Hey SJM Crew. Today I am going to share with you what will be a two part series. This first edition will include five (seasonal, local) fruits you can find growing in Barbados.
People have their preferences of how they like to eat this fruit. Some like it mildly young and green and sprinkled with or without salt. Others like it ripe with a bit of crunch, others like me like it soft and juicy. This fruit can also be used to make golden apple juice, or be used in cooking to make sauces and other treats.
This fruit can be eaten raw, in jellies, jams, juices and most popular in Barbados, guava cheese. There are different types of guavas, you can have some with a strawberry colour like the picture above and then they are some with a pale yellow colour. Personally, I like mine as it is pictured above.
The season for ackees in Barbados is usually during the summer months. Like all fruits they can range in taste from sweet to tangy. Some trees bear a mixture and then they are some that seem to bear either or. The way to eat this fruit is to gently bite the outer skin to crack it and then indulge yourself in getting all the flesh from the seed.
These can be found along some beaches in Barbados, mostly along the east coast of Barbados. When they are fully ripe, they have a purple colour. Some people don’t like these because the seed takes up a large part of the fruit, thus not giving much fruity flesh to eat. However, there are some that will have a greater amount of flesh than seed.
I haven’t had these in years. Although I don’t see many of the trees around anymore. (This must be fixed) These are known to contain more vitamin C than orange juice. Despite its small size it packs a healthy punch. The Bajan Cherry/West Indian Cherry can be eaten raw, used for juice, jams, and jellies.
That’s it for now until the next time we talk about more fruits you can find locally grown in Barbados.