There’s nothing that can make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean quite like taking a bite of a piece of delicious, sun-ripened tropical fruit! Exotic, tropical fruits are fun to find and enjoy during your visit! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites here:
Genip – This summer fruit is a local favorite, and if you’re here in the summer months, you’ll see it for sale in Cruz Bay, and children running around with branches laden with the little fruits. The green fruits grow in clusters on branches, and have a rough, thick skin. You’ll want to bite the skin/outer shell, cracking it open to get the fruit inside. The fruit itself has a tart, tangy taste and soft texture similar to it’s cousin the lychee. You don’t eat or chew it – it’s best to suck the creamy pulp off the hard seed. Discard the seed and go back for more!
Sugar Apple – This tropical fruit grows on small trees or shrubs and is round with a very lumpy skin. They’re greenish brown and the flesh inside is white. This lumpy, seedy fruit is tricky to eat but well worth it. The flesh around the seeds is sweet and delicious, resembling custard. Break the sugar apple in two and eat with a spoon, making sure not to eat the seeds – spit these out!
Passion Fruit – Yet another seedy fruit, this one is tart and tangy! The passionfruit vine produces gorgeous flowers that produce a round fruit about the size of a tennis ball that ranges in color from green to purple. Slice it open and you’ll find tons of black seeds and a vibrant orange pulp. The seeds are edible and crunchy. Enjoy the fruit spooned over yogurt, ice cream or other sweets, or try a local favorite where you add lots of sugar and water through a sieve to create delicious passionfruit juice that’s tart and sweet!
We have additional favorites like Mango, Key Lime, Coconut, Guava and more. Read about them here!