We just spent the past few weeks in paradise – on the island of Maui in Hawaii. There’s nothing that I look forward to more this time of year than spending some quality down time with my family. No sports, no meetings or appointments, no place we have to be at any time (except for a dinner reservation!). Sunsets over the ocean every night, daily dips in the pool, relaxing and just being still. These are all the things that I am grateful for to help me get rejuvenated before we all return to the scheduled life we start living once school begins.
This trip, on my way to Lahaina, I stopped by a farmstand to see what was for sale. The first thing I noticed was a pile of fresh green coconuts on the ground. Then, as I perused the stand table, I spotted dragon fruit, papaya, mango, tomatoes, onions, passion fruit and pineapple.
|Fresh Dragon Fruit, So Gorgeous, Juicy and Refreshing.|
So interesting, that what seems so exotic to me is so mainstream on the island of Maui. The fruits sold at this stand grow so readily on this temperate island. In fact, the man at the stand said that farmers simply drop off their fresh fruits daily for him to sell. Wish I had an orchard full of guavas, mangoes, papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, bananas, pineapple, and citrus fruit at home on the East Coast. My kids and I would enjoy Tropical Smoothies all year long.
|Would love to grow these Hawaiian Dendrobium in my backyard too.|
I’ve never had freshcoconut water (just the kind sold in aseptic containers) so that was the first thing I knew I had to try. As I was waiting for my coconut to be chopped open, a young Indian couple and a woman from Trinidad approached the farm stand, so excited to pick up some fresh coconut water and fruits.
|My family had a taste of fresh coconut water for the first time, so refreshing!|
They struck up a conversation, fondly remembering fresh coconut from their native countries. When they asked where I was from and I replied the East Coast, they responded, “Oh, another person from the East Coast,” as in how boring. I have to say I can’t disagree to some extent. I would rather live on the West Coast, closer to this island of paradise where fresh fruits grow year round outdoors, not in greenhouses, or where they are imported from all over the world.
|Fresh Papaya and Passion Fruit. Papaya seeds are peppery but edible.|
|Fresh Papaya and Passion Fruit, served Island Style.|
All you have to do is cut a fresh papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Next, cut the passion fruit in half. Spoon out the passion fruit pulp and seeds and serve with the fresh papaya. That’s it!
I shared this special “recipe” with my family for breakfast the next day, who all found this fruit cup so refreshing, a perfect way to start the day. That’s what I love best about fresh fruits…there’s no need to cook them really, they’re at their best eaten the way they were intended…fresh.
As I was obsessing about this fruit combination, I happened upon a passion fruit tree near the driveway of the house we were staying at.
|Fresh Unripe Passion Fruit That I Happened Upon. I Picked Some Ripe Ones That Had Fallen From The Ground.|
Several ripe passion fruits had dropped to the ground that I scooped up. Perfect…enough for a few more Papaya Fruit Passion Fruit Cups.