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Taste the goodness of unique tropical fruit!


Explore a delicious variety of seasonal tropical fruit and 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.

Kiwano Melon

Kiwano melons are mild in flavor and similar in taste to juicy, seed-filled cucumbers. The flavor is reminiscent of a cucumber, with notes of melon and lime. Cut in half and scoop out the translucent, jelly-like flesh to create a unique, visually striking serving cup. Once peeled, kiwano melons can be tossed in fresh fruit salads, salsas, smoothies or served as a garnish with roasted meats.

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.

Kiwi fruit
Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi has a juicy, slightly tart flavor with similarities to melon and fresh berries. Plus, they're a good source of vitamin C and a natural meat tenderizer. Leave at room temperature as kiwis will become juicier over time

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!

Pineapple
Pineapple

Pineapples have a sweet and tropical flavor! They're great when used in salsas, baked goods or as a sweet addition to grilled skewers. Choose fragrant pineapples with a gold shell color

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.

Plantains
Plantains

Similar to a banana, the peel turns from yellow to brown when ripe. A darker peel can mean higher sugar content and lower starch. Plantains can be baked or fried for an easy side dish.

Honey Mango
Honey Mango

This mango variety is yellow in color with a unique hook-shaped top and a velvety texture on the inside with a very sweet, juicy flavor. When ripe, this tropical fruit is soft to the touch and slightly wrinkled. To prepare, slice down each side of the oval pit in the center, leaving you with two halves. Take your knife and slice it into the flesh making crosswise cuts, being careful not to cut the skin. Now, you will have small squares that easily pull away from the skin to enjoy as-is!

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.

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.

Kiwano Melon

Kiwano melons are mild in flavor and similar in taste to juicy, seed-filled cucumbers. The flavor is reminiscent of a cucumber, with notes of melon and lime. Cut in half and scoop out the translucent, jelly-like flesh to create a unique, visually striking serving cup. Once peeled, kiwano melons can be tossed in fresh fruit salads, salsas, smoothies or served as a garnish with roasted meats.

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.

Kiwi fruit
Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi has a juicy, slightly tart flavor with similarities to melon and fresh berries. Plus, they're a good source of vitamin C and a natural meat tenderizer. Leave at room temperature as kiwis will become juicier over time

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!

Pineapple
Pineapple

Pineapples have a sweet and tropical flavor! They're great when used in salsas, baked goods or as a sweet addition to grilled skewers. Choose fragrant pineapples with a gold shell color

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.

Plantains
Plantains

Similar to a banana, the peel turns from yellow to brown when ripe. A darker peel can mean higher sugar content and lower starch. Plantains can be baked or fried for an easy side dish.

Honey Mango
Honey Mango

This mango variety is yellow in color with a unique hook-shaped top and a velvety texture on the inside with a very sweet, juicy flavor. When ripe, this tropical fruit is soft to the touch and slightly wrinkled. To prepare, slice down each side of the oval pit in the center, leaving you with two halves. Take your knife and slice it into the flesh making crosswise cuts, being careful not to cut the skin. Now, you will have small squares that easily pull away from the skin to enjoy as-is!

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.

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.


   

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