Fruit of the month: Tropical fruits

Published: April, 2021

Tropical fruits are those native to warm, tropical climates and include everyday favorites such as bananas and oranges. Here, we're highlighting a few slightly more exotic choices that deserve a place on your shopping list at least once in a while. Try these suggestions when you're craving something sweet for a snack or after dinner.

Pineapple. Sure, canned pineapple is convenient, but the flavor of a fresh pineapple is far more vibrant. Try pineapple chunks tossed with chopped fresh mint.

Mango. The pale orange, creamy flesh of ripe mango has a sweet, slightly spicy or pine-like flavor, according to some people. To serve, slice the mango close to the pit, then score the flesh crosswise, as shown above. If you like spicy food, sprinkle with a little chili powder.

Papaya. These large, pear-shaped fruits have reddish-orange flesh with a flavor akin to a melon with a faint floral quality. If you like, you can eat the black seeds, which have a peppery bite. Scoop the flesh out with a melon baller or spoon. A squeeze of fresh lime juice helps temper the sweetness.

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