10 Exotic Fruits Grown in India And Their Health Benefits
Fruits are an integral part of the human diet and contribute towards nutrition, as they are rich sources of fibre, vitamin C and water. India, with the most diverse climatic conditions across its length and breadth, ranging from the cold Himalayan belts to the tropical belts in Southern India holds the distinction of being the world’s second largest producer of fruits.
The supermarkets today have an array of fruits not only from India but from across the world. The colour, the fragrance of the fruits are sure to assail the senses of anyone strolling down the perishable section of the supermarkets. But research shows that organic, local produce has far more value in terms of nutrition, and India has for you wide variety of delicious and exotic fruits that are grown locally in India.
These increasingly rare, minor fruits are collected from the wild and eaten mostly by the locals, but find their way into the markets during the searing summers and cold winters of the subcontinent.
Here are a few exotic, rare fruits available in India complete with their nutrition quotients:
1. Jungli Jalebi/ Kodukkapuli (Camachile)
Resembling the Indian sweetmeat Jalebi, the spiralling green-pink pods of jungli jalebi (or kodukkapuli) contain about 6-10 shining black seeds enveloped in a thick, sweet, edible pulp. While the pulp can be eaten raw or made into a drink similar to lemonade, the tangy seeds are used in curries.
- This fruit is native to Mexico, America, Central Asia, India, Caribbean, Florida, Guam, and Philippines.
- In India it is found in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
- The bark and pulp are astringent and hemostatic.
- The pulp and bark are used to treat gum ailments, toothache and hemorrhages in general.
- The bark extract is also used against dysentery, chronic diarrhoea and tuberculosis.
- The ground seed helps in treating ulcers.
2. Carambola (Star Fruit)
This fruit with a waxy skin makes a great preserve or pickle. While the unripe ones are green in colour and sour to taste, the ripened ones have a distinctly yellow colour, ReadMore….