The naranjilla is an important fruit as it has an antioxidant ORAC score of foods value of 17 which is higher than the more popular banana, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi fruit, nectarine, pineapple and watermelon. This makes this fruit an antioxidant home run. The naranjilla is consumed for the most part in Latin America either fresh or as a drink. Researchers feel that this fruit can be used as a possible ingredient in antioxidant fruit juices, nectar ice cream, candies, jams, jellies, toppings, sherbets with a myriad of other possibilities.
The fruit is round and has tiny hairs on the peel. Usually they are picked before they are ripe because after picking they can deteriorate quickly. When ripe the fruit is an orange color. There are four areas inside the fruit all of which contain a rich pulp. Naranjilla are sweet and have a flavor which has been described as a mixture of banana, pineapple and strawberries which sounds delicious.
The carotenoid content of the naranjilla is higher than that found in some vegetables such as kale, red paprika and parsley. Carotenoid is used by the body for maintaining healthy eyesight. Carotene which is an active vitamin A was also found which aids in age-related macular degeneration. Add it to the list of which fruits are good antioxidants. All in all this fruit is full of antioxidants and sounds like a very tasty part of anyone’s diet.
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