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6 Fruits You Probably Haven't Heard Of (And How to Use 'Em!)

It's common knowledge that fruits and vegetables should make up an important part of our daily diets, and they have plenty of benefits. Bananas are filled with potassium and vitamin B6, blueberries have vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as antioxidant properties, and apples are high in fiber.

But there are six more exotic fruits (that you have probably never heard) that can also benefit your health — and they taste absolutely delicious.

Sugar Apple

Sugar Apples originate from the tropical Americas and the West Indies and reportedly taste like custard. Yum. It is believed to be somewhat of a miracle fruit because, in addition to promoting heart health and regulating sugar levels, the sugar apple also contains dietary fiber, zinc, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and potassium (among others things).

Rambutan

Rambutan is reportedly native to the Malay Archipelago, however, in recent years it has been cultivated in both Mexico and Hawaii. This is an interesting fruit which looks a lot like a lychee in the inside, but the outer layer is covered with pink and green hairs. As for the taste, the Rambutan tastes similar to a grape, with both sweet and sour tastes.

Salak

The Salak is an Indonesian fruit which is probably better known by the name "snake fruit," because its brown skin resembles the scales on a snake. The fruit has white flesh, which has a strange mix of flavors including sweet, sour and acidic, with a somewhat spongy texture.

Pitya

In recent years the pitya, better known by the name dragon fruit, has enjoyed a surge of popularity. Apart from being tasty (although I feel it's somewhat of an acquired taste) dragon fruit is also one of the most beautiful looking fruits money can buy. They are also packed with goodness including antioxidants, calcium and vitamin C.

Horned Melon

The horned melon has a lot of names, including the African horned cucumber, or blowfish fruit. Native to Africa, the fruit has been transported around the world and is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that it's packed full of vitamin C and fiber.

Ackee

Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and it's spectacular looking: with its toxic black seeds contrasting with the yellow arilli (which is the only part that can be consumed). It is important to remember that this fruit must be eaten cooked because when it is unripe and raw it contains hypoglycin, which according to Buzzfeed is a poison.

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