Drive another few miles south on Route 11 from the Coffee Shack and you will reach one of my favorite food spots on the whole Big Island, the South Kona Fruit Stand. Started shortly after World War II by a Japanese family, the South Kona Fruit Stand showcases estate grown fruit from over 700 fruit trees planted on 6.5 acres of land.
The current owners thankfully share the same passion for perfect product as did the original family. The stand itself is only a couple hundred square feet in size, but it offers the best tropical fruit collection I have ever seen. Every piece of fruit had been grown with care, picked at the perfect time and generally sold the same day.
Mangoes, golden papayas, strawberry papayas, "Tahitian" limes, coconuts, egg fruit, avocados, white pineapple, golden pineapple, passion fruit, guavas, "ice cream" bananas, apple bananas, chayote, and on and on and on. The "ice cream" bananas were particularly fun. We were instructed to put them in the freezer for a few hours and then eat them with a spoon. The fruit was wonderfully sweet, tasting like a fresh made frozen banana custard.
For photos of the fruit stand's absolutely amazing fruit, click here: