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The Tropics Are Calling: Your Guide To Tropical Fruits

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Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the tastes of vacation! Ward’s is stocked with fresh and organic tropical fruits that taste like you’re on the perfect beach vacation. 

Tropical fruits are full of unique tastes and have a plethora of diverse uses for snacking or even meals! This guide will give you the details on our most popular tropical fruits and how you can use them.


Pineapples are one of the most sour and unique fruits, and contain enzymes that break down protein. These enzymes make pineapple a fantastic digestive supplement, and even makes pineapple juice perfect to use to tenderize steak! 

Pineapple is also packed with vitamin C, giving it anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re looking to get creative with pineapples, you could try the controversial move of putting it on your pizza! Find more creative uses for pineapple here!


It’s no coco-nundrum why coconuts are one of the most popular tropical fruits. Practically every part of a coconut has a potential use – even the shell! The water inside of coconuts is packed with electrolytes, making them an excellent source for rehydrating yourself. 

The white interior of the coconut can be eaten by itself or used to make coconut milk, which is a healthy substitute for cow milk. Last but not least, after you’ve drank the water and scraped out the white interior, the shell works as a stylish cup to hold your piña colada, making you feel like you’re on a tropical island!


Mangoes are yet another tropical fruit that is packed with health benefits if added to a stable diet. The fiber from mangoes improves your gut health and reduces bloating, and it doesn’t stop there. 

Mangoes have significant amounts of vitamin A, which helps keep your hair and skin healthy. Mangoes are another fruit that are incredibly diverse, as you can eat them as a snack, as a side with dinner, or even as a dessert with mango sticky rice! It’s safe to say that these fruits are nothing short of mango-nificent!


When it comes to taste, jackfruit is the jackpot! Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, growing to be up to 60 pounds and 35 inches long! Recently, this fruit has really solidified itself as the true jack of all trades, as it is consumed both as a sweet fruit when ripe, and a savory meat substitute when under-ripe. 

Yes, you read that right – jackfruit works extremely well as a healthy vegan meat substitute due to its texture. Using jackfruit, you can prepare a healthy, fully unprocessed meal for your family to enjoy!

Ward’s carries frozen, canned and even fresh jackfruit when it is in season. Whether you are making something savory or sweet, jackfruit may be the answer!


Another tropical fruit you might find quite a-peel-ing is bananas! Bananas are one of the most common tropical fruits found in stores, which makes them one of the most consumed foods on the planet, with over 100 billion bananas eaten each year. Their secret is that they contain serotonin, a chemical that makes you feel happier and helps you stay focused.

Bananas are also full of vitamins such as potassium and B vitamins, which give you energy! Whether eaten with breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, bananas are sure to make you feel great!

Our Selection Is One In A Melon

We have a wide variety of locally grown and organic tropical fruits. This selection makes us the pear-fect place to pick up the essentials for your fridge. Stop by Ward’s today and try our tropical fruit yourself –you’ll be berry glad you did!

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