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6 fruits from the Caribbean that are great to use in smoothies or juices

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a nice cold glass of juice or a smoothie! Fruits are high in antioxidants and ideal for both juices and smoothies. They have natural flavors and sweeteners and have excellent benefits when enjoyed fresh.

The most common fruits in the Caribbean that are perfect for smoothies or juices are mango, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, Guava, and tomato. These fruits need a warm climate to grow.

Here are the most common Caribbean Fruits

Mango fruit

The mango also is known as “the king of all fruits.” It is a stone fruit (fruit containing seed in the middle) native to India and Southeast Asia. There are hundreds of different types of mangoes that vary in size, shape, color, and taste. 

On top of their, many studies have correlated mangoes and their many nutrients to improved immunity, digestive health, eyesight, hair and skin health, and heart health. Mango is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

mango
Mangoes: Photo credit – Canva

Vitamin A helps the immune system fight infections. Vitamin C helps your body produce white blood cells. Mango also contains folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, and several B vitamins that boost immunity. The magnesium and potassium in mangoes promote lower blood pressure levels. 

Papaya fruit

Papayas are sweet and tangy fruits and are perfect for enjoying during the summer months. The papaya is believed to originate somewhere in tropical America, southern Mexico, and Central America.

Papaya

Papayas commonly use salads, sherbets, juices, and smoothies. The papaya has many other benefits, including health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation, it is full of nutrients, it may help improve the health of your heart, can improve your digestion, and much more! 

Passionfruit

Passionfruit has a tough outer skin and a juicy seed-filled inside that comes from the Passiflora vine. It is grown all over the world. Passionfruit is suitable for people with diabetes because it has a low glycemic index and high fiber content.

Passionfruit is also full of antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and it is rich in minerals like Magnesium, iron, and Calcium. It is commonly used in drinks, desserts, salads, and yogurts.

Pineapple fruit

The pineapple is a fruit that has a rough and spiky skin with a sweet yellow inside. It is believed to have originated in Brazil and Paraguay in South America.

Hot and Spicy Pineapple
Hot and Spicy Pineapple

Pineapples are full of antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins. They can cause a boost in your immune system and are surprisingly low in calories despite their sweet, tangy taste. They are also high in vitamin C and manganese, and they are perfect for smoothies in the summertime!

Guava fruit

The Guava is a tropical fruit that grows in Central America. Guava contains more Vitamin C than oranges and has a ton of other vitamins such as Vitamin A. It is also is rich in antioxidants and fiber, helps heart health, and improves vision.

guava
Guava – Photo Credit: Canva

Tomato fruit or vegetable

Tomatoes originated in the Andes and Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Tomatoes are great antioxidants and are a source of Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and Vitamin K. This superfruit is also called a vegetable. It is used in both cooking and baking. Many things can be done with them. They are great for savory dishes as well as sweet snacks!

Quick and Easy Tomato Salad

Caribbean fruits are found in many parts of the world. They are used to make desserts, served as snacks, and made beverages. Many of these fruits have vital vitamins and minerals. Consuming a recommended amount of 4 servings is ideal for a healthy life and a healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few recipes to try with the most common fruits in the Caribbean.

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