What to do with the exotic fruits you bypass in the supermarket.

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We’ve all walked circles round some fruit in the grocery store, next time grab it!
 
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the fruit you buy and take home. 
 
Often we get into the seasonal routine of just buying the fruit we know and love and harshly judge the unknown fruits in the store.
Some of these fruits might not be so unfamiliar, nonetheless, take the leap of faith and experiment with a different fruity flavour.
Litchi
 
One half-cup of the fruit provides more than 100% of the daily recommended vitamin C, plus fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids, high levels of B vitamins, potassium and phosphorous. Litchi can be an allergen. 
 
Ways to serve
 
Chop into a salad, or use to flavor drinks such as iced tea or margaritas.
 
Starfruit (Carambola)
 
One star fruit provides 76% of the recommended daily vitamin C, in addition to fiber, potassium, copper and B vitamins. 
 
Ways to serve
 
Slice star fruit for a snack or add to a lunch box, blend into smoothies, chop for chutney or salsa, add color and interest to a fruit salad, or give sweetness and appeal to leafy green salads.
Kiwano (Horned melon)
 
A cup of kiwano melon has almost as much protein as one tablespoon of peanut butter, plus vitamin C, iron, potassium and lesser amounts of phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, calcium and copper.
 
Ways to serve 
 
Toss on salads, or blend and add to smoothies, salad dressings, and drinks.
Dragon fruit (Pitaya)
 
One dragon fruit provides phytonutrients, antioxidants, and flavonoids, B vitamins, 15% of the daily recommended vitamin C, iron and calcium. 
 
Ways to serve 
 
Slice lengthwise, then quarter, and peel off and discard the skin. You can eat the black seeds along with the flesh. Chill it, then chop into cubes or shape with a melon baller for a fruit salad.
Persimmon
 
One persimmon provides 55% of the recommended daily vitamin A, 21% of the recommended daily vitamin C, fiber, B vitamins, other minerals such as manganese, copper,  and phosphorous, and phytonutrients, antioxidants and flavonoids to help prevent cancer.
 
Ways to serve 
 
Chop the crisp, sweet flesh to include in a lunch box, eat like an apple (peeling is optional), make a mozzarella (or any kind of cheese) and persimmon  sandwich, top a bowl of ice cream, add to salads, mash into baby food once a baby is 8 to 10 months old, add colour to  a cheese plate, bake in muffins, or make into a  chutney.