UGANDA- A TROPICAL AFRICAN FRUIT BASKET
Find out the best African Fruits found in Uganda – Top Africa fruits include bananas. Pineaple, Passion, jackfruit, papaya, passion fruits, avocadoes, guava, apples and so much more which are all Ugandan fruits.
Uganda is the destination to visit for all those with special interest in food, not just food, but a variety of tasty foods. Even those that have not been much moved by food will this time round talk about the tasty and nice foods of Uganda. This is the land where the tastiest fruits are grown. You’ll eat the fruits when they are still fresh. There are over 40 kinds of fruits in Uganda including mangoes, watermelon, bananas, jackfruits, papaya, passion fruits, avocadoes, guava, apples and the world’s tastiest pineapples among others.
As you travel to different parks around Uganda, you’ll come across several markets and points displaying plenty of fruits, you could consider adding the fruit tasting experience on your Uganda safari. In towns and small trading centers, there are always fruit sellers that have harvested the fruits from their gardens and others have purchased in large quantities to resale and others move around vending the fruits. There are lots of fruits in all stores that you’ll pass by.
A wide range of tropical African fruits are grown in different parts of the country and all this contributes to the perfect way that Churchill Winston described Uganda as the ‘Pearl of Africa.’ The soils f Uganda are so fertile that most foods do not need much attention and care and they still grow healthy and in large quantities. Fruits that you’ll not avoid to see each and every time include;
African Fruits Found in Uganda
If you have never tasted the pineapples of Uganda, then you have never tasted the world’s most delicious pineapples. The pineapples are grow in many parts of the country and are sometimes more on the market that is during the high season after favorable weather has supported them to grow in big quantities. However, even when it is not the high season, you still can’t fail to get some around the markets and stores.
The pineapples of Uganda are juicy and you’ll enjoy them a lot on your Uganda safari. Their juice is sweet even when it is plain not a cocktail. This is one of the fruits you should not miss to taste when you visit Uganda.
All other countries in Africa know Uganda as the number one grower and consumers of bananas. We have bananas in different types and are used to do a variety of items besides consuming them in their initial form. There are bananas mainly cooked and used as a main meal and this is also famously known as matooke. Another kind of bananas are the small sweet ones that are very delicious for eating as snacks and are also used for making delicious local pan cakes which we call kabalagala. We have those that are so eye-catchy, looking fresh and attractive, they are locally known as bogoya. These are also used as snacks and are very good and help in digestion. You’ll come across them especially along the road sides in the western part of the country and in all markets and with vendors in Kampala. We also have another type of small bananas that are used for making sweet banana juice that is naturally sugary, therefore we don’t need any sugar additions to get its tastes. And last but not the least, there is gonja (plantains) which is roasted on charcoal along roads and stop points/stages. It is rare for one to miss eating this when they are traveling and passing via a stage where they are roasted.
Mangoes are the commonest fruits that you’ll find anywhere in Uganda. In villages, almost every household has two or more mango trees and during their peak season, you’ll find children enjoying the sweet local mangoes. There are different types of mangoes with different but amazing tastes. Mangoes are always in markets and stores all year round and you’ll see lots of them being sold along the road sides in the peak season.
Besides eating the mangoes, they are also used for making for making juice, ice cream, including them o salads and some people are god at using them to make sweet bread and mango pan cakes.
If you have arrived during the hot months of the year in the country, please don’t let your body get dehydrated. Take enough passion fruit juice and you’ll feel life coming back to its best. Since there is a lot of passion fruits in Uganda, it is rare to be told that there is no passion fruit juice at most hotels and restaurants.
Passion fruits are mainly grown on the slopes of the highlands of Rwenzori in western Uganda and in Masaka in central Uganda. They are more on the streets of Kampala and all markets during the peak season but you’ll still find them anywhere even I their low season. You can pick passion fruit juice from stores and supermarkets and keep sipping on your journey.
Red sweet juicy watermelons are what we are talking about. The fruits are always available all year round and since they are grow in many parts of the country. When you are in Kampala, you’ll find lots of watermelon in Nakasero market and other markets such as Kalerwe and much many other markets.
Sellers offer an opportunity for you to first see the quality of what you are buying by cutting a small piece and check how ripe it is on the inside. They are very nice to cut and chew or make juice mixed with other fruits especially passion fruits, oranges and any other.
The kinds of citrus fruits in Uganda are oranges, lemon and tangerine. Oranges and lemons are found in all markets and supermarkets all year round. Most local oranges are juicy and sweet though once in a while you may find those that are not sweet. Some remain green when they are mature but with a sweet taste and juicy while others tur yellow. Lemons vary a lot in sizes, some are mature but small and others have larger sizes. Oranges make good juice when you mix them with fruits like passion fruits, watermelon and others and you can order for the juice at your hotel. Lemon juice is also readily available. Lemon are great spices for food.
These are the largest fruits in size in Uganda. They are mainly found near people’s homes like in compounds or the gardens that are located adjacent to the home. With the taste of jackfruits, Uganda is truly a paradise of fruits. In Uganda homes, a jackfruit will be cut when a bigger number of people are at home so that small pieces are cut to share for everyone. It is a fruit that brings all family members together, I other wards, it is mainly enjoyed in a group in Uganda homes. If you are a group of tourists, you could ask your driver guide to help you get a jack fruit and you sit as a family and enjoy it in the evening after your activities.
In town, vendors move from door to door after packaging them convenient enough to eat even when you are at work or I a vehicle on a journey. since they have thick unpleasant latex, these vendors cut and remove the eatable parts and then present to you ready to eat the sorted parts.
However much avocados are not native fruits in Uganda, they widely grow all across the country. In fact, they do not require any care but still grow very fresh and tasty. These are some of the fruits whose different tastes can be compared to each other’s. they vary in sizes, some are larger than others. You may come across an avocado, small in size and you minimize it but you’ll be shocked by the great taste it has.
Avocados are found in open markets and at vegetable and fruit stalls. These fruits remain green even when they are ready for consumption and we check if they have ready by slightly pressing on the edge. Ugandans enjoy them as supplements to meals. In hotels and restaurants at your lodge, they will serve a little portion that is just enough for your health.
Among the tropical fruits of Uganda are the delicious papaya. They are common on gardens and you can also find them growing anywhere without any care from anyone. They are green when they are still row and some parts of it turn yellow when it ripens. The inside is orange and soft, very appetizing and tasty.
They make a good breakfast meal and are also great desserts. They are as well used for making juice.
Many may be surprised to hear that coffee is also a fruit, and yes it. The types of coffee grown I Uganda include Robusta and Arabica coffee. Robusta is indigenous unlike Arabica. It is grow in many parts of the country but on very large scales, it is mainly in the Rwenzori region, the eastern side and in mukono.
Among the fruits of Uganda that are consumed in their natural form I homes, coffee is no. growers harvest it and sell to individuals or companies that preserve them and pack for resale.
Vanilla is a rare fruit which doesn’t grow anywhere like most of the rest of fruits. It is an orchid plant that grows like a bean pod. Among the variety of vanilla orchids, Uganda has a type that is not commonly found in many areas in the world. this is the reason to why vanilla in Uganda is today very expensive and has attracted a lot of thieves on farmlands in that the growers have resorted to getting guards o the farms especially at night. Vanilla is one of the most expensive agricultural products I Uganda today and growers are highly earning from it.
Taste Ugandan Fruits, Taste the best African Fruits
There are much more Africa fruits being produced in Uganda such as guavas, apples and more are being introduced for example tropical apples. The northern part of Uganda is also now producing Valencia oranges.
Besides fruits, Uganda has a very long list of foods that you may enjoy on your safari. If you come to Uganda during the season of grasshoppers locally known as nsenene around November and December, you’ll be enticed by the aroma of this delicacy. Uganda is a home to a variety of vegetables like cabbage, dodo and for culinary tours, tourists get to see how Ugandans prepare their food in a special way. For example, luwombo is chicken prepared in banana leaves and it comes out very delicious. Read more about: Uganda food
The country produces and has a variety of fruits and foods regardless of its location along the equator which brings a lot of heat. Uganda produces enough to sustain all Ugandans and even export to other countries.