Local Caribbean Fruits
Provided you are traveling in the right season, a vacation in the Caribbean islands is often your best chance to experience the finest beaches and unbelievably clear waters in the world. You’ll might also be surprised by the hospitality of the Caribbean nations or their incredible music and dances. But there is also another treasure of these tropical paradises that people often neglect: their local fruits and vegetables. Ripped by the hot, Caribbean sun, many of these exotic fruits never make it to European or American tables. Therefore, make the best of your staying here and try out some of the delicious local Caribbean fruit:
Known as star apple or cainito this fruit bears little resemblance to the common apple. It has a purple, waxy skin (which must be removed before consummation) and a juicy pulp, usually white or pinkish. Cutting the fruit transversally will reveal a star like pattern – hence the name.
The tropical climate of the Caribbean allows guava trees to grow (guava is a cold-sensitive plant) and therefore guavas have become a popular ingredient in Caribbean cuisine. Guava is usually associated with salty foods and its juice is served as refreshment in Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Plantain is not necessarily a fruit typical for the Caribbean, although it is widely cultivates and used in the region. Unlike its close relative, the banana, plantain is less sweet and more starchy, which makes it a common food ingredient. Plantain is rarely consumed raw, however it becomes quite tasty when fried – you will find it as banana chips.
This pear-like fruit with a waxy green skin seems to have its origins in Jamaica, where it was first cultivated in the 17th century. Since then, avocado has entered many cuisines, especially Mexican and North American, where it is used in salads and sauces.
Abricot is the one fruit you shouldn’t miss in your Caribbean itinerary. The fruit can be found only in Haiti and has the dimension of a small melon, an orange pulp and brown seeds. It’s a very rare fruit and therefore not the kind you’ll find at the supermarket.
Orangelo is a hybrid fruit, resulted from cross-fertilization of orange and grapefruit. The variety was first created in Puerto Rico, so this is the likeliest place to find it. Orangelo resembles both fruits as a taste, with the exception that it is slightly sweeter than grapefruits.