Fruit Trees of Honduras

The fruit trees of Honduras are common on the streets of major cities. In Tegucigalpa you can buy plums, mangoes, as well as various tropical fruits such as bananas, melon, orangescashew, among others, which are appreciated by both tourists and locals.

The main fruit trees of Honduras

Pespire Mango Tree

We begin our list of fruit trees of Honduras withthe Mango Pespire tree, which is only produced in the southern part of the country, in the municipality of Pespire, department of Choluteca. Its fruit is small, sweet in taste and a lot of fiber.

This mango tree can grow up to 30 meters in height, however, the plants in production are usually pruned and kept smaller to make the harvest more effective.

Matasano Tree

The matasano tree, also known as white sapote is native to Central America. It is a species that can reach up to 10 meters in height. Its fruits are round, yellow and of the size and appearance similar to an apple, with fleshy pulp, edible but with an acidic and somewhat tasteless taste.

The fruit is frequently used in the preparation of desserts, jams, smoothies, soft drinks, salads or ice cream.

cashew tree

The scientific name of this tree is “Anacardium occidentale” , it is a perennial tree that can measure between 5 and 7 meters and its useful life reaches 30 years, producing fruits from the third year of life. Its fruit has two parts, the pseudofruit and the nut.

It is used in the manufacture of jams, sweet preserves, jellies, jellies, past merey, dry merey, wine, vinegar, juices, among others, although it can also be consumed fresh. This is one of the most useful fruit trees in Honduras for desserts.

guava tree

The guava tree belongs to the “ Myrtaceae ” family and is native to the Caribbean, Central America, North America, and South America. Its fruit is highly appreciated in the country since it can be used in various preparations such as juices, sweets and nectars.

Since Honduras is a producer of these fruits, grafts have been made with other fruits such as the pear, generating a variety called guava-pear, larger in size, with a thick green skin, yellowish and firmer pulp, although its flavor does not have too much flavor. variation, predominating the characteristic flavor of guava.

mangosteen tree

The mangosteen or mangosteen, whose scientific name is “Garcinia mangostinoa”, can reach between 10 to 25 meters in height. Its fruit of exquisite flavor is covered with a hard skin , consuming only the inner part, which is in the form of white segments similar to garlic cloves, which is usually consumed fresh.

The mangosteen tree does not tolerate temperatures below 4.44º C, nor above 37.78º C. It requires high levels of humidity and precipitation . It is one of the typical fruit trees of Honduras.

mammon tree

This fruit tree belongs to the ” Sapindaceae ” family and is of American origin. It can reach up to 30 meters in height. The fruit is produced throughout the year, however in the months of March to August the production increases. It is sensitive to extreme temperatures, such as drought or frost.

Its fruit is a round drupe, mainly with a thin and brittle green shell, which is grouped in large branches. Inside they have a large seed surrounded by a salon-colored pulp, with a gelatinous consistency, juicy and edible, they can be sweet or acid

lychee tree

It is also called rambutan, its scientific name is “Nephelium lappaceum”. It is a medium tropical tree, belonging to the “Sapindaceae” family. It is of the perennial type that can reach between 10 and 20 meters in height. Its fruit is an oval drupe that is born in clusters of 10 to 20 together. The skin is reddish, although there are yellow or orange species. It contains a white and juicy pulp that can be sour or very sweet.

Nance tree

This fruit tree is small and crooked, it is of the “evergreen” type, which can reach a height of between 3 to 15 meters. Its crown is wide and irregular. It has elongated, cross-shaped leaves, dark green and almost smooth. For its part, the trunk has ascending and branching branches from the ground.

These fruit trees from Honduras are well known in Central America. Its fruits have an exquisite aroma and pleasant flavor, it is used in the preparation of juices, frozen desserts as well as wines and liquor

apple tree

The annona tree can grow up to 8 meters high, its leaves are simple, narrow, elongated and of an intense green color. It occurs between the months of August and October. Its smooth-looking fruit resembles a heart, its color is green, although it can be reddish. It is very aromatic, with a mild flavor, sweet and is widely used in the gastronomic world.

Soursop Tree

Its fruit is green peeled and white flesh, with a pleasant and sweet taste, it is consumed fresh and in smoothies, ice cream and desserts.

Zapote Tree

It is also known by the name of lucuma or mamey . Its fruit is fleshy, with brown skin, red pulp and a large seed in the center. Its flavor is creamy and sweet . This fruit softens when ripe. It is frequently used in fruit salads, juices, smoothies, ice cream and various desserts.

Wild Apple Tree

This is a tree that is found in almost the whole country, and is marketed in markets and various shops, mainly in the area of Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela.

Its fruit is known as air manzanita or thunder plum, which when bitten emits an explosive sound. It is consumed only when it is ripe and is usually found in the coffee zone of Honduras, being the favorite of the capital.

In addition to the fruit trees mentioned, in Hondura mango trees, negritos (or olives), tamarinds, caulotes, pitayas, zuncuyas, soursop, jobos, avocados, and other varieties of the region are common.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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