Tropical Fijian Fruits & Island Inspired Drinks


Fruits of Fiji

isolated green guava pink flesh one whole fruit half white background transformedGuava (Psidium guajava) - The fruit is distinguished by a sweet and somewhat granular flesh which represents a great source of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It can be consumed in a variety of ways - fresh, in salads or as a dessert, canned, or in the form of jellies, jams, or juices.
mango mangifera indica against white background transformedMango (Mangifera indica) - The fruit varies greatly in size and character. Its form is oval, round, heart-shaped, kidney-shaped, or long and slender. The smallest mangoes are no larger than plums, while others may weigh 1.8 to 2.3 kg (4 to 5 pounds). Some varieties are vividly coloured with shades of red and yellow, while others are dull green. The single large seed is flattened, and the flesh that surrounds it is yellow to orange in colour, juicy, and of distinctive sweet-spicy flavour.
soursop annona muricata exotic tropical fruit transformedSoursop (Annona muricata) - The fruit’s juicy, fibrous, white flesh, which combines the flavours of mango and pineapple, can be eaten fresh and is strained to make custards, ice creams, and drinks.
yellow lemon citrus limonum green lemon citrus aurantifolia against white background transformedLemon - Citrus aurantifolia

Fresh Fijian Lemonade (3 Ingredients)

fresh lemonade
Fresh Lemonade

Ingredients – (SERVINGS 2)

  1. ½ cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  2. ½ cup Fiji Sugar
  3. 4 cups cold Fiji Water


Instructions (Prep Time – 5 mins  Total Time – 5 mins)

  1. In a pitcher, mix together the lemon juice and sugar
  2. Add the cold Fiji Water. Stir to combine.
  3. Wait until the sugar is dissolved and serve.


Guava Juice (4 Ingredients)

fresh guava juice
fresh guava juice

Ingredients – (SERVINGS 2)

  1. 1 pound ripe guava, rinsed, randomly diced, (deseeded optional)
  2. 4 cups cold Fiji Water
  3. 1/2 lemon, juiced (optional but recommended)
  4. Fiji sugar or Fiji honey
  5. Handful of ice cubes, to serve


Instructions (Prep Time – 5  mins | Total Time – 5/10 mins)

  1. Add in the guava, water, lemon juice, and sugar into a blender, until well combined.
  2. Fill 2 tall glasses with ice, then divide the guava juice evenly between them


Soursop Juice (6 Ingredients)

soursop juice
Soursop Juice

Ingredients – (SERVINGS 4)

  1. 16 oz Soursop
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 2 tbsp Fiji Sugar
  4. 1 cup Fiji Water
  5. 2 cups ice
  6. 2 tbsp mint leaves


Instructions (Prep Time – 15 mins | Total Time 15 mins)

  1. Peel the soursop and remove the core. Pull the pulp apart with a fork as needed to find and remove the seeds.
  2. Add the soursop flesh, 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp sugar, and 1 cup water to the blender and blend until the pulp liquefies.
  3. Strain the mixture into a large bowl to separate the pulp from the juice.
  4. Serve the juice over ice and garnish it with mint leaves.


Mango Drink

delicious mango drink
Fresh Delicious Mango Drink

Ingredients – (SERVINGS 2)

  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  2. 2 cups frozen chopped peeled mangoes
  3. 1/2 medium ripe banana
  4. 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  5. 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions (Prep Time – 10 mins | Total Time 15 mins)

  1. Blend the pineapple juice, yogurt, and honey until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen mango and banana, cover, and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into two chilled glasses; serve immediately.


Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit Passiflora edulis
Passion Fruit – Passiflora edulis

There are eight species of Passiflora represented throughout the Fijian archipelago of which two are indigenous and the other six are cultivated and/or naturalized. The name Passiflora, or passion flower, is derived from the observation of the shape or form of the flower parts by early Spanish missionaries/explorers.

passionfruit passiflora edulisPassiflora edulis - cultivated and sparingly naturalized vine found from near sea level to an elevation of 700m. This species bears inflorescences with white petals and corona filaments that are proximally pink, purple, and distally white, and also bears edible fruits that are yellow to purplish when ripe. It flowers in February and November and is known as loamy Passion fruit, used as Quit drinks or food.
width=150Passion Fruit (Passiflora foetida) - In Fiji, it is a scrambling and twining vine that naturalizes as a weed along roadsides and in coastal thickets, patches of forest, and cane fields from sea level to about 500m above sea level.
No ImagePassion Fruit – (Passiflora maliformis) - In Fiji, it is sparingly naturalized from near sea level where it scrambles over forest edges and in thickets with yellow to white flowers. The fruit is yellow-green and becomes purple when ripe. It is generally known as Hardshelled Passion Fruit, ripe fruit is edible and is commonly used as a fruit drink.

Tropical Fruits

two whole avocadoAvocado (Persea americana) - The pear-shaped fruit has a buttery, yellow flesh. So buttery, in fact, that in Fiji during February and March, locals use it as a butter substitute on their bread. it's the most nutritious of all fruits, rich in Vitamins A and B, and has three times the protein of apples and pears. Avocados have smooth and thin green skin and is one of three subspecies.
BreadfruitBreadfruit - Artocarpus altilis - must be cooked; more like a vegetable than a fruit, and has a dark, smooth skin. Often confused with breadnut, which has a spikey skin, their difference to the connoisseur is that one has seeds (the breadnut) and the other doesn’t. Called UTO in Fijian, the fruit is boiled, roasted, or cut into chips and fried, and the tree, which may reach 18 metres in height, was in past years valued as a good wood for building canoes.
spondias dulcis fruitWi- Spondias dulcis - The oval-shaped, green-skinned fruit has a tangy taste, and is popular with the country’s Indian community as a pickled condiment, when, still green, tart and sour, it is cut into slices, sun dried, added to mustard seeds and oil, chillies and garlic and made into ‘archar’, a tasty accent to curry dishes
fijian longan crystal fruit pometia pinnataDawa (Pometia pinnata) - The fruits are green, yellow, or dark red up to 4 cm (1.6 in) long, each with one seed surrounded by a fleshy aril. This popular fruit is slightly larger than a longan, but its flesh is less watery and its shell is thicker.
musa troglogytarumFei Banana (Musa troglogytarum) - can be distinguished by there have highly coloured sap, pink through to bright magenta and dark purple. The bracts of the flowering spike (inflorescence) are bright shiny green rather than dull red or purple. The flowering and fruiting stem is more or less upright (rather than drooping), so that the bunches of bananas are also upright. Ripe fruit has brilliant orange, copper-coloured or red skin with orange or yellow flesh inside.
malay apple syzygium malaccenseKavika (Syzygium malacensis) - The fruit is oblong-shaped and dark red in color, although some varieties have white or pink skins. The flesh is white and surrounds a large seed. Its taste is bland but refreshing. Jam is prepared by stewing the flesh with brown sugar and ginger.
pummelo two whole half fruitMolikana - Citrus maxima - The flowers are large and white and are succeeded by very large spheroid or almost pear-shaped fruits, which are lemon-yellow to green in colour and have a sweet flavour.
barringtonia edulis large greenVutukana (Barringtinia edulis) - The fruits are oblong berries with persistent calyces, up to 10 cm (4 in) long, with densely matted short hairs, greyish-green, becoming reddish or purplish as they ripen.
ripe unripe jackfruit tropical fruitJakfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) - was originally imported from India, where it was said to be the "food of sages and philosophers". The largest of all cultivated fruits (a Jakfruit can sometimes weigh 35kg), the fibrous core is not eaten, but the egg-shaped seeds, covered with juicy flesh, are a favorite in many Indo-Fijian curries and other culinary preparations, in addition the seeds are sometimes roasted and eaten like chestnuts.

Fiji’s Bananas

Lady Finger bananas
Lady Finger bananas
ImageDescription - Ranging from the edible when ripe to the edible when cooked, to the merely ornamental:
No ImagePink Banana - has bright pink inedible fruit that stand erect, unlike most bananas which droop. It is a fairly recent introduction in Fiji.
width=150Lady fingers - These were introduced in the late nineteenth century and have become very popuar eating bananas, being short and plump – hence the name – thinskinned and easy to peel, and deliciously sweet.

Bananas are a tropical plant that has long been a mainstay of Fiji’s subsistence and economy. In botanical terms, bananas are a kind of ‘herb’, rather than a tree, their resemblance to palms being purely coincidental: the apparent trunk is composed of the layered bases of the leaves.

Bananas can grow to 9 meters in height and produce a striking deep red male flower (soba in Fijian), which hangs down in most species. The groups of female flyovers that follow eventually become the fruit. Since there are no seeds, bananas are propagated by means of offshoots from the base of the ‘mother’, known as ‘suckers’ (suli-na).

For many years during the early and mid-twentieth century eating bananas was a major export of Fiji, being regularly shipped to New Zealand, and provided the first source of monetary income for many Fijian villagers.  Apart from producing fruit, some bananas produce a fiber that has numerous uses:

  1. Forming the noose of mangrove lobster snares
  2. The sticky substance at the base of the trunk is used to bind together the components of the bait used in woven fish traps
  3. The leaves are used fresh as platters at traditional feasts and as covering for food being cooked in the earth oven, and heated to make them supple for use as containers for various cooked foods. When dry and withered (suluka), they are used as cigarette paper.
  4. The trunks are used for animal fodder, bound together as rafts, and also chopped up to provide a bed for food being cooked in the earth oven, to prevent it from being burned by direct contact with the hot stones.

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