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.


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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Plantains resemble bananas but they are longer in length, thicker skinned, and starchier in flavor. In most countries, plantains are used more like a vegetable than a fruit. Learn more about plantains in this article.

The plum is a drupe — a pitted fruit — related to the nectarine, peach, and apricot, but it is far more diverse than its relatives, coming in a wider range of shapes, sizes and especially skin colors. Learn more about the plum in this article.

The star fruit or carambola is a tropical fruit that is gaining popularity in the United States. Learn more about the star fruit in this article.

Tubers come in varieties of roots such as Yucca Root, Jicama, Sunchoke, Taro Root, and Water Chestnut. LEarn more about these roots in this article.

Black beans, lima beans and black-eyed peas and other legumes are quite good for your health. What can these seeds do for you?

Once upon a time, dieters avoided the avocado like the plague due to its fat content. Despite its bad reputation, the avocado is actually one of the most heart-healthy foods around. And it's delicious, too!

Cucumbers are known as one of the lightest and most refreshing fruits around. In fact, that old "cool as a cucumber" cliche isn't a joke at all.

Raisins serve up sweetness with all the nutrients of grapes. How can these little dried-up delights keep you healthy?

There are many different types of fall fruits. Take a look at the nutritional value of fall fruits and get recipe ideas with this produce guide.

Get to know your fall vegetables so you can eat what's in season. See our list of fall vegetables with nutrition information to get started.

Winter fruits give you something seasonal and fresh to eat during the colder months. Get nutritional value and information on winter fruits.

There are a variety of winter vegetables. See our list and get nutritional information and cooking tips for winter vegetables.

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.

Bok choy is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Learn the best ways to cook bok choy and what to look for when shopping for bok choy.

Broccoli rabe is a good source of vitamin C and iron. See the best ways to cook broccoli rabe and what to look for when shopping.