We spoke to the staff at Ka’ana to learn about their best kept secrets about the hidden treasures found at the markets in Belize. Easily accessible through a short drive from Ka’ana, you will learn about and experience one of a kind treats and fruits you’ve never even heard of! Read on to learn more.
Belize is famous for a number of unique and tasty fruits. A roundup of our favorites include papaya, star fruit and prickly pears. Papayas can be found in Belize all year round which, lucky for us, can be enjoyed in raw form, in a salad, or fresh pressed in a juice any time. They taste sweet, like cantaloupe and are rich in a reddish orange color.
1. Slice both ends of the prickly pear and discard them.
2. Make one long vertical slice down the body of the prickly pear.
3. Slip your finger into the slice and grab a hold of the skin.4. Begin to peel back the thick fleshy skin that’s wrapped around the prickly pear. Discard the skin. You’ll be left with the prickly pear itself. The flesh is studded with tons of little edible seeds, if you like them, feel free to just chop the prickly pear up and eat, seeds and all. I myself prefer just the juice. To extract the juice, place the “husked” prickly pears into a blender or food processor and pulse until liquefied. Place the juice into a fine mesh sieve and push out the juice into a pitcher or bowl. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.