The green mango is basically unripe mango. Green mango can be sour or nutty and sweet depending on the variety and is thought to have a higher amount of Vitamin C than a ripe mango. Green mangoes contain Pectin, which is a polysaccharide that you can also find in apples and berries. This help reduce high triglycerides and cholesterol levels as well as colon cancer prevention.
Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya/Pitaya) belongs to the cactii family. The pitaya plant is a climbing cactus, and the plant’s flower is impressive — not only visually, but also with the brief window it provides for pollination. The flower opens in the evening, ready for bats, moths, or hand-pollination, and by morning it wilts. Dragon fruit has high levels of both the insoluble and soluble fiber. These fibers can improve the digestive system, which in turn will reduce the accumulation of dietary cholesterol in your system.
A cousin of the taro root, Malanga is also a tuber. Malanga is usually ground into a paste which can be used to make a rich, starchy flour. Malanga can also be sliced and fried, stewed, or grilled. People with food allergies sometimes find that malanga is a great hypoallergenic flour alternative, because the particles of starch are very small, reducing the risk of an allergic reaction.
Yucca Root is also known by the names manioc and cassava. Native to South America, this starchy tuber is eaten throughout Latin America, South Asia, the Caribbean and Africa. Used to make tapioca flour, yucca has a texture a little chewier than the potato and a milder taste. Rich in a range of nutrients, yucca can be used as a substitute in almost all of your favorite potato dishes.
This exotic fruit belongs within the family of Anacardiaceae, a family that also includes numerous species of tropical-fruiting trees in the flowering plants such as cashew and pistachio. Mango fruit is an excellent source of vitamin A, carotene pigments, vitamins and potassium. They are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, which is a carotenoid that can supress growth of tumors and protect cells from damage.
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The flavanoid antioxidants present in red flesh dragon fruit is responsible for a reduction in blood sugar levels and hence, if you suffer from Type 2 diabetes, eating the red flesh dragon fruit can help control your glucose level. The red fleshed varieties contain lycopene which is a natural antioxidant known to fight cancer, heart disease, and lower blood pressure.
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Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) belongs to the family Sapindaceae and is a close relative of lychee and longan. Rambutan is a fruit that definitely features in the list of ‘Most Exotic fruits of Our Planet’. The word "rambut" in the fruit name 'rambutan' is Malay for 'hairy,' and this refers to the spiky rind. Recent studies indicate that the fruit has antioxidant properties and may be a potential source of an anti-hyperglycemic agent.
The plantain (or platanos) is a banana, musa paradisiaca, which is eaten cooked rather than raw. Plantain are eaten in most tropical countries of the world. They are a solid source of carbohydrates with a low fat content and is one of the most potassium-rich foods on the planet.