Trend Alert: Next Generation of Superfruits are Ripening

Blueberries, pomegranates, acai and goji are so last year.  Now there’s a new crop of superfuits ready for their close up.

I recently wrote about prickly pear (or cactus fruit), that I enjoyed in Lebanon last summer, and lychee fruit, which is a delightful grape-like fruit with a pebbly shell from China and Southeast Asia.

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Both of these fruits are in the running to be the next big superfuit.  Trouble is, once a fruit like this gets popular, it starts showing up in pills and potions (such as the Lichi Super Fruit Diet) or as extracts in fancy juices or energy drinks — and who knows how much actual fruit is inside. 

Rarely are people actually going out and eating these whole fruits.  For some of these, you need to go to the Amazon to even find them fresh.  I’m all in favor of people getting excited about eating more fruit — and if the superfruit phenomenon does the trick — then that’s great.  But  has the exotic fruit trend gotten out of hand?  

Are we overlooking apples and other homegrown fruits to get just a small spoonful of pulp that was squeezed from a  mysterious  fruit from the rainforest?  Are we drinking gallons of pricey high antioxidant juices from the Amazon and ignoring whole fruit?

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about the next big superfuits, but now there are even more new ones on the scene and a lot more products that boast about these exotic fruits on the label.  Here are some of the most popular:

Cupuacu

A sweet cousin to the cacao tree (where we get chocolate).  Typically grown in Brazil, cupaucu has been dubbed a “pharmacy in a fruit.”   [photo credit:   cupuacu-fruit on flickr].  One of the latest products to add a squirt of cupuacu is Musselman’s applesauce.

cupuacu stack

musselman's cupuacu

Maqui Berries

A deep purple berry native to South America, often sold as supplements or blended in mail-order superjuices. Claims to have massive amounts of antioxidants.  [photo credit:  sunfood  on flickr]

maqui berry

maqui berry powder

Guarana

A fruit from a shrub native to Brazil and Venezuela.  Most commonly used as a stimulant (similar to caffeine), rather than a flavor.  That’s why you’ll see guarana used in lots of energy drinks and nutrition bars. [photo credit:  amberbrasil on flickr]

Guarana-ambevbrasil

 guarana energy drink

Guava

A Brazilian fruit from an evergreen shrub.  The fruit is creamy in texture with a rind that softens when ripe. [photo credit:   larique on flickr]

guava

guava energy

Yumberry

The nickname of the Yang-mi fruit that is mainly cultivated in the subtropical region of southeast China, with evidence dating it back to 6,000 years ago.    [photo credit:  jeremy!  on flickr]

yumberry

yumberry sobe

Baobab

A tart African fruit that’s sometimes referred to as “monkey bread.”   Baobab is one of the latest flavors of Pepsi in Japan, although there’s no actual fruit inside the bottle. [photo credit:  tonrulkens on flickr]

baobab pepsi_baobab

Borojo

A Colombian fruit that’s commonly used in jam, wine and desserts.  It also has a long history in traditional medicine in the tropics.  Now it’s become the latest source for dietary supplements.    [photo credit: climambiente on flickr]

borojo

borojo capsules

Pomelo

A Chinese citrus fruit that tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. [photo credit:  aWee on flickr]

Pomelo-aWee

pomelo citrus drink

Additional superfruits vying for attention (some easier to find than others in whole form):  blackcurrants, blood oranges, kiwiberry, mangosteen, mamey fruit, cashew apple, lulo fruit and fejoia. A dozen  Australian fruits may be in the running, according to an article published in Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies:  brush cherry, Burdekin plum, Cedar Bay cherry, Davidson’s plum, finger lime, Kakadu plum, Illawarra plum, Molucca raspberry, muntries, riberries and Tasmanian pepper.

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  • I found your older post about prickly pear first and then found this one through a link from the earlier one. You are missing out on social media shares by not having visible permalinks from comments. I wanted to share my comment in that post but did not see a link.

    Prickly pear will probably grow most places and is easily planted. Just take the green “leaves” / “pads” and stick the end that was attached to the plant into the ground. Cacti and succulents are both easily started from one piece of an existing plant. But use tools or thick gloves because the tiny thorns are really hard to see – and remove from you!

    Plant them where no one is likely to get into the thorns or even use them as a border to discourage intrusions. I have found the plants growing under trees and near roads where more water runs off grow larger and have ripe fruit earlier in the year so they DO like water – but not nearly as much water as a typical house plant.

    $3 a piece? Maybe I should collect and sell them! I picked a big bag full yesterday to eat. Instead of peeling them the way most videos and this post suggest, I just cut off the narrow end (where they attach to the plant) because it has many tiny thorns, then cut the fruit in half (hold it with tongues) and use a spoon to scoop out the fruit and put it in a glass jar. (The juice is likely to stain most surfaces except glass.)

    I do a cup full or so at a time, drop them into a one cup measuring cup, and put them in the refrigerator so I can enjoy a couple pieces throughout the day.

    The best fruit grows in areas where the soil gets replenished with minerals either by flooding or from the leaves of trees. The fruit I ate that grew under tall trees in an overgrown area was much sweeter than the fruit from a plant of about the same size growing under a single tree near a paved road.

    If you live on an “overgrown” property that has a pond with fish, mesquite for beans and flour, prickly pear and you get a few chickens you will be living with a food supply you can use. You may get tired of fish and eggs, but you will be healthier than those eating store-bought “food” and at least you won’t go hungry.

    I wrote about food rights in the post I’ve linked to this comment and encourage everyone to learn more about nutrition from blogs like this one and focus on eating what God provided instead of that stuff in packages at the store that our bodies can not digest and that contain chemicals that we know cause damage to our health and GMOs with unknown long term health effects.

  • I found it! (The permalink to my comment.) I will share this with many. If you drop by my blog or find me on Twitter @GrowMap you will see that I collaborate with many bloggers and have many followers on Twitter.

  • although cara mengobati keputihan gatal pada wanita instead of extracts of fruits but has been proven to maintain health

  • cintariasaputri

    fruits is much more useful when processed and given added value and this could be a business idea for jual crystal x di yogya

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