Exotic Fruits You Must Try for Incredible Health Benefits


Exotic Fruits You Must Try for Incredible Health Benefits

The fruits are delicious, juicy, drool-worthy and packed with health benefits. But what comes to mind when we talk about fruit? We are sure it must be mango, banana, orange or grape. It might even be papaya or a melon for some. But did you know that many fruits grown in India never make it to the fruit aisle of our fridges?

So, let’s take a look at some fruits that are both unique and exotic, besides feeding your health.


Believe us when we say the fruit tastes as exotic as it sounds. The carambola gets its name from its multi-angular shape, which resembles a star. This unusually shaped but beautifully colored fruit is extremely sour in taste and is not for everyone. People with a sweet tooth will find this a little too overwhelming. Those who drool at the thought of tamarind and raw mango, on the other hand, would devour this one. Due to the shape of the fruit, you may find it difficult to determine where to start eating it. The good news is that it is a low maintenance fruit in terms of edibility. You don’t need to spend time peeling and chopping them before eating them.


  • The fruit is low in calories, which is great, but it’s also high in antioxidants and vitamins, which are essential for your health.

  • Carambola is rich in fibre, which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

  • Star fruit is also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful natural antioxidant. Vitamin C, also known as the immune vitamin, helps build our resistance to disease and makes us more resistant to infections.

  • They contain antioxidants known as polyphenol flavonoids. These help eliminate oxygen-derived free radicals from the body. This helps prevent any lifestyle related issues.

  • It is also a good source of B vitamins, from folate to riboflavin, which helps to strengthen the external metabolism and improves various other synthetic functions of our body.

Jungali Jalebi or sweet tamarind

Although the name sounds like a peppy item number from a steamy Bollywood movie, it’s actually a fruit named after the quintessential Indian desert shape, the jalebi.

The flavor of the fruit is tart and sweet. It is also known as sweet tamarind. It contains a plethora of health-related treats that contrast sharply with the sweet jalebi.


  • The fruit is rich in vitamin E, which helps slow down the aging process of your skin. It can’t completely prevent it, but it does reduce the signs of aging.

  • Vitamins B1, B2 and B3 are also present. This vitamin helps lower cholesterol and nourish the nerves and brain.

  • It contains a high concentration of calcium, phosphorus and iron, which helps keep bones healthy and helps build inner strength, which prevents fatigue and keeps you going.

  • The fruit also has anti-diabetic properties. This helps lower blood sugar. Despite its sweetness, it is a fruit that diabetics can consume, while they usually have to test their patience every time a delicious sweet fruit is served to them.

  • The fruit also has anti-ulcer and anti-diarrheal properties.


Phalse, pronounced Phal-sey, are what a layman would call mini jamuns, but the only thing they have in common is their purplish-blackish color. These are smaller than regular jamuns and, although they contain a seed, this is edible, unlike the seed of a jamun, which must be discarded once the fruit is eaten.

Phalsas are best enjoyed with black salt sprinkled on top for a tart flavor. During the summer, these are also available for a limited time. So if you see them on the shelves of a store or at a fruit market, be sure to buy them right away as you may have to wait a whole year to see them again.


  • The fruit has many benefits. They have traditionally been used to treat urinary tract infections.

  • Phalsa juice can be used to treat stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Other stomach issues, such as sour burps, and respiratory issues, such as hiccups, can be alleviated by drinking a glass of warm phalsey juice mixed with ginger. It also helps relieve burning eyes, urination and chest problems.

Buddha hands

The fruit has an exotic appearance and is named after the hand it resembles. But why Buddha in particular? This is because it is grown in areas populated mainly by Buddha followers. These bright yellow, highly aromatic fruits are not commonly found in supermarkets. These are grown in northern India and are rare in the rest of the country. However, there are plenty of reasons to give them a chance.


  • Buddha’s Hands can relieve pain ranging from menstrual cramps to gastrointestinal issues.

  • The fruit is excellent for reducing inflammation in the stomach lining and reducing the risk of the inflammation progressing to something more serious, such as an ulcer. Rather, it relaxes the intestinal muscles, allowing for normal digestion and excretion.

  • They are also believed to help heal wounds and pain caused by injuries, as well as treat discoloration from bruises.

  • The fruit also helps prevent respiratory problems. It acts as an expectorant, allowing you to cough up all the phlegm that makes you croak like a frog.

  • This hand-shaped fruit with an aromatic touch soothes inflammation and even protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.

Ambarella or Indian Pork Plum

It is also called wild mango, but it has nothing in common with the king of fruits. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Unlike mango, this one is a bit sour in taste and has a mild, wilted sweetness, similar to that of a pineapple.


  • The fruit is rich in vitamin C and a natural antioxidant. It helps in the production of collagen, which helps maintain healthy skin, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. In addition, vitamin C helps boost immunity.

  • The iron content of fruits helps in the production of hemoglobin and myoglobin. Some studies also suggest that the fruit may help protect against heart disease.

  • It treats headaches, diabetes and constipation.

  • It is also useful in the treatment of urinary tract infections, hemorrhoids and hypertension.

So, the next time you go to the fruit market, try to explore and research different fruits and include them in your diet.

First Published: Jun 03, 2022, 05:43 IST


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