tropical fruits

Heart of Palm

Hearts of palm are the edible inner portion of the stem of the cabbage palm (Euterpe oleracea) - the same tree that produces the açaí berry. These delicate, ivory-colored gourmet treats resemble white asparagus, sans tips. They have a firm, smooth texture and a flavor similar to an artichoke. Each stalk is about 4 inches long and ranges in diameter from pencil-thin to 1 to 1 1/2 … [Read more...]


Pineapples are a tropical fruit and a native to South America. Brought to Hawaii in the 1700s, the pineapple has long been recognized as a symbol of hospitality. Three varieties are commonly available and include Smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish and Sugar Loaf. Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain the enzyme bromelain. Glycemic Index=59 Glycemic … [Read more...]


Cultivated in India for several thousand years, mangoes come in hundreds of varieties. With a taste described by many as a cross between a peach and a pineapple, mangoes make a delicious ingredient in sweet and savory salads, salsas, smoothies or desserts. These tropical fruits are high in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, as well as vitamin C. Culinary Caution! Be advised, these sweet … [Read more...]


Papayas are tropical fruits thought to be native to the Americas. The center of the fruit is filled with numerous tiny, glistening seeds, which are edible and can also be used as a decorative garnish. Varying in weight from half a pound to 20 pounds and in shape from round to banana-like, papayas provide a digestive enzyme called papain. While papayas are an excellent source … [Read more...]


Kiwi fruit is native to eastern Asia where several species of Actinidia grow wild. In the 20th century, seeds were taken from the Yangtze valley to New Zealand where commercial cultivation began in the 1930s. Many people liken the taste of kiwi fruit, to a combination of other fruits, including strawberries, nectarines, and pineapple. Kiwi is a an excellent source of vitamin C, with one … [Read more...]


Guavas are tropical fruits and are believed to have been first cultivated in Peru. The color of a guava's skin ranges from yellow to red to purple-black, with the flesh varying from pale yellow to bright red. Guava is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of fiber and is high in lycopene. Glycemic Index=38 Glycemic Load=6 Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=1,990 and … [Read more...]


Native to the tropics and subtropics, avocados are a unique fruit and concentrated source of nutrients. The California avocado has a smooth skin, while the Florida avocado (“alligator pear”) has a tough and wrinkled exterior. More like a nut than a fruit these South American natives supply heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, are high in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Avocados also contain … [Read more...]


Bananas were one of the first fruits to be cultivated by man and have the number one vote as Americans’ favorite fruit. A tropical fruit, the banana is best known for being a good source of the important mineral potassium. Green bananas are rich in fructoologosaccharides (FOS) that benefit gastrointestinal health and the amino acid tryptophan best known for its calming effect and use as a sleep … [Read more...]

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