Tropical Gardening: Mango and papaya thrive in the heat

Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Local home gardener Kannan Eluthesen and his wife, Janice, of Kona, grow much of their fresh fruits and vegetables to eat and share with neighbors. Here we see him displaying his favorite papaya variety.

We usually think of lush tropical gardens when Hawaii comes to mind, but much of our land, especially on the leeward side, is desert. There are many delectable fruits that actually do best where conditions are hot and dry. Figs, pomegranates, papaya and dates are just a few that come to mind, but mangoes are by far the most popular.