As the seasons change, we can get a range of exotic fruit ordered to our warehouse here in Allfresh. One of which’s popularity is growing is the ‘Pitaya’ or as you and me know it as, Dragon fruit. Dragon fruit isn’t so easily recognised when looking at its outer skin. Once you actually cut into it, you’ll see its bright white pulp and black seeds. It got its name due to its bright red skin with green scales going along it which hence resembles a dragon.
It’s not the usual fruit we might purchase in a supermarket due to its higher price or the perception lot of people have that like all exotic fruit it’s going to be sour etc. In fact, it actually tastes just like ordinary fruit. Some describe it as a “slightly sweet cross between a kiwi and a pear”.
The fruit is filled with loads of antioxidants as well as being super tasty. Antioxidants are really good for our bodies. To make it easy, antioxidants basically help defend the cells in your body from damage caused by harmful molecules. As well as antioxidants, dragonfruit is loaded with fibre which plays a massive role in protecting against heart disease. So, next time you see a dragonfruit, give it a chance just like the other usual fruit!
As the name suggests, a kiwiberries is basically a kiwi in the shape of a small berry. It looks quite similar to a grape. Their real name is actually ‘Actinidia arguta’ but we can’t pronounce that either, so let’s just stick with a kiwiberry! The little berries taste just like their larger cousin the Kiwi, the only difference is they’ve no furry skin and they’re a lot smaller in shape.
They’re the perfect lunchbox snack, especially if you’re a big kiwi fan but hate cutting and spooning out that deliciousness just like I do. They could be your new office snack, but beware not everyone has seen or even heard about kiwiberries, you may get an overload of questions and some thieves!
Dates can be recognised as large raisins. They come from a date palm tree and are most popular in tropical climates. Majority of the dates eaten in Ireland and the western world are dried because they’ve a much longer shelf life than fresh ones. A wrinkly skin on a date means its dried whereas a shiny smooth skin indicates its fresh. Dates are chewy like a raisin and have a very sweet flavour. Dried dates are even more sugary because the sugar becomes more concentrated. People say they taste in between a prune and a fig!
Fig is the main ingredient in the biscuit ‘Figrolls’ as you can tell by their name! They have an unusual appearance with a dark purple skin but once you cut it in half you will be surprised what you see! It’s loaded with a bright red skin and tiny white seeds.
Eating a fig has so many health benefits. They can help lower cholesterol because they’ve a really high pectin content. Pectin basically is a fibre and it binds cholesterol together in the body and removes it via faeces. Figs are proven to help treat constipation & help with the recovery from sore throats. They actually have high content of mucilage compounds. This compound helps soothe irritation and inflammation that you get from a sore throat, and by forming a protective layer it helps speed up the healing. Many people suffering from a sore throat use honey or other soothing mucilage where figs have those same properties plus additional benefits.