Hawaii is known for many things, one of the most popular being a large selection of tropical fruits. When it comes to texture and taste, there is quite a variety to choose from.
Here is a list of hawaiian fruits with some background knowledge...
Pineapple: Probably the most popular Hawaiian fruit, there are two types of delicious pineapples; yellow and white. We all know how sweet the yellow pineapples are through the Dole pineapple brand, but there are also really sweet white pineapples from Hawaii which are highly perishable and have a short shelf life. This makes it difficult to ship so its rare to find white pineapples outside of Hawaii. Growing pineapples from beginning to end it takes about two and a half years.
Bananas: There are over 70 different varieties of bananas grown in Hawaii. They are year round crops as they grow well in the lush and wet zones throughout the state. A different variety which is a smaller but yet flavorful type of bananas is called apple bananas or manzano. These bananas are usually half the size and fatter than the variety that is more common around the world. Also the apple bananas here are sweeter than regular bananas.
Pitaya "Dragon Fruit": Dragon fruit is a colorful fruit and very nutritious. The inside is a transparent white gel-like meat (like Kiwi) freckled with tiny seeds. The taste is something between a tangy pear and melon. When the dragon fruit is ripe, it’s both sweet and crunchy. To pick a ripe dragon fruit just look for bright red colors and no browning spots on the fruit, press the flesh for a little give just like a kiwi and you should find a nice one to eat.
Lilikoi or "Passionfruit": Growing wild around Kauai this fragrant fruit is either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit is both eaten and juiced and is often added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma.
Papaya: A better known fruit, Papaya still baffles some visitors. Usually enjoyed cut in half and hollowed, this melon-like fruit grows all around the island and can be found throughout the year. This delicious fruit was called ‘Fruit of the angles’ by Christopher Columbus because of its health benefits to preventing colds and flu, helping in digestion, lung and eye disorders and even preventing heart disease.
Lychee: A very popular fruit throughout Hawaii, Lychee has a relatively short fruit season. It is also known as Longan or Rambutan (translating to “Dragon Eye“) and comes in many shapes and colors. Flavor is sweet, juicy with fruity taste to the translucent skin.
Starfruit: These bright yellow fruit have a waxy outside and a sweet, pear-like inside. You can eat the fruit skin and all. When sliced in half you’ll find out exactly why the fruit has earned its out-of-this-world name for it looks like a star.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many unique and delicious fruits grown throughout Hawaii, so when visiting be sure to try as many as you can for much of these cannot be found all around the world.