Three Exotic Fruits in Egypt That You Should Try Out
Despite Egypt’s harsh weather conditions for agriculture, the country is known to be home for a variety of fruits as a result of the Nile River and its soil.
Egypt is known for its bananas, melons, dates, figs and pomegranates, which are very prominent during the summer time. Interestingly, Egypt has a few exotic fruits that are rare to find in other countries across the world.
Locally referred to as “eshta”, cherimoya or custard apple does not seem as appetizing on the first encounter. Its scaled green skin might seem intimidating. But once its pealed, its silky white skin reveals a sweet fruit with a slightly creamy texture.
The fruit is often grown in tropical areas across the world, however its home lies in the Andes mountains of South America.
Cherimoya is a great source for fiber. It is also loaded in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help in boosting immunity, fighting inflammation, and promoting eye and heart health.
Despite its health benefits, the fruit carries small amounts of toxic compounds which are deemed harmful if consumed in large amounts.
Prickly pears or opuntia is actually a cactus. Some refer to it as nopal, and actually grows in most continents in the world including North America, South America, Australia, the Mediterranean as well as other parts in Africa.
In Egypt, it is found almost everywhere during the summer and is often used as an at-home remedy for sunburns.
The oval-shaped fruit has a color range from yellow, and light green to orange, pink, and red, which varies depending ripeness.
Despite its odd appearance, prickly pears are very nutritious with high levels of vitamin C and B, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, and dietary fiber. These nutrients help strengthen the bones and teeth, boost immunity and aid in digestion.
Another exotic fruit that is locally known as “kaka”. At first glance, the fruit looks like an odd combination of tomato and orange. The fruit is originally from China and its juicy flesh is honey-like sweet.
Kaka can be cooked and used in different recipes of curry, pudding and pies. However it is often eaten fresh, dried.
Although they are low in calories, Kaka is packed with many nutrients despite their size. One kaka contains over half the recommended intake of vitamin A, which is a vitamin needed for immune function, healthy vision and fetal development.
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