This native South American fruit is found mostly in Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. Passionfruit is round in nature with the yellow membrane-looking flesh covering black, crunchy seeds. This fruit is enriched with Vitamin A, C, dietary fiber and iron. It is also known to be a good source of potassium and can lower high blood pressure. The name originated as it comes from the passion flower, and there are two species of passion fruit: the golden and dark purple. This fruit is also found throughout Asia and Australia.
Native to China, this fruit is commonly found throughout India and Taiwan and other southeast Asian markets. When cracking open the pink shell, you will bite into a white, grapefruit-like flesh, which is sweet in nature. Eating only half the fruit will leave what looks like an eyeball in hand as there is a large brown seed in the center of the flesh. This fruit contains high Vitamin C potency and copper, phosphorus and potassium. It is known that nine lychees provides a person with the recommended daily value of Vitamin
Eight species of this plant are native in Central and South America from Belize southward to Brazil and eastward to Peru. This small, circular, black-purple fruit is smaller than a grape and grows in panicles of 500 to 900 fruits. It is known that American marketers have mis-marketed the power of this fruit for weightloss, and does not hold any scientific claims. The fruit was studied to show positive effects for restoring circadian rhythm in flies.
The native range extends across southeast Asia and Australasia, and Noni is commonly known as, Indian mulberry. The brain-looking fruit contains phytochemicals such as lignans, flavanoids, iridoids and fatty acids. The fruit and leaves are used in ancient Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, irregular bowels, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections.
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