As I sit down to write a recap of all the fruit I tried in Guatemala, I can’t help but reflect back on my recent travels there. I often find that after I come back from a trip, I need some distance to really process everything I’ve seen and done. Guatemala was no different.
Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I really enjoyed traveling in Guatemala. This was my first foray into traveling with a baby, and our trip was much slower than what Mr. Fruit Adventurer and I are used to. While on the road, that sometimes got us down. But in hindsight, there were many advantages to going at a more leisurely pace.
In the past, our travels involved staying in one place for 3-4 days, and rushing to see all the sights and do all the things. This time around, we stayed in each place for about a week, so we got to enjoy some everyday living in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Flores.
It was so nice to have time to visit the markets everyday and get to know the people working there, and to enjoy daily coffees in the local cafes. We also had a lot more local interaction on this trip, since all the Guatemalans wanted to meet our baby. And in the end, we got to see everything we wanted to see, the highlight being the amazing Mayan pyramids at Tikal.
Of course a huge bonus for The Fruit Adventurer was that I had a lot more time to sample the local fruits! Guatemala is a beautiful country with both tropical and more temperate mountainous regions, so there was a huge variety of fruits to try. As I write the list I’m shocked by how many fruits I ended up eating, some of them multiple times!
Here are all of the fruits I had the pleasure tasting in Guatemala:
Granadillas – My new favorite fruit!
Nispero – Much smaller than I thought they would be
Avocados – The size and shape of a baseball
Mangos – Heaven is a mango eaten close to the tree
Mandarins – The sweetest oranges I’ve ever tasted
Pink pomelo – Smaller and sweeter than the Asian variety
Pink bananas – Dark pink peel, slightly pink on the inside, and an overwhelming tropical flavor
Tiny yellow bananas – About the size of my thumb, incredibly sweet
Cherimoya – Sweet fruit with the consistency of custard
Ice cream bean – Huge green beans with fluffy white fruit on the seeds
Mamey sapote – Creamy, orange fruit with texture of an avocado
Mora – The biggest blackberries I’ve ever seen
Strawberries – Similar flavor to the ones from California, but smaller and sweeter
Guavas – So sweet with a heavenly perfume