Fresh Local Tropical Fruit in Kapa'a

On east side of highway. Everything this lady sells is fresh and good.

By way of contrast, I ate a banana from my hotel’s “continental breakfast” table this morning and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Thinking back, I recall that in Costa Rica, one of the world’s big banana producers, the bunches of bananas on the trees are ensconced in blue plastic bags permeated with insecticides. The Ticos call them “condoms.”

The bananas from this stand are small and sweet, with an almost citrus-like tang.

Rambutan fruits. (Not prickly, but soft on the exterior.) Inside is a tangy gelatinous fruit around a large seed.

3 Responses to Fresh Local Tropical Fruit in Kapa'a

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd- The fruit is a rambutan. My absolute favorite, we ate them in Indonesia by the bag full. The taste is similar to lychee, but rambutan has a better texture IMHO. Fruit in that part of the world is amazing- everything is grown/planted/selected for taste- strictly for taste. They don't ship things across continents. The infrastructure demands and requires food to be seasonal and local. During the year, like 500 distinctly different bannanas come in and out of the market. Wildly different from our Costco model. Viva Tropical Climates!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Snacking In-Between Sidewalks:
    Mapping Abundance of Wild Edibles in the Bay Area’s Food Deserts

    UC Berkeley professors Philip Stark and Tom Carlson are self-proclaimed botanical rubberneckers. When both of them walk their daily route to campus, it’s rare that they’ll take a few steps without stopping in their tracks, bending down, and finding some food to snack on. Their wild snacks are what most people would call weeds.

    Weeds, they say, get a really bad rap. Instead Stark and Carlson want people to think of them as wild edibles, underprivileged plants, or forgotten foods. “They’re just an incredible resource and we’re not using them,” Stark says.

    Carlson and Stark are researchers funded by the Berkeley Food Institute studying the abundance, nutritional value, and potential toxicity of these wild edibles, or weeds, in the East Bay’s food deserts.

  3. Cassie K says:

    I want to try rambutan. and many other exotic fruits like durian, cherimoya, jack fruit, dragon fruit, soursop, etc.

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