Top 10 Tropical Fruits and How to Prepare Them

Try some exotic Thai fruit

Pitaya, kiwi, and mangoes

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If you've ever passed by the tropical fruit stand because you weren't sure how to go about buying or preparing those interesting wonders, check out this handy resource. View photos and learn plenty of tips on how to select, cut, and prepare, and even how to cook with various Thai fruits.

  • 01 of 10

    All About Dragon Fruit

    Dragon fruit, cut open to reveal its white flesh

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    Also known as pitaya or pitahaya, dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. Find out more about this unusual-looking fruit, including how to prepare, eat, and cook with it. Also, learn the nutritional information for dragon fruit then go out and get yourself one of nature's most incredibly colorful and delicious fruit.

  • 02 of 10

    All About Papayas

    Papaya front and center in a medley of fresh fruits

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    Papaya was called "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus and for good reason. Papaya is sweet and succulent, plus it offers numerous health benefits. Full of antioxidants, flavonoids, plus loads of vitamins and minerals, this is one of the healthiest of nature's fruit. Find out how to choose a ripe papaya, plus how to cut, prepare, and cook with this most exquisite of fruits.

  • 03 of 10

    All About Mangoes

    Mango cut into a grid on a bamboo tray
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    How do you choose a mango, and how do you know if it's ripe? How do you go about cutting a mango, and what is the best way to eat it? If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you can easily find the answers by checking out this guide.

  • 04 of 10

    All About Durian Fruit ("King of Fruit")

    Several Durian, called the king of fruits, with one open.

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    Known for its pungent aroma, the durian is also known as the "king of fruit." Discover its nutritional profile and how to prepare it.

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  • 05 of 10

    All About Lychee Fruit

    One partially shelled lychee nut among a group

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    Learn everything you need to know about buying and preparing delicious lychee fruit, or lychee nut. Sit down with a bowl of lychees after dinner and enjoy them as a dessert, shelling and eating them as you go, or hop on the trend of using lychee juice flavors in cocktail recipes.

  • 06 of 10

    All About Pineapple

    Fresh pineapple specimens, ready to eat with a little prep

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    While canned pineapple might be the quickest way to go when you're in a hurry, there's absolutely nothing that tastes as good as fresh pineapple. Learn how to buy, cut, and prepare fresh pineapple. Plus, learn how to create a pineapple "boat" with what is leftover (great for parties, especially when serving Thai pineapple fried rice or tropical Thai fruit salad).

  • 07 of 10

    All About Star Fruit

    Star fruit displayed at a market in Kuala Lumpur
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    If you've ever been curious about star fruit, this article is for you. Find out how to cut and eat a star fruit with my step-by-step pictures and instructions. Also learn basic facts about star fruit, including the health benefits of eating or juicing star fruit. Included are shopping tips for choosing a ripe star fruit, plus star fruit recipe links. It basically has everything you wanted to know about star fruit in one place.

  • 08 of 10

    All About Mangosteen

    Ripe mangosteen fruit on a wooden table, so freshly picked it still has leaves
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    This quick how-to article will tell you everything you need to know about mangosteen fruit, including how to choose a ripe one as well as how to prepare it, plus mangosteen recipe links. Now available for the first time in the United States, you'll find mangosteen to be a beautiful fruit that offers numerous health benefits in the form of antioxidants—both the fruit itself and the skin are incredibly potent disease-fighters. Find out how to prepare this incredible fruit and then go get your hands on some today.

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  • 09 of 10

    All About Rambutans

    Fresh rambutan for sale at a marketplace
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    Learn more about exotic rambutans. Rambutans are a hairy-looking fruit that grows in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

  • 10 of 10

    All About Jackfruit

    Jackfruit for crudite

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    While jackfruit is a common sight throughout Asia, here in the West, jackfruit is still largely unknown. It is, however, available in many Asian markets and specialty stores. Green jackfruit makes an excellent vegetarian substitute for chicken or duck. It's can be found in cans, sold as "mock duck." Find out more about this mysterious fruit, including how to buy it and cook with it.