5 Fantastic Tropical Fruits to Make Your Summer Sizzle
- By Joanne Crossley
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Summer’s arrived with a bang, with blazing sunshine and endless opportunities for friendship and fun. Now is the perfect time to discover some fantastic fruits from the tropics. Eat them as they are, turn them into juices and smoothies or add them to a delightful summertime recipe.
Zest up Your Life!
Eating fruits are a great way to get more vitamins and minerals, as well as a rich source of fibre. It can also help you reduce the risks associated with medical conditions such as strokes and heart diseases. So, if you want to enjoy different fruits this summer, why not explore some of the delicious and refreshing tropical fruits that are now in season?
Here are five fantastic tropical fruits to add zest to your life!
Despite its name, the coconut is not actually a nut. It is one of the better-known tropical fruits, grown all over the Caribbean. Coconuts offer a multitude of tropical treats, from its cool nutritious water and refreshing milk, to the white flesh inside the hard husk which is added to many recipes from ice cream to curry.
Coconut water is also considered by many to be one of the best beverages for keeping hydrated and cool during the hot summer months. Additionally, coconut is a commonly found ingredient in beauty products too, from bath oils to shampoo. Its health-giving properties are complemented by its unmistakable, balmy fragrance, a truly tropical treat.
This tropical fruit has a slightly tart flavour, so works well when mixed with other sweeter fruits. Guava is a popular ingredient in jams, pastries and sauces and adds a tropical twist on a cheese board to create a beautiful, contrasting taste.
Guava flesh is soft with an attractive pink hue and a distinctive fragrance when ripe. It is high in vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and zinc. Eating guava can help boost immunity and aids digestion. It can last up to nine days if wrapped in paper and stored at room temperature, or up to four weeks if refrigerated.
This fruit is commonly found in the Caribbean as well as other tropical regions of the world. It is a popular ingredient for savoury dishes, often replacing meat in vegetarian and vegan recipes thanks to its chicken-like texture when ripe.
Jackfruit has a sweet taste, similar to mangoes and pineapples. It is the heaviest tropical fruit that is grown on trees and can grow up to 35 inches (90cm) long.
Jackfruit has excellent health properties, with isoflavones, antioxidants, and phytonutrients offering good protection against ulcers and indigestion, amongst other things. Slice, boil and add to curries, stews and other dishes as a delicious meat alternative.
4. Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is becoming increasingly popular around the world. This tropical wonder makes a fantastic addition to ice creams, yoghurts, smoothies and desserts. While the skin is tough and should be discarded before eating, the orangey-green pulp inside is refreshing and zesty. It adds a distinctive flavour to any dish.
Passion fruit is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants. It is also a good source of fibre and adds an unmistakably tropical vibe to any drink, dish, or fruit bowl.
Starfruit has an unusual star shape which gives rise to its name. It is grown throughout the Caribbean, where it is also known as carambola, as well as in south-east Asia. It is a great source of vitamin C and contains lots of fibre and antioxidants too. When ripe, starfruit takes on a yellow appearance with patches of light green.
To prepare a starfruit, cut off both ends and the dark tips along the ridges. Cut into slices and discard the seeds. The star-shaped slices will enhance any fruit salad.
Star fruit can be added to both sweet and savoury recipes, including ice creams, fruity desserts, and meat marinades.