Let’s start with the obvious, shall we?! Known to be one of Australia’s largest contributions to the world, green apples or Granny Smith apples have an unmistakable green hue and are known for their subtle tart flavor.
Mostly eaten fresh, these apples can also be used in recipes to make pies, cakes, and stews.
A favorite of many, these are seedless grapes native to the Mediterranean, and their color typically moves from yellowish-green to bright green, depending on the variety.
Green grapes are best suited for fresh and raw consumption, but can also be tossed in salads, or included in wraps and yogurt. They also pair well with cheeses.
Health fact: Since they are rich in vitamin C, green grapes help your immune system fight against infections, and their antioxidant content helps reduce the risk of cancer.
Did you know that kiwi fruit is not native to New Zealand? Yes, the fruit’s origin is in China and was introduced to the former country in 1904. The fruit has soft, green flesh, and a sweet-tart-sour taste.
Believed to have originated in the West Indies, the custard apple is a heart/cone-shaped green fruit that has a tough, leathery skin, and a sweet, creamy, and custard-like white flesh on the inside.
Often, the flesh is scooped out and eaten fresh, discarding the seeds inside; the fruit can also be used in custards, milkshakes, and ice creams.
Health fact: Custard apples are known to have the same nutritional value as dairy products, and therefore are a great alternative for the same. Their vitamin C content can help eliminate free radicals that lead to aging and other medical issues.
5. Honeydew Melon
Though their actual origin is unknown, honeydew melons are considered to have come from the Middle East. The sweet and refreshing nature of these melons makes them suitable for fresh consumption, balled and added to fruit salads, or topped fresh over pancakes.
They also make a great ingredient to make chilled soups, sorbet, and jams.
Health fact: The presence of folate and vitamin K in honeydew melon contributes to the strengthening of your bones, thereby preventing certain conditions like osteoporosis.
Pears are native to Asia and Europe, and these teardrop-shaped fruits are now cultivated in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Mainly consumed in their natural form, these green fruits are also included in ice creams, jams, cakes, and pies.
The sweet lime is believed to be native to India and came to the United States in 1904. Also known as Mosambi, the hydrating property of this green fruit makes it one of the most recommended fruits for consumption for the sick.
Health fact: High amounts of vitamin C in mosambi makes its juice suitable for curing scurvy – a disease caused due to the lack of vitamin C, leading to weakness, gum disease, anemia, etc.
Also known as Mexican sour cucumber or Mexican sour gherkin, the cucamelon looks like a tiny watermelon but with the flavor of a cucumber.
The entire fruit is edible, along with its semi-hard rind, and can be eaten raw or used in creative ways by adding to salads, cocktails, pickles, and salsas.
Health fact: Cucamelon is considered a superfood as it contains powerful antioxidants, potassium, vitamins C and E, and more.
Breadfruit has its origin in New Guinea and the Indo-Malayan region. These are starchy fruits that resemble bread in terms of smell and texture when roasted in a fire, thereby the name “bread” fruit. Breadfruit can be consumed both as a fruit and as a vegetable.
A tropical fruit that has been cultivated for more than 2000 years, noni is mainly known for its natural medicinal qualities. It is mainly consumed in the form of juice, typically made by fermenting the fruit for several weeks.
Health fact: Noni juice is a popular health beverage worldwide. It is known to improve joint health, improve gum health, help maintain normal blood pressure, and offer more amazing health benefits.
14. Sour Green Plums
Native to Western Asia, sour green plums are a common ingredient in Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines. These fruits are mostly used to make drinks like sour plum soup, pickles, preserves, and sauces.
Health fact: Similar to their red cousins, sour green plums are also rich in vitamin A, which contributes to good eye health. Also, since these fruits are low in fat, they can be a healthy and filling snack for weight watchers.
A relatively new superfood, guava is native to tropical America and was introduced to India in the 17th century. These oval-shaped fruits have white or pink flesh with edible seeds; they have a crunchy texture and a sweet flavor.