The “winter” is upon us when our nights may dip into the 50’s and the high temperatures head
for 80 degrees during the shorter days. It is these cool nights that trigger the tropical trees
in south Florida to flower, with fruit likely to follow. But despite our cool temperatures,
these are tropical fruits ripening on the trees and our growers are harvesting these tasty treats!
Contact one of our growers to send you a little taste of summer during this long winter stretch.
The fruits listed below are typically ripe during February. 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.
In February there still may be some Annonas for you to enjoy. These trees normally fruit
in late summer/fall but in mild winters some Annona fruits remain on the trees and
are available for you to enjoy.
season ending this month
The Florida avocado season is about over, but there are still a few avocados to enjoy.
Florida avocados are lower in fat content, are larger than the grocery store avocados,
and these Florida fruits have a luscious flavor that is perfect for salads,
sandwiches and guacamole. Florida avocados ship very well,
so have some shipped today!
Florida bananas are so much more tasty than the grocery store bananas, and you can
enjoy these delicious fresh fruits even in February. Ours bananas are moist,
have a delicate texture, and have hints of strawberries and citrus and
other subtle flavors. Our growers also raise plantains, which have a
lower sugar content than the dessert bananas, and they make wonderful
tostones and fried plantanos.
now until June
This delightful little fruit is just beginning to ripen this month, and will continue
for the next few months. This fruit is also called Star Apple for the star shaped arrangement
of the seeds when the fruit is cut in cross section. The edible pulp inside the tough rind
is translucent, like a grape, white and purple in color, and has a sweet taste. This fruit is
very popular in the West Indies, Southeast Asia, and in Africa. There is a small group of growers
from south Florida that produce this fruit and can ship it to you now.
Even though we have past the peak season for Florida guavas, there are still
tasty guavas out there to enjoy!
Papaya fruit is grown year round in south Florida, with the peak season from July to October.
While some fruits slow down during the cooler temperatures, Florida papaya are ripe
for the picking during the winter. The Florida papaya is a large fruit that is green on the outside,
a beautiful orange sunset color on the inside, and tastes of a tropical melon. Delicious!
December – June
Sapodilla taste like a pear soaked in brown sugar, and my, my, my, are they tasty!
This oh-so-delicious sapodilla crop is ready for picking, and because there are several varieties
of sapodilla that mature at different times, the Florida sapodilla harvest extends
from December to the summer!
Starfruit / Carambola
winding down this month
Starfruits are still plentiful this month so contact our growers to send fruit to you today.
By the end of February this winter crop will be ending and we won’t see starfruit
until the trees produce their summer crop in September. These lightly sweet fruits are crisp,
juicy and perfect for dessert, stir-fry’s, salads, and eating out of hand.
Keep checking here on this page to see which Florida tropical fruits
will soon be ripe for the picking!