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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 October 18, 2018

                      The Ultimate Workout Routine for Men (Tailored for Different Fitness Level)

                      The Ultimate Workout Routine for Men (Tailored for Different Fitness Level)

                      Now is as good a time as any to focus on getting your body into the best shape possible.

                      Whether you want to build muscle or completely transform your body, if you follow the right workout routine for men, you will get exactly what you need. (No! It’s never too late to start bodybuilding, here’s the proof.)

                      Finding the right workout routine, however, is tough. You see, in order to progress, you need to find a workout that appeals to you and is feasible based on your abilities.

                      In this article I’m going to list 3 workout plans for men to build muscle. Each workout routine is tailored for individuals of different abilities: a beginner routine, an intermediate routine and an advanced routine.

                      What’s so special about this workout routine for men?

                      There are plenty of workout routines out there for men, so what is it about these routines that are so special? Well, they are tailormade to each unique individual, rather than covering a broad demographic.

                      Basically, each routine is engineered towards an individual’s ability levels and fitness levels in the gym.

                      It wouldn’t be much use having a very fit and healthy bodybuilder, with many years of training under his belt, following a workout routine for men that is aimed at complete beginners. He will already know what he is doing and will find the routine far too easy. On the flipside, if he is looking for a new and challenging workout routine, he can follow the advanced program and will enjoy great results.

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                      With that in mind, here are the three routines to try the next time you’re in the gym depending on your unique level of fitness:

                      Beginner full body workout routine

                      To start with, we’ll be taking a look at a beginner workout routine.

                      This workout isn’t too difficult; though, for those new to health and fitness, it will certainly prove challenging.

                        Day 1: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Legs, Biceps, Triceps

                        Day 2: Legs, Triceps, Biceps, Chest, Back, Shoulder

                        Day 3: Shoulders, Back, Chest, Legs, Triceps, Biceps

                        Intermediate workout for men

                        This next workout is ideal for those of you who are advanced enough to challenge yourselves in the gym without going crazy.

                        This workout routine will help you burn a steady amount of fat without burning yourself out in the process. It is a typical 5 day split that will yield impressive muscle gains.

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                          Day 1: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps

                          Chest

                          Triceps

                          Shoulders

                          Day 2: Back and Biceps

                          Back

                          Biceps

                          Day 3: Legs

                          Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings

                          Calves

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                          Day 4:  Shoulders, chest, and Triceps

                          Chest

                          Triceps

                          Shoulders

                          Note:

                          Every second week superset bench press and dumbbell flys.
                          Crossovers: Ultra slow rep timing with 2 second pause and squeeze at the top of the movement.

                          Day 5: Back and Bis

                          Back

                          Biceps

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                          Advanced Workout Routine For Men

                          Now it’s time for us to take a look at the more advanced workout routine. This routine will really separate the men from the boys.

                          It is high intensity, includes a lot of heavy lifting, and you should aim for minimal rest between sets.

                          Here you will be training for 6 days per week, with just one day of recovery. It may sound brutal, but if you stick with it you will soon be reaping the rewards of an incredible physique.

                            Day 1: Chest & Back

                            • Barbell Bench Press – work up to a 5 rep max for the day
                              • Set 1 at 50% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 2 at 60% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 3 at 70% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 4 at 80% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 5 at 90% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 6 at 100% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Incline Dumbbell Press – 3 sets of 6-8 reps
                            • Dips – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                            • Pullups – 3 sets of 5-8 reps
                            • Pendlay Rows – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                            • Pulldowns – 3 sets of 6-10 reps

                            Day 2: Legs

                            • Squats: work up to a 5 rep max for the day
                              • Set 1 at 50% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 2 at 60% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 3 at 70% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 4 at 80% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 5 at 90% – 1 set of 5 reps
                              • Set 6 at 100% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Leg Press – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                            • Stiff-Legged Deadlift – 5 sets of 5 reps
                            • Hamstring Curls – 3 sets of 6-8 reps
                            • Calf-Raise – 5 sets of 10 reps

                            Day 3: Shoulders & Arms

                            Day 4: Rest

                            It’s your rest day. Rest your muscle to prepare for the next round of training.

                            Day 5: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps

                            Day 6: Back & Biceps

                            Day 7: Legs

                            Final Thoughts

                            So, there you have it, above I have outlined three of the best workout routines for men that you could ever wish for.

                            Each workout is tough in its own way, but if you stick with it, push through the pain and squeeze out those extra reps at the end, your body will thank you. Plus, you will look better than ever before.

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