eaten in times of desperation. For the most part, if you can stomach the smell, it is known to be eaten raw or used in curries. As for it’s benefits, it’s been said that it has beneficial properties in reducing inflammation.