African fruits can be an exotic delicacy for many, on this continent you can find a great variety. With so many different climates throughout Africa, the fruits grow in an exuberant and abundant way, with a unique and indescribable flavor.
Thanks to its climate and geographical location, Africa remains one of the world’s largest producers of some of the most popular fruits on the planet: citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas and many others. Africa currently exports less than 5 percent of the fruits it produces each year.
Edible products from Africa are considered beneficial to health and many should be included in the daily diet. The sweet fruit of African origin provides vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are used in different ways, in juices, salads, desserts, sauces, among others.
4 Exotic African Fruits You Should Know
On this continent you can find exotic and exciting African fruit trees and fruits that you may never have tasted or seen. But, they have very pleasant flavors and textures. Here we will show you 4 of the rarest fruits in Africa and their properties.
The safou or butter fruit, has a slightly buttery texture and flavor, is remarkably composed of high nutrients, which makes it a favorite of the inhabitants, and is even used in medicines.
Safou is found in bright-leaved, evergreen trees with short trunks. Part of the composition of these African fruits includes 48% fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and triglycerides. It is one of the African fruits that can be eaten raw, cooked, baked or boiled.
This fruit is also known as kiwano or African cucumber, is yellow in color and is covered with distinctive horn-shaped spines. The bright green jelly pulp inside is edible and supposed to taste similar to a banana. Slightly orange skin is also edible. it is one of the best-known African fruits.
Used as a food source in Africa and sometimes as water, horned melon is a favorite. It is currently grown in other parts of the world due to its growing popularity, including in New Zealand, Chile and California, to name a few.
The marula is an African tree of edible fruit, it is one of the most prominent found in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa, its fruit, small, yellow and round, is used in various ways. The taste is pleasant and distinctive, this fruit is very nutritious.
The pulp can be eaten raw or cooked, and even animals such as baboons and elephants enjoy the taste of marula. It has eight times the amount of vitamin C of oranges. It ferments quickly and its seeds are used to make oil or even a cream liqueur called Amarula.
This African fruit has an inner pulp of edible cream color, bitter taste. It is originally found in tropical parts of the continent. Later it was taken to the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where it has been made their national fruit.
It grows on a tropical evergreen tree and is also known as an achee apple. It is important to note that the outer pulp and the seeds inside are toxic, so only the inner pulp is fit for consumption.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.