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TROPICAL FRUITS AT LAPA RIOS

One of the many things you can look forward to on your visit to Lapa Rios is new flavors. We are lucky to have a few of these fruit trees on our property so just ask and we’ll show you where these fruits grow.


FRUITS AT LAPA RIOS

Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola)

A sweet, tangy greenish-yellow fruit from Indo-China. Most homes in the Osa Peninsula have a Carambola tree in their yard, as it fruits all year long.

A Carambola tree is located near the steps of cabin #3.


Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)

Introduced to the Americas on Columbus return voyage in 1493. The stalks are hand-cut and then sent on heavy rollers to be squeezed to extract the juice. Though the sugar industry wasn’t successful in the Osa Peninsula, you can still find sugarcane growing locally


Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

Produces a huge canopy of light, feathery leaves with 8-inch pods. Tamarind is the base for the well-known Worcestershire Sauce. The pulp is used to make fresco, very refreshing and works as a natural laxative.


Soursop

Is the famous relative to the anona. Endemic to warmer costal areas in Central America. Some fruits weigh up to 20 pounds.

A Soursop tree is located near the pool.


Guava (Psidium guajava)

The tree reaches 20 feet and grows only in hot, moist lowlands in Central America. Animals promote tree dispersal because of the hard seeds that are indigestible. The tangy-sweet pulp makes wonderful jelly, juice concentrates and fruit paste.


Mango (Anacardiaceae family)

Endemic to India, brought to America over 450 years. The 40-foot trees have dense dark canopies and produces fruits only once a year. This avocado-shaped fruit is a guest favorite.


Water Apple (Genus syzgium)

Originally from Asia, it is now found all over tropical America. Is a small pear-shaped bright red fruit containing white meat and one large seed. It fruits only twice a year, when ready has an unforgettable magenta color.

A Water Apple tree is located near the steps of bungalow #3.


Nance (Genus byrsonima)

Small yellow fruits very prized by Costa Ricans are available from July-September. The cortex of this medium size tree has a chemical used to tan leather, so it’s common name is Shoemakers Tree. When trying it for the first time, people tend to either love or hate this juice.


Papaya (Carica papaya)

The fruit is firm, melon-like in texture and the cavity filled with edible pea-size black seeds. The aromatic perfume and flavor makes it irresistible fore toucans and woodpeckers.