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Tropical fruit nutrition

Published: March 29, 2019

Pinapple, mango, and papaya
Pinapple, mango, and papaya

There are numerous varieties of tropical fruit some of which are available in grocery stores many miles from where they are sourced.

Often these fruits are available year round and many compete (cost wise) with locally grown fruits.
Bananas, avocados, and pineapple have been popular fruits for decades, but increasingly other tropical fruits such as pomegranate, guava, papaya, mango, kiwifruit, passion fruit, and starfruit, are finding their way into people’s shopping baskets.
In general, fruit has been associated with providing health benefits if regularly consumed in adequate amounts.
Tropical fruits are no exception and often, as in the case of acai, it is proposed health benefits that bring a relatively unknown fruit to the public’s attention.
While you may be familiar with bananas, avocados, and pineapples, other tropical fruit may be a mystery to you, not only taste wise, but also by way of cultivation, selection, preparation, and serving methods.
Tropical fruits
The term tropical fruit refers to a botanically diverse group of fruit bearing plants indigenous to tropical regions.
As with most fruits, tropical fruits were originally gathered in the wild and/or grown and consumed locally.
However, commercial production now occurs in tropical and high temperature climatic zones most often in developing countries.
Improvements in harvesting, storage, and transport technology have promoted global consumption of a variety of tropical fruits.
While some tropical fruits cease to ripen once harvested, others continue to mature due to respirator and ethylene production. This allows fruit to be harvested prior to maturation and avoid spoilage in transit.
Tropical fruits are mostly affordable and...link to the full article to learn more.


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