Friday, March 18, 2011

Traveling in the Tropics

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Nicaragua and wanted to share some insights on eating fruits and vegetables while traveling.

Actually this is sometimes a very difficult task for me.  I tend to go back to my comfort zone of fast food because it is so easy to do but I try to taste the local fare as much as possible.



The best thing about traveling to the tropics is lots, and I do mean lots of fruits are available.  Especially tropical fruit, which I love.  Check out the papaya.  It is huge.  Nicaragua also has these fruit drinks that are made with different fruits and either water or milk.  This is what I mostly drink while in Central America or water.  Definitely need lots of water.


So I can usually get fruits into my everyday meals but vegetables is another matter.  Usually when you get vegetables on your plate it is a mixture of shredded cabbage, carrots, tomato and maybe a cucumber.  I was also able to get iceburg lettuce but the people close to me will tell you that I do not like iceberg lettuce.  It has no taste and no nutritional value but does have good moisture content so if I can find it, I will eat it.



One item that I do eat a lot of in Costa Rica and Nicaragua is fish. I love the way they cook fish but make sure that you ask for a filet otherwise you might get something like this. The whole fish and I hope you like head and tails. Some people eat the whole thing. I cannot.



The last item I wanted to talk about was a fruit I got to try for the first time this trip.  It was a Nispero.  It is also known as a Japanese plum, loquat, and nispolero. It has a wonderful brown sugar taste. It is sweet and has large dark brown seeds in the center. I was so thrilled eating this fruit because of the texture and taste. Try it the next time you are in Central America. They are said to be native to Costa Rica.


So these are a few of my thoughts on my recent trip. I had an amazing time and I will share one more photo with you on Las Penitas, Nicaragua. Next time you travel, try something new when it comes to fruits or veggies or a new place or drink. You might be surprised!

4 comments:

  1. What a great post! It makes me want to go back to the tropics. I love nispero. I agree on the eating the whole fish though, not my favorite. But all the fruit, yum.

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  2. Loquat is for cough and lung in Chinese medicine. Sometimes i would take the Ninjiom Pei Pa Koa which is an extract of loquat when got sore throat.

    You can access info online @
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin_Jiom_Pei_Pa_Koa
    http://ninjiom.50webs.com/

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  3. Katherine, thanks for sharing this information. I had never had Loquat before and really enjoyed it.

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  4. Love the post. i went to central Costa Rica last year on a church missions trip. the entire time i was there i ate and drank the native produce. the fruit drinks with water were awesome. i would go into the local markets and just have them toss multiple fruits in and away i went smiling. the fish was fantastic, one of our group got the whole fish and she ate it all eyes included. i felt so healthy when i left. "dang McDonalds"

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