Fruits are commonly made up of an outer shell, which could be hard or soft, rarely, a pit, and the succulents. Because the peel is considered as mere protection for the succulent parts, most fruits are eaten peeled and with their pits or seeds (if any) thrown away. Did you know that these commonly discarded parts of food items are actually edible and beneficial to your health? Read on for a list of different fruits and pieces of them that are not known to be edible!
Fruits dominate this list, but you'll be surprised to find that some parts of a chicken that are commonly discarded make exceptionally delicious meals (take, for example, the Korean spicy chicken feet)!
The avocado is a decadent fruit rich in proteins and so very filling. It is made up of its outer skin, the succulent flesh, and a large pit (which is averagely 18% of its total size).
The norm is to discard the large pit, but experts say that although it doesn't appear so, it is highly beneficial to human health.
Scientists report that avocado seed flour significantly reduced total cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol in mice, and test-tube studies on avocado seed extracts have shown that the pits may have strong antioxidant properties.
Not everyone likes eating the core of the pineapple, and this is perhaps because it is harder and less sweet than the rest of the pineapple.
But don't discard it — like the surrounding fruit, it is also packed with beneficial nutrients.
One of the most common misconceptions about carrots is that their greens should never be ingested, but that is far from the truth. Carrot tops and greens are perfectly fine for consumption: chop them to add to a bowl of salad, stew, or sauce.
You may already be aware that people eat chicken feet, but did you know that the red cockscomb is also edible? In fact, it may be one of the tastiest parts of the chicken.
For many, banana peels are to be quickly discarded because they are nothing but disaster. Many never hear how these banana peels are high in antioxidants, potassium, dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fats, and essential amino acids.
You don't have to eat banana peels raw; wash then fry them in a pan to make a yummy replica of bacon or blend them along with other fruits to make a smoothie.
The entirety of a watermelon is edible, and that includes its tough skin, which is especially known to provide numerous health benefits.
Its most important constituent is amino acid, citrulline, which is thought to heighten libido, improve oxygen delivery to muscles, reduce blood pressure, and act as an excellent source of fiber.
Give your meals citrus notes by adding the grated rinds — any citrus fruit will do! As for the health benefits, the rind contains vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, and potassium.
Next time, you're blending mangoes to make a smoothie, add its peels too. A research study reports that mango skin extract exhibited more potent antioxidant properties than mango flesh extract.
However, make sure to clean the flesh properly before consumption.
The stems of broccoli are said to be slightly milder and sweeter, but if properly prepared, they will be tasty, contain antioxidants, and fiber.
When eating kiwis, don't peel it. Scientists report that kiwi skins are rich in vitamin C and fibers that are very beneficial to your gut.