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Martinique, the island with exotic fruits

The Martinique markets offer a wide variety of exotic fruits, their names and their scent leaves one with the exotic fragrance. They are amazing, natural, sweet and packed with vitamins. These fruits of diverse origin, some of which were known to the Caribbean (first inhabitants of the island), while others were imported by European or African slaves, are more traditional and are also sometimes misunderstood in France. The hot and humid climate of this small paradise, its sunshine, make it a place conducive to a variety of agricultural crops, yet among them, only a handful of fruit are grown to be sold locally or exported.



- The passion fruit or maracuja: there are two distinct varieties by the exterior color, one is purple and the pulp is sweet, the other is yellow green and its flesh is sour. It is a fruit that has the size of a large plum, round and smooth (when fresh), its flesh is yellow with small black seeds, it is the fruit of a climbing plant that produces vines and whose the flower is beautiful "passionflower", it becomes quite rare in Martinique as the liana apple of the same family elongated with a smooth velvety skin but like fishing.
- Carambola fruit: with its star-shaped with 5 branches, it grows into a small tree: the carambola. it is picked when it is still young, its glass firm flesh has a little the consistency of a not very mature plum and tastes slightly sour and very refreshing because waterlogged.
- The apple of water: water apple grows in small trees. This red fruit is close enough to the family of traditional apples, but contains more water, hence its name. Its flesh is white and spongy, its conical shape is reminiscent of both the pear and the apple.
- Oranges: oddly oranges are green here, and therefore not very attractive, but is it that you do not know is why? Well simply the temperature difference between day and night is not large enough to create the color orange !!! Thus, they remain green even green, their skin is thick and they look great but they are misshapen.
- The small cherry: it is a small red fruit that resembles the traditional cherry and contains a nucleus. It grows in a shrub, she eats nature, but it also is used to make juices and sorbets. His real name is ACEROLA. She wants rich in vitamin C.
- Guava: the fruit, about the size of a small apple guava tree, shrub, there are several varieties of guavas whose flesh is pink or white, the fruit is green and yellow when ripe, and interior is filled with small hard seeds. It is much appreciated by local juice, and also consumed in jams or jellies.
- Apple cinnamon: its name comes from the pine cone because of the shape and cinnamon for its fragrance. This is a clear big green fruit as a small apple, covered with soft scales that give way under light finger pressure when the fruit is ripe. That is why it is difficult to keep. The sweet creamy white pulp that surrounds the black seeds is very fragrant but not recommended for some patients, it has given its name to a bakery brioche, apple-shaped cinnamon.
- The soursop: fruit of a small tree called custard apple, it is variable in size, but usually larger than a grapefruit. Its shape is reminiscent of a heart. It is covered with green soft peaks. Its white flesh surrounded by large black seeds. Its taste is strong enough, he eats, but also kind of juice, it is simply delicious.
- Cythère Plum: It is an egg-shaped fruit that grows on a tree, still green consumed mainly in the form of juice or sorbet, green it is particularly hard to cut, hard flesh attached to the core. The juice is very refreshing, a little acid, the mature fruit can also eat, then it is orange or brown.
- The chadek: this is a huge grapefruit, its flesh is white and acid but not very juicy and the skin incredibly thick. It is eaten plain or juice.
- The quenettes: they are round fruit the size of a ball that grow in clusters in the trees. (quenettiers). Their skin is fine and smooth green and orange-pink flesh that clings to the kernel. These fruits are sold in markets or on the roadside in July from June. If you are passing in Martinique during this period, in a rental car, you can stop to buy, young people in school holidays, selling all over to make a little pocket money.
- Papaya: it has the shape of a giant pear green, then yellow, its bright orange flesh firm enough. The fruit inside, the middle contains many small black seeds that do not eat. The fruits grow on top of papaya and form a sort of crown around the trunk. Papaya is eaten plain, or jam and green when it is used as a vegetable.
- Apricot: it has little in common with the metropolis apricot, if not the color of his orange flesh. This is a round fruit, slightly flattened, almost as big as a grapefruit, brown in color, it has one or more cores. Its firmer flesh like mango but the taste is not the same. It grows into a tree.
- The pigs Surettes: are between currant and cherry in terms of size. Yellow green color, these fruits grow in clusters in a tree (the suretier), their taste is acidic. Consumed as jams that sometimes replace cane syrup or sugar ti punch. Difficult to find because it is a 100% home.
- Mandarin: grows in a shrub, (mandarin) is eaten around Christmas. Mandarin Martinique remains green but does not mean bitter.
- Tamarind: formed a brown pod that resembles a bean inside which the stringy pulp surrounds several seeds, gives a sour taste. It is consumed fresh, juice, fruit pulp, a real natural laxative, it is in moderation .....
- Pod: fruit of the cacao tree green, red or yellow containing a high number of beans covered with a white pulp tangy sweet flavor. It contains the seeds originally chocolate.
- The caïmite: the fruit is green or red mature variable size of 5 or 10 cms in diameter. It includes inside the large flat seeds. Be careful when eating the fruit, do not press his lips on the skin, because they may seal.
- Lime: lime is essential to the Creole cuisine, both for seasoning dishes, ti punch, make sorbets, jams, juices, pickles based, liqueurs.
- The mombin plum: the mombin plum is a small elongated yellow fruit grows in a tree called "pié monbin". The fruit contains a large nucleus. It grows on trees 10-15 meters high. His skin is thin and fibrous flesh, juicy sparse, slightly acid and very fragrant.
And then there are the watermelons and melons, whose production is not negligible in Martinique, these sun-filled melons are exceptional and full of sugar !!!!
The Martinique therefore wants to be an island rich in fruit through a very diverse ecosystem. If you wish to learn more about the culture of these fruits and especially where you could taste, read our article dedicated to fruit growing in Martinique.

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