Puerto Vallarta is a lush paradise that is famous for its fresh produce. Snowbirds that flock down for the winter are in agreement when they rave about the variety and quality of tropical fruits and vegetables readily availble year round in PV. At a time when we are all focused on improving our health, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Tropical Fruits that are easily found here and that will keep your defenses up!
Limes are the most readily available staple of Mexican cuisine. All grocery stores, corner tiendas, and even OXXOs will carry limes. Not only are they delicious in a Corona beer, or squeezed on top of a taco, limes provide excellent amounts of Vitamin C which boosts your immune system. So next time you’re enjoying a limonada (or margarita!), know you are also helping boost your defenses.
I am inspired to write about guanabana because it is coming into season right now. If you take a look around residential areas, or homes in slightly more rural areas, you will inevitably come across a guanabana tree. These delicious fruits have a white flesh inside that is sweet and sour and reminds me of a Jolly Rancher candy’s flavor. My favorite way to consume these tropical fruits is in a smoothie. However, locals will proudly tell you that you can drink a tea made of the leaves of the tree and that it is very good for you! Guanabana definitley needs to go on your list of healthy tropical fruits to enjoy in PV.
One of my absolute favorite tropical fruits! Yaca, or jackfruit in English, is a delicious summertime treat here in the Bay. You can find this amazing fruit at local, open air produce markets. I recommend buying them already cut up and prepared, as the fruit is very sticky when trying to cut it up. My favorite market “Fruta Vaca” in Emiliano Zapata has containers of frozen yaca in the back so be sure to ask the employee if they have it. You may also recognize this fruit if you have ever driven north to Sayulita or San Pancho. There are countless roadside stands that offer “yaca en plato”. I highly recommend picking up a few trays/bags of this delicacy. This fruit is rich in so many vitamins and minerals, it is incredible.