Exotic tropical fruits are a new and growing industry in Hawaii.
There are 390 acres devoted to exotic tropical fruit production in the state, 64% of that is located on the Big Island.
Many fruits, most of them native to Southeast Asia and South America,
are included as exotic tropical fruits. Some of the most popular of these are:
carambola - yellow-orange in color, about 6 inches long, and having 5 wings
which form a star shape when the fruit is cross-sectioned; lychee and rambutan -
small, bright red with a sweet grape-like flavor; atemoya and cherimoya -
green colored and shaped like the human heart, their sweet, white custard flesh
make them delicious fresh-eating fruits; mangosteen - purple with white, soft flesh
and prized by some as the most delicious of fruits; durian - a large green,
spiked fruit, claimed by some to be an aphrodisiac; mango - a well-known and desired tropical fruit.
These tropical fruits are sold fresh to hotels, restaurants, and food stores during harvest season.
To extend their uses, some are also processed into juices and some are dried.
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