Costa Rica is a great place to find exotic tropical fruits. If you like fruit, here are some that you must try on your visit to Costa Rica.

Many of these fruits are native to Costa Rica, but many others were introduced from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and North and South America. Almost all are regularly found in the stores and farmers’ markets of Costa Rica.

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Hylocereus undatus,: The seeds are eaten together with the flesh, but they are indigestible unless chewed. The fruit is also converted into juice or wine, or used to flavour other beverages. The flowers can be eaten or steeped as tea. (Link)

Dragon fruit

Carambola ( Star Fruit) Averrhoa carambola: The fruitis perfect for juice. It has a waxy, golden yellow to green color skin with a complicated flavor combination that includes plums, pineapples, and lemons. (Link)

Star fruit

Mamon (Rambutan) Nephelium lappaceum : Rambutan in Malay, Indonesian, and Filipino literally means hairy, caused by the ‘hair’ that covers this fruit.  It’s very watery and has a huge seed in the center. It tastes pretty decent. (Link)

Rambutan

Carao (Cassia grandis): It is known worldwide to be an amazing natural anemia treatment.   It actually has a slightly sweet taste (due to the natural sugar content) and is quite tasty.  In this case smell and taste are not at first reconcilable. (Link)

Noni Fruit Morinda citrifolia: The noni plant produces a green fruit that indigenous  Cultures in Asia have been drinking for 2000 to 3000 years.( Link).

noni fruit

Achiote ( Bixa Orellana):It is best known as the source of the natural pigment annatto, produced from the fruit. Crushed annato seeds usually in the form of a paste that is used in Costa Rican foods for coloring. (Link).

Urucu

Maracuya(Golden Passion Fruit) Passiflora edulisThe fruit is both eaten and juiced; passion fruit juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma.  Passion fruit juice is good for people who have high blood pressure. Some research is showing that purple passion fruit peel may help with controlling asthma symptoms. (Link)

Granadilla(Passion Fruit) Passiflora quadrangularis:It is used for making fruit drinks and often added to other drinks to increase sugar levels and flavors.(Link).

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Sapote Pouteria sapota:The mamey zapote looks a lot like a rounded sweet potato when it is sitting on a vendor’s stand. The ripe fruit gives to the touch and the bright pulp has a slightly grainy texture as well as taste that suggests pumpkin.(Link)

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Guanabana Annona muricata:It is commonly used  to make sweet juices, candy, and ice cream. Many studies show that this fruit is very affective in helping the body to cure cancer. It has been studied that certain properties in the leaves kill cancer cells while leaving other cells in the body unharmed.(Link)

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Manzana de Agua Syzygium malaccense: It has a single marbled sized seed that separates easily from the pulp. The fruit are bell shaped and can be up to eight inches long. The taste can be described as a rose water flavored apple, and they are pleasant and cooling to eat. The trees fruit prolifically, and larger fruit size can be achieved by thinning the crop and watering heavily. (Link)

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Bilimbi Cucumber (Mimbro) Averrhoa bilimbi: It is very Acid fruit. It is eaten either raw or dipped in rock salt. (Link)

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Guaba or Inga :The seeds are covered with sweet white powder. The pulp covering the seeds are lightly fibrous and sweet; rich in minerals and it is edible in raw state.(Link)

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I am sure there are more fruits , but for now this is a small list that I will updating in the future. Feel free to add more.

Source : Book Frutas tropicales de Costa Rica/Tropical Fruits of Costa Rica By Marcia Baraona and Ellen Sancho. / Wikipedia.org The Free Encyclopedia
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