A Guide to Fruit in Mexico and How to Eat It

Big papayas

Big papayas


This story was published on Transitions Abroad, an excellent website on life and travel in the great wide world.

Please read the article here: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/articles/mexico-fruits-exotic-fresh.shtml

Thank you Transitions Abroad for publishing it and so many other of my stories.

And enjoy these pictures:

6 kilos of oranges costs about 1.60 USD

6 kilos of oranges costs about 1.60 USD

pitthaya inside

Pitthaya in Guatemala

Rambutans are the red ones on the right

Rambutans are the red ones on the right

granada cut

Granada (pomegranate) – break it, don’t slice into it


About Ted Campbell

U.S.-Canadian writer, translator and university teacher in Mexico. Travel stories and practical tips on my blog No Hay Bronca: nohaybronca.wordpress.com Twitter: @NoHayBroncaBlog // Contact: nohaybroncablog (at) gmail.com

Posted on December 9, 2013, in Food, Mexico and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Matthew Rooyakkers

    Hey there, when I was in Costa Rica they had something Jackfruit, Guanabana and cashewfruit which I’d guess would also be available in southern Mexico. Guanabana juice (due to it’s texture it’s hard to eat straight and is much better juiced)I’d say tastes like a cross between guava and bubblegum and actually has a kinda smooth texture and is green on the outside and white on the inside. Jackfruit kinda reminds me of pomegranate in the sense that once you cut into it there’s a fair amount of inedible flesh you have to get through to get to the edible part. Anyhow the edible part of jackfruit is slightly bell pepper like in its texture but still pleasant with a unique flavour I’m at a loss of words to describe. Hope this helps somewhat.

  2. Hi TC, thanks for your post on Mexican fruits. I love them and miss them a lot.
    I don’t know, if you’ve ever tried mamey. It’s a fruit with a dry peel, almost like cardboard, it looks a little bit like a football. Inside the meat is soft, when ripe, dark orange or almost cinnamon… and it tastes sweet and creamy, it is not juicy. There are other fruits similar to mamey, but smaller. They’re called chico zapote. These are very soft, the peel is similar to mamey, cinnamon brown and thin. The meat is juicy, soft and very sweet. They also grow in the Southeast of Mexico.
    Hasta la vista!

  3. The locals bite the top off (opposite end from the stem) and peel the skin down while they eat the flesh. Saw this the first time out at Banco Chinchorro and it works pretty well.

  4. That’s a cool list of fruits, including quite a few I’d never heard of.

    I’m curious, is there only one type of banana in Mexico or do they have a wide variety? In a couple other countries I’ve visited they have a variety of bananas, including tiny bananas slightly larger than a thumb.

    Tunas look similar to tunas in Chile, but your comment about them being friend or grilled leads me to believe they’re different. Also, the tuna in Chile has tiny spines that prick you and get into your skin, but you can’t see them, so unless you know what the fruit is, you end up just grabbing one and getting a handful of spines in your hand.

    • Hi Jared, thanks for the comment. Yes, there’s many kinds of bananas here, especially down south.
      I meant that the nopales, the leaves of the cactus, are cooked, not the fruit.
      What strange fruit do you have in chile?

      • It’s probably the same thing then. It looks the same and called prickly pear or cactus fruit, in English. Since I can’t post a photo here, if you google “tuna fruit” you’ll see a picture.

  5. ingesting can be our hobby he or she he he. i might want to to visit foods blogs and find out quite a few tested recipes..

  6. I used to live in Winter Haven, Florida and there were some orange shippers nearby. So that the oranges were more salable, they would take green oranges, put them in a speacial airtight room and pump a poisonous gas in that would bleach them to a ghostly white, Then they would dump them in a vat of orange dye and when they came out they would look absolutely beautiful. Caveat Emptor !!

  7. Cheap fruit and veg is one of my favourite things about mexico. Back in the UK, you’re looking at paying the equivalent of 30/40 pesos for one avocado where that will get you a kilo here! Not a fan of the tuna though, probably one of the only things i’ll turn my nose up at.

    • It’s one of my favorite things too. I couldn’t imagine a day going by without fresh orange or grapefruit juice, not to mention everything else

  8. Thats a great list to keep in mind while traveling there. I have had Prickly Pear sauce and it was delicious! (In southern AZ) so many tastes to check out!

  9. Great post! I will look for some of these when I’m down in Cancun next week!

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