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Trinidad & Tobago
abiu
Pouteria caimito, a tropical tree, and its fruit originally from South America. It will grow an average of 33 feet (10 m) high, and can grow as high as 116 feet (35 m) under good conditions. Its fruit’s shape varies from round to oval with a point. When ripe, it has smooth bright yellow skin and will have one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white. It has a creamy and jelly-like texture and with a taste similar to the sapodilla
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Bahamas
Belize
Jamaica
St. Lucia
ackee
Blighia sapida; A fruit of the soapberry family native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in Jamaican cuisine where it is an ingredient in the the national dish 'ackee and saltfish'. The fruit changes in colour from yellowish-green to a reddish orange as it matures. When ripe, the pods open to reveal two to three fleshy white or cream coloured arils. The arils are the only edible part of the fruit. The fruit must be allowed to open fully before harvesting as unripe and unopened fruit is poisonous and may cause ackee poisoning or Jamaican Vomiting Sickness (toxic hypoglycemic syndrome).
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Bahamas
alligator pear
Avocado. Edible pear shaped or round fruit with an egg shaped seed. The flesh is green on the outside and turns yellow closer to the seed.
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Grenada
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Cayman Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
almond
The tree and fruit of Terminalia catappa. It is a large tree (up to 115ft in height), often grown for ornamental purposes and the shade provided by its broad leaves. Parts of the fruit are edible, including the inner seed which resembles almonds in shape and taste.
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Martinique
amandes
The tree and fruit of Terminalia catappa. It is a large tree (up to 115ft in height), often grown for ornamental purposes and the shade provided by its broad leaves. Parts of the fruit are edible, including the inner seed which resembles almonds in shape and taste.
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Haiti
ananas
Pineapple - a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, named for resemblance to the pine cone.
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Trinidad & Tobago
anar
Pomegranate. Botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5 and 8 m (16 and 26 ft) tall
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Puerto Rico
anon
An edible round, ovoid, or cone shaped fruit around 6-10 cm in diameter, with a lumpy skin. The skin colour changes from bright green to a pale whitish-green as the fruit ripens. The sweet flesh is white or very pale yellow, and has a custard-like texture. Hard , shiny brownish black seeds are spread throughout the insides.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica
apple
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may occasionally be seedless. The fruit is sweet and is usually eaten raw or used to make drinks.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Guyana
apple banana
A banana variety known for small sweet fruit.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Suriname
apra
A round fruit about the size of a tennis ball. It has a glossy leathery skin that is either green, purple, or some combination of the two colours. Inside is a purple and white milky flesh that exhibits a distinct star pattern. The fruit is sweet and eaten raw
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Dominica
apricot
Round fruit between 5 and 9 inches in diameter. The fruit has rough brown skin and contains a single large seed. The flesh of unripe fruit is hard and becomes soft when fully ripened. The fruit is edible with tastes ranging from sour to sweet and reminiscent of apricots.
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Bahamas
Puerto Rico
avogado
Avocado. Edible pear shaped or round fruit with an egg shaped seed. The flesh is green on the outside and turns yellow closer to the seed.
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Guyana
Montserrat
balanjay
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Trinidad & Tobago
banga
Is a yellowish-green drupe 2.5-5 cm in diameter, containing a single, dark brown, nut-like seed 2.5-5 cm diameter, which is very tough to break. The inside is a dry white filling that has a vaguely sweet taste when eaten. Found on a species of palm native to tropical regions of the Americas, from southern
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Haiti
bannan
Plantains
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Trinidad & Tobago
barbadine
The Giant Granadilla, it is the largest of the passionfruits, plants of the genus Passiflora. It is a perennial native of Tropical America, having smooth, cordate, ovate or acuminate leaves; petioles bearing from 4 to 6 glands; an emetic and narcotic root; scented flowers; and a large, oblong fruit, containing numerous seeds, imbedded in a subacid edible pulp.
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Haiti
beregene
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Puerto Rico
berenjena
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
bhaigan
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Trinidad & Tobago
bilimbi
The fruit and tree of Averrhoa bilimbi. A relative of the carambola or star fruit, the tree produces an edible, green, five pomed, cucumber like fruit.
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Bahamas
bitter orange
Seville orange; A thick skinned sour orange used for making beverages and marmalade.
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Jamaica
black mango
A small, highly desired mango cultivar. The fruit is mostly green even when ripe - with some black spots. Occasionally some ripe fruit may have blushes of yellow. The skin is good tasting so they are often eaten without peeling.
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Jamaica
blackie
A small, highly desired mango cultivar. The fruit is mostly green even when ripe - with some black spots. Occasionally some ripe fruit may have blushes of yellow. The skin is good tasting so they are often eaten without peeling.
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Jamaica
blim blim
The fruit and tree of Averrhoa bilimbi. A relative of the carambola or star fruit, the tree produces an edible, green, five pomed, cucumber like fruit.
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Grenada
bluggoe
A type of plaintain.
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Jamaica
bombay
A popular mango cultivar valued for pleasant taste.
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Guyana
boulanger
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
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Jamaica
St. Kitts & Nevis
Cayman Islands
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
US Virgin Islands
breadfruit
Tree and fruit native to the Pacific Islands and Malaysia that was brought to the West Indies in the 18th century. The fruit is large with a rough green skin with small hexagonal markings. Some varieties have a spiky exterior. The flesh is white, cream coloured or yellow and has a high starch content. It is eaten boiled, roasted, or fried as a staple food.
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Bahamas
bubbub
A dried coconut
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