The Juicy Truth About The Seasonality of Tropical Fruits

As I age, I’m becoming more and more of an anthropologist at heart. I just wanna know everything about how people work! And that extends to food—I am constantly pondering about the seasons for avocados and watermelon (Pomology they call the study of fruits). Flummoxed when I go to the market asking the vendors, “Yuh have any mango?! or any pear in season yet?! (in March). Only to be half expectantly let down with a “No Sam, that no inna season yet”.

So I decided to do the research and get in the know, to become one with nature and divulge the arrival times of each of our most beloved fruits and veggies. So I did a thing, and when I posted on Instagram, people were quite intrigued, so I decided to post the info here.

Tropical fruits are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients. From mangoes to star apples, watermelons to passion fruits, and jackfruits to breadfruits, the list of tropical fruits is extensive. Each fruit has its unique taste, texture, and nutritional profile. But did you know that these fruits also have their peak seasons?

When you know something is in peak season, it dominates the market scene. The aisles are flooded with these seasonal favourites, and almost every vendor seems to be showcasing the same top-tier selections. Take avocados and mangoes, for example—during their peak seasons, you’ll find them prominently displayed at every stall. This surplus is not random but is influenced by favourable weather and climate conditions that boost the production of these fruits at specific times of the year. As supply increases, prices often drop, making it a perfect time for consumers to enjoy high-quality produce at more affordable rates. Cheap even!

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the peak seasons of different tropical fruits, along with some interesting facts and nutritional information about each fruit. So, grab a fruit platter, and let’s dive in!

Mangoes: The King of Tropical Fruits

Mangoes are, without a doubt, one of the most popular tropical fruits. They are not only delicious but also a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins are essential for maintaining healthy skin, boosting immunity, and promoting overall health.

The peak season for mangoes is from May to September. During this time, you’ll find an abundance of ripe, juicy mangoes in various markets. Interestingly, different varieties of mangoes have their own peak seasons within this period.

Star Apple: The Sweet Tropical Surprise

Star apple, also known as cainito, is another tropical fruit that boasts a unique taste, texture, and nutritional profile. It’s a good source of dietary fibre and vitamins A and C.
The peak season for star apples is from February to May, with the fruit’s characteristic star-shaped pattern on the inside.

Watermelon: The Refreshing Summer Fruit

Watermelon, with its high water content, is a perfect hydrating fruit for the summer. It’s low in calories and a good source of vitamins A and C.
The peak season for watermelons is from May to July, and another smaller peak season is from November to December.

Passionfruit: The Exotic Tropical Treat

Passionfruit, with its unique flavour, is a fruit that many people have yet to try. It’s a rich source of vitamins A and C and adds a perfect tropical twist to your fruit platter.
The peak season for passionfruit is from January to March and August to November.

Jackfruit: The Giant Tropical Fruit

Jackfruit, the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, is a versatile tropical fruit with a meaty texture and a sweet, fruity flavour. It’s a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The peak season for jackfruits is from March to June.

Breadfruit: The Tropical Staple

Breadfruit, a less well-known tropical fruit, is a great source of energy. It’s high in carbohydrates low in fat, and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
The peak season for breadfruits is from May to October.

Otaheiti Apple: The Rare Tropical Delicacy

Otaheiti apple, a relatively rare tropical fruit, is a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The peak season for Otaheiti apples is from May to September. I made a stunning, absolutely delish cobbler from otaheiti apples you can find on my blog.

June Plum: The Rare Tropical Delicacy

June Plum, a vibrant tropical fruit, is an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. It’s tangy and slightly sweet, perfect for refreshing snacks or juices. The peak season for June Plums is from June to January.

Avocado: The miracle good fatty fruit

A popular creamy fruit, is highly nutritious. It’s rich in healthy fats, particularly monounsaturated fat, and a good source of vitamins and fibre. The peak season for avocados is from June to September

In conclusion, tropical fruits are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients. Their peak seasons vary, so enjoy these fruits while they are readily available. Remember, fresh is always best!


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