What it is: This bittersweet fruit, which is sometimes described as tasting like an unripe tomato, is often red-skinned on the outside. Inside, the flesh is orange-green with black seeds. Tamarillos don’t need to be peeled-just wash, slice and enjoy.
Take a chance: What’s not to love? Tamarillos are rich in vitamin C and low in both fat and calories. Add slices to sandwiches in place of tomato, or use it to decorate cheese boards or salads, suggests Sunderland.
What they are: The “it” fruit of the moment, these look a lot like blueberries.
Take a chance: While it’s often touted as a weight-loss aid, these berries are best eaten for their antioxidant powers, says Brown. “They contain anthocyanins which is the same compound thought to give red wine its health benefits, but [it’s] even stronger in acai berries,” she notes. They’re also a source of protein, fibre and omega 6+9 (which boosts your heart health and lowers your cholesterol). The catch is these berries aren’t usually eaten fresh, so look for them in dry powder form, or drink the juice solo or mixed in a smoothie.
What it is: This fruit has an edible green rind with bright salmon-coloured flesh inside. The seeds are edible and, as Sunderland notes, the taste is often described as a cross between pears and strawberries.
Take a chance: Eat that rind! It packs five times more vitamin C than an orange. “And it’s high in dietary fibre, especially if you eat the seeds,” says Sunderland. “Guavas also contain lutein, a carotinoid important for eye health, potassium, fibre, calcium and iron.” And while you can bite into this tropical fruit like an apple, you can also chop one up for easy snacking use it to make an exotic salsa.