There’s no denying that nature has given us some of the most wonderful sweet-tasting foods around: fruit. Fruit is wonderful. It’s low-calorie and is nutrient-dense and comes in so many varieties!
What I’ve noticed, though, is that I tend to eat the same fruits over and over. Year round, I eat apples, bananas, grapes, fresh and canned pineapples and fresh or canned oranges. In the spring, I might have fresh berries, summer brings peaches and melons, fall offers fresh and new varieties of apples, and with winter comes fresh citrus: oranges and grapefruits.
Looking at this list, I see that I probably eat a pretty good variety of fruits as compared to many Americans, but I still don’t think it’s enough. I decided to try something new.
My goal: to find and try 3 fruits that I’ve never had before.
The scientists behind the Nutrition Action Healthletter have ranked fruits on the basis of their health benefits. According to them, the top 5 fruits are:
- Grapefruit (pink or red)
I went to Meijer last night to see what they were offering. Where I live, I believe Meijer has the best and freshest options of fruits and vegetables outside of Farmer’s Markets. It’s too early in the season to find much fruit at the Markets, so I had to settle for my second choice.
As expected, the choices were incredible.
I couldn’t find guava, and I’ve eaten watermelon, grapefruit and kiwi, so I hoped they had papaya.
Success! I bought apricots, a papaya and a kiwana, also known as a horned melon. The papaya and apricots weren’t quite ripe yet, so I put those away to ripen and tried the kiwano.
Um, ok….this is unexpected.
My impressions? Well, the green jelly has a cucumber-like flavor and the seeds, while edible, gave it a texture that I wasn’t crazy about. You have to scrape this green jelly out with a spoon and it’s very liquid-like. Over all, I didn’t really like it, but if I were on a deserted island and this is all I had to eat, I’d at least survive for awhile.
Next up – I’ll try the apricots or the papaya, whichever is ripe first. I’ll report my findings!
For more information about the Nutrition Action Healthletter, click here.