South Florida leaves another winter behind as our day temperatures are now reaching
into the 80’s often, and the night temperatures rarely get into the 50’s anymore.
The summer tree fruits that flowered in January and February now have small fruits developing
on the branches as they grow toward harvest size in early summer.
But we do have the winter fruit crops still on the trees, so take a look at what is
Ripe for the Picking from our growers.
The fruits listed below are typically ripe during March. However, due to the variations in
weather patterns throughout the year and cultural practices, the fruits may ripen earlier or
later then listed. Please contact the growers to see when their fruit is at its prime and
ready to harvest.
Florida grown bananas are a wonderful crop as they give delicious fruit all year long.
The trees slow down a bit in the cooler temperatures and lower light levels of the winter,
but they still give us tasty bananas.
season begins in late March
This delightful little fruit is at its best at this time of year. This fruit is very popular
in the West Indies, Southeast Asia, and in Africa, and there is a small group of growers
from south Florida that produce this fruit here and can ship it to you now.
The pink flesh Florida guavas and the white flesh Thai guavas are available in small quantities
in March. The intensely flavored pink guavas are perfect made into pastelitos, drinks, or
eaten out of hand, and the crunchy, white Thai guavas are delicious in green mango or
green papaya salads, or eaten out of hand and dipped in a sugar/salt/chili pepper mixture
as is relished in Asian cuisine. Both of these guavas offer you an exotic taste throughout the year.
Florida papaya is another crop that can produce fruit throughout the year, though the peak season
is in the summer months. Florida papayas are large, sweet and the color of a Florida sunset,
and they are delicious in fruit salads, in smoothies, and eaten out of hand.
Passion fruits are harvested and available during the winter months in Florida
but in smaller quantities. These intensely flavored fruits give consumers an explosion of flavor
that shouts TROPICS!
December – June
The oh-so-delicious sapodilla crop is ready for picking, and DEVOURING!!!
Because there are several varieties of sapodilla that mature at different times,
the Florida sapodilla crop extends from December to the summer! This fruit is enjoyed
eaten out of hand but also used in breads and desserts.
Yes, the winter crop of starfruit is ending this month, but you won’t have to wait for long
until the summer crop is here and you can enjoy these crisp, sweet, and juicy fruits!
Keep checking here on this page to see which Florida tropical fruits
will soon be,...
Ripe for the Ricking!