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Fruits

While Guam imports many of the popular fruits that are standard in mainland groceries, air shipments ensure an abundance of fruits such as strawberries, oranges, apples, pears, nectarines, grapes and peaches.

But options abound for dozens of local fruits, many of which are available year round.

Guam's rich soils are ripe for all types of melons, from honeydews, cantaloupe, watermelon varieties and even the mini melon known as the pipinu.

Guam's people love their citrus fruits too, and have a variety to select from: green lemon, local lime, lemonchina, clamansi, tangerines, green oranges and pumelos to name a few. There are many fruit tree varieties as well, from bananas to guavas, star apples, star fruits, santol, sineguelas, mountain apples, gooseberries, mulberries, mansanita, mango, avocado, atis, breadfruit, soursop, jackfruit and dozens more.

There are plants that produce sweet-smelling flowers and trees with succulent fruit. The perfumed aroma of plumeria, ginger, and jasmine permeates the air, and Guam's territorial flower, the bougainvillea (puti tai nobio) blooms in many hues, lending color and form to the island's landscape. Papayas, bananas, coconuts, breadfruit, mangoes, guavas, mountain apples, limes, and tangerilles flourish in the island's ideal tropical climate.