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    Ways to Serve Pineapple Guava – Feijoa

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    A flavor somewhere between pineapple and strawberry: this is how you might describe the pineapple guava, also called feijoa (fay-YOH-ah). Feijoa or pineapple guava is a fruit shrub native to South America. This is a high-altitude South American native that has an oval fruit about 3 inches (7 cm) long. It has a granular cream-colored […] More

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    Ways to Prepare and Serve Ginger


    Half spicy and peppery, half lemony, slightly sweet but pungent: that’s how you might describe the flavor of ginger. Ginger is used as a flavoring for both sweet and savory dishes and is one of the key ingredients in the cookery of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, the Caribbean, and North Africa. Ginger is added […] More

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    Way to Serve Pomegranate


    If you crave a fruit with a juicy sweet-tart taste and don’t mind working for it, you will surely enjoy the pomegranate. For sure, eating a pomegranate is a labor of love. It’s the translucent, brilliant-red pulp that surrounds the pomegranate seed that is so sparkling and tasty. But pomegranate seeds—there are hundreds in each […] More

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    Ways to Serve Figs


    Serve figs sliced and drizzled with milk or cream, perhaps add a dusting of sugar. For a blend of sweet and savory, wrap fig slices in prosciutto, also thinly sliced. Ripe figs are intensely sweet. Some say the fig is the sweetest of all fruit. That’s probably true. Figs were commonly used as a sweetener […] More

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    Ways to Serve Cherimoya


    The cherimoya is nothing less than a tropical dessert on the half shell. It has a tasty pineapple-papaya-banana-pear flavored treat that deserves its aliases “custard apple” and “sherbet fruit”. The cherimoya’s flesh is juicy and creamy custardy. The cherimoya is an odd-looking fruit. You would never guess what is inside. It is irregularly oval in […] More

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    Ways to Serve Guava


    The guava is a large plum-sized tropical fruit with yellow, red, or purple-black skin. Guava can be round or pear-shaped and look a bit like a quince. The guava stands 2 to 3 inches tall. Its sweet, aromatic flesh can be yellow or bright pink, or red and is moist and sometimes embedded with small, […] More

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    Ways to Serve Mango

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    Fannie Farmer’s cookbook has been around since 1896. It gets to the essence of mango preparation when it suggests: “Cut in half lengthwise and remove the stone. Eat with a spoon.” The mango—many would say–is the world’s most delicious fruit. Its delicate flavor is a cross between a pear and an apricot. Or is that […] More

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    Ways to Serve Pineapple

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    The flesh of the pineapple is sweet and juicy and is best eaten raw in slices, wedges, or cubes. Pineapple harvest season The peak season for pineapple is late spring to mid-summer. How to choose pineapple Select a pineapple that is plump, large, heavy for its size, and slightly soft to the touch, with fresh […] More

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    Ways to Prepare and Serve Passion Fruit

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    Slice a fresh passion fruit in half, place it in the palm of your hand, and enjoy its juicy, slightly musky sweet-tart tropical flavor with a spoon. Both the fruit and juice of the passion fruit combine well with other fruits and juices, especially tropical fruits. In addition to being eaten fresh, passion fruit can […] More

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    Ways to Cook and Serve Plantains


    Plantains have a mild squash-like or potato-like or sweet potato-like flavor with a faint sweetness reminiscent of a banana. Well, you’ll have to taste the plantain to decide. Exactly what flavor you ascribe to the plantain will, no doubt, have something to do with how it’s been prepared. The plantain is a fruit–a very close […] More

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    How to Plant and Grow Bananas

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    Bananas are a staple food in most tropical countries. Banana plants have been domesticated plants for thousands of years. Bananas are a staple food in most tropical and many subtropical countries. Edible banana species have been crossed and recrossed for centuries resulting in two main types of banana–the sweet, dessert banana and the starchier, cooking […] More