Have you ever visited a tropical country? Watched a movie in which you were able to get the vibe of tropical countries? Or, even imagined tropical countries? Well, if you have done any of the following, I am sure that if I would ask you what is the image that comes to your mind you would either say sun, happiness, smiles, or … fruits! Tropical fruit perhaps?
Well, do you think that people living in tropical countries, also known as tropical paradise are happier? Or are you at least under that impression? Do you think it is the sun, the weather, the sea, or even maybe all of these together?
Let me burst your fantasy for one minute, I actually grew in a tropical country, and I can say that perhaps the sun, weather, and all of these magnificent things do keep people happier, it is also the way that people eat in these countries that makes them not only healthier, but also happier! And that is all thanks to tropical fruits! Yes, blame it on the tropical fruit.
What is a Tropical Fruit?
First of all, lets clarify what does fruit mean. Well, the term fruit – believe it or not- can have a couple of different meanings. And, actually in gardening and botanic related activities and studies- such as botanical biology- a fruit corresponds to the ripened ovary of a plant that is flowering, and that contains seeds that can lead to the reproduction of that species.
So, unlike animals or humans, plants multiply by disseminating their seeds through their fruits. How amazing! Isn’t it? And that is actually real, you can simply grab de seed of a fruit that you finish and simply plant it, and it will grow more of the same fruit. That is why tropical fruits are fantastic!
Anyways, in this article I am referring to tropical fruits as delicious food that you should definitely try to benefit from its multiple health benefits! So, I will leave all of the rest of the fruits aside, and only focus on tropical fruit.
But, what exactly are tropical fruits? You are probably wondering. Are bananas considered a tropical fruit? Is coconut a tropical fruit? Well, lets jump then to define the meaning of tropical fruit and which exactly are tropical fruits.
Well, tropical fruit refers to fruits that originate in the tropics. So, tropical actually makes reference to the tropics. And, the tropics refer to the area of Earth that is positioned in the middle of the equator, limited in the North by the Tropic of Cancer and, limited in the south by the Tropic of Capricorn.
Thus, all fruits that originate and grow in this area, are called tropical fruits. And, it is precisely the climate that this area has there that allows these fruits to grow there. Precisely, a subtropical climate, which consists of warm weather- these tropical fruits do not tolerate cold weathers and at the least frost or snow.
To be honest, there are so many tropical fruits that you can actually eat, that it is difficult to list them all here. But, I have gathered some of the most well known and some of the most delicious tropical fruits, as well as the tropical fruits that have excellent health benefits for your health, so you can already start to include them in your grocery shopping!
If you cannot recognize a tropical fruit name, simply read more beneath as along with the tropical fruit name there will be a link to a picture, for you to buy next time and include in your weekly menu. Here you will find a tropical fruits list to get you started with some of the best.
Tropical Fruits List
Some of the most beneficial tropical fruits are probably already known to you, buy in case you have not had the chance to try them; here is a list of tropical fruits that are excellent for your health.
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Common tropical fruits that most people eat include bananas, pineapples and oranges. However, many other tropical fruits are available for eating fresh, in salads, juices and desserts. Local grocery stores and fresh markets carry fruits grown all over the world, making exotic tropical fruits grown in faraway countries easily available to everyone.
Benefits of Tropical Fruits
If I could make a tropical fruits list it would be never ending, this is why I have decided to shorten the list of tropical fruits that are most common and which have great health benefits for your body, mind and which amount for excellent nutritious food.
Papayas are actually native to Mexico, even though is now a popular fruit and can be found in many other countries. The truth is that papaya is a very healthy tropical fruit that is very high in vitamins A and C, and not just that but is super rich in fiber.
Papaya contains an enzyme known as papain, which is great for your digestion, and if you are a meat lover, you can tenderize your meat with papaya, as papain makes the trick!
Papaya is high in water and has very powerful antioxidant properties. All of these are great for asthma prevention, bone health, diabetes, heart disease, digestion, skin healing, hair health, inflammation, and even sleep!
All of these thanks to its high amounts of fiber, potassium vitamins, choline and papain, just to name a few. Because the list goes on and on…
Coconut is a magnificent tropical fruit that supports your immune system’s health. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti parasites. Could we ask for something else? Well, do not forget delicious!
Actually, coconut can provide a very quick boost of energy and can enhance physical performance. It is also great to improve digestion, as it is rich in nutrients, minerals and vitamins
Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. And it also promotes weight loss (what a magnificent hint, right?). And if that was not enough, it also promotes healthy hair and skin.
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Mango, apart from being a sweetly delicious tropical fruit, is loaded with fiber, pectin and vitamin A and C, which help you lowers your cholesterol, clear your skin, improve your eye health, alkalize your whole body, and improve your digestion.
And if you still are not that convinced, mangoes actually boost your immune system and are great to eat during warm weather, as their skin protects them from the hot weather and they can last for longer periods. In here, there is a delicious recipe of a mango smoothie for you to get started!
A tropical fruit that is sweet and sour is pineapple. Pineapple is very high in fiber, vitamin C and A, and it contains an enzyme called bromelain.
One of the most celebrated uses of pineapple in terms of health is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles. But, pineapple is also a great tropical fruit to boost your immune system- this because of its high amount in Vitamin C.
Additionally, pineapple is great to heal and speed up wound healing. And surprisingly, pineapple is also good to promote your oral health! As it has astringent properties which, strengthen your gums and teeth.
So, if you are up for the challenge, here are some ideas of how you can eat tropical fruits!
Tropical Fruit Salad
Now that you know the benefits of tropical fruits, here is a nice tropical fruit salad recipe for you to make next time you feel like it.
· Half pineapple
· One ripe mango
· One papaya (without the seeds)
· Two kiwi fruits
· The juice of half of a lime
· Two tablespoons of sugar, can be brown sugar
· 250 grams of plain yoghurt, preferably Greek
Method of Preparation
- Cut the outer skin of the pineapple and trim out the hard core, making sure you only leave the softer pieces of the pineapple flesh. Cut it into medium sized chunks and put it in a bowl. Reserve.
- Cut the mango by half, and get out as much flesh as you can with the help of a spoon, leave the core out and separate the skin. Cut into small cubes and add to the pineapple bowl.
- Cut the papaya in half horizontally, and make sure you scoop out all of the little black seeds that the papaya has inside. Later, trim the skin out and cut the papaya in medium sized chunks. Place together with the mango and pineapple into the bowl.
- Peel the kiwi’s skin off and take the flesh out, cut it into small cubes and place into the bowl with the rest of the fruits.
- Add the limejuice over all of the tropical fruit.
- Add a spoon of yoghurt over the top of the tropical fruit salad and add sugar to your liking.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Another great way to try tropical fruits is in a tropical fruit smoothie, as they are healthy and refreshing, and the best is that making a tropical fruit smoothie takes little time and fills you with rich nutrients. Here is a recipe of a delicious an easy to make tropical fruit smoothie!
- 1 cup of ripe mango
- 1 cup of ice cubes or crushed ice
- ½ a cup of Greek yogurt or milk (for a thicker consistency, try yoghurt)
Method of Preparation
In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend until you get the desired consistency. If you wish, you can garnish with additional mango slices for decoration.
Tropical Fruit Punch
And if smoothies are not really for you, you can always try a tropical fruit punch, they are usually very refreshing and with great taste.
Here is a list of the ingredients that you need to prepare a tasty tropical fruit punch, all you need to do is mix all of them together, and enjoy with ice for a refreshing taste.
1 Package of Flavor-Aid Strawberry
1 Cup of ice cubes or crushed ice
2 Liters of Lemon-Lime Soda
½ Pineapple in Chunks
1 cup of sliced lime
1 cup of sliced strawberries
Sugar to taste