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California Green Keitt Mango
Keitt Mangoes have completely green skin with no red/orange/yellow colorations like more common mangoes. They are large, plump and juicy and stay green when ripe. These delicious mangoes have buttery, soft, fiberless yellow-orange flesh and a relatively small seed, making for an exceptional eating experience. These domestic mangoes are not hot water treated, so you can enjoy a delicious tree-ripened eating experience. California Green Keitt Mangoes are one of the best tasting mango varieties grown and available in the US. They are only available August and September, so don’t miss out!
Also known as citrus caviar, finger limes are very different than other citrus. These unique fruit somewhat resemble the shape and size of a finger, thus their name. Their skin is thin and can range from purplish-red & black to a deep green. When the fruit is cut in half, the juice vesicles will ooze out with a gentle squeeze. The translucent, greenish-white to pinkish vesicles inside the finger limes are round and firm, and pop on the tongue like caviar. Finger Limes are a fun snack or a great way to garnish a drink or salad. Squeeze them onto fish, or into your favorite refreshing drink for added flavor. They are available from May to January.
Dragon Fruit is originally from Central America and very popular in Southeast Asia, They look so beautiful like “a work of art” and are commonly described as looking “unreal.” Eat them sliced or cube them into a fruit salad. Dragon Fruit is available seasonally in white, magenta and red flesh varieties. They are about 60 calories for a 3-ounce serving and are a good source of fiber. White Dragon Fruit is generally available year-round.
Passion Fruit originated in Brazil. Now, passion fruit is grown worldwide. Passion fruit comes from the passion flower, which is a beautiful tropical flower with a wonderful fragrance. Passion fruit is generally purple, but can also be golden, and has a jelly-like golden flesh, filled with soft edible seeds. Passion fruit looks like an egg, with a thick, hard shell that gets wrinkled as it ripens...the more wrinkles, the better the fruit will be. Contrary to popular belief, passion fruit is named for the bloom of the passion fruit flower. This bloom is thought to symbolize various parts of the Passion of Christ (such as the crown of thorns and the nails of the crucifixion) and not because of passionate powers it was once believed to contain. Passion fruit is generally eaten fresh but may be cooked for use in sauces and fillings. Simply halve the fruit and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon.
Passion fruit can be purchased with smooth skin for use later, or with wrinkled, dimpled skin for immediate use. It is best stored at room temperature. Passion fruit can be frozen once the flesh is removed from the shell. Passion fruit is very low calorie with about 18 calories per medium fruit and contains vitamins A and C.
Pomegranates probably originated around Persia. The word pomegranate is Latin for “apple of numerous seeds.” They have been cultivated worldwide for thousands of years. There is even a record of pomegranates being buried in Egyptian tombs! Pomegranates are a Greek symbol of fertility. These beautiful red fruits were used for fabric dye and medicine years ago. Today, they are eaten as a sweet and delicious treat whenever they are in season.
Pomegranates are generally chosen for their size; the larger the fruit, the sweeter it will be. They are best eaten at room temperature, but can be refrigerated to prolong their shelf life. Pomegranate juice and seeds can be frozen for later use. Use pomegranate seeds in fruit salads, as a garnish on plates, in sorbets, desserts or in juices. They are low calorie, with about 20 calories per ounce. They are a good source of potassium, low in sodium and also a source of vitamins B and C.
Exclusively available from Melissa’s, Green Muscatos™ look similar to common grape varieties, however they are a hybrid of super sweet table grapes. Muscatos™ are grown in California’s Central Valley, where an ideal Mediterranean-like climate helps produce our superb, delectable grapes. In this heavenly valley, our Muscatos™ grow, ripen and are picked at the optimal time to ensure unparalleled flavor.
Green Muscatos™ are perfect for back-to-school lunches and snacks. Great for fruit salads, parfaits or just eating out of hand. Their season is July – September.
Also referred to as a sweet tomato or tree tomato, Tamarillos are a red, egg-shaped fruit with a smooth skin. Their flavor is somewhat tangy, tart, and tomato-like. They have a meaty, thick skin that must be peeled before eating, while the inside has a texture similar to a mix of kiwi and passion fruit. Tamarillos are best when cooked for jams, sauces, chutney, and relishes.
Strawberry papayas are often considered the most delicious papaya available. They are red-fleshed and juicy with a hint of fresh peaches and berries. Strawberry papayas can be eaten plain or in fruit salads, desserts or blended into drinks. Just cut in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and eat. You will think you are in the tropics once you taste one of these papayas.
Strawberry Papayas are grown in several areas throughout their season, but currently, they are imported from Brazil. They grow in clusters at the top of the tree and are picked once they begin to streak with color. When you purchase a strawberry papaya, choose one that is soft to the touch; it should have a slight blush of yellow as opposed to being solid green. You can ripen fruit at room temperature in a paper bag in about 3 days. Strawberry papayas are low-calorie and high in vitamin C. They have about 39 calories per 3.5 oz. serving.
Sweet Young Coconuts
Sweet Young Coconuts are traditionally enjoyed for the large amount of water they contain. The water is sweet and delicious right out of the shell. The sweet pudding-like flesh is also wonderful fresh from the shell as well as for use in fruit salads and custards.
Many athletes drink fresh coconut water due to its high concentration of natural electrolytes. You can use the water in recipes to add mild coconut flavor, or in other drinks to give them a natural tropical flavor.
Sweet Young Coconut Punch Tool
Melissa’s exclusive Coconut Punch tool is perfect for easy access to the coconut water. Follow the simple instructions on the package for a convenient, easy-to-use tool for opening your fresh sweet young coconut.
These tiny grapes are actually a Zante Currant (also known as Black Corinth), a variety that is seedless. The name stems from Greece where they were grown and very popular over 2000 years ago. These miniature grapes grow on vines in clusters of as many as 300 grapes! It is believed that champagne grapes get their unique name because of their California usage: draped over a glass of champagne or wine as an edible garnish. They are a very sweet grape in which the entire cluster is edible, including the small stems. They are generally eaten as is, and are often dried to use in baking and cooking (currants and raisins). Anyway you eat them; these are delicious and unusual grapes.
Champagne grapes should be washed before eating. Keep them stored in the refrigerator for longest shelf-life and eat within a few days for best taste. Grapes are a good source of potassium with about 65 calories in a 3 oz. serving.