Yellow Fruit Cover

Maui A to Z: Yellow Fruit

Yellow Fruit Cover

It seems all of my favorite fruits in Hawaii are yellow, or some shade thereof.

Cross Section of a Pineapple

Pineapple

Nothing says Hawaii quite like the pineapple, and if you’re on Maui, then Maui Gold is the, well, gold standard.  It’s the best.

Fresh cut pineapple Maui Gold

If I can’t get it resting on the side of a glass with a fruity beverage on Aloha Friday, then a big bowl of it sliced up is just fine.

 Half ripe bunch of apple bananas on Maui

Apple Bananas

Once you’ve had a little apple banana, those grocery story Cavendish things will taste like cardboard.  Apple bananas are extra sweet, about half the size of a ‘regular’ banana, and are meant to be eaten when the outside looks almost rotten.  If you try to eat them when they are bright yellow, you’ll make your teeth squeak and you’ll wish you waited two more days before peeling.

Ripe Yellow Lemon on a Tree in Maui

Lemon

I know, not very exotic, but the lemon pictured above is in my yard and almost the size of a softball.  The ready supply means we get some delicious blueberry scones with lemon glaze on a regular basis from our resident baker.

Lilikoi on a bright blue chair
~ Jamaican Lilikoi on a Blue Chair ~

Lilikoi

Lilikoi may look and feel like snot on the inside, but the taste more than makes up for it.  If you can get past the texture, you’re in for a treat.

Lilikoi flower Passion Fruit
~                     Lilikoi/Passion Flower                      ~

The flower smells and looks amazing.

Lilikoi on Vine
~                 Unripe Lilikoi on the Vine                   ~

We’ve become a bit addicted and try to keep several varieties growing in the yard at all times.

Winner at the county fair Buddha's Hand Fruit

Buddha’s Hand

I don’t have a tree in my yard, but I wish I did!  This Buddha’s Hand took top honors at the Maui County Fair this year.  It doesn’t really have juice and pulp, but it works great for zest.  I didn’t even know this citrus existed before moving to Maui!

Beautiful Ripe Mango

Mango

This might be my all time favorite, but it’s clear that mangoes don’t love me so much.  I’m allergic to the sap, but can still eat them as long as I wear gloves to pick and cut the fruit.  It’s a hassle, but worth every minute of effort.

Papaya Tree on Maui

Papaya

Papaya, especially the Rainbow Papaya are best when eaten with a dollop of greek yogurt and some blueberries.  If you prefer to skip the dairy, be sure to squeeze a little lime juice on the fruit before you dine.  There’s something about the combination that makes an already delicious fruit move into the “heavenly” category.

4 thoughts on “Maui A to Z: Yellow Fruit

  1. I am visiting Kihei, Maui, for a week this coming September. I am going to be closely seeking out the availability of ALL rare and unusual tropical fruit available on the island while I am there, as I always do whenever I visit tropical places. In particular, I am going to once again attempt to find out IF ANYWHERE in the Hawaiin Islands there grows ANYTHING at all similar in quality to that very best of ALL the world’s citrus fruits. I refer to the so-called Tahitian “pamplemoussse”, which is a misnomer because pamplemousse is French for grapefruit, but this bowling ball sized fruit in Tahiti is rather a PUMMELO (Citrus Maxima) as opposed to grapefruit (citrus paradisi), and I am not aware French has a separate word for pummelo.

    In any event it is sugar sweet and lime-flavored-and-colored, tasting nothing like most grapefruits, far FAR superior, to say the least, to any other in the world. WHY then has Hawaii never grown this same so very amazing fruit in its so identical climate to Tahiti’s? Or HAS it? And if so, on Maui? WHERE on Maui? If NOT, WHY not? I have, in past decades, been to hundreds of tropical islands all over the world. Have ONLY so far seen the Tahitian Pummelo clone in Tahiti proper or otherwise in what I suppose you could LOOSELY but wrongly call FRENCH POLYNESIA in some surprising ultra backwater venues such as Port Vila on the isolated island chain in western melanesia that used to be called the New Hebrides, don’t recall what they call themselves now. Why should some unknown outpost like Port Vila on the much avoided island hell of Espirito Santo offer this super citrus cultivar in its open markets where only handfuls of western shoppers ever dare to venture because of the reputation of this island group’s terrifying Cargo cults… and which ultra civilized Hawaii , with all its tourism and horticultural sophistication and population and modernization, be totally unable to replicate?

    1. Hi Guy. I’ve seen pummelo in both grocery stores, and most farmer’s markets. While not grown on a commercial scale (to my knowledge) on the island, they are most certainly common in the yard. Since you seem to be one to seek out the unusual in the fruits and veggie field, I would suggest hitting up the markets during your visit. Often you’ll find fun things at the Saturday swap meet by the college, or the upcountry farmer’s market. Kihei Foodland even carries what most consider ‘exotic’ fruits. Hope you have a great visit to the island! Aloha.

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