The most exotic fruits of El Salvador are Anonas, Jocotes, Nances, Mamones, Marañones, Guayabas, Zapotes, Paternas, mameys, and Pepetos. Other Popular Salvadoran fruits worth trying are Nisperos, Arrayanes, Granadillas, Almendras, Caraos, and Tamarindos.
El Salvador is a paradise for exotic fruits with a variety of colors and peculiar flavors. Most of these Salvadoran fruits grow mainly in the first few months of the rainy season, from May to July.
The wealth of Salvadoran fruits are best eaten fresh; but, they are also used to make different types of sweets and sometimes to make artisanal liquor drinks.
The following are some exotic and popular fruits of El Salvador that visitors should try at least once. I am by no means guaranteeing that you will like them.
La Anona is a sweet Salvadoran seasonal fruit available all over the country, mainly from June to September. During these months, getting your hand on delicious Anonas will not be difficult.
Anonas have a sweet flavor. The inside of the fruit or edible part is either white or pink. Both taste similar but, the pink is creamier.
In addition to tasting good, Anonas is good for your health. They are rich in protein, iron, calcium, vitamins, and carbohydrates.
When choosing Anonas, make sure they are cracked; if there is no crack, they were cut prematurely and will not have any flavor at all.
Jocote is one of the most popular Salvadoran fruits; the most popular types are Baron, Azucaron, and Corona. This fruit is usually eaten raw; however, there are different ways to eat and enjoy this popular fruit.
During the holy week in El Salvador, some stores or families make a traditional Jocote dish made with Jocote fruit and honey. Also, there is a popular candy-like sweet available for local festivities called “Conserva de Jocote.”
Jocote Baron is the most popular type. Its harvest period is at the end of the dry season or Summer, from February to April.
Baron Jocote is also called summer Jocote, sour jocote, and red Baron Jocote. The name summer jocote derives from the fact that this fruit can’t survive during the rainy season or winter.
The name sour Jocote originates from its taste. When eaten unripe, this fruit will have a sour taste. Now, when ripe, this Jocote has a reddish color, and it has a sweet-sour taste.
Jocote Azucaron has a green peel and a sugary taste the entire time. Azucaron Jocote has a round to flattened shape and is smaller than Baron.
Azucaron, just like Baron Jocote, grows from February to the end of April; for that reason, it is also called summer Jocote.
The Jocote Corona or winter Jocote harvest months are in the middle of the rainy season or winter, from late July to October.
Corona Jocote has a very sweet taste and a large seed with little edible pulp. This Jocote has a distinctive peel mixed with red, green, and bright yellow colors.
Nance is a fruit of El Salvador available from July through August. This small fruit has a distinctive sweet flavor when ripe. Locals eat it as is, or they make different dishes made with honey called “Dulce de Nances.” By the way, Nances are also used to produce a traditional local alcoholic drink called “Licor de Nance.”
Los Mamones is a tangy tropical Salvadoran fruit from El Salvador. This fruit is small, green, and round. It can measure between two and five centimeters in diameter.
Inside the fruit, you will find a salmon-colored edible part that covers its seed. This fruit, also known as Mamoncillos, has two flavors, one is sweet, and the other is a bit sour. It is like a mixture of lime and lychee.
Marañones is a juicy fruit that has a sweet-acid taste. This typical Salvadoran fruit can be eaten raw or made as a tropical juice with water and sugar.
Roasted Marañon seeds (cashew nuts) are a popular snack available during Marañon season. Additionally, some Salvadorans use this fruit to make fermented homemade alcoholic drinks.
In El Salvador, you will find four types of Marañon, red, orange, pink, and yellow; the taste for each is slightly different.
In El Salvador, Guayabas are almost as popular as Mangos. You can find Guayaba trees all over the country. Guayaba fruits are available the entire year; but, the production is smaller during the dry season or summer.
The older generation eats Guayabas as is, including the fruit skin and seeds. The younger generations like to eat it in slices with salt, hot sauce, and lemon.
On a side note, Guayaba leaves are used in many home remedies all over the country; one particular use is to reduce high fevers.
Zapotes are a common fruit in El Salvador, especially in rural areas of the country. The Zapote fruit has an alluring unique smell, as well as an exquisite flavor.
The outside of the fruit has a soft dark-colored peel, and the inside, which is the edible part, has a color mix of orange and red.
Paterna tree grows in densely vegetated areas such as coffee plantations. The Paterna edible part is enclosed in a green pod, which varies in length and hangs from its branches.
The Paterna fruit has black seeds covered by a white, soft, and sugary coating. Most people eat the soft white part of the fruit; however, the seeds can be eaten as well. The seeds are boiled in water until becoming soft. Then, they are eaten traditionally with salt and lemon juice.
Mamey is a tasty fruit of El Salvador that is eaten raw. Additionally, the fruit is used to make fresh cocktail juice or to make jelly for shaved ice.
The Mamey fruit is sometimes confused with Zapotes, mainly because of its brown look and shape; however, unlike Zapotes, Mamey has a hard shell.
Getting to the edible part of the fruit is not easy; first, you need to remove the hard shell, you will need a knife for this part. Then, you need to peel the tiny layer that covers the edible part; by the way, this layer is bitter, so don’t eat it.
The Pepeto fruit has similarities to the Paterna fruit; both grow during the winter in densely vegetated areas. However, Pepetos are smaller, and of course, the taste is different.
The fruit is in the middle of green pods, and when ripe, they are yellow. They are seeds covered by a white pulp with a sweet taste, which is the edible part.
Other Popular Fruits of El Salvador
El Salvador is home to many tropical fruits available all over its territory. The fruits listed above with more details are some of the most exotic and popular.
Other popular Salvadoran fruits are Nisperos, Arrayanes, Granadillas, Almendras, Caraos, and Tamarindos; these fruits are popular and are used in different products.
Fruits of El Salvador
In El Salvador, you will be able to find popular fruits such as mangos, watermelon, coconuts, and tamarinds, to name a few.
The fruits listed above are well-known in the country; however, visitors from other nations may not be familiar with all of them.
El Salvador has traditional foods, typical drinks, and exotic tropical fruits that you should try at least once. So, if you ever get the chance, head on to a local street market and buy some of the non-traditional fruits.