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Delectable Belizean Tropical Fruits You Must Taste

By Angela Wu 5/16/2018 3 minutes

No Belize trip is complete without tasting some of the tastiest Belizean Fruits. While Belize is a tropical country, most of the local fruits are seasonal. But, that doesn’t have to stop you from trying these awesome Belizean fruits.

Here is a selection of must-try, diverse and delicious tropical fruits of Belize:
  • Cashew Fruit
  • Cacao
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Soursop
  • Guaya or Kenep
  • Sapodilla
  • Craboo
  • Tamarind
  • Star Apple

Cashew Fruit

When we hear the word “cashew,” we often think of the delicious nut; but, let’s not forget that the fruit is just as tasty! The fruit is fragrant; and, when eaten raw, the flesh is sweet. This fruit is popular for making local Belizean cashew wines and other delectable treats. An annual Cashew Festival is held in Crooked Tree Village around the months of April and May.

Cacao

Mmmm! The first thing that comes in mind when cacao is mentioned is chocolate. Sweet and savory, chocolate is only one of the delicious products that can be made with the cacao fruit. The flesh inside the pod is soft and fluffy with a sweet taste of lychee and honey. The beans are then used to make chocolates, cocoa powder and chocolate drinks. There is a Cacao Festival held in Punta Gorda every year in the month of May.

Mango

Belizean mangos are so delicious! This tropical fruit is one of those that are only available when in season. In Belize, there is a wide of variety of mangos, from number eleven, hairy mangos to daddyfoots! A classic Belizean way to eat mangos would be sliced with salt and pepper. Yum! Mangos can also be used to make juice, smoothies and other sweets. Every year, around the months of May and June, Hopkins Village hosts a Mango Fest that kicks off the beginning of the mango season.

Banana

Bananas are one of Belize’s most prized industries. They are available all year round in Belize and can be found at any fruit stall or local farmer’s market. A classic recipe for bananas would be freezing them until hard then dipping them into a hot chocolate sauce. The results, savory and refreshing choco bananas! This year, the San Juan R.C. School is hosting the First Annual Banana Festival in June to celebrate all things banana!

Soursop

Soursops are one of the mystery fruits of Belize. Its pulp is sweet and creamy while the exterior appearance is green and spikey – surely might scare you away from it. This delectable Belizean fruit is popular for making juice and ice cream but nothing beats a fresh soursop that has been chilled in the fridge on a hot day.

Guaya ("Kenep")

These are one the best to-go fruits! Guayas are seasonal fruits that are small, almost bite-sized, that can be sweet or sour depending on the ripeness. The flesh that surrounds the seed is often orange in color and has a delectable sweetness to it; but, watch out for the sour ones though! 

Sapodilla

Sapodillas are decadent fruits that can make anyone’s day a better one. This brown, hand-sized fruit has deep orange-red flesh that tastes of brown sugar and pears. Sapodillas are also close relatives to the Mamey fruits that are just as tasty.

Craboo

Speaking of another to-go fruit, craboos! These sweet and tart, bite-sized fruits are loved by Belizeans. They come in a variety of colors from bright yellow to orange and green depending on the type and ripeness. These are popular for making ice creams, shakes and local wines.

Tamarind

Tamarind is a Belizean favorite. Locally called “tambran,” this sweet and tangy fruit is available in pods or hulled at any farmer’s market in Belize. Its refreshing taste is popular in juice and tambran sweets.

Star Apple

Locally known as “caimito,” this delicious Belizean fruit is sweet, milky, and refreshing that will make you go grabbing for more! Usually green or purple in color, the pulp inside is jelly-like with black seeds. This fruit will have you devouring it like a beast, but be careful! The skin and rind is high in wax that it will leave your hands and mouth feeling sticky!



After reading about these must-have Belizean fruits, you should definitely go and try all of them. This is the perfect time to try these awesome fruits since it is close to the harvesting seasons. Go now to any Belizean farmer's market and try these fruits today...because eating is also Belizing!


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Events
First Annual Banana Festival The faculty and staff of San Juan Bosco Roman Catholic School decided to host Belize's first Annual Banana Festival in order to raise funds for a new building ... morefor the school. This also serves as a great opportunity to showcase the premier banana industry of Belize and other organizations and businesses such as Banana Growers Association, the Big Creek Group and Belagro.
2019 Annual Banana Festival
Details for the 2019 Belize Banana Festival are yet to be announced.
Why you should attend the First Annual Banana Festival This event is the first festival of its kind celebrating the successful banana industry in Southern Belize. It is also for a good cause - to build a new structure for the San Juan Bosco R.C. School. There will be live entertainment and games that is guaranteed to bring everyone atttending a great time with family and friends.
Venue:
San Juan Village Football Field
Address:
San Juan Village, Stann Creek, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 25 May, 2020Annually
District:
Stann Creek
Hopkins Mangu (Mango) Fest In Garifuna, "mango" is known as "mangu." In the village of Hopkins, the soil of the area is rich in nutrients and allows for local farmers to grow a variety ... moreof different mangos. Started in 2013, the Hopkins BTIA Chapter hosts the Hopkins Mangu Fest with the goal of promoting Hopkins Village as an attractive tourist destination that displays a unique and enjoyable cultural and culinary experience. In addition to this, the festival also contributes to an economic boost for local businesses in the area as slow season, or "maga" season, is in effect.

The Hopkins Mangu Fest is an exciting, family-friendly, two day event that celebrates everything mango, ranging from mango-inspired dishes, jams and jellies, candies, and drinks. Usually, there are plenty of competitions and games by the different booths. Although this festival is surrounded on the delicious mango fruits, the Garifuna culture is also greatly promoted through clothing, music, dance and food.
2019 Hopkins Mango Festival The 2019 Hopkins Mango Fest will be a fun festival for the entire family. There will be lots of musical performances, games and prizes! The theme is, of course, mangoes, in which all stalls will feature mango in their food, drinks and arts. Come out and celebrate!
Why you should attend the 2019 Hopkins Mango Festival Not only would you get to taste the sweet nectar of ripe, mature mangoes, you will be able to experience the Garifuna Culture and enjoy quality family time with all the exciting games and activities. Attending this festival will be feasible if you are staying in nearby villages and town. Hopkins is just a short thirty-minute drive from Dangriga and an hour away from Placencia.
Entrance Fee:
Free
Venue:
Holy Family Catholic Church Beach and Grounds
Address:
South Road, Hopkins Village, Stann Creek, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 8 Jun, 2020Annually
District:
Stann Creek
The Belize Chocolate Festival Started in 2007 by a group of local cacao farmers and chocolate manufacturers, the Belize Chocolate Festival, or the Toledo Cacao Festival, in Southern ... moreBelize celebrates the Maya culture through traditional Maya Chocolate along with other chocolate-related products from local farmers and manufacturers. Belize’s Toledo District is world-renowned for having some of the finest quality cocoa in the international market.

The Belize Chocolate Festival was conceptualized for local cacao farmers and chocolate manufacturing businesses to showcase their premium cacao, cacao-products, chocolates and chocolate drinks. Since then, this Chocolate Festival has become popular to locals and travelers. Many would travel far and wide to be able to experience all things chocolate on this three-day event.

Along with consuming indulgent chocolate and chocolate products, this festival is also a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the Maya Culture through cultural presentations, dancing lessons, and traditional Maya chocolate-making demonstrations.
The 2019 Belize Chocolate Festival The 2019 Belize Chocolate Festival is scheduled for May 24 to May 26, 2019. First night is the Wine and Chocolate tasting at Garbutts Marine & Fishing Lodge. May 25, 2019 is the Taste of Toledo Stree Fair at Front Street. The last day on May 26 is the grand finale at Nim Li Punit Archaeological Site.
Why should you attend the 2019 Cacao Festival in Belize? The entire weekend will be filled with activities and entertainment. Each year the Chocolate Festival is filled with fun activities, cultural presentations and, of course, CHOCOLATE! Many travel to Punta Gorda to enjoy Chocolate Fest's educational and indulgent three-day event that features locally-produced cacao, chocolate products and chocolate-inspired dishes for a bargain.
Entrance Fee:
Free! (some events are tickets)
Venue:
Punta Gorda Town
Address:
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo, Belize
Start Date:
Sunday, 24 May, 2020Annually
District:
Toledo
Belize Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show Get your appetites ready! The annual Belize Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show is just around the corner. Hosted in Crooked Tree Village, ... moreBelize District, artisans, chefs, and local cashew farmers come together for this two-day event to display a wide range of cashew products. Filled with entertainment, contests, fresh produce, wines and cashew-inspired dishes, many travels to the little village of Crooked Tree to experience this highly anticipated event of the year. Throughout the day will be filled with excitement, tasty treats and activities.
Where is the Belize Cashew Fest?
The Cashew Festival will be at Crooked Tree Village in the Belize District. If you would like to know how to get to Northern Belize, then check out our transporation in Belize blog.
What to do at the Belize Cashew Fest?
The Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show in Crooked Tree Village is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to experience cashew in a unique and exciting way. Celebrating this nutritious nut, local artisans, chefs and farmers bring their best cashew products and produce to the show grounds for the public. You can’t miss this once-a-year event.
What to bring to the Belize Cashew Fest? Things you should take to Cashew Fest are;

cash

sunblock

comfortable clothing and shoes
Venue:
Crooked Tree Village
Address:
Belize District, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 11 May, 2020Annually
District:
Orange Walk, Belize

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