Grenada boasts a variety of delicious fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Banana, Sugar cane, mango, and coconut are undoubtedly the staple fruits. With sunshine all year round and just the right amount of rain, these fruits grow in abundance. If you look closely enough, you’ll find them lined up on the shelves of your local supermarket. There’s so many fruits in Grenada that you may never have heard of. Take a look at some of these produce available in Grenada.
We often find that people either love or hate papaya. Admittedly, it does have a bit of a funky smell when you cut it open, but the soft, butter-like flesh has a very sweet taste when ripe. Many guests at our vacation rentals like these Caribbean fruits in a salad for breakfast. Christopher Columbus called Papaya the “Fruit of the Angels”.
Soursop is a large green skinned tropical fruit covered in soft spines. The rather acid white flesh has many black shiny seeds in the center. Grenadians use soursop as the basis for several different beverages, ice creams and other sweet foods. Our favorite places to get a soursop smoothie is from the Native Food and Fruits outlet in Spiceland Mall.
Mango is one of the most prolifically fruits in Grenada. Mangos are more eaten world wide everyday than any other fruit – if you haven’t tried mango then you are missing out! Mangos can be used in curries, pickles, chutneys, smoothies, salads and are packed full of nutrients and they are so juicy.
Sapodilla is also known as sapota, chikoo, naseberry, or nispero. Sapodilla is about the size of a large plum, brown skinned with sweet, yellowish flesh and several large flat black seeds
Sorrel is available in red and white sepals. the fruit sepals can be used to make a drinks. In Grenada, sorrel is a popular beverage traditionally reserved for the Christmas season. Grown and harvested locally.
Sugarcane or sugar cane can be juiced and made into sugar or squeezed to make a delicious drink, or sliced and eaten as a sweet snack. Grenada's Rivers Rum is made with locally grown Grenadian sugarcane.
Plantains are a close relative of the banana and tend to be mistaken for them by our guest. Whereas bananas are sweet and can be eaten raw, plantains need to be cooked. When mature, yellow plantain can be fried, boiled, baked.
Passion fruit gets its name because it is one of the many species of passion flower. Passionfruit are small, round, yellow or purple fruits, filled with a sweet, seedy pulp. Passionfruit is a great addition to drinks, smoothies and desserts.
Golden Apples are hard and green and turns yellow with a soft flesh and skin when it ripens. Its taste and smell are similar to that of pineapple. The flesh tastes like mango crossed with a pineapple, making this a wonderful fruit to use in juices and smoothies.
Sweet and sour fruit. Great for sauces, seasonings and drinks. In Grenada once ripened Tamarind is used in snacks, drinks, jellies, jams, juices, and ice-creams. It has a bitter or sour taste. If you would like to try Tamarind on your Grenadian vacation then make sure to buy some Tamarind Balls!
Guava are small and round with green skin. Inside, the flesh may be white, pink, yellow, or red, and you can consume the edible seeds. The fruit is commonly eaten fresh or made into beverages, jams, and other foods. You will love having some Grenadian Morne Délice Guava Jam on toast!
Coconuts are simply amazing! You can eat or drink them in their various stages of maturity and said to have many health benefits. The white meat of the ripe coconut is used grated, toasted or flaked and the milk made into cream. Green coconuts contains jelly and water. Grenadians use mature coconut when cooking.
Guinep or Skinip is a tropical fruit that grows in bunches on a Mamoncillo tree. The outer skin of the fruit is peeled away, making way to a jelly-like fruit inside that has a large pit. Guinep has a big hard seed leaving only a little layer of the pulp. Make sure that you eat only the ripe guinep, as the raw ones contain a lot of toxins.