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Tropical Fruit Season

By: Surfside Jul 30, 2019
Fruit is often referred to as nature’s candy, and there’s no questions why.  Tropical fruits are a specialty in the Sunshine State and during their bountiful season, origins can be traced to regions around the world.  Among the many types of tropical fruits grown in Florida during the summer, Surfside has a few favorites.

Mango Bango 

Growing in front yards, backyards, and all around the town, mangos are definitely the most popular tropical fruit in Surfside.  Enjoy a nice juicy mango that’s freshly opened, as part of a tart, with ice cream, or even pickled and not fully ripe.   

Many of the menus at restaurants in Surfside have dishes that incorporate mangoes in a variety of ways and are served throughout the year.  You have to try the mango paleta from Morelia’s Gourmet Paletas, a Mango Shake from The Last Carrot for a Mango Shake, or the Komodo sushi roll featuring a touch of mango from 26 Sushi Tapas. 

Fun Fact: Mango Wars

Contestants compete for the sweetest and best-tasting mango at the annual Surfside Mango Contest held every summer at the Community Garden.  Next event is expected summer 2020.

Summer’s Tropical Bounty 

While you’re visiting Surfside and enjoying Florida’s bounty, there are a bunch of delicious summer fruits to taste. Availability may vary depending on weather conditions and individual varieties, but the top tropical fruits available during the summer season are listed below. 


1. Dragon fruit

Also known as pitaya, dragon fruit is the fruit of several different cactus species native to the Americas. With a pink outer skin and a white interior and black, crunchy seeds, is often found in juices or cocktails.  Dragon fruit tastes mildly sweet with an added nutty taste from the seeds.

2. Jackfruit

In the same family as the fig, a jackfruit is a large fruit composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers which grow inward. Naturally sweet when ripe, it is used to make a variety of dishes, including custards, cakes, or is often mixed with shaved ice. Jackfruit Fun Fact: Jackfruit is used as the base for Starburst candy! 

3. Lychee

Native to Southeast Asia, Lychee also grows well in the tropical climate of Florida. Often used in cocktails and desserts, Lychee is a small rounded fruit with sweet white scented flesh within and a thin rough skin and a central seed.  Insider note: Surfside’s 26 Sushi Tapas has one of the best gin-based martinis with a splash of lychee liquor plus actual lychees, called the Lychee Sweetheart.

4. Mamey

Unique and tropical tree fruit, Mamey is a vibrant orange color and has an interior that is both creamy and sweet. With a similar physical appearance of papaya, Mamey’s flavor combines that of sweet potato and pumpkin with undertones of almond, chocolate, honey, and vanilla. A traditional use of Mamey is as an ingredient in cold milkshakes blended with milk, ice, vanilla and nutmeg. 

5. Passionfruit

Passionfruit is a small fruit with a bright, citrusy flavor. To eat it, simply slice it in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and enjoy!  The black seeds are edible, delicious, and add loads of flavor. The best use of his exotic fruit: Morelia’s Gourmet Paletas Passion Fruit flavor with condensed milk is the perfect summer treat. 

In Surfside, there are many restaurants that feature tropical fruits. Since menus vary by season and availability, check the menus and ask your server.  

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