Jackfruit and 8 Other Superfoods You've Never Heard Of (Slideshow)

These foods are worth the work it will take to find them

Noni

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Noni fruit grows on trees in warm tropical climates. It has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities which are believed to relieve and prevent a wide variety of diseases.

Purslane

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Often considered a weed, purslane is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. As an added benefit, it’s delicious; purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slightly lemony taste. 

Camu Camu

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This Amazonian fruit is loaded with antioxidants and is believed to have powerful anti-viral properties making it useful for everything from shingles to the common cold. 

Gac

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Also called “Fruit from Heaven” this vibrant red-orange fruit is full of beta-carotene and lycopene; it has 76 times more lycopene than tomatoes!

Jackfruit

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Native to Southeast Asia, this member of the mulberry family is a good source of vitamin C and its seeds are a good source of protein

Amla

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Amla, also called Indian gooseberry, is sour and astringent. It is used in both its fresh and dried forms to reduce inflammation and blood sugar.

Soursop

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Despite its potential link to an atypical form of Parkinson’s disease, this warm-climate fruit is suggested as an alternative treatment for cancer. The United States Federal Trade Commission determined there was “no credible scientific evidence” to back this claim, but alternative medicine continues to tout the potential cancer-fighting ability of this superfood.

Umeboshi

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These salty Japanese pickled plums are made with shiso leaves. They’re eaten for their antibacterial and digestion-promoting qualities

Teff

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Teff has been a staple of Ethiopian cuisine for thousands of years. The smallest grain in the world, it is a nutritional powerhouse with lots of calcium, protein, and fiber.