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Healthy Fruits You Haven't Tried Yet

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    New Fruits

    Many of us tend to keep the same fruits on rotation. While a diet rich in produce can lower your risk of heart disease and certain cancers, it's important to get a variety of nutrients from the foods we eat. While the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that women eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit daily, the average 19- to 50-year-old woman takes in less than a cup.

    Add more colorful produce to your day by trying these delicious, healthy, and unexpected varieties. You can find them in the supermarket or through a specialty store or site such as Melissa's Produce.

  • Canary Melon

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    Canary Melon

    With a sweet flavor similar to cantaloupe, half a cup of this American-grown melon offers half your daily requirement for both vision-promoting vitamin A and immunity-boosting vitamin C. It also provides 10 grams of satiating fiber—up to 45 percent of your daily need.

    Season: January through April, October through December

    Try it: Combine in a fruit salad with grapes, sliced bananas, and halved strawberries.

  • Wild Blueberries

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    Wild Blueberries

    These blueberries offer twice the antioxidants—which may help reduce risk of diabetes and cancer—provided by regular blueberries. One cup of the fruit provides 200 percent of your daily need for manganese, a mineral that helps with bone development, as well as up to 28 percent of your daily need for fiber. Because the berries are grown in the wild, mostly in Maine and Canada, they yield a complex flavor that's simultaneously sweet and tangy.

    Season: Year-round in the freezer aisle

    Try it: Blend with frozen banana slices, 2% plain Greek yogurt, and orange juice to form a smoothie-bowl base. Top with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and granola.

  • Sweet Scarlett Grapefruit

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    Wonderful Sweet Scarletts

    This variety of Texas red grapefruit is grown in the southern region of the state, along the Rio Grande River. It's thought that the river soil may enhance the fruit's sweetness, making it sweeter than traditional grapefruit. Thus, you don't need to add any sugar to enjoy it. Half a medium grapefruit offers 100 percent of your daily need for vitamin C and 35 percent of your daily need for vitamin A.

    Season: November through April

    Try it: Combine slices with arugula, fresh Parmesan, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

  • Cherimoya healthy fruit

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    Cherimoya

    The cherimoya originally hails from Peru and Ecuador but is now grown around the world. With a combination of pineapple, pear, lemon, mango, and strawberry notes, the fruit has a unique, custard-like texture. It also offers up 5 grams of protein, about 9 percent of the daily need for a 150-pound woman.

    Season: Year-round

    Try it: Freeze, slice, and discard the seeds; eat with a spoon.

  • Rambutan healthy fruit

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    Rambutan

    This hairy fruit tastes like a cross between a strawberry and Muscat grape—and contains bone-helping calcium, as well as vitamin C. It hails from the Malay Archipelago but is now available in many locales, including the United States and Mexico.

    Season: Year-round

    Try it: Gently slice into the fruit's skin to remove its inner portion. Eat raw, or stew with sugar and cloves.

  • Cactus Pear

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    Cactus Pear

    Like its name suggests, this fruit has a prickly skin that resembles a cactus. Also called prickly pear, cactus fig, and tuna fruit, it's not actually a member of the pear family, and its mild sweetness is closer to that of a melon. The fruit has edible seeds and grows in the southwest United States and Mexico. The fruit contains 5 grams of fiber, or up to 22 percent of your daily need, as well as a small amount of iron and calcium.

    Season: Year-round

    Try it: Slice the body of the prickly pear vertically and discard the outer skin. Then slice the inner flesh, and eat.