Fruit of the month: Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits are those native to warm, tropical climates and include everyday favorites such as bananas and oranges. Here, we’re highlighting a few slightly more exotic choices that deserve a place on your shopping list at least once in a while. Try these suggestions when you’re craving something sweet for a snack or after dinner.

Pineapple. Sure, canned pineapple is convenient, but the flavor of a fresh pineapple is far more vibrant. Try pineapple chunks tossed with chopped fresh mint.

Mango. The pale orange, creamy flesh of ripe mango has a sweet, slightly spicy or pine-like flavor, according to some people. To serve, slice the mango close to the pit, then score the flesh crosswise, as shown above. If you like spicy food, sprinkle with a little chili powder.

Papaya. These large, pear-shaped fruits have reddish-orange flesh with a flavor akin to a melon with a faint floral quality. If you like, you can eat the black seeds, which have a peppery bite. Scoop the flesh out with a melon baller or spoon. A squeeze of fresh lime juice helps temper the sweetness.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Acts 4:18-31 And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”     

2 Chronicles 25:19 “You said, ‘Behold, you have defeated Edom.’ And your heart has become proud in boasting. Now stay at home; for why should you provoke trouble so that you, even you, would fall and Judah with you?”

1 Samuel 2:3 “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

Micah 2:3 Therefore thus says the LORD, “Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.

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