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Three Tropical Fruits of Southwest Florida You Have to Try

Dragon fruit. Jackfruit. Mango. These fruits offer a unique spread of flavors and texture. And as a trio, they might just be the tastiest of all the tropical fruits. Conveniently enough, they’re all grown right here in Southwest Florida. Expand your taste buds with these six delicious recipes, each containing one of our favorite native fruits.

Mango

You’ve probably heard of it, but have you tasted an authentic slice of this tangy fruit? Well now’s your chance. These two mango recipes will take your taste buds on a thrill ride.

Vegan Pulled Pork Pizza with Mango Salsa

Topped with vegan pulled pork (made with shredded heart of palm) and a zesty blend of cilantro cashew crème, homemade bbq sauce and mango salsa, this is a made-from-scratch pizza like no other.

https://www.mydarlingvegan.com/2014/07/bbq-pulled-pork-pizza-with-mango-salsa/

Mango Cocktail

Brighten your day or sweeten up your evening with this vodka, triple sec and mango-lime delight! A recipe courtesy of lifestyle expert Colin Cowie, indulge with friends and family in this mango-centric cocktail you’ll sip with a smile.   

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a421/mango-cocktail-drinks-recipes/
 

Jackfruit

With its distinctly sweet and fruity aroma, jackfruit contains an explosive combo of flavors that will wow your mouth. Refresh your tastes with these two fruity recipes.

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

Fool your friends with this savory BBQ dish featuring shredded jackfruit convincingly disguised as pulled pork. Add coleslaw, apple cider vinegar and your favorite BBQ sauce atop this meat impersonator, and you’ll have a meal of many flavors.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/bbq-pulled-jackfruit-sandwiches-3686824

Buffalo Jackfruit Spinach Dip

This zesty vegan cheese dip features jackfruit posing as shredded chicken, mixed with spinach, vegan cheddar cheese, vegan cream cheese, hot sauce, and topped with diced green onions. Stir some up for a party and let the good times dip!

https://veganyackattack.com/2015/01/29/buffalo-jackfruit-spinach-dip/ 
 

Dragon Fruit

Similar in taste and consistency to a kiwi, the white center of dragon fruit offers a subtle flavor more sugary than tart. Try it out with these two recipes and taste for yourself.

Dragon Fruit Crepe Cake

This bright, enriching desert features a thin layer of airy crepes sandwiched between fluffy homemade frosting. Serve it up to your friends and family with a guarantee that it’s just as delicious as it appears.

https://www.tastemade.com/videos/dragon-fruit-crepe-cake

Rainbow Fruit Ice

Dragon fruit + any fruit = the ultimate summertime sweetener. Cool off on a hot day with any one of these seven refreshing ice recipes. 

https://www.tastemade.com/videos/rainbow-fruit-ice

These fruits will put you in Fort Myers state of mind. Sample them all fresh from the farm during your next visit. Start planning your trip now.