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10 Rare Fruits You May Have Never Heard of But Worth Trying

10 Rare Fruits You May Have Never Heard of But Worth Trying

Everybody has heard of apples and bananas.  Some have heard of the pomegranate and mango.  But how many of you have heard of the Ackee or the Rambutan?  There are so many different kinds of fruits available in this world that it is absolutely mind blowing!  You have to travel the world just to truly see all of the different kinds of fruits that are out there.  These are just 10 of some of the rare fruits that are out there and are worth looking into trying if you ever get the chance!

1. Ackee

Native to tropical West Africa. The Ackee is known as the “vegetable brain” because the inner yellowish brain-shaped piece of the fruit isthe only edible part of this fruit.  The ackee can also be found in Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba, and is incorporated into some Caribbean cuisine.

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    2. African horned cucumber

    Another African native fruit – you may have heard of this fruit as the “blow fish fruit”.  This fruit has such vibrant contrasts and has been said to taste like a cross between a cucumber and a zucchini.  The African horned cucumber is also very rich in vitamin C and fiber.

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    African Horned Cucumber

      3. Cherimoya

      This fruit is “the most delicious fruit known to men” according to Mark Twain.  The fruit has been described to taste like the cross between a pineapple and a banana but also has been said to taste like bubble gum.  Maybe you should try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

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        4. Cupuaçu

        This fruit has been described as the next great super fruit because it is chock full of nutrients.  It is described to have a chocolatey pineapple taste, and it has a thick, buttery flesh that can be used as a skin moisturizer.

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          5. Mangosteen

          A fragrant, citrusy, peachy tasting fruit is protected by a thick shell that must be cracked with a knife.  This fruit from Asia is so sought after that it comes with a hefty price.  The mangosteen went on sale in New York City for a whopping $45 a pound! It has also been said that Queen Victoria offered 100 pounds to anybody who could bring her a fresh one!

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            6. Miracle Fruit

            Another fruit native to West Africa, the miracle fruit is most famous for being able to make sour fruits taste very sweet.  It utilizes a molecule called miraculin which actually distorts the shape of sweetness receptors on the taste buds.

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              7. Monstera Deliciosa

              The monstera deliciosa is a fruit that is native to Central America.  It has a scaly exterior that protects a pineapple-like fresh.  The monstera deliciosa must ripen for as long as a year before it can be eaten, as it can be very toxic before it is ripe.

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                8. Pepino

                The pepino resembles characteristics of a melon and a pear.  It is also related to the tomato and eggplant.  Native to South America, the pepino can bear fruit as soon as 4-6 months after it is planted and is a very resilient plant.

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                  9. Physalis

                  The physalis is native to the Americas and is related to the nightshade family like the tomato and the pepino.  It resembles the tomato closely in flavor, and can be used just like the tomato in recipes.  It is protected by an unusual looking husk.

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                    10. Rambutan

                    The rambutan is native to the Malay Archipelago.  The name is is derived from the Malay word “hairy” due to its exterior.  Once you get past the odd exterior, it is said to have a sweet and sour taste that resembles a grape.  It is cultivated in Hawaii.

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                      This just goes to show that even the biggest farmers market and grocery stores in America are probably lacking some of the worlds most amazing looking fruits produced by our amazing planet!

                      [Source: Mother Nature Network]

                      Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/mistermrbc-15291/ via pixabay.com

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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