Let’s introduce you to lychee, persimmon, papaya, avocado and kumquat – the passion fruits whose magical taste and beneficial ingredients protect your body from many dangerous diseases. Sometimes, our everyday diet based on fresh, seasonal and local groceries should be enriched with fruits and vegetables originating from distant parts of the globe.
Lychee (Asian cherry) – Protects against cancer
Lychee or Asian cherry originates from China, where has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. The peel is reddish-brown and beneath it there is a translucent flesh that surrounds the small pit.
Healing properties: Studies have shown that lychee ingredients have strong antioxidant properties and therefore may prevent the emergence of cancer cells.
How to use it: Make a small incision in the peel using a knife and peel it off. Cut the translucent flesh in half and remove the pit. It is best eating lychee fresh, not canned or dried, because in that case it loses its valuable ingredients. Keep in mind to avoid dark colored and cracked peel fruits.
Avocado – Lowers cholesterol
Originating from Brazil and Mexico, avocado is a tropical pear-shaped fruit with the outer dark green to deep purple peel color with a kernel in the center of the soft, yellow-green flesh. Avocado is easy to digest, and its taste is a combination of sweetness and spiciness.
Healing properties: It contains minerals – mostly iron and vitamins A, B, C, and E, lowers the cholesterol level in the blood and is recommended for the ones on a weight reduction diet.
How to use it: Cut it into quarters with a knife, remove the kernel and peel it off. It is best to eat it raw and is frequently used as a side dish, salted and topped with lemon juice and olive oil. The fruit is completely ripe if the inside is soft as butter.
Passion fruit – eliminates nervousness
Passion fruit has a pleasant, refreshing taste and originates from China. The fruit looks like a table tennis ball and has gelatinous, juicy flesh full of tiny seeds.
Healing properties: It contains ingredients that have a soothing effect, so it is recommended for nervous people to eat a few fruits before going to bed.
How to use it: You should cut it in half and eat the pulp with a spoon. If the fruit peel is wrinkled, it means that the fruit is ripe and ready for eating. You can also make a very tasty juice out of it.
Kaki – Slows aging
Kaki, persimmon or Japanese apple is a juicy, sweet fruit originating from Asia, the place where you can find even 500-year-old trees. The fruit’s outside is orange with a translucent membrane underneath the soft flesh.
Healing properties: Persimmon is rich in vitamin C and pro-vitamin A, so it helps in the fight against cellular aging, has a positive impact on a constipation treatment, intestinal inflammation, hemorrhoids, stomach problems and lowers high blood pressure.
How to use it: If you want to eat it with a spoon and to taste a real flavor, the fruit must be completely mature, almost red and soft. Hard fruits can ripen in a few days at a room temperature. Persimmons are used to make juices, jams, syrups and fruit salads.
Kumquat – Strengthens immunity
This curative fruit, which is also cultivated as an ornamental plant because of its beautiful flowers and leaves, originally comes from China, but it also grows in Brazil, Spain, Argentina, California and South Africa. Kumquat looks like an orange, but it is quite smaller (a little bit smaller than a walnut).
Healing properties: Kumquat is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium and iron, which are essential for strengthening the immune system. It also successfully protects against colds.
How to use it: Kumquats are eaten altogether with the peel, which is sweet and has a pleasant smell. If the fruit is a light orange or yellow, then it has a bitter taste. Kumquat is used to make jellies, jams, compotes, ice creams and fruit salads.
Papaya – Improves digestion
Papaya (tropical melon) is grown in South America, India and South Africa. The papaya tree is similar to a palm tree, and the fruits can weigh up to 10 kg. The peel of the ripe fruit is yellow or orange with brown spots on it.