Best-Sri Lanka Tropical Fruits info guide
The tropics are blessed as they get eternal sunshine and heavy seasonal rain. These areas in the world have various tropical fruits which provide us with a rich source of energy by way of food or drink called Best of Sri Lanka.
Best-Sri Lanka – Mangoes (King of fruits!)
Many varieties of mangoes are grown in Sri Lanka: ‘Karaththakolomban’ ‘Willard Vellaicolomban’, ‘Ambalavi’,’Chembatan’,’Malawana’, ‘Bettiamba’’Gira amba’ and ‘Dampara’ just to name a few. However, the ‘Karaththakolomban’ variety is the most popular among many.
A mango tree is a common sight in a Sri Lankan household garden and Interestingly enough 27500 acres of land is occupied with mango cultivation throughout the island.
SriLankan mangoes have a high demand in the local market itself but also exported overseas as well.
Mangoes contain vitamin A and C and are eaten ripe or raw. Jams, drinks and jellies are produced from ripe mangoes while pickle and chutneys are made from unripe mangoes. Mangoes have medicinal properties. Doctors recommend it for many illnesses caused by a rise in ambient air temperature.
Also, it treats stomach problems and stimulates bile formation. Similarly, it is recommended for blood-related disorders and a cure for night blindness and unhealthy skins.
Someone visiting Sri Lanka is not going to want to leave the island without having experienced the taste of a ‘karaththakolomban’ Best of Sri Lanka!
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Best-Sri Lanka, Cashew Apple – Fruit and Nut!
cashews or Cashews Apple contain 2.9 mcg of vitamin K, vitamin in maintaining the reproductive health of humans.
Cashew apples grow in trees in good climatic conditions in Sri Lanka. It is mostly seen in coastal parts of the country and
produces a seasonal fruit. In fact, during the season if you go to a commercial cashew apple plantation you will feel that you can see more fruit than leaves.
They ripe swollen stem with an astringent taste is eaten fresh. It, of course, is a good source of vitamins and has medicinal properties such as lowering the blood sugar level of diabetic patients and acting as a good laxative agent for constipation.
It is juicy and succulent and pleasant to your palate and pleasing to your sense of smell. It also attracts your attention since they are pleasing to your eyes.
It will definitely make your mouth water. It is cut into pieces and served with salt and pepper. It is also served with the main meals.
The cashew nut gives us a tasty and nutritious kernel and the nuts contain fats and proteins. In fact, it is a luxury food item which is expensive.
These nuts are also made into a delicious curry to be eaten with rice. (Fried Rice) It is a delicacy eaten for Sinhala and Tamil new year in Sri Lanka.
Best-Sri Lanka – Papaya – Beautifying fruit!
Papaya grows well in dry and intermediate zones in Sri Lanka. It yields throughout the year though there is an abundance from April to June. It is vastly grown in Kurunegala district in Srilanka.
The ripe fruit is delicious, juicy and succulent. Once exposed to the tropical climate it both satisfies your hunger and quenches your thirst. It is made into a nice drink once blended. Also, it is a delicious fruit for fruit salads.
It is well known for no better reason than its nourishing elements. Want to know some scientific truths? They say its health-giving: It contains water, energy, proteins, fat, carbohydrates, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and vitamin C. Doctors recommend it for more reasons than those.
It helps digestion and is a laxative agent for constipation and it is good for you if you have skin conditions, intestinal disorders and diseases connected to the respiratory track.
Well…They say papaya makes you more beautiful and fair too! Yeah, true thing. It is really popular among beauties! So when you feel thirsty do not hesitate to ask your host for a papaya juice !!! After all, why hesitate? because we Sri Lankans are very well known for our friendly service.
Best-Sri Lanka: Bananas – Tropical Bananas!
Bananas grow throughout the island of Sri lanka.T here are small, medium, and large orchards and also they are grown in home gardens. Bananas are available all year round.
The varieties we can possibly find in Sri Lanka are lady finger, sugar banana, pink banana, navel banana, Kolkatta, and amble. Bananas are bound with our culture as almost every important traditional celebration cannot do without bananas.
It is eaten as a dessert or as a snack in between meals because if its health-giving properties.
The wayside fruit stalls are beautified by its presence and tourists do not forget to stop by and take photos of them eating bananas!
In Rabepitiya near Chliaw, Srilanka is famous for its banana orchards done at large scale and legend has it that this village provided bananas to the ancient royalty.
You would be attracted to this wonderful fruit for not only its taste and colourful way but also for the nutritional properties if you get to know what they are!
Ripe bananas give help ease your digestion and are given to children for diarrhoea. It is recommended for gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, and allergies.
Oh boy, what a fruit, Best-Sri Lanka!
Written By Neil Costa, Sri Lanka
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