There are so many amazing fruits out there that you have perhaps never heard of. Most people are familiar with guavas, grapefruits, and grapes but that is just a shortlist of Fruits That Start With G.
Not only are the names of these fruits unique but they also have some amazing benefits which will make adding them to your diet a worthwhile choice.
1. GAC FRUIT
Gac fruit or gac has a range of wonderful health benefits. It is about the size of a small melon and originally from South and Southeast Asia. Gac tastes similar to avocado; however, it is a bit sweeter. The fruit varies in color from green when unripe to red when it is fully ripe.
In order to enjoy this fruit, one must spend some time getting it opened. A sharp knife is required to cut it open and this reveals the soft flesh. Beneath the flesh, there are seeds covered by a red pulp. This pulp is said to be antioxidant-rich and has many health benefits as it is rich in minerals, beta-carotene and supposedly has seventy times more lycopene than a tomato. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for fighting inflammation.
2. GALIA MELON FRUIT
Galia melon fruit has a yellow to orange skin; it is said to resemble a cantaloupe on the outside and a honeydew melon when cut. It is sweet and delicious and encased in a light golden-tan netting. To determine if the fruit is ripe, one has to assess the color of the skin (which should be bright orange) and note whether it has a musky aroma.
Galia melons are a hybrid variety of melons from the Cucurbitaceae family and were originally formed in Israel in the 1960s. They are usually available from spring to mid-fall and should be used within three weeks of harvesting as they do not have a long shelf life.
These melons are a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, and iron. They also have no fat, no cholesterol, and are low in calories.
Some ways in which Galia melons may be used are in fruit salads or simply eating them alone.
3. GAMBOOGE FRUIT
Gambooge Fruit originates from Indonesia and looks similar to a small pumpkin. It is green when unripe and turns yellow when it ripens. Gambooge is sour in taste and is good for incorporating into some traditional Asian dishes. It can be as small as a typical orange or as large as a grapefruit.
Some of the medicinal uses of the fruit are to assist with weight loss, helping to control appetite, boosting the immune system, and reducing bad cholesterol levels.
4. GENIP FRUIT
Genip Fruit, known as Guineps in Jamaica is present in many Caribbean territories, South and Central America and Mexico. They have an oval shape of about 2.5-4 cm long and 2 cm wide. Genips grow in bunches and are small with a green outer layer and slimy flesh which has a peach color. Beneath the flesh, there is a single white seed. The flesh of the fruit is sweet when ripe but has a tart taste when not fully ripe.
When eating a genip, one can break the skin using their teeth or fingers, gently push the skin aside to allow the seed to pop out, then place the seed in their mouth and suck the pulp from it. Suck and scrape the pulp off of the seed, and spit the seed out. The seed itself is white. They are best eaten freshly picked because as they become older, they start to wilt and the taste eventually alters.
Genips are also very good for making juice but one must be careful when handling them as if the juice stains your clothing, it is almost impossible to remove. Genip is said to assist with curing diarrhea, relieving throat pain, and controlling blood pressure. Read More.
5. GRANADILLA FRUIT
Granadilla fruit comes from the family of passion fruits and has a sweet and sour taste. It has a hard, shiny orange skin when it is ripe and it is from South America. When cut, the inside of the fruit has a yellow pulp which is jelly-like in consistency and has several black seeds which may also be consumed. The fruit has to be cut open and the pulp scooped out for it to be eaten. It may be eaten alone, cooked, or used for juice making.
Granadillas may be used to make jelly, desserts or pastry fillings. They are also very good for you as they are packed with nutrients such as vitamin C and antioxidants which help to foster a healthy immune system. The seeds may be used to assist with bowel movements, increase iron levels and treat insomnia; the peel is useful for asthma and fighting allergies.
Gooseberries are small and nutritious with amazing health benefits. The two major kinds are the American and the European varieties. The fruits are tiny and may vary in color (green, yellow-white, pink, red, and dark purple). The flavor may vary from tart to sweet depending on the ripeness of the fruit and they bear a taste similar to that of grapes.
Gooseberries may aid in protecting the brain due to iron levels being too high. They are also rich in citric acids and may have anti-cancer properties. If you are interested in promoting heart health, gooseberries are also useful to assist with that process. They are low in calories and rich in vitamins and potassium and help to lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.
You may want to consider adding some gooseberries to a fruit salad or using it as a topping for your cereal. Gooseberries may also be included in some dishes such as pie, tarts, and chutneys. It is important to note that the nutritional content will not remain the same once the berries are cooked.
7. GOUMI FRUIT
Goumi Fruit resembles red grapes in color and shape. They are antioxidant-rich and contain vitamins A, C, and E. They have a slightly sour taste and may be eaten alone or used to make pie fillings, sauces, and preserves.
Goumi berries are rich in proteins, vitamins A and E, and lycopene. It is said that when the fruit is cooked, the lycopene content increases and this can be used to prevent cancer and heart disease. The seeds are a good source of fatty acids and are rich in proteins and fats. The fruit is also said to contain essential fatty acids.
8. GOVERNOR’S PLUM FRUIT
Governor’s plum is a fleshy fruit that has white or yellow flesh and a sweet taste. Each fruit contains a total of six to ten seeds.
The roots of the plant may be used for treating snakebites, while the bark may provide relief from arthritis. The fruit is good for use as an appetizer, to assist with digestive problems and jaundice, and to treat an enlarged spleen. In addition, the fruit may also be used to aid vomiting and nausea.
Governor’s plum is eaten either uncooked or stewed. It may be used for making jams, jellies, wines, and preserves. The plums may be stewed in sugar and eaten as a dessert or the pulp may be used to sweeten pies and cakes.
Grapefruits are citrus fruits and may vary in taste from bitter-sweet to sour. They resemble oranges but are larger and have a flat bottom. A grapefruit usually varies in color from green to yellow. The inside of the grapefruit is generally white or pink. Most persons consume grapefruits by eating them as is or juicing them and having them as a drink.
While grapefruits are a great source of nutrients, those taking prescription and over-the-counter medications, including those who are hypertensive must be careful as the fruit can react negatively with some of these medications. This may cause serious side effects and so it is best for persons taking these medications to avoid grapefruits altogether or consult with their physicians.
For those who are able to consume grapefruits, they are excellent to aid in weight loss, help to prevent insulin resistance and best of all, they are low in calories.
Grapefruits contain vitamins A, C, calcium, and iron.
Grapes are small, smooth, oval-shaped berries that grow in bunches on a vine and may or may not contain seeds. They can be used to make raisins, jellies, and juice. They vary in color and maybe red, black, purple or blue (Concord grapes), green and even pink or yellow.
Most of the nutrients present in grapes are actually contained in the seeds and skin, rather than the flesh. They are nutrient-rich and very good for the heart; not to mention how amazing they taste. In addition to being good for the heart, they contain copper, vitamin K, and multiple B vitamins.
11. GREENGAGE FRUIT (PRUNUS DOMESTICA SSP.ITALICA)
Greengage fruit, originally from Armenia is a plum variation that originates from the continent of Europe. It is around/oval-shaped fruit with a smooth exterior. The fruit has one seed and is dark red on the outside while the flesh is green. The size may vary from 2-4 cm in diameter and they are a mixture of sweet and sour.
Reine Claude is the greengage most commonly traded in Europe and while the exterior may not be highly visually appealing, the taste is breathtaking. The fruit is usually ready for harvesting in late August or early September. A greengage that is not fully ripe compares in taste to a gooseberry. A completely ripe greengage is sweet and juicy. The fruit may be eaten raw or added to desserts, jams, and savory sauces. Greengages may be poached and frozen to preserve freshness.
Greengage helps to boost the immune system, aid menopausal symptoms, improves bone strength and helps with heartburn and acid reflux, to name a few.
12. GRUMICHAMA FRUIT
Grumichama Fruit, otherwise known as Brazil or Spanish cherry is a long-stemmed fruit that is a half to an inch in diameter. The color moves from green to red, to dark purple, and finally black as it becomes ripe. One kind of Grumichama fruit is yellow. The fruit has a thin outer layer and the interior has a pulp that may be white or red with one to three small grey seeds. The flavor is like a sweet, subacid cherry with a hint of jaboticaba. It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidant
This fruit is similar to that of the cherry found in tropical regions and bears in clusters like grapes. The interior is sweet and it is ideal for use in making jams, jellies, and pies.
13. GUANABANA FRUIT
Guanabana, otherwise known as soursop, is native to the tropical areas of the Americas. The exterior of the fruit is usually green or yellow-green with spines and a soft, white interior with many seeds. The flesh contains many small black seeds. It may be eaten as is and removing the seeds while eating or the seeds may be removed and the pulp used for making juice. The seeds are not edible. The fruit may grow up to 8 inches in length and can weigh a maximum of 10 pounds.
Guanabana has many medicinal properties and has been said to have anti-cancer properties but this research is limited. The fruit is rich in vitamin c which helps to boost the immune system. It can assist with lowering blood pressure and fighting inflammation; however, if you are taking medication for high blood pressure or diabetes, you may want to consult with your doctor as negative effects may result from combining your medication with the fruit or any other aspects of the plant.
Soursop may be used to make Soursop Juice, popsicles, ice cream, added to cake batter in place of lemon zest, and also used for smoothies.
14. GUARANA FRUIT
Guarana is a major ingredient in common energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster. It is also included in some over-the-counter weight loss products. What better way to incorporate this herb into your diet than by consuming the fruit yourself, free of additives?
The vine comes from the Amazon Basin and the fruit resembles an eyeball. The fruit is fleshy and white with dark brown seeds just beneath it. In these seeds, there is in excess of two times the amount of caffeine found in coffee beans. The fruit is said to aid in overcoming fatigue, assist with learning and memory and provide pain relief, among other benefits.
Guava is a round or pear-shaped fruit that can be sweet when fully ripened. It is believed to have originated in Central America or Mexico but it can be found across American and Asian countries and within the Caribbean. The skin of the guava is usually green or yellow with small hard seeds embedded inside the soft, sweet pulp.
Guava may be eaten raw or used for making juice, jams, and jellies.
Guava contains four times the Vitamin C present in an orange and helps to lower blood glucose levels due to its fiber content. It is also said to reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels. The leaves of the guava are useful for reducing symptoms associated with diarrhea and stabilizing the bowels, while the B vitamins contained in the fruit helps with cognitive function. The fruit is also a good source of energy so instead of sugar or an energy drink, grab a guava today. Read More.
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