Tropical Fruits of Sri Lanka 0 547

Tropical Fruits of Sri Lanka 0 548

As you holiday in Sri Lanka, you must be looking to enjoy a culinary adventure like no other. Remember all the yummy street food and authentic Sri Lankan dishes that we talked about? Well after you have sampled all these spicy mouth-watering dishes you most certainly will be craving some equally delicious desserts. For this you should try out our very own juicy tropical fruits of Sri Lanka. Packed with nutrients, these fresh fruits come in a variety of tastes to further tantalise your taste buds. Here are some of the most popular tropical fruits that are perfect as starters, desserts or snacks!

Mango

mango

There are quite a number of varieties of mango you can find all around Sri Lanka. This fleshy fruit that turns yellow once ripe is a commonly used tropical fruit for fruit juices, fruit salads, or in the most popular Sri Lankan way, served as a spicy ‘achcharu’ sprinkled with pepper and chilli powder, and soaked in vinegar. The mango tree is a lovely tree often grown for shade in most households with adequate garden space so there is a high chance you will spot many mango trees during your visit to Sri Lanka. Although you can find them during anytime of the year they are widely available during the Mango season. In addition to this if you happen to be staying in one of our Yoho properties in Ratnapura you could drop by the massive Nelna mango plantation or the TJC ‘Rajarata’ mango farm in Dambulla.

Pineapple

Yet another staple component of juices, salads and of course, achcharu, is the most delightful tropical fruit, pineapple. This juicy fruit gives out a pleasing aroma when ripe and once you enjoy a taste of this fruit you won’t be able to curb your appetite. This fruit is commonly grown in areas like Gampaha, Kurunegala, Monaragala and Badulla so you will be able to find many vendors selling their produce in these regions. The fruit does come with a thorny exterior so it’s best to get the fruit cleaned and cut by the vendors. They most often will ask whether you like to have your serving sprinkled with chilli powder, just a warning, this might be quite a fiery experience.  

King Coconut

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During most months of the year Sri Lanka tends to experience hot and sunny weather. While this is perfect to get about your adventures, if you spend much time outdoors you might feel dehydrated. To help with the thirst lookout for these bright orange coloured fruits that grow in bunches. These king coconuts which are locally referred to as ‘Thambili’ (“orange” in Sinhalese) hold a refreshing liquid inside.

Rambutan

Rambutan is a fruit you simply cannot miss. This bright red coloured fruit that has a hairy covering on its skin is found almost everywhere during the peak season from May to August. Because the main plantations are found in Malwana, a city in the Gampaha district, the best varieties of fruits are often marketed as ‘Malwana Rambutan’. Once you split open the outer covering, there is the sweet fleshy portion covering the seed. If you happen to be staying in our one of our apartment properties near Havelock Town, you will be able to witness rows of street side sellers with heaps of these fruits.

Mangosteen

Often found sold alongside Rambutans are the equally popular fruits called Mongosteen. It is the unique blend of sweet and sour tastes is what has won this fruit so many fans. It also boasts of impressive nutritional values as is packed with many important vitamins and minerals.

Soursop

When you talk about tropical fruits grown in Sri Lanka an important fruit that cannot be overlooked is Soursop. It is commonly known as Anoda in this part of the world. This fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients and is served as a lovely soothing drink or the pulp can even be eaten as it is. This fruit is grown in many homes and popular among locals as it is believed to have cancer fighting properties.

Avocado

avocado

As you explore this island paradise you simply cannot miss the famous tropical fruit, Avocado. You may have come across this also known as butter fruit in other tropical regions of the world. But Sri Lankan avocados are known for their rich flavour and very high protein and dietary fibre content. We highly recommend you try freshly blended avocado juice with milk and sugar, and sometimes even topped with ice cream!

Wood Apple

With a hard shell to protect the gooey goodness inside, wood apple is also known as elephant apple or bael! Once you manage to crack through the hard protective shell, the smell that greets you will be overpowering. For some it becomes an acquired one while for others, the pungent smell never goes away. Quick tip, the stronger the wood apple smells, the riper it is for eating! This dry-coconut like fruit is eaten by the fruit or sometimes juiced. It’s a good idea to add some sugar to it to remove bits of the acidic taste. Besides the numerous health benefits, wood apples have many vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, fibre, protein and iron.phosphorous, fiberprotein, and iron.

Featured image by Amani Pilapitiya.

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