Citrullus Lanatus / Watermelon
The Watermelon is a flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. The watermelon fruit has a smooth exterior rind (green, yellow and sometimes white) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow and even green if not ripe). As with many other fruits, it is a source of vitamin C.
Carica Papaya / Papaya
The papaya is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, and was first cultivated in Mexico. The fruit is ripe when it feels soft and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue. Papayas can be used as a food, a cooking aid and in traditional medicine. The stem and bark may be used in rope production. Papaya fruit is a source of nutrients such as vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber.
In Aruba, papaya is used to make a unique sweet yet spicy hot sauce.
Mangifera Indica / Mango
The mango is a juicy fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera. The mango is native to South Asia, from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.
Mangoes are widely used in cuisine. Sour, unripe mangoes are used in pickles, side dishes, or may be eaten raw with salt, chili, lemon, or soy sauce.
Annona Muricata / Soursop
Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, a tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, primarily Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
The pulp is eaten ripe, and used to make fruit nectar, smoothies, fruit juice drinks, as well as candies, sorbets, and ice cream flavorings. It has a white flower with a very pleasing scent, especially in the morning.
The fruit contains significant amounts of vitamin C and B
Musa Acuminata / Banana
Banana is an edible fruit of the genus Musa. The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Musa species are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and as ornamental plants.
Cucumis Melo / Melon
Melons are members of the plant family Cucurbitaceae with edible, fleshy fruit. The word “melon” can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Although the melon is a botanical fruit, some varieties may be considered culinary vegetables rather than fruits.
Melons are a nutritious food. They have high levels of potassium. Due to their high water content, all melons are considered diuretics.
Anacardium Occidentale / Cashew
The cashew is a tree in the family Anacardiaceae. Originally native to Northeastern Brazil, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.
The name Anacardium actually refers to the shape of the fruit, which looks like an inverted heart (ana means “upwards” and -cardium means “heart”). The cashew nut is served as a snack or used in recipes, like other nuts, although it is actually a seed.
Punica Granatum / Pomegranate
The pomegranate is considered to have originated in the region of Iran to northern India. Pomegranates are used in cooking, juices, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as martinis and wine. The number of seeds in a pomegranate can vary from 200 to about 1400 seeds.
The pomegranate has acquired extensive cultural symbolic meanings. They figure in many religious paintings by the likes of Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, often in the hands of the Virgin Mary or the infant Jesus. The fruit, broken or burst open, is a symbol of the fullness of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection.