Monday, April 4, 2011

Tropical Fruits

This afternoon we went to the Farmer's market and bought different types of tropical fruits found on the island.  It was really fun opening up and tasting each fruit.

Apple Banana

Apple Bananas are a type of bananas that are short and fat.  They taste sour and sweet and it is important to wait until the peel of this banana is near black before eating to get the full flavor.  


At the market we saw different types of avocados. Some are very large and oval shape and some are round and small.  I don't like avocados but my dad said that some have a more buttery taste than others.


Ketembilla grows on a small spiny tree and has these small purple fruit that look like large purple grapes. They taste sweet inside but the skin is very sour and there is a small pit inside.   

Passion Fruit

The passion fruit is sour and slimy inside and has crunchy seeds that you can eat. You only eat the inside.  It has a really strong and sweet smell.  I like the smell but not the taste. I especially don't like how it feels in my mouth.


The papaya tastes like an overripe melon. Just like a melon you scoop out the seeds before eating.

Star Fruit

The star fruit is the prettiest and I think the tastiest of the tropical fruits I tried. It is sweet and juicy and tastes a little bit like an apple pear. 


The Rambutan is the hairiest fruit ever.  Once you peel the skin, there is a oval shaped fruit that tastes like the inside of a grape.  There is a big pit inside. 

Mystery Fruit

We bought this fruit, but we forgot to ask what it was.  It has a very bland taste.  Its texture (what it feels like in your mouth) is like a ripe pear.  Does anyone know what it is? 

Have you ever tried any of these fruits?

Which one was your favorite?


  1. Dear Miriam,

    Wow! I love your post about tropical fruits! My favorite fruit is the apple bananas because they are very tasty. You asked what was your favorite fruit, and my favorite fruit is also the banana.

    I know that you were in Hawaii, and I go every year so I thought that I could share what I eat for breakfast. I usually eat chocolate chip pancakes with coconut syrup . Boy this is making me hungry got to go.

    I have some questions for you:

    What is your favorite fruit?

    When you were in Hawaii did you have chocolate chip pancakes?


  2. Dear Miriam,
    Yummy post!
    I love your photos of all the tropical fruits you bought.

    Interesting in Australia we call apple bananas lady Fingers bananas.

    My mum loves eating bananas.

    We have Avocados too.

    We also have Passion fruit and we have Papaya.

    I have never heard of the fruit called Ketembilla.

    As for your Mystery Fruit  I have never seen of it before.

    From your pal,

  3. Dear Miriam,

    Great post! I am not sure what these fruits are I have never heard of them:Rainbutan and Ketembilla. If you have a chance please reply! Common fruits around where I live and also probably where you live too are: Apple, Orange, Pear and many many others! Keep up the good work! Happy Blogging!

    Best Wishes,
    Taylor :) in Mr. Salsich's class

  4. mmmmmmhh...I love apple bananas!! I miss them so much! Aren't they delicious? I used to eat them for breakfast, two at a time. I love that they are a little bit sour compared to regular bananas. How come they don't grow apple bananas here? Maybe you can plant some and we can eat them stateside too. Love you,


  5. Dear Miriam,

    Those fruits look so delicious! My favorite fruit is peach because it is very juicy. I think that fruit you posted was a mango.

    I love the photographs you took because they were not blurry. You should be a photographer when you grow up!

    I have been to Hawaii many times, and the fruits I saw were papaya , mango and, pineapple.

    Have you ever tried any fruits I mentioned?


    Nicole's ( uncle)

  6. @Alexa,

    Thank you for leaving me a nice comment. I like apple bananas too but they are not my favorite fruit. My favorite fruit is the star fruit.

    I didn't have chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast but it sure sounds delicious.

    What island do you go to in Hawaii?


  7. Dear Miriam,

    This was a great post about your trip to Hawaii. One of my favorite things about travelling to different places is trying all the different foods that grow there.

    I have had about half of the fruits in your post. I ate all different kinds of bananas in Belize and Costa Rica. I didn't learn all their names, but it was fun to eat the tiny ones called "finger bananas."

    There are lots of Avocado trees in Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica so I ate lots of those. In Belize they call them "butter pears." I think that is a pretty good name for them because they can taste creamy like butter and they are shaped like a pear.

    I love papaya!

    In Costa Rica I had rambutan. I used to buy a bag of them for long bus rides. It is a very strange fruit but I really liked it. The inside is so juicy!

    I'm curious, does Hawaii have mangoes? They are probably my favorite fruit and they come in so many different varieties.

    Mr. Salsich

  8. Dear Miriam,
    I was thinking a lot about what could the "mystery" fruit be? So I decided to do some research. I found an interesting website that lists photos and a descriptions of many tropical fruits. One of the fruits on the website that resembles your mystery fruit is Sapodilla. Similiar to the mystery fruit, sapodilla has 2-5 oval black seed and tastes somewhat like a pear.

    What do you think?


  9. Miriam,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. Your post was very interesting. I love to learn about new things, especially food. I love the pictures you posted of these tropical fruits. I have never tried any of them but would probably like the star fruit best. It looks tasty and is aesthetically appealing as well. I have many favorite fruits including, strawberries, bananas, peaches, and apples.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. Hi Miriam,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I really enjoyed reading about the different types of fruit on your blog. I have never tried or heard of most of them, but I would really like to try them one day. I think the most interesting of the fruit was the star fruit. It seems like you had a good time trying all of them!

  11. Dear Miriam,

    I just love coming to your blog and leaving a comment! Your blog has a different variety of posts, so it is very interesting to look what posts you have come up with.

    I love tropical fruits. I enjoy eating avocados because I think that they feel mushy. It is hard to believe that I love tropical fruits and I have only tried the avocado out of all of the fruits you wrote about.

    I am going to try to find some of the fruits that you wrote about at the next farmers' market I go to.

    What is your favorite fruit to look at?



  12. Dear Miriam,

    Your post about tropical fruits is great! I learned a lot from it. I had no idea what the ketembilla, rambutan, or the star fruit was!

    The only tropical fruit I have eaten that you mentioned is the avocado, and I think it is delicious!

    I think the apple banana would be an interesting fruit to eat!

    Your friend,


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