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I am not a foodie.

But I do love fruits.

Luckily for you and I, fruits can be found all over the world though not all are easy to travel with.

Many fruits are prone to bruising. As travelers, we all have clumsy moments making some fruits horrendous to travel with on a day trip let alone multiple days. Oh, how I wish bananas had a rock solid skin!

In this post, I'm going to mention some fruits you can find around the world and have a quick chat about their practicalities for traveling (from my experience).

Then I rate them.

Travel Fruits


Caption: I absolutely 100% recommend making a banana with peanut butter and raisins for the ultimate snack. Affectionately named the peanut butter banana boat.

The banana is found around the world, although they are often imported in non-tropical climates like in New Zealand. Somehow they manage to bring bananas all the way from Ecuador to the shop shelf undamaged. Crazy!

The Good

Bananas are easily ID’ed. Although there are lots of varieties with a bunch of different flavors, you’ll never have issues figuring out if you’re buying a banana.

Price wise they’re affordable, even when imported compared to the price of other fruit on a per weight basis.

Normally they’re ready for you to inhale right away!

My favorite part about bananas? No cleaning is required thanks to the easy to peel skins.

The Bad

Bananas bruise easily. If you plan on putting them in a bag for the day, you need to be mega lucky not to bruise the poor thing and if you’re like me, I get weird eating bruised fruit.

I’m not sure if those plastic banana covers work. If they weren’t so impractical for other reasons at least they won’t let your banana get well and truly squished at the bottom of your bag. Ew, banana juice.

Random Banana Fact: Uganda has the highest average consumption of bananas per person in the world. 500 pounds annually!

Overall Travel Fruit Rating: 3.5/5


Apples are found in western supermarkets throughout the year, with different varieties having different peak seasons. In places like Asia, you have so many amazing tropical fruits that apples tend to be more expensive and less available.

The Good

Apples are a sturdier fruit than the likes of bananas so while they can bruise, you do have to really drop them from a height to do so.

Apples tend to stay ripe for a longer time than most fruits, so they

You can eat them in a variety of ways and as the ole saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

The Bad

Floury apples are the worst tasting thing ever. I think this is similar to what people describe as meaty, but it’s never fun to buy a bag of apples then have the first one tastes floury. It makes me nervous to eat anymore from that bag.

The skin of apples can attract plenty of bacteria. Easily solved with a wash (with clean water).\

Random Apple Fact: The top five producers in the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland, and Italy.

Travel Fruit Rating: 4.0/5


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Caption: Guacamole on chapati for an affordable $2-3 in northern Sumatra

If only guacamole or mashed avocado grew on trees, this would be by far the best fruit ever imaginable. I’ve actually managed to find avocados in most places I've traveled too, although that will depend on the season.

The Good

They are full of good fats! In a world full of complicated nutritional information, no one can argue that the fat content of an avocado isn't good for you.

The Bad

The core is the devil for your poor fingers. If you somehow have a knife on you, you cut through the skin then there is the risk of cut your finger as it bounces off the core. It is one of New Zealand’s most dangerous foods.

Disguised bruising. You might feel like you’ve found the perfect avo based on the feel of its skin, but when you cut the fruit open, it can be bruised. Losing the taste you were craving before you’ve even begun.

Other than in Sumatra, avocados are an expensive fruit when compared by weight to other fruits in most places I've traveled. I’m not sure of the reason why but it’s definitely something that puts me off getting them regularly and

The period of ripeness is narrow. How many times have you purchased an avocado, waited a few days for it to ripen up and then by the time you remember to eat it, it has gone bad? Life is tough.

Random Avocado Fact: The drug cartels of Mexico sell avocados from their trees earning over $100 million/year.

Travel Fruit Rating: 2.0/5 (that makes me sad)


The mango is a traveler's favorite in Southeast Asia and South America. Elsewhere they’re available, but often in limited time periods and to be honest, the quality is horrendous thanks to being imported.

The Good

The sweetness of a quality mango is legendary.

The skin on the great to ensure you aren’t eating any unwanted bacteria as well as making it easy to identify how to ripen a mango is. The skin does need a knife, however, not so practical.

The Bad

In terms of their durability, they aren’t easily bruised, though the riper they are the softer they get so popping them in the bottom of your backpack is a no no.

I've seen numerous strategies in terms of both preparing and eating the mango and haven’t figured out which is best.

Which leads to the next point, mangos are messy to eat (the juicier the messier). Either having a bunch of paper towels nearby to clean your hands of the juice is mandatory.

Random Mango Fact: There are more than 100 varieties of mangoes in India, where it is the national fruit.

Travel Fruit Rating: 3.0/5

Honorable Mentions Of Other Recognisable Fruits

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Caption: UTF = Unidentified travel fruits


Not to be confused with the similar shape and color of oranges, the Mandarin is the small of the two. I’m not a fan because it’s so hard to know whether you’re going to get a seedless mandarin or not. I’m not a fan of surprises?


I’m in the pineapple on a pizza is a good thing camp, so take this with a grain of salt. When it has been prepared for you pineapple is a quality and versatile fruit. But let’s be honest, the skin is prickly and tricky to cut making it a bad fruit in its whole form but a great fruit on the move when prepared for you.


Like the pineapple, they aren’t the easiest fruit to prepare on the road. A time when they are good is when you’re slow traveling. You can buy an entire watermelon, cut it in half and simply eat the melon with a spoon from there for breakfast. The best!

If you’re buying an entire watermelon, take a read of this, before you end up buying a rotten one like me.

Dragon Fruit

Oh boy, I’m a massive dragon fruit, but given people say it’s tasteless it’s not a popular fruit. Maybe it’s the excitement of not knowing whether the flesh will be purple or white on the inside that excites me. I told you I wasn’t a foodie.


People think New Zealanders are called Kiwis because of the fruit. If you haven’t traveled there yet, knowing New Zealanders are referred to as kiwis because of the bird is useful.

Sure, not all fruits can grow everywhere but thanks to transportation, most fruits can be found around the world.

One last thing, I think we all agree, a high-quality fruit shake made in front of you is one of the nicest things nature has helped create.

Now I want to hear your two cents on the best and worst of travel fruits.
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Laura Dembowski said...

I absolutely love fruit as well and these are such great tips.