Tropical Fruits Guide

Fresh from the Tropics

Tropical fruits are in season. Find grilling cooking tips and recipes for a variety of tropical fruits, like gold pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mango, plantain, coconut and more.


Mango Guide

See how to select and store mangos, plus marvelous mango recipes and more.

See Mango Guide 



Watch H-E-B Chef Scott cut and prepare Jackfruit, an exotic summer fruit that's a sweet treat and a good source of fiber.

See Jackfruit 


Papaya Guide

See how to select and eat sweet papayas.

See Papaya Guide 

Gold Pineapple

Pineapple Guide

See ways to core and slice pineapple, how to grill pineapple, plus sweet and delicious recipes.

See Pineapple Guide 


Kiwi Guide

Find ways to peel and cut kiwi, plus sweet and tart kiwi recipes.

See Kiwi Guide 


Root Vegetables

See how to select and store root vegetables, plus tasty ways to enjoy them.

See Root Guide 



Coconuts are a good source of fiber and available year round.

Crack open and drink the delicious coconut water.

To shrink the coconut flesh from the shell, place a whole mature coconut in the oven at 350°F and heat for 15 minutes. Use the shredded or chopped coconut to add tropical flavors to dishes, salads and desserts.

See Coconut Recipes 

Star Fruit

Star Fruit

Star fruit has a fresh and slightly sweet flavor comparable to a blend of papaya, orange and grapefruit all in one.

For sweeter star fruit, choose ripe fruit that is yellow. It's okay if the fruit has some brown edges.

Also known as Carambola, a Portuguese name which means food appetizer.

Star fruit do not need to be peeled or seeded before eating. Simply wash the fruit, cut crosswise to get the star shape, and eat.
Add to salads for pizzazz.

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Its pulp is highly aromatic and has a tropical sweet tart flavor with nuances of pineapple, papaya, mango, citrus and guava.

Leave unripe fruits at room temperature and store ripe fruits in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Slice in half and use a spoon to remove the gelatinous contents. Both the pulp and seeds are edible and ready to eat. For a less tart flavor, add a little sugar and cream to it before serving.
Serve passionfruit atop salads, ice cream or yogurt.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

This unique fruit has magenta, pink or white flesh and small edible seeds. Dragon fruit has a refreshing flavor of tree-ripened kiwi, pear, watermelon and mango.

Dragon fruit is easy to prep—just cut the fruit into quarters or slices, and peel off the skin.
It's often used as a garnish, or in fruit salads, but it works in savory salads and pairs well with seafood too. Try adding dragon fruit in a smoothie or a cocktail.



This versatile fruit has three unique stages when they can be eaten.

Green plantains taste more like a potato with a starchy texture. At this stage, the interior is yellowish or slightly pink. The fruit is firm and often used as a side dish.

Yellow plantains are the middle stage of the fruit. These plantains can have some brownish-black spots. Their role is both vegetable and fruit and used in dishes that need a slightly sweet taste and firm texture.

Black plantains are typically found in sweeter recipes. These plantains are all black or spotty black and soft. Black plantains can be eaten from the peel without being cooked.

Baby Bananas

Baby Bananas

Baby bananas offer pint-sized, peel and eat fun. They taste sweeter than larger bananas.

Their skin is thinner than regular bananas, so sometimes it's easier to peel them from the bottom.
Perfect for lunch boxes or a kids snack.

How to Grill Tropical Fruit

Grilled Tropical Fruit

It's sweet and easy!

  • Cut in half or slice into wedges of 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • Brush with oil
  • Grill at 350°F for 3-4 minutes
  • Allow to cool then enjoy

See How to Grill More Fruit & Veggies