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Rare Fruits found in the Dominican Republic


When visiting the Dominican Republic, you’ll be sure to notice the lush green surroundings and the exquisite plant variety. But if you don’t keep a sharp eye out you might miss some of the island’s most delicious tropical fruits. more...


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When visiting the Dominican Republic, you’ll be sure to notice the lush green surroundings and the exquisite plant variety. But if you don’t keep a sharp eye out you might miss some of the island’s most delicious tropical fruits. Don’t be fooled by the strange appearance of some of these tropical delicacies; if you venture to try one, you will not only be rewarded with a tasty treat but will also receive incredible nutritional benefits. Here are some fruits to sample during your next visit:

Anón. This fruit has the sweet luscious flavors of light custard. Anón grows on a small tree that only reaches around 15-20 feet in height. Its pale green to blue-green exterior has a texture similar to an artichoke and the cream colored flesh is usually filled with shiny dark colored seeds distributed in a pine-cone pattern. Anón has a high content of vitamin C and manganese and is also is a good source of thiamine, potassium and vitamin B6.

Passion Fruit. This small yellow fruit, -Known in the Dominican Republic as Chinola- grows on a vine with exotic, aromatic flowers. These fragrant blooms are made up of thin hair-like petals that are greenish-white with purple centers. These decorative vines are often used for thatching small outdoor areas and to create natural property boundaries. As the passion fruit matures on the vine, its skin begins to wrinkle and crumple, letting you know it’s ripe for the picking. On the table, the fruit is usually cut in half and the insides are scooped out of the inedible peel. The passion fruit’s inside is entirely made up of seeds encased in a tart zesty gel that can be used to make a flavorful citric juice. The fruit contains very good levels of vitamin-A, and dietary fiber; not to mention 118% of DV of Vitamin C.

Carambola is also known as star fruit, because it has five ridges that make a perfect star when sliced. You will find the Carambola fruit growing on a 12-30 foot tree in areas with direct sunlight and low wind. The trees start producing fruit when they reach 3-4 years of age. What can you expect when you bite into a carambola? The fruit has a sharp sour taste that is excellent for juices, homemade desserts and enticing decorative garnishes. They are light-green to dark yellow with waxy surface and taste the sweetest when they allowed to ripen on the tree (which generally takes 2 – 3 months). Carambola has high amounts of antioxidant phyto-nutrients polyphenolic flavonoids and Vitamin C.

Limoncillo is a small fruit with a hard outer shell a bit larger than a grape. After cracking open the skin you will find a round seed covered in a light succulent pulp that is a good source of phosphorous. This juicy and refreshing treat is a perfect snack for a hot day, but be careful when you suck on the oval-shaped seed because it can be a choking hazard. The shells are also known to stain light colored clothes. They are usually sold in tightly wrapped bunches, almost like a limoncillo bouquet.

Guineos manzanos are also known as apple-bananas in English. If you have never seen them before, you might think they are a banana with some sort of stunted growth problem. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. These varieties of bananas are short and plump. Their pleasant tropical aromas highlight their unique apple flavor. Guinoes manazanos grow in bunches on trees that look the same as plantains and regular bananas trees. They have a pale yellow peel that becomes speckled with black spots as the banana ripens. These mini delights are a great source of potassium and fiber.

The Dominican Republic truly has a lot of rare fruits to choose from. These fresh snacks will not only entertain your pallet, they are also an organic source of important nutrients. Don’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy the most unique fruit salads on your next visit to this Caribbean paradise.

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