Pineapples, coconuts and mangoes will not be considered exotic either – if desired, any of these fruits, even if not all year round, can be found in supermarkets at home. But in Goa you should definitely try them. Coconuts – because they are inexpensive and healthy. Pineapples – because here they are simply divine. These fruits also come in two types – for eating and for making juices. The first ones are the most delicious, so before buying, you should draw the seller’s attention to the fact that they are going to eat the fruit. You should choose an “individual” that is evenly orange along its entire length and exudes the most alluring aroma. The Goan mango deserves its own paragraph, as it is considered the fruit symbol of the state. The color of its peel can be different – yellow-green, orange, slightly reddish – this will not affect the taste, it will always be delicious. Those who happen to visit Goa in mid-March will especially agree with this: from this month until the end of June there is a “mango season”, and varieties such as Alfonso and Mankurat appear on the shelves. They are more expensive than others, but justify the price with rich taste and juiciness.
Exotic fruits can be conditionally divided into subgroups: those about which “I think that I heard” and “Is it generally edible?”. The latter should be eaten carefully – but still worth it.
Of those that are heard, in Goa, a tourist will definitely cut papaya – a large melon-like fruit with green skin and orange flesh (some taste like boiled carrots, others claim that papaya is sweet), as well as passion fruit, “passion fruit” – purple – red on the outside and yellowish-grainy inside with a peculiar, very rich taste. It is often added to the company with other fruits in juices, ice cream and even beer. An excellent, but not quite ordinary replacement for traditional apples and pears is guava. In shape and size, it resembles these fruits, but it has many more seeds and a rather strong, musky-like smell. The taste is sweet and sour, the flesh is juicy, white or pink.
Carambola, or “starfruit”, got its second name for its shape: the sliced u200bu200bfruit looks like a five-pointed star. The original shape has become the main reason why desserts and cocktails are constantly decorated with this fruit. As for taste, there are so many people, so many opinions. Apple, gooseberry, jasmine, orange, cucumber, grapes and plum – which just does not remind tourists of “starfruit”. Some claim that it is impossible to eat it because of the vile aftertaste. /f550x700/50/nn/50nnvysch6sks4w04gw48k8os.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Prices in the market and in the supermarket will differ by 15-30 INR (more expensive in stores) and depend on the season. Bananas and coconuts are on the shelves all year round, from November to February – the season of grapes, oranges and strawberries, from March to June – mango, papaya and sweet lime. From June to December, jackfruit is in abundance, from September to February, sugar apple. We are waiting for chika and lychee in May-July, pineapples – in July-September.
Passion fruit will cost an average of 20 INR/piece, watermelons and papaya – 30-50 INR per 1 kg, coconut – 25-35 INR per 1 piece, pineapples – 40 INR per 1 kg, bananas – 50 INR 1 bunch, chicas – INR 60 per 1 kg, oranges and grapes – INR 100 per 1 kg, regular and sugar apples, figs – INR 120 per 1 kg, dragon fruit – INR 150 per 1 kg. Mango, depending on the variety, size and season, will cost from 100 to 220 INR per 1 kg.