Also called a sapota in some Asian countries, this teardrop-shaped brown fruit is deceptively ugly. Slice it open though and you’ll be rewarded with the candy of the fruit world—sugary sweet and dense, like a plum filled with sticky toffee pudding. It’s one of the higher-calorie exotic fruits, like something in the banana family, but it’s also rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins C and A, plus it’s a source of iron, folate, and niacin, giving it a multivitamins’ worth of pep in every bite.
Try it: Dice sapodilla and add it to oatmeal for a naturally sweetened breakfast bowl. (Check out these 10 surprising things you never knew you could rent!)
The health benefits of this cherry-sized, tart and chewy fruit are almost too good to be true: It’s chock-full of beta-carotene, fiber, iron, vitamin C, and protein. It’s also considered to be good for memory due to a high potassium content that enhances cognitive function. “All of these compounds in exotic fruits protect your cells from the harmful effects of molecules called free radicals—the ‘bad guys,'” says Glassman, “which cause oxidative stress, and damage to your body.” So load up on the salak to keep yourself in good health!
Try it: Chop up salak and add to a salad for a unique texture and nutritional boost to your greens.