How to cut, prepare & eat tropical fruits from Central America

How to cut, prepare & eat favorite tropical fruits from Central America

Some of our favorite tropical fruits from Central America may or may not be familiar to you, but here is how you can enjoy them!

We love sharing these tropical fruits with our clients on Spanish Immersion. They can be sweet, savory, or sour; and the textures range from meaty to gooey. Here is how you cut, prepare and eat some of our favorite tropical fruits:

Some of these tropical fruits you may be familiar with, others you likely are not – but they are all yummy and worth trying if you get a chance to travel to Central America sometime soon.

Here are Saphire and Rory talking about their favorite tropical fruits in Costa Rica:

Avocado: The avocado is likely not a new fruit for you. However, if you’ve ever struggled with peeling an avocado and cutting around the seed inside, you have to check this technique out!

Carambola (Star Fruit): You’ve probably seen a star fruit as a garnish at some point, but maybe never a whole one!

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Chinola or Maracuyá (Sour Passion Fruit): The sour passion fruit is great for making drinks out of…

Granadilla (Sweet Passion Fruit): The sweet passion fruit has a little crunch and gooey – it’s a must try!


Mango: You’re definitely familiar with the mango fruit. But if you’ve tried cutting one without any instruction, you’ve definitely fumbled around with it and gotten all sticky! Here is a clean way to cut the mango:

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Papaya: Papaya is one of those love it or hate it fruits. I actually hate it in the USA, but LOVE IT fresh in Central America.

Plátanos Verdes (Green Plantains): Green plantains are double fried and then eaten with salt and they are amazing with guacamole, refried beans, or plain avocado – the finished product is called Patacones or Tostones on the restaurant menu – they are a definite must try!

Maduros (ripe plantains): Maduros look a little scary on the outside to the average person not from the tropics, but don’t let that black and splotchy peel deceive you – these things are fantastic! Here is how you prepare them:

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What are your favorite tropical fruits and what are your secrets for cutting them?

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