Tropical Gardening: Hot summer days ideal for mango and papaya

Mango season is in full swing now and may continue for the next six months depending on variety. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy photo)

Hawaii is known for our lush tropical gardens 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. These fruit have become part of our Hawaiian cuisine and represent the amazing food fusion of our multicultural islands.