Tropical fruits, an OrganWise Guys Foods of the Month, are such a fantastic food to eat all summer long because of their refreshing taste. It’s as if tropical fruits were made for summertime!
First, here are some tips and helpful information about a few popular tropical fruits:
- Pineapple is derived from word pina, which was used to describe a pine cone by the Spanish.
- Select pineapples with a nice, fragrant smell.
- Store pineapple at room temperature for a day or two before serving to allow it to become softer and sweeter.
- There are more than 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world.
- All varieties have a rich tropical flavor when ripe.
- The best-flavored fruit have a yellow tinge when ripe; however, color may be red, yellow, orange, green, or any combination.
- The better varieties are soft when ripe, creamy in texture with a rind that softens to be fully edible.
Watch this fun video where Peri Stolic teaches kids how to pick a ripe mango:
- Kiwifruit is available year-round.
- Select kiwifruit without bruises or soft spots. Buy firm ones and let them ripen at home for a juicier flavor.
- A kiwifruit is ripe when plump and slightly soft to the touch with a fragrant smell.
- The seeds are a great source of fiber, so be sure to eat them, too!
Now, to introduce some of these tasty treats to kids, try this interactive taste test worksheet to have them sample some of these yummy foods! Taste testing is a really fun way to introduce new foods to kids where they may typically be more close minded about trying new things.
We would love to hear about your at-home taste tests! Share with us how it went and include any pictures of the finished worksheets on our Facebook page!
Here’s to trying new tropical fruits!