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Our Exotic Fruits

Apple Bananas

Description

Shorter and chunkier than regular bananas this fruit has a distinguished flavour, texture and size. They are light and cream coloured, stout and plump with a thick taut peel. They begin tangy and sweet with apple nuances and as they grow, they become tender and creamy. As it becomes ripe, it develops more of a tropical flavour, with notes of strawberry and pineapple.

Origin

The apple banana is native to Southern and Central America and is also frown in the tropical and subtropical regions such as Hawaiian Islands, Malaysia, Honduras, Mexico and Uganda where ours come from.

How to store?

Keep them at room temperature until you’re ready to eat or use them. To ripen them, just place them in a paper or plastic bag overnight.

Knowing it’s ripe

The skin will also blacken more than ordinary bananas.We deliver them when they are greenish in colour, its ripe when it goes fully yellow with black spots. You will more so know when an apple banana is ripe by its taste. It will be tangy and sweet.

How to cut?

You can cut an apple banana in the same fashion as you would an ordinary banana. Whether you decide to cut it lengthwise, width ways or into smaller chunks or eat it like a normal banana by peeling it.

How to eat?

These are great for a snack or even in desserts such as fruit salads.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

They contain a high amount of potassium and fibre as well as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6 and much more nutritional than normal bananas!

Baby Sweet Pineapple

Description

The baby sweet pineapples resemble a regular pineapple except for the baby size and sweeter taste! The flesh is tender and juicy, with the colour being golden yellow when ripe.

Origin

This fruit is native to Mauritius. It is also cultivated today in South Africa.

How to store?

You can keep this fruit out on the counter until you’ve cut it open and then it should be stored in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Knowing it’s ripe

If your pineapple has a pleasant pineapple smell, and the centre leaves at the top are a bit loose, this is when your pineapple is ripe. Any pineapple that has brown or soft spots should be avoided and brown leaves are a sign that you can no longer consume it.

The pineapple should also be a deep-yellow in colour and gloss.

How to cut?

Remove the crown with a sharp knife before cutting into the pineapple itself. Then, cut the pineapple lengthwise, in quarters.

You should then use a sharp knife to remove the rind. Then, you can cut your baby sweet pineapple into smaller pieces.

How to eat?

Once you’ve cut them into chunks, or in a way you prefer, you can use them in many different styles.

Whether you decide to put them in a smoothie, or salad, or even add it to a wrap with other tasty foods.

Nutrition/Health benefits

Baby sweet pineapples contain plenty of vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They are also known to help boost your immune system, aid digestion and build strong bones.

They also contain high levels of vitamin C and manganese.

Buttery Giant Avocado

Description

Bright green in colour with smooth skin, this avocado is a giant sized compared to normal avocados.

The inside flesh is yellow-green in colour and has consistency similar to butter.

Origin

The giant avocado originated in south-central Mexico but is now grown in other places around the world such as Uganda where ours come from.

How to store?

Unripe avocados can be kept on the counter until they ripen within 4-7 days. If you want to speed up the ripening process you can put it in a paper bag.

Once they’re ripe, store it in a plastic bag in the fridge for 3-5 days if not consumed straight away.

Knowing it’s ripe

Once your giantbuttery avocado has a firm gentle pressure, you know it’s ripe and it will then be ready-to-eat. They might be darker in colour but it can vary so it’s best to go by feel than colour.

It will feel a bit soft but not feel mushy to touch at all.

How to cut?

You can cut the giant avocado lengthwise around the pit and then each half lengthwise so you have four equal sections. You can then pull the pit out with your hands.

If you would like to peel the avocado, just slide your thumb under the skin to pull it back.

Once the avocado is cut, you should wrap it in plastic wrap or an airtight container and store in the fridge for 2-3 days if it isn’t eaten straight away.

How to eat?

You can do so many things with the giant avocado, especially because there is so much of it. Put it in a smoothie, mash it up, put it on toast, dice or even add to some pasta, feed it to your baby by pureeing it and try it with eggs!

Nutritions/Health Benefits

Giant avocados are rich in vitamin E, folic acid, heart healthy fats and fibre. It also offers potassium, lutein and have a good source of vitamin B which helps to fight off infection.

Custard Apple

Description

Custard apples are dark green in colour when raw and turn a brown colour when ripening. It’s almost like a pine cone in texture. The flesh is creamy white, custard like and sweet, with black pips in the middle. This is where it gets its name from.

They feature six to eight fleshy curved petals and numerous stamens and pistils.

Origin

Custard apples originated in the West Indies and South America. Although, they are now planted in tropical countries around the world, such as Asia, Australia, Egypt and Brazil, which is where we get ours from.

How to store?

Once you’ve had your custard apples delivered, you should check the ripeness. We get the custard apples fresh, so they won’t be ripe straight away. When you receive then, they’ll more than likely be hard, but when they ripen, they’ll become soft. This will take 3-5 days. If they feel ripe, you can eat them straight away. They can be kept in the bottom of the fridge for up to two days before they are no longer in their prime.

If your custard apples are unripe, then you should leave them room temperature for 3-5 days.

Knowing it’s ripe 

A ripe custard apple will be dull brown and/or green in colour. When you press them gently, they should also have a slight ‘give’ which indicates they’re ripe.

Another way of checking that the fruit is ripe is by pressing gently to ensure that it has a slight ‘give’.

How to cut?

Due to the fact that a custard apple skin and seeds are inedible, you should cut in half and scoop out the flesh to discard the seeds.

How to eat?

They are usually eaten raw, and the creamy, smooth flesh can also be added to smoothies or ice-cream.

Nutritions/Health Benefits 

This fruit is packed with all of the right nutrition that you need in a well-balanced diet. They have potassium, protein, phosphorus, fibre, magnesium, minerals and are a brilliant source of vitamin C.

Dragon Fruit

Description

Dragon fruit has a leathery, bright pink skin and is sweet, kiwi-like flesh.

Origin

This fruit grows on the plant known as the Hylocereus cactus which is native to southern Mexico and Central America. Although, it is now grown all over the world

How to store it?

Cut your ripe dragon fruit and put it in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.

Knowing it’s ripe

It’s outer skin will be pink and evenly coloured. It will always give slightly when squeezed. This means that it’s ripe and ready to eat.

How to cut?

Using a sharp knife, cut straight through the fruit, slicing it in half.

How to eat?

Cut it in half and scoop with a spoon, or you can cut it into cubes. Alternatively, you can toss it into a blender with some yogurt, and make healthy a smoothie!

Nutrition/Health Benefits

Dragon fruit is high in fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins. It also contains a several types of antioxidants. Since it has an excellent source of Vitamin C and helps to strengthen immunity, which avoids you from getting sick.

Formosa Papaya

Description

The Formosa papaya is one of the largest papaya varieties. This large tropical fruit can weigh up to 3 kilos. … The flesh is orange and just like the other papayas it contains small black seeds in the middle. Formosa papayas have a mild aroma and sweet soft flesh.

Origin

The Formosa papaya is native to Brazil and grows on hollow-stemmed trees.

How to store?

Once you have your Formosa papaya, you should keep it out of the fridge as it will keep best this way. When ripe, you can put in the fridge sliced.

Knowing it’s ripe

You will know it’s ripe when it becomes completely yellow instead of green.

How to cut?

You can cut the papaya in half length ways or into slices but always remove the black seeds. You could keep the black seeds on the side as they contain many health benefits. This is the most common way of cutting it.

How to eat?

You can eat this fruit for your breakfast, as a snack or add it to a variety of different recipes.

You can use this fruit in juices, salads, smoothies, in cocktails and other options. The seeds are very healthy and just a few of them can be used in smoothies.

Nutrition/Health benefits

Papaya is one of the healthiest fruits, high in vitamin C, potassium and rich in papain and enzyme which helps digest proteins. The seeds have also amazing health benefits and are full of nutrients.

Giant Brazilian Pink Guava

Description

Known to be the ultimate super fruit, guava isa green ovate shaped and the size of a tennis ball. Once cut, this tropical fruit reveals an inner salmon pink flesh which is semi-soft and holds small round yellow seeds which can be removed but are more often eaten whole.

Pink Guavas have a sweet but musky fragrance and have moderate levels of acidity. They are also very sweet

Origin

Pink Guavas are native to Braziland latin America. Now grown in south-east Asia and many other countries.

How to store?

If you place the fruit wrapped in paper and place a banana or apple in with it, it will hasten its ripening process.

When it becomes ripe, it can be stored for two to five weeks at room temperature.

If they become over-ripe, then you can keep them in the fridge for a few days or make a smoothie.

Knowing it’s ripe

It will be soft and give slightly under your fingers if you lightly squeeze it. The aroma of a ripe pink guava is very telling and you should be able to smell the fruit’s sweet and musky scent without even putting your nose to it. Your rooms will have a strong aroma of guava.

How to cut?

Trim either ends with a sharp knife and cuts it into cubes or slice into it like you would an apple.

How to eat?

Wash them in cold water and remove any dirt or insecticide residues. When your pink guava is ripe, it will be best enjoyed with its skin on.

You can make juices, add to a fruit salad, jellies, jams, marmalade and in a smoothie.

Nutritions/Health Benefits

It indeed is a powerhouse of nutrients! This humble fruit is extraordinary rich in vitamin C, double the amount found in an orange, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin. Guavas are also rich in magnesium which helps the body to absorb other key nutrients from the food that we eat.

Some benefits of Guava:

  • Immunity booster
  • Lowers risk of Cancer
  • Diabetes-friendly
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Improves eyesight
  • Highest quantities of iron and vitamin C among fruits and many more.
Golden Kiwi

Description

The skin of a golden kiwi has bronze tone skin that is hairless, unlike other kiwis. The skin is covered in the trademark edible black seeds. It is sweet and tropical in flavour, similar to pineapple and mango.

It is oval in shape and can be entirely edible.

Golden Kiwi is softer and almost mushy compared to the average green kiwi.

Origin

This plantis native to China but have also hrived in New Zealand.

How to store?

If you want to ripen then, you should hold the fruit at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag. It will take two to three days and should be avoided from heat and direct sunlight.

Once the kiwi is ripe, you should put it in the fridge until you’re ready to consume.

Knowing it’s ripe

If you can gently press the outside of the fruit with your thumb, and it gives way to the pressure. If it doesn’t, then it isn’t ready to eat yet.

How to cut?

You should cut off both ends of the kiwi with a knife and insert a spoon near the edge of a kiwi.

Once you’ve done that, the peeled fruit should easily slide out.

How to eat?

You can eat golden kiwi in the same way as other kiwis. Whether it’s in sweet or savoury recipes.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

There are many health benefits from eating a golden kiwi. It has vitamin C, vitamin E, fibre and reduces the risk of heart disease and heart attack and is much healthier compared to a normal kiwi.

The kiwifruit skin is completely edible and makes this nutrient-dense fruit even more nutritious! A recent study shows that eating the skin triples the fibre intake compared to merely eating the flesh. And by not peeling the skin, you preserve much of the vitamin C content as well.

Granadilla

Description

Granadilla has orange skin with a shiny and hard shell when it’s ripe. It’s the cousin of the passion fruit but, unlike it’s cousin, the granadilla is very sweet in taste.

Origin

This fruit is native in South America. Going as far south as northern Argentina and far north as Mexico. Although, the best ones which we provide are Colombian.

How to store?

Once your granadilla is ripe, you can store it in the fridge for a few days. Before it’s ripe, you can store it at a room temperature for up to a week

Knowing it’s ripe

It’s ripe when having a slight “give’’ when you slightly push it.

How to cut?

Cut the fruit in two halves. Scoop out the jelly-like pulp with a tablespoon.

How to eat?

Granadilla is mostly eaten by itself, but it does make a great jelly, pie filling or cake frosting. It is also cooked or converted into a juice. You cannot eat the skin.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

Also known as “the children’s fruit” for a reason, it is filled with nutrients that help stimulate physical and mental growth. It contains a lot of phosphorus, iron, fibre, potassium, calcium,proteins and carbohydrates. It’s also highly rich in all sorts of vitamins!

Kumquat

Description

Even though Kumquatis no bigger than a grape, once they’re put in your mouth and you take a bite, they fill your mouth with a big burst of sweet-tart citrus flavour. The peel of the kumquat is edible, sweet and delicious.

Origin

They are originally grown in China, but are now found and grown in several other countries, such as Spain.

How to store

Storing them in the fridge means they can last up to two weeks. Since we bring them in fresh, they will last up to a week at room temperature.

Knowing it’s ripe

Give them a few days, as we bring them freshly in!

How to cut?

You might be better eating it whole, but if you do decide to cut it, you can simply use a sharp knife and cut in half.

How to eat?

You can eat kumquats in a variety of different ways, including jams, chutneys, sliced in sandwiches, baked into breads and puree.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

80% of their weight is from water, so they are a hydrating snack. Kumquats are rich in vitamin C and fibre. They also contain manganese, carbohydrates, vitamin A and protein. They provide with other smaller amounts of vitamin B, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc.

Mangos

Description

Mangoes are the majority’s favourite and one of the most popular fruits.

Origin

Mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago and are now grown in South America, Middle East and East Africa.

How to store?

Until your mango is soft, they should be kept at room temperature. You can even freeze them whole or pre-cut. If so, the mango will then be best to use in smoothies or as a puree.

Knowing it’s ripe

A ripe mango smells sweet and rich, and is slightly soft. It will also turn yellow.

How to cut?

: When you look down at the mango, you’ll see the two halves on either side of the belly button. Cut just ½ an inch from the belly button so you avoid the seed. Cut off the two halves, creating mango “cheeks”. You should then use a paring knife to score width and length side down – do NOT go through the skin.

How to eat?

Mango has a long flat seed in the middle, once you learn how to cut around the seed, the rest is easy. Alternitavely, you can peel off the skin and slice into cubes. Once you’ve cut your mango into cubes, you can eat it on its own, put them into a fruit salad, use them to add spice to a main course or put them into a dessert. You can even use them in smoothies and juices which mangoes are popular for.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to eating mangoes. These include helping to fight cancer, maintaining cholesterol level, helps to regulate diabetes and helps to cleanse skin from deep inside your body. It also teats pores and gives a glow to your skin.. so if you want flawless skin, eat mangoes!

It is full of nutrients too including magnesium, thiamine, manganese, riboflavin, potassium, niacin, vitamin K, vitamin B5, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, copper, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and protein

Mangosteen

Description

Mangosteen is a tropical, exotic fruit with a sweet and sour flavour. When it’s ripe, it becomes a deep purple colour on its rind. Although, in contrast, the inner flesh is bright white.

Origin

This fruit originates from Southeast Asia but is known to be found in a variety of different tropical regions all around the world.

How to store?

At room temperature, mangosteen can last for a few days. It would have damage caused to it if it was in the fridge or freezer. Keep it at room temperature to keep it in good shape for several weeks.

Knowing it’s ripe

You can tell that a mangosteen is starting to ripen by checking its appearance and weight. The rind will start to turn a reddish-purple.

If it is fully ripe, it will have a dark purple rind. The outer skin will be soft when it’s ripe. If it’s hard, then it is no longer in its prime.

How to cut?

Use a sharp paring knife and make a ¼ to ⅓ inch deep horizontal cut around the middle. This will allow you to twist off one half of the shell which will then expose the white, creamy flesh.

If you don’t have a suitable knife handy, you can hold the mangosteen between your palms and squeeze your hands together to crush open the outer shells. You can do this with any fruit once it’s ripe and if you don’t have a suitable knife to hand.

How to eat?

Mangosteens are more likely to be eaten raw and on their own. Although, some people like to juice them, whole or not.

You could use it in an ice cream, sorbet, fruit salad or with a savoury dish.

Nutrition/Health benefits

Mangosteen has a rich supply of nutrients, such as fibre and unique antioxidants. It also has manganese, carbohydrates, vitamin B2, fat, vitamin B1, protein, vitamin B9 and vitamin C.

Passion Fruit

Description

Passion fruit may be one of the most delicious fruits on the face of the planet. There are several types which can vary in size.

Origin

You are more likely going to find passion fruit in Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil and Paraguay. This is where it is native to. We get ours from Kenya in Africa.

How to store?

When unripe, you should leave it out at room temperature. Once it’s ripe, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week.

Knowing it’s ripe

Once your passion fruit turns wrinkly, then it’s ripe. It will also have a darker colour which will be a shade of dark purple.

How to cut?

You need to slice it open in half or rip the rind to expose the colourful, juicy flesh and seeds. You then scoop out the pulp with a spoon.

How to eat?

What makes them cooler is that they come in their own little pods that you can take everywhere with you. Passion fruit is a very popular option, used in cocktails worldwide. Use your creativity, and explore different options with passion fruit (i.e. cereal, yoghurts, juices, cakes etc).

Nutrition/Health Benefits

There are a lot of good sources of nutrients, including vitamin A, B and C, as well fibre. It supports the immune system, reduces bad cholesterol, may help to fight cancer, supports digestion and treats gastrointestinal disorder

Pitahaya

Description

Pitahaya also known as the yellow Dragon fruit has a faint but sweet taste, almost like an earthy watermelon. The seeds have a consistency as kiwi with a bright yellow thick and scaly skin. The flesh is juicy, sweet and white with small black edible seeds.

Origin

Pitahaya is native in the northern region of South America.

How to store it?

Keep your Pitahaya out of the fridge and in a cool, dry place at room temperature. You can store your Pitahaya in the fridge once ripe to maximise the shelf life.

Knowing it’s ripe

You can tell if Pitahaya is ripe if the fruit has a slight ‘give’ when applying pressure.

How to cut?

Cut the fruit vertically in half then either cut in slices or scoop the flesh out. Do not eat the skin.

How to eat?

Peel off the inedible yellow skin and cut the pitahaya into slices, or you can eat it right out of the peel.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

Pitahaya is rich in magnesium, high in fibre, a good source of iron, rich in antioxidants, organic, in vitamin B2 and are a powerful source of vitamin C.

Rambutan

Description

Rambutan is typically the size of a golf ball and has a hairy red and green shell. It is often compared to a sea urchin and lychee in appearance. It has white flesh which is sweet and creamy in taste.

Origin

The rambutan is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, and is now grown in tropical climates all over the world.

How to store?

Rambutan start out green, then turn red, orange, or yellow as they ripen. Eventually, the spines turn black and the fruit will remain good for at least a more few days.

Knowing it’s ripe

They start out green then turn red, orange or yellow as they start to ripe.

How to cut?

Just simply peel off the skin and remove the grape-like flesh. Rambutan has a fine line around the fruit which you can cut around the line for a perfect half cut shape.

How to eat?

The flesh contains an inedible seed, so be mindful of that when you eat the fruit. You can either choose to eat Rambutan alone, in a salad or add to a dessert.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

You will find loads of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds within a Rambutan. It also includes vitamin C and acts as an antioxidant. As if that wasn’t enough, Rambutan contains a good amount of calcium, which helps towards proper growth and maintenance of various cells.

Sharon Fruit

Description

Sharon fruit is the trade name for a variety of persimmon whose astringency has been artificially removed, so it can be eaten at all stages of maturity. They have a similar plump shape of a tomato, averaging 5-8 centimeters in diameter, topped with a green or brown calyx.

Origin

Sharon fruit is native to Israel. It has been in cultivation there since the 1990s.

How to store?

Under-ripe Sharon fruits will continue to soften at room temperature which will take up to a week.

If you want them to ripen quicker, you should place them next to bananas or apples at room temperature.

Once you have a ripe Sharon fruit, it will keep up to three days in the fridge.

Knowing it’s ripe

The fruit will soften to a custard-like consistency and will be sweeter with hints of brown sugar when eaten.

How to cut?

Ensure the Sharon fruit is centred and stable to make sure that it doesn’t slip while you attempt to cut it. Use a sharp kitchen knife because you will have to get through the leaves which are thick and tough.

Slice the Sharon fruit in half where the stem used to be.

How to eat?

Once you’ve cut the fruit, scoop out the inner contents of the fruit with a spoon.

Sharon fruit can either be eaten fresh, used in sweet and savoury cooking methods and even preserved in both dried and canned form.

Star Fruit

Description

As the name suggests this sweet and sour fruit takes the shape of a five-point star.

It has a mild, sour flavour which makes it a popular fruit to use in a number of different dishes.

The star fruit is yellow/green in colour and is really crunchy!

Origin

The star fruit is native to Sri Lanka and is known to be a relatively new fruit.

How to store?

It can be stored at room temperature for a few days or you can place ripe star fruit in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to one week.

Knowing it’s ripe

Non-ripe star fruit should be turned often until they turn yellow in colour and ripe with light brown ribs. Ripe star fruits can remain at room temperature for two to three days.

It should be primarily yellow with small hints of green.

How to cut?

Simply slice off the green parts of the ridges and cut ½ an inch from both ends. Then, lay the fruit on its side and cut down through the fruit to make thin, star-shaped slices, like you would with a cucumber.

How to eat?

Ensure firstly that the fruit is ripe, rinse it under water, cut off the ends, slice it and remove the seeds before you enjoy.

You can eat it on its own, add it to salads, turn it into pies or puddings, cook with seafood, turn it into a jam, juice it and much more!

Nutrition/Health Benefits

This fruit consists of several nutrients, including fibre, vitamin C, protein, vitamin B5, folate, copper, potassium and magnesium.

Young Coconut

Description

Young Coconuts are encased with a unique ivory shell. Inside this shell is a refreshing coconut juice and a soft jelly-like meat.

Origin

Young coconuts’ specific origin is unknown, although it is likely to first be cultivated in Southeast Asia such as Sri Lanka, Philippines, India, and of course Thailand where ours come from.

How to store?

If the coconut is intact and hasn’t been opened, then you can keep it in your fridge for up to 3 weeks. Once you decide to open it, you will need to drink the water and eat the meat as soon as possible.

Knowing it’s ripe

You can tell if your coconut is ripe because of the colour. If they’re unripe, then the colour of the coconut will be brown. They will slowly turn white once it begins to mature and ripen.

How to cut?

Have a good and steady surface underneath and begin to work from the pointed end of the coconut to shave the white exterior off.

You will come across a brown shell inside, and your knife will more likely hit it. Keep shaving off as much white exterior as possible, until you reach that brown shell.

It is safer to use a butter knife for the next part. Just gently prod around the exposed shell for softer parts and once you’ve found it, just place the tip of the butter knife in and give the handle a firm hit. Then, use the knife to leverage open the top of the shell.

How to eat?

It is known for this coconut to be used in making desserts and to flavour different baked goods, ice creams, beverages and sorbets. It’s even a great addition to a party drink or alcoholic drink.

Nutrition/Health Benefits

Young coconuts provide you with a source of calcium, traces or iron, carbohydrates and dietary fibre. The water that you get from this coconut is high in electrolytes.

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