Kiwi is a berry like oval fruit, approximately the size of large hen’s egg. It has a brown to green coloured fibrous outer covering, somewhat velvety in texture. It has a light bright green flesh with black spot like seeds lined up in the core area. It has a soft texture and a unique flavour. Now it is grown commercially and it comes under one of the rich class eating fruits category.the skin is completely edible and may or may not be removed before consuming, same like chicko fruit.
Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture. Fresh pineapple; the sweet fruit is a natural summertime snack and can be enjoyed sliced, chopped, cubed, crushed, and grated or juiced.
Sapodilla or sapota (chikoo) is another popular tropical fruit. Sapota composes of soft, easily digestible pulp made of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. Sapota is a tropical evergreen, fruit-bearing tree belongs to the family of Sapotaceae. Sapota fruit has grey/brown,sandy, kiwifruit like outer surface. It contains about 3-10 black, smooth, shiny, biconvex/bean shaped, inedible seeds, located at its center.
Juicy and sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, oranges make the perfect snack and add a special tang to many recipes. Oranges are generally available from winter through summer with seasonal variations depending on the variety. Oranges are round citrus fruits with finely-textured skins that are, of course, orange in colour just like their pulpy flesh; the skin can vary in thickness from very thin to very thick. Oranges usually range from approximately two to three inches in diameter. Their colour ranges from orange to red-orange.
Custard apple is a delicious, pleasantly fragrant fruit in the Annona family. The fruit is popular for its sweet and slightly tangy, creamy textured flesh. It is also known as bullock’s heart in the English speaking countries. The custard apple plant is a large shrub belonging to the annonacae family. It is native to the tropical rain forests of Central America and naturalized in many parts of the world, spreading along the tropical stretches from South America to Africa and Asia.
Wonderfully delicious and unique musky-flavoured cantaloupe or “muskmelon” is a member in the large Cucurbitaceae family. Muskmelons thought to have originated either from India or ancient Persia or Africa. They grow best on well-draining sandy soil with good irrigation facility, and require honeybees for effective pollination. Melons, just as mangoes, watermelon…etc., are actually summer season fruits. Their season runs from April through August, when they are at their best.
Grapes are small oval or round berries enclosed with a smooth skin and translucent flesh. They are covered by a protective whitish “bloom”. They come in three main varieties, namely, Table grapes, Wine grapes and Raisin/ dry grapes. Since there are many varieties of grapes available, it is obvious that they come in variety of colours like green, red, bluish black and purple. In general, grapes have a slightly crunchy texture and a dry, sweet and tart taste. When grapes are dried, they are processed into raisins.
Guava fruit, usually 4 to 12 cm long, are round or oval depending on the species. The outer skin may be rough, often with a bitter taste, or soft and sweet. Varying between species, the skin can be any thickness, is usually green before maturity, but becomes yellow, maroon, or green when ripe. Guava fruit generally have a pronounced and typical fragrance, similar to lemon rind but less sharp.