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Tropical Fruits

Tropical Fruit eaten in Australia is exquisite, as we have the privilege of living in a country with almost every climate and growing conditions known to man, due to our rugged mountains and expansive continent that reaches to the edge of the equator.

1. Rambutan

Native to the Malay Archipelago, Southeast Asia
This is a super sweet fruit with a unique appearance. The rambutan – a sweet and juicy fruit that looks like a lychee. It’s a popular garden fruit tree and one of the most famous in Southeast Asia.
Rambutans

2. Jackfruit

Native to southwestern India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Sri Lanka

The jackfruit, also known as jack tree, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak is a species of tree in the mulberry and fig family.

It is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Goa.  The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 35 kg in weight, 90 cm in length, and 50 cm in diameter.

Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.

The Jackfruit tree can produce about 100 to 200 fruits in a year
Jackfruit

3. Passion fruit

Native to South America
This ever exotic fruit is a part of the of Passiflora family it grows on a vine. Originating in Brazil. There are a number of varieties of passion fruit, some are sweeter than others, some are the size of a egg and some are three times as large. The skin is leathery and purple. The fruit contains a yellow, jelly-like pulp with a scattering of black edible seeds.
PASSIONFRUIT

4. Lychee

Native to southern China
Lychee have a distinctive bright pinky red tough  (almost leathery) skin. Originating in China. Lychees grows in bunches of 5 to 30 pieces in trees. The inside consists of a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh. The center contains a single shinny brown seed.

The lychee is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China, and now cultivated in many parts of the world.Lychees

5. Star fruit

Native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka
If pineapple, apples and kiwi fruit had babies – the Star Fruit would be the product.  It comes from the carambola species. The tree with pink flowers grown even in the Tropical Australia. The golden-yellow fruit is crunchy and sweet.

  • The entire star fruit is edible, so you do not need to peel it or seed it before eating it.

Star fruit

6. Mangosteen

Native to the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas

The Mangosteen has been called the “Queen of Tropical Fruits” in Far North Queensland it is one of the most popular tropical fruits. It is not related to the mango. The white flesh tastes very sweet and juicy, with a lemon tang.

It is grown on an evergreen tree that produces oddly-shaped fruits that taste like citrus with a hint of peach. Rich in antioxidants, some scientists suggest mangosteen can lower risk against certain human diseases like cancer.

How to Eat

Cut the Mangosteen in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Best eaten chilled. Avoid the exuding latex close to the skin.

Mangosteen

7. Kumquats

Native to China
Kumquats or cumquats are small fruit that look like small oranges. Kumquats often used in marmalade, or alcoholic drinks.

Select kumquats that have a firm, smooth, bright orange color, with an attached stem.

Kumquats are great for storage. They can be kept at room temperature for as long as 3-4 days, While refridgerated they will last up to 3 weeks.. Frozen kumquat puree can be stored for six months or more.

Kumquats

8. Durian

Native to Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia

Referred to as the ‘king of tropical fruit’. Some describe the taste as being second to none, while the smell is so foul it is unbearable and has been compared to sewage. This large tropical fruit is covered in hard, sharp spines. Inside is extremely rich creamy flesh which tastes like cream cheese and onions.

The fruit is forbidden in hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia.

You open the Durian with a large knife along the fracture lines which can be observed running from the stem to the base. Prise the knife into one of these lines and lever the knife with force. Usually eaten fresh, but it can also be cooked with sticky rice or mixed with sugar as a preservative. Often used as a flavouring in cakes or icecream.Durian

9. Dragon fruit

Native to Mexico and Central and South America
Dragon fruit (also known as strawberry pear or pitaya) is a stunningly beautiful fruit of several cactus species with an intense colour and shape, magnificent flowers and a sweet delicate taste within its creamy pulp. The most common dragon fruit is the red pitaya. Juice or wine can be obtained from the fruit, while the flowers can be eaten or used for tea.

Once only seen in the finest restaurants it is fast becoming common-place throughout Australia as a garnish and a delicious fresh fruit. To eat the fruit serve chilled and cut in half. Scoop out the flesh and seeds much like a kiwi fruit.

Dragon fruit

10. African cucumber

Native to Kalahari Desert, Africa
The African cucumber or the horned melon is like a rockmelon/honeydew/watermelon melon with spikes. It has dark green pulp that tastes like a mixture of bananas, limes, passion fruit and cucumber.

The African Cucumber is often used as an exotic decoration on buffets in the most luxurious hotels but is also used as an ingredient in smoothies and sundaes.

It is said to have come to Australia with Boer War soldiers,

also known as JELLY MELON.

African cucumber

Simply Fresh Fruit is a Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaler located in Melbourne, Australia. With over 60 years combined years experience we aim to bring you the freshest and highest quality produce direct from the Melbourne Markets and local Farms. In addition to quality produce at competitive prices; service and reliability is at the forefront of our business.

1. Simply Fresh Fruit are the leaders in Fruit and Vegetable providoring in Melbourne. We provide the best quality locally sourced produce and sustainability initiatives. Here is a complete list of suburbs we supply in around greater Melbourne, we also supply Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula.

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