Ok, so it’s really Kaki not Kaka.. but my dad always called it that so it stays that way at my house.
Don’t laugh, but doesn’t my dad (right) look like Saddam Hussein?
I was also blessed to have parents that were well-traveled and shared the passion of cooking. My father had one of the most well-known restaurants that served the best Middle Eastern desserts and fresh juices.
I have listed a few of my favorite exotic fruits that you can also find at your local US. grocery store. If you don’t find them there, try an international market or go online. I promise you’ll thank me!
Japanese Kaki or Persimmon fruit: Oh my! I can’t even find the right words to describe the taste of sweet, honey-like orange-colored fruit. These are best eaten when ripe and soft. The softer they feel, the sweeter they taste.
This fruit contains rich contents of fibers, vitamins A and C. This fruit was found superior than apples because it contains higher amounts of dietary fibers, phenols, epicatechin, gallic and p-coumaric acids, and some minerals.
Most people have tasted figs in dried form or in processed Fig Newton’s. After you taste this fruit in its raw and fresh state, you’ll hesitate to eat it dry again.
Figs look like little soft onions and can come in green or purple. Purple ones are much sweeter, but they’re both delicious.
Figs have many benefits! Figs contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine. They even contain Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids! Figs have been found to be beneficial for weight loss, sexual enhancement, proper bowel movements, diabetes, asthma and more!
I think I spent over an hour on the phone the other day trying to find this fruit online. First I had to figure out the English name for it, since I only knew it in Arabic “Ishta” which means custard. As you can see from the title, one of its names is “Custard Apple”. Yay! I found a place that grew them, but since they were not in season I couldn’t purchase any.
When perfectly ripened, this amazing fruit can be easily broken open. To eat it, simply bite into the white meat of the fruit. It really tastes like custard! It’s sooo good that I can’t wait till it’s in season again. As you can see from the picture, the fruit contains little black seeds so just spit them out unless you feel the urge to swallow them. They’ll eventually come out the other end.
Custard Apples are well-balanced fruits containing protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins and very little fat. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 & B2, magnesium and potassium.
Mmmmmm…. I always love me some Guava! You can always find Guava juice in the Mexican Food section of your grocery store, but if you can taste them ripe and fresh then consider yourself in heaven.
Guavas look almost like pears. Some may come in a green, pale yellow or maroon color. You can bite into them like any fruit, but unlike apples and pears, this fruit is very soft and juicy similar to a soft peach texture. When you bite into the Guava, you will notice little seeds. They’re not obnoxious seeds, so feel free to swallow them.
Guavas are rich in vitamins A, B & C, proteins and minerals. Free of cholesterol and high in fiber, this fruit is great for appetite control and weight management. Guavas are superior over citrus fruits when it comes to its high Vitamin C content. Guavas were also shown to improve oral health.
You always see dried brown dates at the supermarket, but you rarely see the yellow ones. Yellow dates are the pre-ripened stage. They’re firmer and less sweet. I can go for both, but fresh yellow dates are my favorite!
(I can hear my brother #2 Khalid saying “everything is your favorite”… Ha ha.. so true! I love it all!)
Dates are high in iron, potassium, calcium, folate, vitamin A & B1, B2, B3 vitamins and other beneficial minerals. Dates contain 2-3 times the fiber of green broccoli and studies have shown that they are slow in releasing energy so that means that they’re great pre-workout!
Many dieticians voted dates as the BEST food for women especially new mothers who are breast feeding. Dates can help with post mommy depression and enrich breast milk that leads to healthier baby.
The world offers us infinite selections of fruits, veggies and wonders so try to taste as much of life as possible.
If you’ve never tasted the mentioned fruit above, I can’t wait for you to try them! If you have, then please do share.
Can you suggest some other exotic fruits for us to try?