Carmen Miranda made a living dancing and singing with a bunch of fruit on her head. Nice job if you can get it! I know if it were me, that fruit wouldn’t last long, especially if it were any of the delcious tropical fruit featured here. That’s because there’s nothing as good as eating fresh fruit in season and in Jamaica that’s the norm. From mangoes, bananas and extraordinarily sweet pineapples, to a bevy of unfamiliar exotics, Jamaica has it all. The following are a few unique and tasty exotic delights that I love, and I think you will too.
Ackee It’s Jamaica’s national fruit, however, unlike other fruit featured here, ackee is used as a savory ingredient, mostly in Ackee and Salfish, Jamaica’s national dish! When ripe a gas is released and the pod opens to reveal the yellow flesh and black seeds. It is posionous if eaten when the pod has not opened naturally.
Jack Fruit The prickly green skin of this large fruit conceals a beautiful treat inside. It taste a little like pineapple but with a very different texture. Just cut it in half and pluck the pods of flesh from inside.
Sweet Sop This perfectly named fruit has a peculiar appearance; the entire surface being divided into small, knobbly scales that break away separately when the fruit is ripe, exposing the creamy, sweet custard-like pulp.