Aside from coconut and pineapple, there are a lot of tropical fruits that remain a bit of a mystery to many people. Since many of these fruits don’t show up at the grocery store all that often, we may even brush right by them.
Because we love fruits of all kinds, and also because many of these tropical delicacies pack a nutrient-dense punch, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Tropical Fruit Facts that will not only open your mind to these island treats, but will also help you seem like the smartest person in the room (at least when it comes to produce)!
1) Aside from being rich in antioxidants, the fatty acid content in acai berries resembles that of olive oil — acai is loaded with healthy monounsaturated oleic acid. You can feel the benefits of the superfood for yourself in our Acai Pear with Cinnamon smoothie.
2) Guarana, a South American fruit, is filled with seeds that contain more than twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans. And if that doesn’t wake you up, its striking appearance to an eyeball might! This fruit is frequently used in energy drinks and has been a main ingredient in Brazilian soft drinks since 1909
3) Papaya is often called the “fruit of the angels,” and it’s no wonder — it has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C out of any fruit. Just like carrots, however, eating too much papaya can cause carotenemia, the yellowing of the soles of the feet and the palms. Although papaya is delicious and hard to resist, don’t overdo it, unless you like an orange glow!
4) Mango is known as “the king of fruit” and is a symbol of love in India.
5) Kiwifruit was named after its uncanny resemblance to New Zealand’s national bird, the fuzzy brown kiwi. Taste our Kiwi Rose Petal smoothie and celebrate this adorable creature (and the fact that kiwis are also a great source of vitamin C).
6) Lychee may be sweet and delicious, but be careful when consuming. The seeds of this fruit are toxic, and while the fruit itself provides many digestive benefits, the seed can wreak havoc with the digestive system.
7) Guava is known for its delicate flavor, but it’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals. In fact, it contains four times the amount of Vitamin C in oranges.
8) It takes almost three years for a single pineapple to reach maturation, which should make us all appreciate this delectable fruit even more.
9) Dragon fruit has got to be one of the most intriguing fruits out there! It grows on a cactus that blooms for only one night per growth cycle. Dragon fruit is pollinated by nocturnal animals, including moths and bats.
10) Figs are one of the oldest recorded fruits, with fossil records dating back to between 9400-9200 B.C. This fact, along with their distinctive taste, is possibly why they’ve earned the nickname, “the fruit of the gods.”
You can taste many of these delicious tropical fruits, and a lot more by joining the Green Blender Smoothie Club!