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Hawaii's Tropical Fruit - including Lilikoa!

Posted: 07/02/12


Hawaii's Tropical Fruit - including Lilikoa!

Restaurant: Hawaii

Nelson @ Hawaii: Kitty and I eat lot's of fruit every night, so we went to check out the farmer's market in Hilo. There was a wide variety of fruit being sold, all very fresh. The third picture down is Rambutan, which looks cool and inside is similar to a lychee. It isn't as sweet as a lychee and tasted more watery, but it was still good. Next two are some taro I think and guava. On the left is breadfruit, which I had previously only read about in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but was surprised to find it really exists. (It also looks like the dragon eggs in Game of Thrones). The biggest difference I found was that there were different varieties of all the fruits, like different types of papaya...and even bananas!

But the best fruit experience we had was randomly at a fruit stand on the Road to Hana in Maui. The Jamaican guy there had a wide variety including some pink guava! Usually it's white inside like the next picture which is the largest guava I have ever seen, but it wasn't too sweet.

I saved the best for last. I have tasted passion fruit (called lilikoi in Hawaii) before in fake form, but this is the first time I've tasted the fruit fresh and it was MIND BLOWING. The taste was so intense I could not believe this existed naturally. It was sweet and full of intense fresh flavour that puts to shame any passion fruit flavoured foods. You just eat the stuff around the hard seeds and either chew on the seeds or spit them out. We even kept one in the car and the nice fragrance filled the car. Just an amazing and unexpected experience that randomly happened to us in Hawaii.

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