Fruits of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has an amazing variety of tropical fruits and it would be a mistake to leave the island without tasting any of them. The island is virtually a paradise of bananas and there is a mind- boggling variety of this fruit, differing in colour, taste, size and even fragrance. There are locals who claim to be experts on bananas and would happily tell you which varieties are best for you. A variety you must try is the red sugar banana, which foreigners may find rather unusual.
Pawpaw or papaya is another fruit of a lovely colour which can be eaten for breakfast with a dash of lime or a pinch of sugar. It is good to drink as well, mashed into a puree. Juicy mangoes which are found in almost all areas of the country and custard apples from the upcountry have to be tried to really understand why the locals love them so. Rambutan, mangosteen and durian are available throughout the island seasonally. You could see young boys and men lining the roads during the particular ‘season’ trying to sell to passer-by’s. Wood-apple is a lovely fruit, which could be enjoyed even more when made into a drink. Blended with coconut milk and made in the traditional way, wood-apple juice would be a certain hit with anyone.
Jakfruit is another local favourite; this could be cooked into a delicious curry or consumed as a rich and creamy fruit with a heady smell when ripe. Breadfruit is similar and is cooked into curries or just boiled and eaten with scraped coconut and a chillie sambol.
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