One of the best parts of visiting a warm, tropical island is the food! Enjoy fresh-caught fish, unique herbs, and tropical veggies like purple sweet potato and kabocha squash. For a true “taste of the islands,” try these 10 Hawaii fruits. Not only are they exotic and delicious, they are also very good for you!
10 Must-Try Hawaii Fruits
One delicious fruit rarely found outside the tropics, lychee is a small fruit with a red, bumpy skin surrounding a juicy, white interior. Lychee abundantly grows on huge evergreen trees, and when in season can be bought in bulk. To eat, simply peel off the rind and enjoy! (Just spit out the seed in the center). Lychee tastes a lot like a grape, but with a distinct tropical flavor.
It’s hard to imagine visiting Hawaii without enjoying a slice of fresh mango! Like many other popular tropical fruits, mango is widely available on the islands. Look for some of the unique local varieties like Hayden, Golden Glow or Makaha.
Unlike the imported papayas that you’ll find in health food stores, local Hawaii papayas come in a dazzling array of colorful sizes and flavors. Farmers will ship these by the truckload, and they are one of the most affordable and abundant fruits on the islands. Try varieties like “rainbow papaya” with a little salt and a dash of lime.
Pineapple grows abundantly on the Hawaiian Islands, with commercial plantations still operating on Maui. Head to the farmers’ market and see if you can find “white pineapple,” a local variety that has a sweeter flavor and lower acidic content than the common gold pineapple.
One of the more uncommon Hawaii fruits, soursop is an odd-looking, spiky green fruit with a white interior. Although sometimes eaten raw, soursop most popular when made into drinks, smoothies and even ice cream. It is very high in antioxidants and is showing promise for fighting cancer and inflammation.
Very rare outside the tropics, and one of nature’s most potent superfoods, mangosteen is a real treat! This fruit has a dark purple exterior, with creamy segments inside that resemble a white tangerine. The taste is hard to describe, but it is absolutely delicious. Mangosteen is a rich source of potassium and vitamin C, and is showing great promise in helping fight and prevent cancer.
7. Lilikoi (passionfruit)
One of Hawaii’s most popular fruits, lilikoi comes from a vigorous vine and comes in purple, yellow and even orange. Inside the rind is a colorful yellow pulp and edible purple seeds. Lilikoi is delectably fragrant, and delicious eaten raw, or juiced and added to desserts and cocktails.
Guava is one of the most abundant fruits on the Hawaiian Islands. It’s so common, in fact, that it’s considered invasive. Keep an eye out for the colorful fruits, which are delicious raw off the tree. Several varieties are widely available, including honey guava, strawberry guava and pink apple guava.
9. Dragon fruit (pitaya)
One of the strangest fruits you’ll ever see, dragon fruit is a brightly colored fruit that comes from a tall, cactus-like plant. Don’t be intimidated by its flashy looks: dragon fruit has a mild, pear-like flavor and is a rich source of fiber and vitamin C.
One of the most beautiful Hawaii fruits, starfruit is a juicy, soft fruit that grows abundantly on trees when in season. You can eat the whole thing, thin skin and all. It has a mild, apple flavor, and is very refreshing. Look for it at farmers’ markets.
Want to enjoy these tropical fruits in a new way? Stop by Alchemy Maui or your nearest store that carries Valley Isle Kombucha! We proudly create our kombucha flavors with real, organic and locally grown Hawaii fruits.