Guava might be one of the most common exotic fruits. Fresh off the guava tree, this fruit is originally from Latin America and the Caribbean. It later spread to America and the rest of the world as early as the 1800s. Guava fruits have been adapted into many forms such as guava juice and even guava paste. Exotic fruits can be extremely intimidating to consume because, well, they're not what most people are used to. That shouldn't discourage you from trying these nutritionally packed fruits, though. This is a quick and easy guide to how to eat guava and other delicious exotic fruits.

How To Eat Guava

The first step in knowing how to eat guava fruit is picking the right guava. It should be blemish-free and have a light yellow/green color. It should also be soft to the touch; This guarantees a sweet taste and perfect bite. When eating guava, make sure to cut it in half. Then cut the halves into thinner slices. If you want to eat the rind, go for it, but you don't have to. You can also dip guava slices into different sauces --- either sweet or salty. Guava itself tastes like a wonderful combination pears and strawberries!

Health Benefits: Clocking in at 38 calories, guava fruit makes for the perfect snack. It's also a huge source for vitamin C. Guava fruit has been known to lower the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

How To Eat Mangosteen

When you're picking out mangosteens, make sure they have healthy-looking green caps and a nice glossy sheen on their outer skins. It's important to not buy fruit that has hardened beads of yellow resin on the outer rinds as those often contain sections that have suffered from resin seepage. When cutting mangosteens open, be aware that saw-action may be required if the skin is too hard. Once the shell is cracked, you should be able to peel it away. When the shell is removed, a mangosteen is much like an orange in the aspect of peeling the piece of fruit from the center. Mangosteen can be used for ice creams and sorbets, as well as a garnish for other desserts and drinks.

Health Benefits: Mangosteens are packed with antioxidants and nutrients. The fruit stimulates the immune system and also helps improve mental health.

How To Eat Starfruit

Starfruit is a good choice during the winter months when they're readily available. When ripe, star fruit appears mainly bright yellow with tinges of light green. When you're ready to eat the starfruit, rinse it off in the sink. Then, take a knife and cut shallowly along each of the five ridges/star points. Remove and discard the brown outer edge. Next, start at the stem and work your way up in slicing the fruit. Remove the seeds and enjoy!

Health Benefits: Starfruit packs 30 calories per fruit with a ton of fiber. They're full of antioxidants and because they're a good source of Vitamin C, star fruit can help ward off winter colds and the flu.

How To Eat Rambutans

The name rambutan means hairy, referring to the spikes on the skin of the fruit; However, the spikes aren't sharp! When eating a rambutan, cut the skin with a sharp knife. You'll then peel the skin to reveal a white egg-like fruit. Much like an avocado, there is a seed in the middle of the fruit. Make an incision to pop the seed out and then enjoy! The flavor of rambutan is a little like grapes with a slight strawberry quality, slightly acidic and sweet.

Health Benefits: Rambutans are high in vitamin C. They also are an excellent source of copper, manganese, and elements of many other nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and iron.

How To Eat Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that is sweet and crunchy. It actually tastes like a combination of a kiwi and a pear. It can look a bit intimidating, but dragon fruit is easy to cut and prepare. You can enjoy eating it in fruit salads, it can be used to create tasty drinks and desserts, and it is a wonderful, healthy snack on its own. You shouldn't cut a dragon fruit until you're ready to eat it, but cutting dragon fruit open is similar to an avocado. Cut it in half, run a tablespoon around the edges, and separate it from its skin to enjoy!

Dragon fruit can best be found in the summer and into early autumn. Its gnarly-looking skin makes it easy to spot in any produce market. Choose a ripe dragon fruit by looking for bright, even-colored skin and that gives just a little when squeezed.

Health Benefits: Dragon fruit is packed with an abundance of nutrients. It's an immunity booster with antioxidants. Dragon fruit is also loaded with fiber and helps with gut health. It's a great source of magnesium.

How To Eat Lychee Fruit

When choosing lychee fruit, go for ones with bright red skin and larger than 1-inch in diameter. Once you're ready to eat your lychee fruit, you'll start by piercing and peeling the skin. Lychee fruit have stones in the center, so you will have to cut similarly to an avocado to remove the seed/stone. After the center is removed, lychee fruit can be served on its own or added in a fruit salad. It's been used to make syrup for drinks or to flavor a sweet summer tea. Lychee fruit can also be combined with oatmeal and cashews for a light breakfast treat.

Health Benefits: Lychee fruit is a great addition to any diet. With plenty of Vitamin C and Vitamin B-complex, eating lychee helps the production of red blood cells. Its disease-fighting attributes are also said to inhibit both heart disease and cancer.

How To Eat Lychee Fruit

When choosing lychee fruit, go for ones with bright red skin and larger than 1-inch in diameter. Once you're ready to eat your lychee fruit, you'll start by piercing and peeling the skin. Lychee fruit have stones in the center, so you will have to cut similarly to an avocado to remove the seed/stone. After the center is removed, lychee fruit can be served on its own or added in a fruit salad. It's been used to make syrup for drinks or to flavor a sweet summer tea. Lychee fruit can also be combined with oatmeal and cashews for a light breakfast treat.

Health Benefits: Lychee fruit is a great addition to any diet. With plenty of Vitamin C and Vitamin B-complex, eating lychee helps the production of red blood cells. Its disease-fighting attributes are also said to inhibit both heart disease and cancer.

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