Ok fruit-lovers, I’ve complied a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at the local farmers market, small convenience stores and food vendors on bicycles. Also, most restaurants serve fruit-platters during breakfast. But no matter where you get it, it’s always good and fresh!
Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:
This plant is native to Belize and the Yucatan Mexico. It is sweet and has a granular texture. I love this fruit but my biggest disappointment was when I planted the tree in my backyard and it took over 8 years before it gave fruit. It takes really long to grow.
You’re in for a treat if it’s mango season when you’re in Belize. All across the county you can witness various types of mangos, in different shapes, size and colours. My favourite is slippers mango.
This fruit is native to Central America and the Caribbean. It is creamy and sweet and reminds me of a strawberry and pineapple mix with a hint of tartness. Ice cream of this flavour is very popular in Belize and it’s delicious.
This fruit is very common in Belize but isn’t native to the country. It was brought here by explorers and pirates. It is rich in starch so it is popular for dinner time, it is primarily roasted, baked or fried.
Nothing describes the tropics better than a juicy pineapple and Belize has some of the most delectable ones. You will find this fruit everywhere in Belize, at breakfast buffets and in many of your drinks.
Another proud export of Belize, Papaya is popularly harvested in Belize and is beyond sweet when eaten at the right moment. You can also spot Papayas in the wild if you go birdwatching – its an absolute delicacy for birds.
Also known as Pitaya, Dragon fruit is a weird-looking fruit. Everyone says it is sweet but most of the times that I have had it it has been either sour or a bit bland. It’s seedy texture also doesn’t make it a favourite for me. Let me know if you thin k otherwise.
This incredible fruit is one of my favourites. It is sweet when eaten at perfect ripeness but can be sour when it’s not. It has various names throughout the world but in Belize you can also ask for it by Ginep.
For those of you that didn’t know which fruit produced chocolate – here it is. The beans that are later ground to make Chocolate are covered with a flesh that is amazingly sweet and a treat for anyone desiring an exotic fruit.
Belize has a lot of plums but my favourite is the Golden Plum aka Ambarella. It is tart and crunchy and is eaten raw with a mix of salt, black pepper and some Marie Sharps hot sauce. With each bite you take, dip the plum into the mixture. Kids love it.
Sapote is similar to Sapodilla but better in so many ways. This one is called Mamey and grows in large trees that attract various wildlife. The skin is sandpaper-like and the inside is pink, soft, creamy and sweet.
As a major exporter of bananas, you will find that Belize has some of the tastiest bananas in the world. But nothing compares to eating the Apple Bananas.. OMG, they are amazing. As a child I would always ask my parents for these instead of the regular bananas since they are super sweet and aromatic.
Also known as Nance, this fruit is primarily yellow but can also be found in various colours. It is sweet and is used to make a variety of things, the most popular being stew Craboo, followed by Craboo ice cream.
I just thought I’d remind you that you need to have some fresh coconut water when you’re in Belize and make sure you try the tender pulp.
Tamarind is native to Africa and has become popular in all of the tropics. It tastes sour and is a big part of cuisine in various countries. I love eating it as a candy, it is crushed with brown sugar and sold at convenience stores. The juice is spectacular also.
Everyone knows of the nut, but not many know of the delicious fruit. It is sweet and juicy when eaten fresh but leaves your mouth with a dry aftertaste. It is also used for making wine, which is very popular.
Originally from Southeast Asia, this fruit it now commonly grown in Belize. It gets its name because when you cut it horizontally, it looks like a star. It has high nutritional value and it mostly tastes sweet but sometimes can be a bit sour.
Malay apple is a native of Malaysia and was brought to the Americas by colonizers. Due to the climate, typical apples can’t grow in Belize and this is an excellent substitute. The trees grow huge and bear a lot of fruit.
Since I’m not from the Cayes, I wasn’t introduced to sea grape until I visited Caye Caulker – wow, I was missing out. It is sweet and can be found in coastal beach areas.
The custard apple is a popular fruit in tropical countries and very abundant in Belize. It has a granular texture and is very sweet. Belizeans love eating it with sweetened condensed milk.
Which do you consider the best fruit? I love Soursop and Mamey!