Name All the Tropical Fruits

Tropical Fruit Stand

One of the things I like best about La Antigua Guatemala is its location. One hour or less from Guatemala City and the Pacific Ocean, about two hours or less from the most beautiful lake in the world: Lake Atitlán (according to Alexander von Humboldt). A little under three hours from Quetzaltenango or Xela like its locally known. Back on January 17th I showed this satellite map of Southern Guatemala in which you can see La Antigua Guatemala in relation to Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, the Pacific Ocean and the volcanoes of Pacaya, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. It is great little map and I recommend that you take a look at it along with the other satellite maps I posted on the very first entry on this site: Where in the World is La Antigua Guatemala.

After the long explanation above you may ask yourself, what’s the point anyway? Well, just a simple background information so you know that you can drive down to hot and humid tropical lands of Southern Guatemala within 45 minutes from La Antigua. The driving down part is literal since you take the sinuous road from La Antigua Guatemala at 1500 meters/5000 feet above the see level toward the Pacific Ocean, traveling between volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, with coffee and flower plantations on either side road. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Guatemala. On the hot and humid land of tropical Escuintla you can find many exotic fruits like the ones shown above.

Enough ramblings. To play this game you simply try to name as many fruits as you can from the tropical stand above (you might need to click on the photo to get a larger version for details). Let the game begin.

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  • Lets see. Watermelon, banana, coconut, mango, pineapple, orange, plum (?), guava, sugar cane, fruit-bearing tree (sapodilla) and .. I guess that’s all I know. I miss my home country now.

  • valen en español? i hope so! 😉
    Veo sandias, mangos, ciruelas enormes, plátanos…oooh no sé más!!!
    Creo que no paso el examen de las frutas tropicales… 🙁

  • all i know is bannana, that round thing with a root and purple top looks like our turnips!

  • LD

    I don’t think I’ll be very good at this game. Your first commenter seemed to say them all. But I do see 3 types of mangoes and would sure love to have some of those!

  • I’m stumped…but I think there are bananas, pineapples, kiwi and perhaps plums? but that’s all I really come close to recognizing. The overall photo however, and the excellent course in geography is superb!

  • Yo tampoco puedo nombrar todas las frutas tropicales que tienen alli, pero como dice Dsole, las ciruelas son enormes.

    I also cannot name all of the tropical fruits you have there, but as Dsole says, those plums are enormous.

  • Herbasio

    Can I see some “chicos” over there ? mm, those are delicious 🙂

  • Bananas, mangos, coconuts, pineapples, papayas — I’m afraid that’s the best I can do. Looking forward to learning the names of the purple round ones.

  • adriana

    Hmm, bananas, pineapples, papayas, mangos, plums, sapotes, coconuts, watermelons, sugar cane, oranges . . .I think Tanty got them all!

  • I don’t know all the English names, but please, i’d just want a little mango…

  • Okay, it looks like all of you really liked this picture and the game. I am so happy. Now onto the names. Most people confused the purple fruit with plums, because most people do not know the zapote family of caimito. Also, there at least six types of Mangoes including Guatemala’s own mango de pashte or mango de leche (Loofa mango or milk mango). Almost everybody missed the jicama (between the caimito baskets). There are plantains, Dominican baby bananas, a round zapote type known as chico (chico is Spanish for small). The chicle or chewing gum and rubber is made from the sap of the chico tree. Read more about the natural resins that made chicle, rubber, the chico tree and its fruits. Too bad they don’t use natural resins anymore for chewing gum.

  • ale

    Hey Rudy, I’m allow to play this one?

  • Herbasio

    Also, it seems like there are some “pochas” to the right, below the pineapples and next to the water melon

  • Oh Rudy this is a wonderful display!
    I always enjoy immensely visiting your blog (that’s why I was so happy to put a link yesterday) and this particular photo is an absolute beauty ! Makes me realise how many fruit I don’t know… I need to go back to Guatemala !!!

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  • juanito

    does any one know the names in englis of something that looks like a big water melon, I think the name in spanish is chilecayote??? please let me know. thanks

  • Reina

    Mangos, platanos, piña, ciruelas, sandias, caña de azúcar, sapotes, nisperos, cocos, bananas(guineos), naranjas, mandarinas. Those are the fruits I saw in the picture and I know more tropical fruits but I don’t know in English what are the names.

  • Reina

    Watermelon is sandia in Spanish not chilacayote

  • Does Any one want to know about fruits? I really really hope so!
    All of the fruits that I can name are :
    mango, star fruit grape fruit and zuchinnis

  • chase

    no rambutans? =( Rambutans and loquats are my two favorite fruits. I also like guanabana =)

  • lorie

    I am from a tropical country. I can name all those fruits 100% accurate as long as I will able to taste it. My taste buds dictates my brain. lol

    • @lorie, Actually, there was an special on Discovery channel or NatGeo about how memory can be enhance through flavor and taste buds. So it is true, some people use their taste buds as flash cards to jolt their memory.

  • MaggieD

    ANY food series you do is appreciated (especially when recipes are included)! For those of us who can’t be in LAG, at least we can enjoy the food. It isn’t quite the same as being there, but it helps. Your food series also will help me expand my food (and restaurant) selection the next time I go!

    • @MaggieD, do I have a surprise for you guys… I will try to get all the Guatemalan recipes and put them neatly organized for you. This is hush-hush, so don’t tell anyone about it yet! 😉

  • el chapin usa

    deseo fotos de las paternas , pitallas y muchas frutas de guatemala que aqui no se ven es para ensenarles a mis hijos las frutas que yo comia cuando era un patojo

  • susanita

    si hablamos de frutas…hay un monton que yo recuerdo pero no mucha gente de Guate no sabe que son, como jocote de mico que lo comi en Puerto Barrios tambien manzana rosa en Monterrico. Pero nunca supe nada del RAMBUTAN ni LOQUATS que son estas dos?

    • @Susanita, regresa la próxima semana que te tendré fotos de lichas (rambutan). 😉