Tropical Fruit

Dishes and drinks with tropical fruit make you feel like you're soaking up the sun on a warm beach somewhere, even if you're just sitting in your house in the dead of winter. These fun fruits can be used to balance out fiery recipes or add beautiful color and tangy flavor to desserts. If you're not sure how to peel, chop and cook the wide range of choices at your grocery store, turn to Food & Wine's guide to master those skills.

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Carnitas Jackfruit Tacos

For her jackfruit tacos recipe, Jocelyn Ramirez, cookbook author and chef at Todo Verde in Los Angeles, uses cumin, chile flakes, and salt to capitalize on the pulled-pork texture of jackfruit, transforming it into a plant-based taco filling that tastes like carnitas. Don't turn the jackfruit too often while it cooks; give it time to develop a golden brown crust for the best texture and flavor. Served with tart, creamy avocado salsa and lemon wedges, the spicy, crispy seared jackfruit tacos are a satisfying vegetarian meal.

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Grilled Pineapples with Barbecue-Spiced Breadcrumbs and Country Ham

Slow-grilling whole unpeeled pineapples concentrates their flavor and tenderizes the fruit, which pairs wonderfully with salty country ham and crispy panko seasoned with barbecue spices. Peel the fruit with a large serrated knife, and serve it hot, thinly sliced like ham.

Mango Puff

I relish a heavy dessert as much as the next gal, but sometimes you want light and bright. I have loved the combination of mangoes and coconut ever since I went to Thailand for the first time. This dish will definitely make you feel like you’re lying on a tropical beach somewhere. The bonus is that it’s easy to make and even easier to serve, all while looking much fancier than it actually is. Reprinted with permission from BRING IT! © 2018 by Ali Rosen, Running Press Slideshow: More Mango Recipes 

Perfect Presents for Pineapple Lovers

Spring is here and it has us craving all things warm weather: sweet cocktails garnished with umbrellas, days at the beach and bowls of tropical fruit, especially pineapple. To celebrate the universal adoration of the prickly fruit we have rounded up our favorite gifts to give that pineapple lover in your life.