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Tropical Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday September 19, 2018 comments Tags: free noni farm tour, Noni farm tour, canoe plants

Aloha!

When visiting the beautiful island of Hawaii, it’s fun to try new and exotic fruit. Hawaii is blessed with a warm climate, perfect for growing a variety of tropical fruits year round. We actually grow several types of Hawaiian fruit on our Organic Noni farm and love to share with those on the farm tour with us. Since not everyone is able to visit us, I would like to take some time a personally bring a piece of Hawaii to you! Below is a little about some of the amazing fruit that grows here in Hawaii. To read about Hawaiian flowers click here!

Pitaya

Loaded with natural antioxidants and vitamin C, the pitaya or dragon fruit is easily recognized by its hot pink skin. When cut, it has transparent white flesh (texture similar to a kiwi), freckled with tiny black seeds and taste between a pear and a kiwi. These are excellent in smoothies or a fresh fruit salad.

Starfruit

Starfruit is easily recognisable with its yellow waxy skin and starlike shape when cut open. You can eat the whole fruit skin and all. Individuals likened the taste to grapes with a citrus overtone. Starfruit are used mostly eaten raw or juiced.

Breadfruit

The ancient Polynesians discovered this amazing fruit approximately 3,000 years ago. The name derived from the texture of the cooked fruit having a potato like/baked bread flavor. Local Hawaiians substitute bread fruit for pizza crusts and nachos! A must try when visiting us here in Hawaii.

Lilikoi

Growing wild around our island of Kauai are three varieties of the fragrant lilikoi or passion fruit. You will recognize lilikoi by either its dark purple color and oval shape, its glossy yellow and round shape or my favorite the small orange oval shaped. The fruit can be eaten raw or juiced. The flowers are absolutely beautiful and very fragrant. Look for these on the free Noni farm tour!

Bananas

Packed with vitamins B6, potassium, and fiber, there are over 70 varieties of bananas here on the islands of Hawaii. We use bananas in our Banana Noni Fruit Leather. They are a match made in Hawaii. Click here to read more about the nutritional benefits of noni fruit and bananas

Did you know? Banana trees are not trees, but technically part of the herb family genus Musa.

Lychee

Lychee season is from May to June. When ripe, lychees are bright red. They are sweet and juicy similar to a peeled grape. We grow them here on the farm and love to share with those who join us on our farm tours.

Mangoes

If you are visiting us from June through October, make sure try Hawaiian mangoes. With over 60 different varieties to choose from it’s a local favorite bursting with flavor and natural antioxidants.

 Did you know? For a boost of vitamin C, consume a green mango. For an extra boost of vitamin A, choose a mango at the peak of ripeness. To read more about vitamin C click here

Pineapples

There are two types of pineapples in Hawaii, yellow and white. We all know about yellow pineapples through the various pineapple brands found in grocery stores nationwide. However, white pineapple is almost exclusive to Hawaii. White pineapples are very sweet and juicy. A must try when visiting us here on the islands.

Did you know? It takes approximately two and a half years for a pineapple to bear fruit.

Papayas

Called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papayas are loaded with vitamins, natural antioxidants, calcium, beta carotene, and magnesium. To choose a ripe papaya, look for skin that is turning from green to yellow. The fruit should give slightly when gently pressing on the fruit itself and the fragrance once cutting the fruit open is to die for!

Coconut

There’s nothing like drinking coconut water straight from the source! Coconut water and coconut meat itself are both delicious and filled with vitamins, natural antioxidants, potassium, and magnesium.  

Did you know? Coconut milk is made from squeezing the coconut meat.

Jackfruit

When it comes to a “jack of all trades” the jackfruit has you covered. Jackfruit tastes much like a combination of pineapple and lychee when mature. My favorite is a mango and jackfruit smoothie. However, jackfruit can also be cooked when it’s still green and be used as a meat replacement in many vegan and vegetarian dishes. Give it a try!

Mangosteen

July to September is prime to obtain mangosteen. Originally from southeast Asia, this fruit is high in natural antioxidants and used frequently in skin care. Mangosteen can be identified by its thick purple skin. Inside a mangosteen contains white juicy segments much like an orange. Many have likened the taste to a combination of peach and lychee. Try it and decide for yourselves!

Noni Fruit

Green and hard like a potato when unripe turning white and soft like a tomato when matured, noni fruit (also called a canoe plant) is very unique. Noni trees make a fruit first at the terminal bud of every limb and then the flowers come out of the fruit allowing the bees to bring vitamins and minerals to the fruit while it is still growing! Noni fruit has a strong blue cheese smell and flavor. Don’t let that turn you away! Noni fruit is packed with over 165 beneficial compounds, including natural antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote good health. We take you through the noni orchard and let you taste the raw fruit for yourself on your free organic noni farm and wellness tour. Click here to learn more!

Source:
https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
http://foodfacts.mercola.com/coconut.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut
https://kukuiula.com/fruits-youve-never-heard-of-kauai/
http://travelphotodiscovery.com/tropical-fruit-from-hawaii/

Lola Frailey

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