5 Unique Mexican Fruits You Should Try

Published on August 25, 2021

Nature has many incredible flavours to offer and in the summer months it’s especially refreshing to enjoy some fresh fruit. You may already be a lime, mango or avocado enthusiast (you know we’re fervent advocates of the avocado!), but we’re here to introduce you to some lesser-known Mexican fruits. 

Whether you’re planning a trip to Mexico or some locals markets and your taste buds are feeling adventurous, be sure to keep and eye out for these sweet treats!

Pitaya/Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit)

While you may know this one as especially popular in Asia, did you know they’re native to Mexico and Central America? With their spikey shape and colourful flesh, the pitaya grows on cacti. Offering a sweet and juicy flavour with a kiwi-like flesh, this fruit is a low calorie, high fibre option that can enjoyed on its own, or added to smoothies, salads, or yogurt. 


The Chayote straddles the fruit and vegetable world, making it a versatile choice. Bright green in colour and similar in appearance of a pear, this squash is packed with folate and vitamin C . It offers a mild taste and crunchy texture that readily takes on the flavours its paired with. It can be eaten raw in fresh chopped salads, or cooked in a variety of ways since it can handle bold spices – feel free to get creative in the kitchen with this one!  

Granadas (Pomegranates)

While you may enjoy granadas already, we’re big fans of this fruit for its ability to elevate both sweet and savory recipes with its distinct flavour.  This popular fruit was brought to Mexico by the Spanish and provides a literal burst of flavour. A nutrient dense delight, granadas are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Enjoyed alone or as a garnish for a variety, this brightly coloured fruit adds a wonderfully tart and fresh flavour. The arils can be added to desserts, salsas, salads, or meat-based dishes.

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

Also known as Opuntia, Tuna is not a fish but tasty fruit!  It’s in season during the late summer, so now is an ideal time to try it out. Oval in shape with prickly hairs, the fruit inside comes in a wide range of colours including green, orange, bright pink and yellow, depending on its type.

We all scream for Tuna ice cream! Mexicans enjoy a sorbet-like frozen treat made with prickly pear, burnt milk and sugar. Going back for seconds is encouraged – this fruit is rich in a number of vitamins and antioxidants including vitamins C, E, and K.

Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

For an entirely experience, grab a cherimoya! True to its name, the fruit is very creamy – a texture similar to a firm flan – and is often enjoyed cold with a spoon. Despite being such a rich fruit, cherimoyas contain no fat or cholesterol and is high in fibre and antioxidants.

Mark Twain claimed the cherimoya to be “the most delicious fruit known to men” and it’s no wonder! It has a sweet taste similar to other tropical fruits such as bananas and pineapple.