Calcium is a vital mineral that can rarely be found in fruits that those which can supply it are mostly not found in your local grocery or market.
Calcium is a nutrient best known for its important role in promoting healthy bones and teeth. This is the reason why this essential mineral is one of the most promoted especially among senior citizens as a lack of supply can result in osteoporosis, a disease characterized by brittle and porous bones that now affects 75 million people in USA, Europe and Japan.
Aside from preventing bone loss, calcium also supports proper functioning of nerves and muscles, helps the blood to clot and the heart to function properly. More recently, studies have shown that high calcium intake helps lower blood pressure levels and prevent certain types of cancer.
Calcium is found in milk and milk products like yogurt and cheese. Leafy greens, legumes and some nuts are also packed with it. It is rarely found in fruits that most of which can supply it are not the everyday fruits that you can find in your local grocery or market.
Kumquats are tiny, round to ovoid fruits that are members of the citrus family. In addition to their calcium content, they are also excellent sources of vitamin C; very good sources of fiber and good sources of manganese, vitamin A, vitamin B2, iron, magnesium and copper.
Tamarinds are 3-8 inch long, brown, irregularly curved fruits which contain 1-12 flat glossy brown seeds. Its sweet and sour fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp can be eaten raw, made into candies or added to soups.
Although high in sugar, tamarinds are rich in vitamin B1, magnesium, fiber and potassium. They are also very good sources of iron, phosphorus and vitamin B3. Every 100 g contains 74 mg of calcium.
Prickly pears, also known as Indian figs are red fruits of a native cactus found in North America. The green fruit which changes to red when ripe tastes like a cross between bubblegum and watermelon. The juice can be made into jam or candy and is used in cocktails and vinaigrettes salads. Prickly pears are good sources of calcium. It is also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, fiber and potassium.