The Top 5 exotic fruits of Jamaica are Mangoes, Star Apple, Guinep, Paw Paw, Sweet Sop and Jack Fruit. These fruits are widely eaten and offer lots of health benefits. These exotic fruits have been cherishing in Jamaica and many other countries before the health benefits were discovered.
Mangoes is a great source for Vitamin C and A. Mangoes has been credited with the having vision protecting properties and bone growth. According to FoodFacts, “Mangos have been shown in clinical studies to protect against cancer of the colon, breast, and prostate, as well as leukemia.” However, mangoes do contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts. Overall, this tropical exotic fruit offers much needed benefits far beyond great taste. This could be the reason why Prevent Disease suggests that people should eat one mango per day. Mangoes is considered the fruit that is most eaten in the world.
Jackfruit is the largest fruit in the world that grows on a tree. It grows on the branches and trunks of very tall trees. The name jackfruit came from jaca in Portuguese. Jackfruit or kathal in Bangladesh is their national fruit. Initially, the tree takes five to seven years to harvest. Once its harvest, the tree bears over 100 to 200 jackfruits annually. This jackfruit could grow as large as 100 pounds. Jackfruit is sometimes called a miracle fruit because it offers many nutritious benefits. The fruit contains many seeds that are rich in iron, calcium, protein, potassium and vitamin B. The “fleshy petals or pegs” that cover the seed is the part that’s eaten. Jackfruit is also imported from Jamaica to the U.S. markets.
Star Apple in Spanish is called caimito and in Portuguese it’s called ajara. In Trinidad and Tobago its kaimit, and in Barbados it’s star-plum. To eat the star apple, you do not bite into the fruit. When the fruit is fully ripe you open in half to eat the flesh inside. Star Apple has vitamin A and is a good source of fiber. The star apple is a good source for lots of health benefits but the fruit tree is also medicinal. The bark, sap, fruit and seeds of the star apple tree is used for various health remedy. According to the elders, by boiling the leaves, it can be to help with diabetes and arthritis. Star Apple is a good source of fiber and vitamin A.
Paw Paw is mainly a tropical fruit but it also grows in America. In fact, it’s the largest edible to the U.S. Paw paw is in the same plant family as custard apple. This exotic fruit is deliciously sweet. It’s a good source for antioxidant nutrients. According to the World’s Healthiest Food, “Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and vitamin C.” They went on to say that “paw paw is a very good source of folate and a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, and vitamin K.”
Guinep is one of the exotic fruit in Jamaica. It’s known in other parts of the world as Honeyberry, Mamoncillo, Mapo, Spanish lime, Skinip, Quenepa, and Ackee. The pulp layer on the seed when eaten has amino acids which can help to lower blood sugar levels. It has vitamin A & C. Guinep is one of those fruit packed with antioxidant, minerals and fiber. Guinep pulp is also use to make juice.
Sweetsop is a fruit that’s widely grown in tropical climate. Sweetsop in Jamaica, is also known as sweet-apple, custard apple, ate, ata, aati, atis and more. When separated into two, the flesh of the sweetsop is creamy white, to light yellow and taste like custard. This fruit is rich in vitamin C, A and also rich in vitamin B6 and potassium. According to Fruits Info, “Magnesium which is present in custard apple helps in protecting the heart from cardio vascular diseases and relaxing the muscles.”They went on to say, “Sweetsop equalizes the water balance in the body and helps to remove the acids from joints thereby reducing the problem of rheumatism and arthritis.”
Over the years, people in Jamaica and around the world continue to enjoy these top 5 exotic fruits.