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Tropical Fruit and Veg Box Guide to Storage and Usage

 

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We hope you enjoy your Windrush Bay Tropical Fruit and Veg Box! 

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For information please see our guide on the tropical fruit and veg box range to help you with cooking and storing.

Avocado Pear

Avocado

Native to Mexico, also known in the Caribbean as ‘pear, this creamy fruit is packed with goodness including fibre, potassium, Vitamin Bs, Vitamin E and Vitamin K

Uncut: Keep in a cool dark place for 2-3 days. If unripe store at room temperature for 4-5 days.

 

Cut: squeeze lime juice over avocado and store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 days

Cho cho (Christophene or chayote) 

The chayote (cho cho) fruit is a good source of Vitamin C. Widely used in Caribbean cooking for soups and stews, raw cho cho may be added to salads or salsas. Steam, bake, boil or fry.  TIP: marinate with lemon or lime juice. 

Cho cho can be stored for up to one week in the fridge or cool dark place.

 

Green Banana 

Green banana is treated like a vegetable the Caribbean. It is savoury and must be cooked before eating. whether steamed in its skin boiled or fried. Full of potassium and fibre, green banana is the perfect accompaniment to traditional and contemporary Caribbean dishes.

Store in a cool dark place and consume within 3-5 days otherwise it will ripen and turn yellow and sweet.

 

Lime 

Limes are a staple citrus fruit of the Caribbean, packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Limes add zing to refreshing fruit drink and cocktails.

Store in the fridge and be careful not to squash them to preserve for longer. Use within one week of purchase if stored in a cool dark place but will last a few days longer in the fridge.

 

Okra

 

This savoury snack is packed full of calcium and vitamins C, K and A. It’s also known as Lady Fingers. Tastes delicious with Caribbean style steamed fish.

Store fresh okra in a paper bag or wrapped in a paper towel and place in the fridge. Use within 2-3 days of purchase. Can be frozen whole.

 

 

Pineapple



This sweet and juicy fruit favourite is part of our logo and eaten all across the Caribbean. It can add balance to savoury and sweet dishes, and it can be perfect for snacks, salads, juices and more. 

Store at room temperature and consume within 3-5 days

 

Plantain



Plantains look like oversized bananas but must not be eaten raw. They can be green (less sweet) or yellow (sweeter) or black (overripe) They are a staple in Caribbean cuisine often eaten as at of a main meal or a snack. Overripe plantains can be mashed into stews or added into a fritter mix.

 

Store plantain at room temperature and  consume within 3-5 days Plantain can be frozen for 6-12 months if peeled and cut. Fry  plantain from frozen do not defrost.

 

 

 

Pumpkin 



Caribbean pumpkin is also commonly called calabaza, adding  colour and vibrancy to lively Caribbean cuisines. They are the staple ingredient in soups and puddings

Uncut pumpkin can last for at least three months if stored in cool dark place. 

 

Cut pumpkin: store in the fridge, it can be wrapped in cling film to retain freshness. Consume within 5-7 days.

 

Scallion (spring onion) 

Also known as green onions are the slightly larger brother of the spring onion. These mild tasting onions can be cooked or eaten raw, diced into soups, seafood, sandwiches, stir fry’s and curries. 

Store in a bag in the vegetable section of the fridge and consume within 1- 2 weeks.

 

Scotch Bonnet Pepper. 

also known as Bonney peppers, or Caribbean red peppers, is named for its resemblance to the Scottish tam o' shunter hat. They can have a heat rating of a hot 80,000–400,000 Scoville units.

Store at room temperature in a cool dark place and consume within 5-7 days. Can be kept in a resealable bag for up to three weeks. Can be frozen on purchase and stored in freezer.

 

Sweet Potato (white)



The white sweet potato is a great alternative to the standard potato which has a more crumbly and dry texture than starchy potatoes. Full of potassium and vitamins A B and C

 

Store in a cool dark place and consume within 2 weeks.

Thyme



This hardy flavoursome herb is a favourite in many Caribbean cuisines, especially stews, soups and savoury dishes

Wash and wrap in kitchen paper, place in a bag and store in the fridge. Consume within 5-6 days. Dried thyme should be kept in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

 

 

Yam (white)

 

Yams are full of fibre and minerals, a versatile tuber and a great alternative to potatoes and can be roasted, fried, boiled and mashed. Popular in Caribbean soups and stews.

Uncut: store in cool dark place, consume within 2 weeks.

Cut: keep in the fridge and consume within 5 days.

Can be frozen on purchase, peel and store in freezer.

 

 

Cassava

Cassava

Also known as manioc or yuca, a root vegetable native to the Caribbean, Central and South America. Cassava is used in many of the same ways as the potato. There are two main varieties: bitter and sweet. The former is toxic, and must be treated before consumption, whereas the more watery sweet cassava can be eaten raw.

Uncut:

Unpeeled cassava should be stored in a cool, dry place where it will last one week.

 

Cut:

Once the cassava is peeled and cut, it will last two to three weeks in the refrigerator covered with water

 

 

Papaya

Papaya (pawpaw) is a tropical fruit with orange-coloured, sweet flesh and edible seeds that have a peppery flavour. The papaya tree is grown in many other tropical areas around the world and often used in Caribbean cuisines, either raw or cooked,

from salads and chutneys to stir-fries and desserts. It's also tasty in beverages and smoothies and very sweet when ripened.

Papaya has a short shelf life, so it needs to stored well. Papaya will ripen within a few days at room temperature and even faster in a paper bag. Once ripe, it will quickly turn to mush if not properly stored. Ripe papaya should be refrigerated to slow down the ripening process. The whole fruit should keep in a plastic bag for about a week but can be frozen as soon as it is cut.

 

 

Breadfruit is a Caribbean favourite and grown in  slightly soft fruit with an even colour and small globules of latex on the surface. Ripe breadfruit has creamy to yellow flesh, is slightly pasty in texture and is sweet to the taste. Unripe varieties are firm and evenly green. High in vitamin C, magnesium and B1

 

Breadfruit can be eaten raw when ripe or cooked when unripe. It is cooked in the same way as potatoes. The white flesh has a bread-like texture and is popular roasted and accompanied with other Caribbean recipes. Avoid immature breadfruit which tends to be bright green with bumpy raised skin.

Breadfruit has a short shelf life.

 

To keep for a short period of time, place it in a cool, dark place, or put it in cold water to keep it for longer.

 

Baked or roasted breadfruit can be kept for one to two days without refrigeration.  For a mature breadfruit The skin will be greenish-yellow and turning brown between the surface segments. The flesh will be firm and ready to consume

Cut: keep in the fridge and consume within 5 days.

Can be frozen on purchase, peel and store in freezer.

Jelly Coconut

 

 

Jelly Coconut

A coconut is a fruit that is grown on tall trees all throughout the Caribbean. The coconut has so many uses. The exterior is hard but inside contains the white edible part which is called the jelly. Coconut water derives from this and is good for hydrating and flushing the digestive system. Contains vitamin B and potassium.

Dried coconut is also used to make milk which is used in Caribbean rice and peas, cakes and pastries

Cut:

Store coconut water  in the fridge, but it will only last for 1-2 days. It is best not to keep coconut water out of the fridge for more than 3 or 4 hours.

 

Uncut:

Fresh uncut coconuts can last up to four months but jelly coconuts last up to four days  - store in a cool dark place or in the fridge.

Please note that that tropical fruits and vegetables may be subject to availability and substituted due to seasonality.

Storage Instructions: Please store your fruit and vegetables in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Some may prefer to refrigerate

Please wash your fruit and vegetables before storage and use.

Did you know?  - Fruit and vegetables ripen faster when placed next to yellow bananas.