Be amazed looking at these 5 unusual fruits created by Allah, and read about the unexpected health benefits hiding in them;

 

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Pitaya

An edible cactus! Commonly known as dragon fruit, the pitaya is a member of the cactus family with a hard-to-miss pink skin and scaly leaves. The subtly sweet fruit is similar to kiwis in texture, with a creamy, white pulp and tiny black seeds.


 

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Kiwano

No, that puffed, spiky thing isn’t a blowfish, but this horned melon is nicknamed blowfish fruit. You can spot it in your supermarket by its orange skin. Its lime-green flesh tastes like a mix of cucumber, kiwi and banana. Rich in vitamin C, iron and potassium and made mostly of water, they’re ideal for rehydrating on a warm day. Cut it in half and squeeze from the bottom so that small, jelly-like sacs come to the surface. You can lick or suck up each sac of fruit and seed.


 

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Annatto

If you don’t think the spiny, heart-shaped fruit looks edible, you’re right—partially. Only its seeds can be eaten, and they’re loaded with antioxidants, including tocotrienols, a form of Vitamin E which has been shown to fight cancer-forming cells. To reap the benefits, look for the seeds whole or in powder form in the Latin food section of the supermarket or at Latin markets, and enjoy their nutty, peppery taste as a seasoning on meats, soups and rice dishes and in baked goods. But the super seeds have another purpose: They give butter its yellow color.


 

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Noni

This fruit is for sipping. A half cup of Hawaiian noni juice has only 15 calories and 1.5 grams of sugar, which is low for fruit juice. It also contains more than 50% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. Pick up the nutrient-packed fruit in juice and powder form at health food stores and drugstores — especially during your period. It was traditionally used in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps. Preliminary animal studies have shown that the juice is linked to cancer prevention and treatment.


 

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Rambutan

This treat may look more like a sea creature than a fruit, but don’t let its spines and leathery, red skin fool you. It tastes sweet and mildly acidic—like grapes. Full of vitamin C and iron, the fruit’s translucent flesh resembles a boiled egg and is similar to a lychee in texture.