Sunday, October 12, 2008

Puerto Rico

Tropical Fruit

at Villa Orleans

I love fruit, and in the tropics there are so many flavors you'll never see in the states. I visit the Farmer's Market, and road side fruit vendors, and I grow my own. Certain trees do well near the beach, others don't. We have coconuts, tamarind, guanabana, mispero, oranges, pineapples, lemons, start fruit, jobos, madarines, sour oranges, avocados, canistel, guava, papaya, passion fruit and mangoes. Each fruit come in season at different times of the year. Some trees have several crops a year. The flavors are wonderful.
Among my favorites are:
Guanabana, because of it's anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. You can eat the fruit and make a nice flavored tea from it's leaves.
Canistel, because of it's flavor, very sweet, great for milk shakes.
Mango, because you can dehydrate them, milk shake them, juice them, cheese cake them, and at the villa we get so many, we can't even give them away.
Oranges, because their flavor is wonderful. During season, a sack of about a 100 oranges goes for about $8, and we juice every day.

Puerto Rico Villa Orleans

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