“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law”. Galatians 5:22-23, referring to the "internal principle of grace". A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy, said Albert Einstein. Some of us would remember the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden which God commands mankind not to eat. Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are exiled from Eden. Fortunately, Apple is not endemic to Mauritius!!!

However, In Mauritius, we are blessed by a wide variety of seasonal fruits. Tropical local exotic fruits are eaten plain, are also widely used in traditional recipes. Fruits are known to provide vital nutrients for the health and maintenance of your body. Doctors say that people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Doctors prescribe 5 fruits every day, to be the healthiest we can be. It will put you in a better mood and make you happier. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Freshest and tastiest fruits specific to Mauritius are; Coconuts, Custard Apple, Banane Zinzli, Longan, Jamalac, Jamblon, Pawpaw, Mango, Litchis, Pineapple, Starfruit, Watermelon, Guavas, Wild Berries, Breadfruit, Maçons, Jamblons, Bibasse, Coeur de boeuf (Cherimoya), Passion Fruit, Zatte, Bilimbi, Fruit Cythere (Spondias Dulcis), Grapefruit, Lemons, among the most found. Do not forget that Tomato is also a fruit. Though we have so many locally, few fruits are imported, Kiwis, Apples, Pears, Oranges, Mandarins, Grapes, Berries, Peaches, Strawberries, and many more.

Next time you are in Mauritius, let us show you the best places to find fresh fruits and juices. Help the community by buying and supporting the locals. Coquille Bonheur shall be delighted to be your guide, to introduce you to the local farmers, who cultivate chemical-free fruits. It means a lot to them as it helps to create jobs and contribute to both socially and economically.

Christian Lefèvre