Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:00 pm est

Top 5 superfruits to keep energy high

Posted on April 8, 2014 | by Nikolas Reda-Castelao


The phrase superfruit is often repeated in health-food circles, but what does it really mean? Here are five lesser-known fruits for those who want to improve their health and longevity.

Star Fruit

Native to Southeast Asia, the star fruit is yellow with a star-like shape that gives the superfruit its name. The star fruit does not need to be peeled, but its seeds should be removed. A large piece of the fruit contains under 40 calories and up to three grams of dietary fiber. To top off the benefits, the star fruit is also packed with vitamin C, which is useful in boosting one’s antioxidant levels to prevent diseases.

Black Sapote

Also known as chocolate pudding fruit and black persimmon, black sapote tastes like chocolate when it is ripe. As if that does not grab one’s attention enough, the fruit, native to Mexico and Central America, is packed with vitamin C, iron and potassium. The fruit is the size of a fist, and the inner pulp is very dark with a soft custard texture.


Plantains can easily be found in farmer’s markets and as a side dish at many eateries throughout New York City. Plantains are bigger bananas, but with a different coloration and decidedly much sweeter. They have higher concentrations of vitamin A, which is beneficial for skin and immune system maintenance, and vitamin C, as well as larger concentrations of potassium. They do, however, need to be cooked, typically sautéed, before eating.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit comes from a variation of cactus and can range in color from red to pink. The fruit is low in calories and good for the nervous and cardiovascular systems. It is high in vitamin C, fiber and calcium. To eat, the fruit should be cut down the center and and the pulp scooped out. The skin is not edible.


Most people are aware of lychee, a favorite exotic frozen yogurt topping, but its relative, the longan, contains more nutritional punch than its brightly colored counterpart. The longan, native to southern China, is similar in size to a grape and is a good source of vitamin C at an oddly sweet 2 calories per piece. The fruit has a musky rind that needs to be opened, but it has a softer sweetness, like a hybrid between a grape and a pear.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 8th print edition. Nikolas Reda-Castelao is a contributing writer. Email him at


profile portrait
Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.