Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Natural Foods

Natural foods have been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits. Read up on some of the most popular natural foods and their characteristics.

Blood Orange: Natural Food

Blood oranges are a natural food that are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of folate. Learn more about blood oranges.

What Makes a Food 'Natural'?

The FDA needs your help to define a term that currently means whatever a food manufacturer wants it to mean. See more »

20 Healthiest Foods Pictures

What are the world's healthiest foods? These nutrient-packed items should be part of every day diet. Try our 20 healthiest foods! See more »

Edible Cactus: Natural Food

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos or cactus pads. Learn more about the edible cactus in this article. See more »

Asian Pear: Natural Food

Asian pears are cousins to the pears that are typically seen in grocery stores, but this fruit is similar to an apple and its many names reflect that characteristic. Learn more about the Asian pear in this article. See more »

Gooseberries: Natural Food

Gooseberries are cultivated on a commercial scale in Oregon, but the vast majority of the crop is canned. Learn more about gooseberries in this article. See more »

Nectarine: Natural Food

Nectarines, like peaches, most likely originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and were cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome. Learn more about nectarines in this article. See more »

Okra: Natural Food

Okra grows in an elongated, lantern shape vegetable. Learn more about okra in this article. See more »

Passionfruit: Natural Food

The passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds, something like a pomegranate. Learn more about the passion fruit in this article. See more »

Pear: Natural Food

Pears (Pyrus communis) are a pome fruit relative of the apple. Learn more about pears in this article. See more »

Persimmons: Natural Food

Persimmons origins go back to ancient China. Learn more about persimmons in the article. See more »