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Tropical fruits and summer desserts

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tropical fruits and summer desserts

In this article, we reveal how to make the best summer desserts with tropical fruits, which are the most popular, and how they can be used in desserts.

Let's start with mangoes, the number one summer fruit!


Mango

Mangoes are a tropical fruit that is highly valued for its sweet and juicy flesh. Originally from South Asia, it is now cultivated in various tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Mango trees thrive in warm climates with 25 to 35 degrees Celsius temperatures. India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines are the major mango-producing countries.


Use in desserts

Mangoes are a popular dessert ingredient because of their naturally sweet, tangy flavor and vibrant color. It can be used in a variety of ways, including:

Fresh mango slices: One of the most straightforward and enjoyable ways to eat mangoes is to eat them fresh, sliced, and alone.

Mango smoothies and cocktails: Mangoes can be blended with milk or yogurt, ice, and sweeteners to make delicious and refreshing smoothies or cocktails.Mango sorbet: Mangoes make a wonderful icy treat with sugar, lemon, or lime juice.

Mango pudding: Mango pudding is a creamy and smooth dessert that mixes mango puree with milk, sugar, and gelatine.

Mango mousse: A light and airy mango mousse is made by mixing mango puree with whipped cream and gelatin.

Mango Sundae: Mango chunks or puree can be topped with ice cream, yogurt, whipped cream, nuts, or sauces to create a wonderful dessert.

Mango Cake: Mangoes can be used as a filling for cake or pie, either sliced or pureed, with a mango topping.


Popular summer desserts with mangoes

Mango desserts are trendy in the summer season when mangoes are abundant. Here are some examples of popular summer desserts with mango:

Mango Sticky Rice: This traditional Thai dessert combines sweet sticky rice with fresh mango slices and coconut milk for a creamy and fragrant treat.

Mango Panna Cotta: A creamy Italian dessert chilled with cooked cream, gelatine, and mango puree.

Mango Ice Cream: Creamy fruit ice cream made with pureed mango, cream, and sugar. You can also use an ice cream mix to make it quicker and easier, saving you time and packing!

Mango cheesecake: A delicious twist on the classic cheesecake with a mango topping, often topped with fresh mango slices.

Mango Fool: Stir mango puree into chilled cream or yogurt and serve chilled.

Mango Lassi: A popular Indian drink blending mango, yogurt, sugar, and sometimes cardamom to make a refreshing creamy drink.

These are just a few examples of the many fabulous desserts that can be made from mangoes. With their tropical flavor and natural sweetness, mangoes add a delicious touch to any summer treat, making them popular among dessert lovers worldwide.


Passionfruit

Passion fruit is a tropical fruit known for its distinctive flavor and aromatic properties. It originated in South America and is now widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. The passion fruit thrives in warm and tropical climates, typically in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South-East Asia. It needs a frost-free environment and well-drained soil to thrive optimally.


Use in desserts

Due to its unique sweet-savory flavor and lively scent, passion fruit is often used in desserts. It can be incorporated into desserts in several ways, including:

Passion fruit curd: Like lemon curd, passion fruit curd is a smooth and tangy cream filling made from passion fruit juice, sugar, eggs, and butter. It can be used as a filling for pastries, cakes, or cakes.

Passion fruit cheesecake: the tropical flavor of passion fruit adds a beautiful touch to the classic cheesecake. It can be used in the filling or as a top to enhance the flavor.

Passionfruit mousse: In a light and airy mousse, stir in passionfruit puree, whipped cream, and gelatine. It can be served in individual glasses or used as a cake filling.

Passion fruit sorbet: A refreshing frozen dessert made by mixing passion fruit juice with sugar and water and freezing until set. This is an excellent treat for hot summer days.

Pavlova cake with passion fruit: A meringue-based dessert with whipped cream and fresh passion fruit. The contrast between the sweet birch and the spicy passion fruit creates a beautiful balance of flavors.

Passion fruit cake: A buttery shell filled with a creamy passion fruit custard or curd, often decorated with fresh fruit or seeds.

Passion fruit parfait: A dessert consisting of passion fruit-flavored yogurt, whipped cream, and sometimes crushed biscuits or granola for an even crunchier texture.


Popular summer desserts with passion fruit

Passion fruit desserts are trendy in the summer when the fruit peaks. Some popular summer passion fruit desserts include:

Passion fruit ice cream: Creamy, flavourful ice cream made with passion fruit, cream, and sugar. It can be topped with passion fruit for an even more refreshing taste.

Mojito with passion fruit: A refreshing cocktail made with passion fruit juice, rum, lime juice, mint leaves, soda water, and sugar.

Passion fruit granita: A partially frozen dessert made by scraping and freezing a mixture of passion fruit juice, sugar, and water to form a pulpy texture.

Passion fruit popsicles: These frozen snacks are made by mixing passion fruit juice with other fruit juices, yogurt, or coconut milk and freezing them in popsicle molds.

The tropical and spicy flavor of passion fruit adds a lively and exotic touch to the desserts, making passion fruit a trendy choice to accompany summer desserts.


Summer desserts without baking

Discover some super refreshing summer desserts with tropical fruits that can be made without baking:

Tropical Fruit Salad: A refreshing and healthy summer dessert combining tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Cut the fruit into pieces and mix them. You can also add a squeeze of lime juice or a drizzle of honey for extra flavor.

Mango Coconut Pudding with Chia Seeds: This creamy and nutritious dessert combines the tropical flavors of mango and coconut with the health benefits of chia seeds. Mix chia seeds, coconut milk, mango puree, and any sweetener. Refrigerate the mixture overnight to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create a pudding-like consistency.

Pineapple coconut ice cream: Pineapple coconut ice cream is refreshing and dairy-free, making it suitable as a vegan dessert. In a blender, combine frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, a sweetener such as an agave or maple syrup, and a splash of lime juice. Blend until smooth, then freeze the mixture until it hardens. You can also add shredded coconut for extra texture.

Papaya and lime sorbet: This tangy and light dessert combines the tropical flavors of papaya and lime. Ripe papaya pieces are mashed with lime juice and a sweetener like honey or sugar. Strain the mixture to remove all the fibers, then freeze in an ice cream maker or shallow dish, occasionally stirring, until it has a sorbet consistency.

Banana Sweet Cream: Banana Sweet Cream is a healthy and straightforward dessert made by freezing ripe bananas and blending them until smooth and creamy. Mix in other tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, or passion fruit to add a tropical touch.

Coconut mango ice cream: Blend the ripe mango, coconut milk, and sweetener until smooth. Pour the mixture into the ice cream molds and insert the sticks. Freeze until set, and you will have delicious tropical ice creams to enjoy on a hot summer's day. The dessert can be topped with a coconut waffle topping and sprinkled with chopped roasted hazelnuts.

Tropical fruit smoothie: Place sliced tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and kiwi in a glass or bowl and top with yogurt or coconut cream. You can add granola, nuts, or shredded coconut for extra texture. Stack the layers and top with additional toppings at the end.

These desserts are easy to prepare and showcase the vibrant flavors of tropical fruits without baking them. They are perfect for hot summer days or whenever you fancy a refreshing tropical treat.

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