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Fruits you Should Try in Asia

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Foodies traveling to Asia are in luck! With each country having their own distinct cuisine you’ll never get bored by all the different flavors there are to explore. China, for example, already has eight different cuisines, ranging from very spicy to very sweet. But that’s not all. Nature also bears its fruits, literally. There are over 100 different kinds of fruit in Asia. In this article we’ll list some of the most unique and tastiest fruits from Asia. If you’re already in Asia or you’re planning your next trip, make sure to try them out. It’s definitely worth it!
 


Jackfruit


This fruit took the iI told you it's a big fruit!nternet by storm recently, as it is the largest fruit that can feed many people. Jackfruit is very unique because it’s appositely packed with nutrients. Not only does this fruit provide many vitamins, it also contains, protein, calcium and irons and it’s great for the immune system too! If you’re a bodybuilder this fruit is great because of its high amounts of vitamins and protein. If you’re on a vegetarian or vegan died this fruit is amazing for its protein and iron. And if you just like fruit the Jackfruit is perfect because it just tastes delicious too:p

Again, the jackfruit is absolutely massive. So, it makes sense its usually sold by the pound rather than buying an entire fruit. And every part of the fruit is used, nothing is wasted. The leaves, for example, are used to feed animals and the bark of the tree is used as dye for monk robes because of its distinct orange color.

There are many different ways to eat jackfruit. Of course, you can eat it just raw, but it’s also common to turn it into a savory dish. Jackfruit in Asia is often used as a main ingredient in curries, Baking, BBQ and with sushi! The taste of the fruit is comparable with that of an apple, but with a more subtle taste. Definitely give this fruit a try when you’re in Asia and see for yourself how you’d describe the taste. It can be found in nearly every Asian country, but it’s especially popular in China, Brazil and Suriname.

 

Dragon fruit


Known as pitaya in Asia and dragon fruit in Western cultures, this all-season fruit is very popular in China. There are three types of dragon fruit red skin and white meat, red skin and red meat and yellow skin and white meat. The sweetest of the three is the yellow skinned one, but this one is also the hardest to find. The one with red skin and red meat is also fairly sweet and the one with red skin and white meat has a subtle sweetness to it. Sometimes the white dragon fruit can taste a little bland and a little bit bitter. The texture is similar to a kiwi but denser and filled with many tiny black seeds. The leaves of the dragon fruit can be steeped for tea, but it’s not common to eat the outside skin of the fruit. As a bonus fact, the leaves of the plant are the biggest of any cactus type plant!

Choose one that feels hard but not too hard and a little soft but not too soft. This fruit is packed with proteins, vitamin C and plenty antioxidants. It helps the immune system and is great for detoxing. It tastes great in smoothies, in a fruit salad or by itself. It is definitely a must try while you’re in China!


Lychee


This, tiny sweet, fruit has a similar consistency of hard jello with a seed in the middle and a hard shell that you must peel off. In China, they have lychee tea which is famous and another experience to add to your list. Lychee's are very high in vitamin C, Potassium and they are great as an immune booster. You can buy these fruits at practically every fruit market in China. If the outside is a pink/red color that means the fruit is ripe. In Japan lychee is very popular in candy form. Kasugai Makes different types of hard lychee candies and soft lychee gummies, try it out!​

 

Mangosteen


This fruit is tangy and sweet with a very hard shell. And it grows in the Southeast region of Asia. The Mangosteen, packed with vitamin B, C, minerals and proximates, is known as the “Queen of Fruits”. This fruit also has many health benefits, it’s therefore no surprise that this fruit is used in Asian medicine. Due to the high levels of magnesium, mangosteen, helps regulated blood pressure. Furthermore, this fruit is low in calories but still filling so it can help with weight loss if that’s what you’re after. The texture of mangosteen is similar to the above-mentioned lychee. So, maybe give this fruit a shot too if you’re in Asia. This fruit is available in many places, but especially popular in China.


Durian


This tropical fruit is quite large, with a distinctive smell and a spikey shell. It is a unique fruit and people in the Southeast part of Asia refer to it as the “King of Fruits.” Sometimes this fruit can reach up to 12 inches and 6 inches in diameter. Durian fruit is used in many desserts in Asia, for example in ice cream. The seeds can be eaten and if they are cooked, they will taste similar to jackfruit. This fruit is high in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B and contain manganese, copper, iron and magnesium.
 


Kiwi


If you think you have had a kiwi in your home country, just wait until you get to China. Kiwi's in China are wat juicier and way sweeter, it’s like a totally different fruit. This fruit is very common in the eastern and north central parts of China and it’s the national fruit of China. The fruit dates back all the way back to the 12th century and the Song dynasty. Bonus fact; the scientific name in Latin for Kiwi translates to delicious, which makes perfect sense. ​

 

 

 

Kabosu


This fruit belongs to the citrus family and is like a lemon in taste and like a lime in appearance. Kabosu is very popular in Japan as it’s used for many dishes. Kabosu is one of the key ingredients for enhancing the flavor of fish dishes.  It is also used in certain dishes in Japan as a substitute to vinegar. Kabosus contain substantial amounts of Vitamin C, folate, and potassium, but are low in fat, sodium, and calories. Locals in Oita use Kabosu juice to protect the liver and to stabilize blood pressure. This fruit is easily found in Japan and also China. Have a try and see if you agree that kabosu brings out the best flavor in fish dishes.


They are so cute, aren't they?Kumquat


These tiny citrus fruits are the size of a grape with bursting flavor. This fruit also belongs to the citrus family. In its appearance, Kumquats have the skin of a clementine and can easily be confused as one. It can be eaten as a whole. The skin is sweet, and the fruit has a bitter taste in the inside. Kumquats supply amounts of several B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc to the body. The edible seeds and the peel of kumquats provide a small amount of omega-3 fats. As with other fresh fruits, kumquats are very hydrating.
 

 

 

The fruits in Asia are all unique. Given the climate of this continent, you can taste many unusual tropical fruits with a variety of color and flavor. If you aren’t much of a risk taker at least try one and add that to your “once in a lifetime” experience. Did this article spark your wanderlust? Check out our many internship opportunities at InternAsia.com, and perhaps you can visit a country where all these fruits are up for grabs!​

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