To prepare for my next fruit adventure, I’ve been doing some research on the fruits of Guatemala. And I’m happy to report that I think this is going to be a very fruitful trip! In fact, there are so many fruits on offer in Guatemala that I could never cover them all here on my little ol’ blog.
Some Guatemalan fruit will be fairly familiar to most people. I’m talking about mangos, papayas, bananas, and avocados, just to name a few. In my experience all of these fruits taste much, much better when eaten close to their original home, so I’m looking forward to eating them all in Guatemala.
But what I’m especially pumped for are those rare and exotic fruits that can only be found by traveling to the tropics. In particular, here are the 5 Guatemalan fruits that I’m most excited to try:
Mangosteens are one of my absolute, all time favourite fruits. Sadly, you just can’t find any good mangosteens in Canada, so I only get to eat them when I travel. But joy of joys, it turns out that mangosteens are abundant in Guatemala! I will be gorging on them for sure to get my fill.
The nispero, known as the loquat in English, is something I’ve never had before. According to the California Rare Fruit Growers, the nispero has a succulent, tangy flesh. I hope it’s in season!
Ice Cream Bean
The ice cream bean, known as paternas in Guatemala, has been on my fruit adventure bucket list for many years now. The paternas looks like a huge green bean, with a fluffy, white fruit inside that resembles cotton candy. Now that I know they are available in Guatemala, I will definitely be keeping my eye out. I really want to know if they actually taste like ice cream!
The mamey sapote is a round, brown fruit that looks plain and boring on the outside. But don’t judge a book by its cover! The inside of this fruit is a bright orange or salmon colour, with a creamy flesh similar in texture to an avocado. The mamey sapote has a sweet taste, which Slow Food USA describes as a flavour combination of sweet potato and pumpkin with notes of almond, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to try the mamey sapote in Guatemala.
I read about these little green and red fruits in Que pasa Magazine, which calls the jocote Guatemala’s national fruit. If that’s the case, I don’t want to miss the jocote. When in Rome indeed.
There are many other Guatemalan fruits I could write about, but I also want to have some fruit adventures in the markets, picking up fruits I’ve never seen before and giving them a whirl. So I’ll save the rest until I’ve actually landed.
Are there any other fruits I’ve just got to try while I’m in Guatemala? Let me know in the comments!