12 Tropical Fruits from Hawaii and Florida You Need to Try
Guava – This is one that we ate when I was in Hawaii. We found it growing wild on our hikes. They started out green and turned yellow as they ripened. The inside was a nice pink color with seeds. My favorite was when they started to turn yellow because they were sweet! My husband liked the green ones because they were sour.
Cactus Pear – I had never heard of this kind of a pear before I saw it in a little shop in Florida. It looked like a pear that had a bunch of spikes shaved off of it. I had to try it. When I cut it in half there were many seeds on the inside. Most of the inside was covered in the seeds, so I was confused on how to eat it. It was a lighter green on the inside. Then the seeds were almost in a yellow/green color. The seeds reminded me of guava seeds, I couldn’t chew through them. I decided to just eat the seeds along with the fruit. I couldn’t chew the seeds, so I just swallowed them.
Pineapple – These are more common to find. The genetically modified pineapples are the ones that are found in most stores, and that is what we found. They don’t have the spikes on them that could hurt you. If you find a pineapple with big spikes on them, those are the real ones! I have not tried one of those, but I hear the flavor is much better. Pineapple is a nice yellow color on the inside and is sweet and tart at the same time. I like this fruit, but I can’t eat a lot of it.
Ramadan – This fruit is my favorite looking fruit. The spiky red outside makes it look really fun! I wasn’t sure how to eat it, but I bought it anyway. I found out that I just need to break through the outside layer and there was a white sphere on the inside. The white part is the edible part, but it had a seed in the middle of it. There isn’t much fruit around the seed, but it is nice and sweet.
Kiwi – I love kiwis! They are sweet and a little sour, so I can only have about two of them and my mouth needs a break. I love the nice green color on the inside with a white middle and black seeds.
Papaya – The papaya I bought was nice and ripe! It was long and thin, so I decided to cut it the hot dog way. It was easy to cut through and had black seeds on the inside that fell out easily. I had to scoop out the rest of the seeds before I cut up the rest of the papaya. I cut the papaya in a lot of smaller pieces. The fruit was a nice light orange color and was very soft to chew. This would be good a young baby learning to eat who don’t have many teeth!
Mango – This is one of my favorite tropical fruits! I love all of the fruits, but this one is very sweet. A mango has a big seed on the inside of it and it is very stringy. To eat the mango, don’t bite the fruit, it is best to cut it. Otherwise, it is too hard to bite through nicely. When cutting the fruit, cut it on both sides of the seed. Then take each half and cut a few strips vertically and horizontally while not cutting through the skin. After that, push the skin up and the mango squares should pop out! Then you can eat the mango in bites this way, it is much easier. Eat the fruit when it is starting to get soft on the outside. After a while, you will know the firmness you prefer to eat.
Kumquat – This is like a tiny orange that grows on trees. When we were on a walk in Florida they were on the side of the trail. They are about ½ inch in diameter and green. We peeled it like an orange and the inside was a light orange/yellow color. I took a bite and it was super sour! I gave away the rest of mine. It had good flavor, I just can’t handle the tartness it had. But it was fun to try it.
Mini Guavas – I don’t know the name of these for sure, but we found them in Hawaii when we were walking past the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. There were a bunch of them and we gave them a try. They reminded us of a guava, but smaller. They had similar taste and texture, just not as sweet as a guava. They were easy to load up in your pockets for snacks!
Bananas – The bananas from the trees of Florida and Hawaii have a different taste than store bought ones. They have a more solid texture and don’t have that chalky flavor.
Plumb – The plumb I tried was a deep red/purple color and it was pretty big. It had one seed in the middle that came out easily when I cut it in half. Then I sliced the rest of it. I enjoyed the flavor. It was a little sweet, I always like those!
Starfruit – Last, but not least… starfruit! In Hawaii, this tree was at the resort we stayed at. I think I ate all the ripe ones off the trees. My daughter and I were eating this fruit many times a day. It is not as sweet as a mango, but it was very juicy.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the amazing tropical fruits!