Haiti has no shortage of tropical fruits for locals and tourists to enjoy. A lot of the native cuisine in the country contains fruit ingredients, such as cherries, mangos, grapefruits, and papayas. These fruits may be eaten by themselves as desserts and snacks. Fruit juices are made from these fruits too.
If you visit a Haitian restaurant, they will likely have many fruit juice choices available. Not only are they tasty, but they are very nutritious for your body. That is why you should learn how to make Haitian fruit drinks and meals at home. These fruity foods and beverages are a great way to help you lose weight and stay in shape.
Here is a more comprehensive list of Haitian fruits:
- Cashew apple
- Passion fruit
Haitians have traditionally used fruits for preserving their own health. All of these native fruits contain a plethora of nutrients and medicinal properties that keep the body healthy. Sometimes fruits are the only thing which people have to eat in certain parts of Haiti. But for those who have access to lots of different fruits, they tend to blend them together and make fruit drinks out of them.
Let’s look at the four best Haitian fruit drinks.
1) Papaya Juice
Papaya juice is created from tropical fruit called papayas. It is best to prepare the juice with ripe papayas. It will give you a smooth texture that feels great on your tongue. The nutrients found in papaya juice include iron, chlorine, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. These nutrients stimulate the health of your heart and blood. Papaya juice makes a good breakfast fruit juice for anyone on a slimming diet too.
2) Cherry, Watermelon and Plum Juice
The traditional cherry juice recipe uses cherries and allspice as its main ingredients. However, you can enhance the cherry juice recipe by mixing it with other fruity ingredients, such as watermelon and plums. This combination of fruits offers many medicinal properties that can promote heart health and reduce arthritis pain. It has been known to fight diabetes too.
3) Passion Fruit Juice
Passion fruit is a round tropical fruit found all over the Caribbean, including Haiti. The crunchy seeds and fruit pulp inside its spongy shell are what you’ll want to extract for the drink. You’ll need six passion fruit pieces, ice cubes, three cups of water and three tablespoons of sugar.
Of course, you can cut out the sugar and replace it with stevia if you want a healthy alternative for the sweet flavor. Passion fruit juice is known to help people reduce their stress and anxiety, while boosting their immune system too.
4) Haitian Gold Juice
Haitian gold juice is a fabulous and rich fruit juice that has three different fruits and four different alcoholic beverages combined into one. The fruits include strawberries, pineapples and oranges. The alcoholic beverages include crème de bananes, white rum, gold tequila, and Mandarine Napoleon. The outcome is a gold yellow color, hence the name “gold juice.”
Conclusion Given the tropical climate of Haiti, it is easy to grow fruits and vegetables in the country. Many of the fruits described above are native to the region, while others have been introduced to the country through historical colonialization and globalization. One thing is for sure; there is nothing more satisfying than a cold fruity drink on a hot day in Haiti. It will freshen you right up and make you feel more energetic and alive.