Chilling thoughts

Surviving summer's heat

S'more Slimcado

During Florida's tropical summers, you can almost watch the fruit grow.

Tropicals love the summer's heat and humidity. Not many humans will say the same.

Let the exotic tastes of passionfruit, dragonfruit and red guava invoke glimmering blue waves crashing on a tropical shore.

Slices and dices of Florida

The heat seemingly lessens with the light taste of a Florida avocado or a refreshing dragonfruit.

Here are some ideas to enjoy the Caribbean while buying domestic. Florida tropicals are in the here and now.

On the dark side...

with a touch of molasses

Molasses as a smoothie sweetener?

Coming from the Caribbean, it syncs perfectly with our Caribbean Red papayas.

Watermelon's also in that smoothie.

Same, but with a touch of honey

So try molasses for yourself. For someone preferring a much lighter color in what they drink, give it a touch of honey.

Either way, it's a refreshing drink that's perfect for summer's heat.

Dessert with the meal?

Tropical fruit salad Dragonfruit and Florida's avocado make a fruit salad that's sweet enough to top shortcake for dessert but still nutritious enough to merit its place as a salad during a meal.

So why not shake things up and serve the shortcake version during the meal?

The same tropical salad, unmasked

You'll find dragonfruit with both white and red flesh. From the outside, the fruit looks almost the same; the fruit with red inside will have outside "scales" closer together. Check store signage to be sure.

The purple color in the photos on the left, gives away what color dragonfruit I used for the salad. So use red for this color salad, and white for more of a greenish-yellow salad.

2018 on your mind?

2018 calendar It's that time of the year when we start to think about the calendars that will grace our walls or desk for the upcoming year.

Consider a calendar filled with images of tropical fruit. Each month highlights an in-season tropical.

Take your pick of month-to-month or year at a glance. It's a free download that you print at your desktop.

It's my creation; I hope you like.

Yours in the tropics,
Mary Ostlund

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup (230g)
Calories: 276
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 23.1g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 4.6mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.4g
Dietary Fibers 12.9g
Sugars 5.6g
Protein 5.1g