Are you a fruit lover or like to try new fruits when you travel? I love fruits, and I was more than happy to taste some tropical fruits for the first time during my six days solo trip to Bali. I was surprised to see many varieties of Balinese fruits from some local markets to street vendors. And the best part is most of them sell chemical-free fruits. Many seasonal fruits are too nutritious and delicious; the price is also reasonable. Here the listed top 12 must-try fruits in Bali to keep you fit and fresh even on the road.
Balinese Fruits Stall – On The Way To Tirta Gangga in Karangasem
The best way to enjoy your summer trip is to drink a lot of fresh water, Coconut Water (my fave) and fruits. This is what I mostly follow to keep myself fit and fresh. I love trying local delicacies, avoid junk food and enjoy eating healthy specially healthy breakfast with varieties of local fruits. When you’re in Bali, a tropical island and paradise of many delicious fruits, how can you avoid trying some of them? There are many health benefits also to consume at least one fruit daily. However, read more to taste.
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Tropical Fruits in Bali
I know I’m giving a bit more love to Balinese Mandarin fruit which is also known as Mandarin Orange. The reason is I found them all organic in Kintamani Village. There are many Mandarin trees here, the central hub of this fruit. Locals pick from their trees and sell on the roadside shop. They don’t store a long time and send to other places in Bali from Kintamani. So, if you’re exploring East Bali and Mount Batur, you can give a try to buy and taste some fresh Mandarin.
Mandarin is a kind of citrus fruit and looks like an Orange, but the taste is bit different. It contains dietary fiber, vitamins, protein, minerals, and water. Another popular one of this kind is Jeruk Bali or Pomelo, but the size is more prominent than Mandarin and Orange.
I was happy to try first time a cute kind of small fruit Mangosteen which is locally known as Manggis. I bought some from the roadside shop and on the way to Tirta Gangga in Karangasem. The taste I found a bit sweet and sour as it was not so ripe. There are many health benefits of Mangosteen. The ripe one is sweeter and contains natural antioxidants. It also contains dietary fiber, vitamins, protein, minerals. December is the season of Mangosteen fruit. Definitely one of the must-try fruits in Bali. But be careful while taking the sweet taste of ripe mangosteen, too juicy and might be stained your favorite outfit.
I wanted to try Durian since long and finally tasted in Bali. But I didn’t find it delicious because of the strong smell. Durian is the king and favorite fruit of Bali. And it looks like Jackfruit, the national fruit of Bangladesh. But the taste is not similar. Jackfruit is also available in Bali. In Ubud Market, you can see many local fruit markets. But don’t forget to bargain. Sometimes the sellers might ask more if you acted like a tourist and became unaware of the exact price. Different fruit slices and Durian flesh are also available in a kind of sealed plastic box in Bali.
Seasonal Fruits at Ubud Market
The taste is sweet and not so juicy as Jackfruit. Many delicious desserts made from Durian. Durian season is in November but available throughout the year in Bali. The nutritional value of Durian is very rich. It contains high fiber, potassium, water, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
Snake fruit is Balinese Salak, and for the scaly skin, this fruit is known as Snake fruit. I came to know first about this fruit in Bali. I found Mangosteen and Salak are favorite fruits here. The taste is not appealing, bit sweet and sour. To take the local fruit taste, I bought some from Kintamani. It contains vitamin C, minerals, and also use to make wine. The Snake fruit season is in February.
Delicious Fruits of Bali (Boni, Salak, Banana, Tomato, Maracuya, Kedondong)
Maracuya is more famous as Passion fruit and also locally known as Markisa. The oval or round shape of Maracuya is too sweet, pulpy and juicy. This fruit juice is much refreshing. But I loved to peel off the whole Yellow Passion fruit and enjoyed the taste of sweet pulp first time from Kintamani. The primary nutrients of Marakuya are iron, vitamin C, and carbohydrates.
I found in Bali Coconut served in almost all restaurants with the meal. I loved the sweet taste of Coconut Water at different beach restaurants in Bali. They provide the jumbo size of a Coconut, and the juicy white flesh is my favorite. But it’s better to try from the local roadside market to avoid the extra cost. Coconut Water is one of the most refreshing drinks and full of nutrients. One coconut contains dietary fiber, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, minerals, water. And it also helps to reduce many diseases. And available all over the year in Bali.
Heet Bar & Cafe – Geger Beach
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Many varieties of banana available throughout the year in Bali and locally known as Pisang. All are short in size but very sweet and thick. Locals love to eat Pisang Goreng, kind of snack of banana or deep-fried banana fritter. One day I liked to have a light lunch with Balinese sweet potato fritters with banana. In North Bali, there are some fruit shops at Bedugul Market. You’ll find many types of fruits and dry food. Banana is high nutritious fruit and packed with many health benefits.
Rambutan is too sweet and juicy small hairy fruit. January is the season of this delicious fruit in Bali. The sweet taste of red colored Rambutan is just like Lychee. I couldn’t try in Bali but loved to taste for the first time in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia at Kasturi Walk Flea Market. It contains dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
Mango is the seasonal fruit and locally known as Mangga in Bali. Mostly available during September. There are many varieties of Mango, and some are green and yellow. The green colored and bit long size Harum Manis is the sweet one and very tasty. The primary nutrients of Mango are vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates.
I loved to have everyday morning Papaya, Pineapple and Water Melon during my cozy stay at Ari Putri Hotel in Sanur, Bali. The sweet taste of Balinese Papaya is like Mango only the smell is different. It is suitable for stomach and help in digestion. Papaya is also available all over the year in Bali. The primary nutrients of Papaya are carotene, vitamin C, potassium, water, lycopene, and carbohydrates.
Ari Putri Hotel
Pineapple is much popular among tourist in Bali after Coconut. The taste is sweet and mostly available during March. Locally known as Nanas. Several varieties of Pineapple possible to taste in Bali but the small one is tasty and more delicious. The primary nutrient is vitamin C but also contains water and carbohydrates.
Watermelon is one of the delicious and tropical refreshing fruits to have during your trip. The red flesh of the green colored round shape of Watermelon is the sweet one. The primary nutrients are water, sugars but no fat. The local name is Semangka. Some similar varieties of Watermelon are Timun Suri, Melon, and Blewah.
Many seasonal Balinese fruits are also available throughout the year. Some other delicious fruits are Sirsak, Dragon fruit, Starfruit, Guava, Cempedak, Boni, and Kedondong. Furthermore, there is no winter in Bali. So, it is best to taste many delicious fruits with other dishes in Bali in the tropical Balinese climate.
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Do you love tropical fruits? Tell me your particular choice from the listed top 12 must-try fruits in Bali.