Tropical and Fruity – Travel Florida Part 1

apieceofrainbow10-0Spoiler Alert: A best kept secret of where to taste all kinds of tropical fruits you may have never seen before!apieceofrainbow10-3apieceofrainbow10-1
Nestled between the mysterious Everglades National Park and the glamorous Miami, lies the town of Homestead, where an abundance of tropical garden nurseries and fruit orchard stands line up the main road for miles.
Being such lovers of cooking and gardening, Jeff and I would not pass up the opportunity to check out some exotic fruits! Our first stop is the oh-so-amazing Fruit and Spice Park.apieceofrainbow10-17
Are you ready for the best-kept-secret? The park offers a free 45 minute tram tour that is so worth it, and during this tour, the kind and knowledgeable guide will not only tell great stories, but also pick ripe fruits right off the trees and hand them to you! Yes, you get to learn about, and TASTE all kinds of goodies!
Here are a few of our favorites, some of them we have not even heard of before!apieceofrainbow10-9Jackfruit – tastes like mango + pinapple!

apieceofrainbow10-8Strawberry Tree – tastes like juicy buttery candy corn!

apieceofrainbow10-7Jaboticaba – looks and tastes like grapes!

apieceofrainbow10-14 apieceofrainbow10-15 apieceofrainbow10-16Cocao, Pineapple, and 160 varieties of Mangos – I guess we will have to come back when they are ripe!apieceofrainbow10-11apieceofrainbow10-10apieceofrainbow10-19
After all the fun in the Fruit and Spice Park, we visited a few charming fruit stands, one of which is a local favorite – Robert Is Here, with all kinds of fruit shakes and smoothies. We had to try a Mamey (one more fruit we did not know about!) shake, and wow, it was so delicious, like a really thick sweet potato / pumpkin pie blended with ice cream! Just what tourists want! =)apieceofrainbow10-12 apieceofrainbow10-13
we also got a Mamey to eat later, see how gorgeous it looks when cut open? Taste is sweet like honey and super yummy!apieceofrainbow10-2 apieceofrainbow10-4
Thank you for visiting and have a delicious week!

I want to end this post with a thank you note on my 7th week of blogging. As a new blogger, I never expected to receive so much support and friendship from so many beautiful people.
Every comment that comes from everyone of you puts a big smile on my face. Thank you so much my dear readers!!
And thank you to all these super talented bloggers who featured my diy projects on their amazing blogs-
Desiree from The 36th Avenue , Becky from Beyond The Picket Fence , Melanie from Reasons To Skip The Housework, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, Kate and Amanda frome Centsational Girl, Beckie from Roadkill Recue,Cassity from Remodelahoilc.
My deep appreciation to all of you!
Big hugs.apieceofrainbow10-18


  1. Hi Ananda and…what a gorgeous post! I got carried away to Florida from the first picture already (and Florida is a State I have the chance of knowing and loving). This place looks (and surely tastes) like heaven – thank you for sharing about it, this is an address to keep and visit for sure.
    Have a colorful week!

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