Tropical fruits are fruits that grow in a tropical area.
The climate for these fruits to thrive and grow is humid hot and it never freezes.
🗺️ Tropical Places
Tropical or so-called exotic fruits come from places close to the equator, the tropical climate belt.
The weather there is mostly warm or hot the whole year round with a humidity level higher than 65%.
The seasons are limited to the hot or wet season (monsoon).
The tropical climate is completely frost-free.
This is why these exotic fruits can only grow in this particular climate.
Most well known tropical places/countries:
This is to give you an idea of which countries are known to have tropical climates.
Note that the list of tropical climate countries is larger.
- Caribbean islands
- Sri Lanka
Tropical fruits such as Bananas travel usually miles to get into your grocery basket.
Yet, certain countries such as the US are lucky to have various climates in one country.
So, for example, tropical fruits can be grown in Florida as well. That way the fruits don't need to travel that far.
👍 Travel to Taste Tropical Fruits
Yet if the tropical fruits don't come to you, why don't you travel to the fruits?
There is a growing number of travelers (including myself) who travel not only to discover a place and its culture but also to get to know the local cuisine and the local produce.
And what better way than immersing yourself into the surrounding by tasting the gorgeous-looking fruits from a bazaar somewhere in the Caribbeans or South East Asia?
Our forefathers were mesmerized by the exotic fruits which they discovered on their traveling trading adventures across the globe.
Cashew, Cocoa (Chocolate), Tamarind, and Chili traveled that way across the seas and each found a place somewhere else.
We just continue the quest for the grail of all tropical fruits, for the fruity aha effect which we oh so love each time we find something that the world needs to see!
The diversity of fruits and the fruit varieties might just be in jeopardy due to mass productions and laboratory-altered seeds.
Mother nature has much more to offer and fruit diversity might just turn into a newfound passion for you.
🛒 Buying Options
Tropical and exotic fruits are sold in large supermarket stores all year round. Some appear during certain seasons, others, such as the pineapple, are commonly sold in summers.
Small neighborhood Caribbean and Asian stores sell fresh tropical fruits too in cities. That's how you may come across fruits like jackfruit and breadfruit.
Specialized online Etsy farm stores sell some of their seasonal fruits online. Many are located in Florida or Hawaii.
Rare country-specific fruit varieties may not appear in your supermarkets and neighborhood stores because they can't be transported.
Fruits that fall into this category include the cashew fruit and lulo fruit. They are fragile and get easily bruised. In that case, I recommend traveling more to discover exotic fruit varieties!
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