What are exotic foods?

Judy Caplan
Judy Caplan on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics

Exotic foods are generally foods that are not native to your country. Exotic foods are not foods that you find in most dishes. Spices are a great example of exotic foods. These can add fragrance and flavor. Rose water or flowers are also exotic. Asian food can contain spices and leaves that you rarely see. As our food tastes expand many foods that used to be exotic are more common. Papayas, mangoes, kiwi, jicama, and cilantro used to seem exotic. Even saffron, though expensive, was rarely seen or used. Lychee nuts, lemongrass, and miso paste ten years ago were also rarely used. Make a visit to an Asian or Latino market for exposure to so many exciting and delicious exotic foods.

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