Healthy Exotic Fruits and Veggies


Stuck in a diet rut? Try eating outside the box by shopping for exotic fruits and vegetables you’ve never tried before.

Pitaya, or dragon fruit, is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, calcium and omega 3s. It's crunchy and is said to taste like a cross between kiwi and pear. To eat, cut the pitaya down the middle and scoop out the insides like you would a kiwi, but remember – the skin is not edible!

• Black garlic has twice the antioxidants found in regular garlic. This herb has been shown to lower cholesterol, decrease your risk of cancer and protect from infection. It also metabolizes easier than white garlic. Plus, the one-month fermentation process to obtain black garlic reduces the pungent odor and flavor, making it easier to be eaten raw. It’s got a slightly sweet taste with a hint of licorice and a soft, creamy texture.

• Jicama is a vitamin C-packed crisp root vegetable that can help fight wrinkles and crow’s feet. When shopping for jicama, be sure it’s firm with dry roots and no bruises. Peel like a potato and cut into cubes.

• Papaya is also a great source of vitamin C, as well as a natural cure for acid reflux. Chemicals in this fruit calm the stomach and bring balance to pH levels.