Blessed in location, Belize’s tropical climate and fertile lands allow for a bountiful array of fruits and vegetables to thrive. There is never a shortage of locally grown fresh fruits at a market near you, from bananas to the more exotic Dragon Fruit. While some fruits are seasonal, like mangos and plums, others grow year-round. So how do you enjoy your daily serving of fruits?


Sweet? The most common taste associated with fruit is the sweetness a ripe fruit comes with, giving that sense of enjoyment. From the classic banana to a refreshing slice of watermelon, fruit makes the perfect finish to a hearty breakfast or even an afternoon snack. Who needs candy when fruits are just naturally sweet!

Breakfast fruit platter

Maybe you are more into tart and sour fruit (like me). I have always enjoyed a serving of sour with a side of chili salt and a squeeze of lime. Belize’s top sour fruits include green mangos, plums, and even kenep!

Sweet… sweet mangos

There is another way to enjoy fruits in Belize, candied! For generations, our people have masterfully prepared a selection of cooked fruit snacks that are the essence of Belize’s different cultures. Stewed plums or berries in molasses, tambram cooked and rolled in sugar, and crabboo boiled in milk are just a few forms of candied fruit in Belize.

Stewed Plum

But fruits are not just for eating; they also make a good base for drinks too! Fresh fruit smoothies make for a refreshing and healthy treat. We even locally ferment fruit wines out of cashews, blackberries, and pineapple. Bartenders across the country have also incorporated locally grown fruit into cocktails and infusions. My favorites are dragon fruit margaritas, sour sap daiquiris, or of course our island favorite, coconut rum with pineapple juice (AKA Panty Rippa) … Yum!

Dragon Fruit Margarita!

For us Belizeans, fruit is more than just part of our cuisine; it also signifies our agriculture industry’s importance. Farming the soils of our land has long been the livelihood of Belizeans, providing economic stability. So, when visiting, be sure to enjoy some local fruits and enjoy a refreshing taste of Belize!

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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