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Taste of the Tropics: Tropical Fruits

Explore a variety of unique, limited-time tropical fruit to bring home a little taste of the tropics. To help you decode their rather intimidating appearance, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy all the goodness these fruits have to offer.

Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit

As mythical looking as its name suggests, the dragon fruit or pitaya, is an edible pod that grows off of flowering cacti. Don’t let the unusual exterior fool you, the very mild interior can be mixed into a variety of dishes and smoothies for a powerful burst of nutrients.

Star Fruit
Star Fruit

These little fruit shine as brightly as their name. When cut crosswise, the reason for its name is revealed. The yellow flesh tastes a little like a green grape—sometimes sweet with a hint of tang. Try it in fruit salads, by itself or as a drink garnish.

Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit

This small, roundish fruit grows on a vine from spectacular flowers. When ripe, the fruit’s skin is slightly wrinkly. It’s easy to eat; cut it in half and spoon out the fruit and seeds—they’re edible. Or, add it to oatmeal or salads.

Red Banana

Red bananas have a creamy white to pink flesh with a slight raspberry flavor. A ripe red banana will have a purple hue and can be enjoyed just like a traditional banana–just peel and eat!

Tamarind
Tamarind

The tamarind looks like a brown bean pod. The fruit becomes paste-like and sweeter as it ripens, which is why it’s also called the date of India. The shell can be easily cracked, so you can pull the fruit away from the strings that hold it in place and eat around the seeds.

Cherimoya
Cherimoya

The creamy texture of this high-altitude fruit lends to its other name, custard apple. The exterior is green and looks scaled, but the luscious fruit can be described as a combination of tropical flavors like banana, coconut, strawberry and mango. Cut it in half and eat with a spoon, but be aware the large, dark seeds are quite hard and inedible.

Kiwano Melon
Kiwano Melon

Sure to capture your attention, this spiky, orange-colored fruit encases a soft, bright green flesh that tastes similar to a cucumber. After it's peeled, Kiwano Melon's can be added to fresh fruit salads or served as a garnish with meat. To prepare, cut in half and scoop out the vibrant flesh.

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Mangosteen
Mangosteen

From a tropical evergreen tree, the deep, reddish-purple tough skin of the mangosteen is inedible, but the inner fruit has pale white sections like citrus. Sweet and tangy, the unique flavor is a combination of strawberry, kiwi and plum.

Red Mango

Mangos are a great source of vitamins A and C. As the mango ripens, the amount of vitamin A increases. Choose the perfect mango by selecting ones that are firm to the touch and have a fragrant scent.

Young Coconut

Thai Coconuts or "Young Coconuts", have a sweet, refreshing flavor. Best kept refrigerated, a Thai Coconut’s meat and water are perfect for use in smoothies or enjoyed on its own!

Jackfruit
Jackfruit

This boulder of a fruit has an almost coral-like exterior. The biggest surprise is when its tangy flesh is cooked up, it has a texture similar to meat. Next time you’re looking for a meatless dinner, try this giant. Sauté the ripe fruit with onion and garlic, add barbeque sauce and allow to simmer for 15 minutes—serve on tortillas.

Rambutan
Rambutan

This little fruit is strange looking. Their alien appearance and spiny exterior might make you think they’re inedible … but that would be incorrect. Totally tasty, these exotic fruits have a tender texture and a sweet flavor similar to wild grapes. Cut the circumference of the fruit and remove it to reveal the spherical white fruit that harbors a pit.

Coconut

Add a tropical taste to any meal by using the sweet, flaky meat inside of coconuts! The water inside is not intended for drinking, but the meat can be used in smoothies and other beverages. To open, pierce the brown circles on top of the coconut to drain and discard the water, then crack in half to scoop the meat out.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera

A very popular healing agent of sun burns, Aloe Vera is a homeopathic medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. Each leaf contains a thick, gel-like substance that can be used to reduce heartburn, keep produce fresh, and keep your skin hydrated.

Hawaiian Papaya
Hawaiian Papaya

Sweet tasting and a native of the tropics, these delicious fruits have a bright, yellow-orange flesh and tender, green-yellow skin. Look for papayas that are soft to the touch and more yellow than green. Once the seeds are removed, Hawaiian Papayas can be eaten with a spoon or peeled and cut into slices.

Maradol Papaya

Maradol Papayas are soft, juicy and sweet. Papayas are perfect when blended in smoothies, diced atop yogurt and salads, or simply enjoyed on their own with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. Choose the freshest papayas by ensuring the skin has a yellow-orange hue with a few freckles.

Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit

As mythical looking as its name suggests, the dragon fruit or pitaya, is an edible pod that grows off of flowering cacti. Don’t let the unusual exterior fool you, the very mild interior can be mixed into a variety of dishes and smoothies for a powerful burst of nutrients.

Star Fruit
Star Fruit

These little fruit shine as brightly as their name. When cut crosswise, the reason for its name is revealed. The yellow flesh tastes a little like a green grape—sometimes sweet with a hint of tang. Try it in fruit salads, by itself or as a drink garnish.

Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit

This small, roundish fruit grows on a vine from spectacular flowers. When ripe, the fruit’s skin is slightly wrinkly. It’s easy to eat; cut it in half and spoon out the fruit and seeds—they’re edible. Or, add it to oatmeal or salads.

Red Banana

Red bananas have a creamy white to pink flesh with a slight raspberry flavor. A ripe red banana will have a purple hue and can be enjoyed just like a traditional banana–just peel and eat!

Tamarind
Tamarind

The tamarind looks like a brown bean pod. The fruit becomes paste-like and sweeter as it ripens, which is why it’s also called the date of India. The shell can be easily cracked, so you can pull the fruit away from the strings that hold it in place and eat around the seeds.

Cherimoya
Cherimoya

The creamy texture of this high-altitude fruit lends to its other name, custard apple. The exterior is green and looks scaled, but the luscious fruit can be described as a combination of tropical flavors like banana, coconut, strawberry and mango. Cut it in half and eat with a spoon, but be aware the large, dark seeds are quite hard and inedible.

Kiwano Melon
Kiwano Melon

Sure to capture your attention, this spiky, orange-colored fruit encases a soft, bright green flesh that tastes similar to a cucumber. After it's peeled, Kiwano Melon's can be added to fresh fruit salads or served as a garnish with meat. To prepare, cut in half and scoop out the vibrant flesh.

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Mangosteen
Mangosteen

From a tropical evergreen tree, the deep, reddish-purple tough skin of the mangosteen is inedible, but the inner fruit has pale white sections like citrus. Sweet and tangy, the unique flavor is a combination of strawberry, kiwi and plum.

Red Mango

Mangos are a great source of vitamins A and C. As the mango ripens, the amount of vitamin A increases. Choose the perfect mango by selecting ones that are firm to the touch and have a fragrant scent.

Young Coconut

Thai Coconuts or "Young Coconuts", have a sweet, refreshing flavor. Best kept refrigerated, a Thai Coconut’s meat and water are perfect for use in smoothies or enjoyed on its own!

Jackfruit
Jackfruit

This boulder of a fruit has an almost coral-like exterior. The biggest surprise is when its tangy flesh is cooked up, it has a texture similar to meat. Next time you’re looking for a meatless dinner, try this giant. Sauté the ripe fruit with onion and garlic, add barbeque sauce and allow to simmer for 15 minutes—serve on tortillas.

Rambutan
Rambutan

This little fruit is strange looking. Their alien appearance and spiny exterior might make you think they’re inedible … but that would be incorrect. Totally tasty, these exotic fruits have a tender texture and a sweet flavor similar to wild grapes. Cut the circumference of the fruit and remove it to reveal the spherical white fruit that harbors a pit.

Coconut

Add a tropical taste to any meal by using the sweet, flaky meat inside of coconuts! The water inside is not intended for drinking, but the meat can be used in smoothies and other beverages. To open, pierce the brown circles on top of the coconut to drain and discard the water, then crack in half to scoop the meat out.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera

A very popular healing agent of sun burns, Aloe Vera is a homeopathic medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. Each leaf contains a thick, gel-like substance that can be used to reduce heartburn, keep produce fresh, and keep your skin hydrated.

Hawaiian Papaya
Hawaiian Papaya

Sweet tasting and a native of the tropics, these delicious fruits have a bright, yellow-orange flesh and tender, green-yellow skin. Look for papayas that are soft to the touch and more yellow than green. Once the seeds are removed, Hawaiian Papayas can be eaten with a spoon or peeled and cut into slices.

Maradol Papaya

Maradol Papayas are soft, juicy and sweet. Papayas are perfect when blended in smoothies, diced atop yogurt and salads, or simply enjoyed on their own with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. Choose the freshest papayas by ensuring the skin has a yellow-orange hue with a few freckles.


   

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