Links From this List of Fruits Lead to Information About Them.

Follow image links from this list of fruits that grow in the Australian tropics to learn more about them.

Discover how to grow them, how to know when they are ripe and ready to eat, which are suitable for cooking, for making fruit smoothies or icecream - and when 'enough is enough'!

Many people are looking for information about fruit nutrition so there are general guidelines about that as well as specific tables in some instances. 

Tropical fruit is delicious and packed with antioxidants but some do have drawbacks when eaten to excess, so eat them as fresh as possible and as part of a balanced diet, keeping in mind that it is fructose that gives them their delectable sweetness.

This list of fruits is a work in progress and only images with an asterisk * against their names link to information pages.

Wet Tropics

red pile of mangoes

*Mango

cavendish bananas

*Banana

section of cut pawpaw, showing seeds in orange flesh

*Pawpaw (papaya)

close-up showing pattern on rough skin of pineapple

*Pineapple

mangosteen fruit showing stem and leaves

*Mangosteen

Custard Apple

*Rollinia

pink lychees ready for eating

*Lychee

Longan

cut section of black sapote showing seeds

*Black Sapote

bright pink outside of dragon fruit

*Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

Miracle Fruit

soursop cut to show fibrous flesh and black seeds

*Soursop

Abiu

Canistel

Jakfruit

Durian

Granadilla

*Carambola

Breadfruit

raw cacao nibs

*Cacao

*Coffee

Rambutan

Star Apple

Although the fruits listed above grow best in the hot, wet, coastal regions some, mangoes for example, also grow in drier or cooler areas, such as on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, inland areas of the Northern Territory and Western Australia and in sub-tropical regions.

Dry Tropics and Tropical Highlands

Passion Fruit

Melons

Citrus

Strawberries

Grapes

Mulberries

red fruit of the rosella or wild hibiscus

*Rosellas

green skinned avocados

*Avocados

This fruit list is but a sample of the huge variety grown in the Australian tropics, at various times of the year. In addition, there are fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, avocado and corn, that have been listed with vegetables on this website, as that is how they are used (mostly in savoury dishes or raw in salads).

Some tropical fruit gives just the right touch to salads, too - for instance, juicy pawpaw cubes are so refreshing when added to a mixed salad, lime juice makes a perfect dressing ingredient or when squeezed over lightly grilled fish.

If you would like information about tropical fruits that have not been listed here please let us know and we will do our best to answer your queries.

As with the list of vegetables, nuts and spices, we will soon be uploading fruit based recipes for you to try - and will also be delighted to hear about your own favourites, whether they are your own invention or perhaps recipes handed down from your great-grandmother. 



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