When we first moved to Hawaii, I went to Costco and Whole Foods and bought my kids the same fruits and veggies we used to eat in New York. My basket was filled with apples from Washington State, pears from who knows where, bananas from South America, and even kiwis from New Zealand. My husband always brought home local bananas and papayas, but I seemed to gravitate to the same old fruits.
After my awakening, I couldn't get enough local produce.
DUH! We live in the tropics filled with local papayas, mango, avocado, bananas, pineapples. What the heck was I doing buying stuff from half way around the world?
I still buy organic apples from Costco, but mostly I head for this section at Whole Foods:
And even better, we moved to a house with a mango tree. It's been a year and after some aggressive branch trimming, we have had two fruit bearing seasons:
Our ripening mango tree: we had 2-3 bright mango daily during peak season
Eveneven better, my son's cub scout troop (husband is the den leader) planted a banana tree in our yard! This thing is crazy cool: it's leaves furl up at night and then unfurl from the top. Looking forward to some local, organic bananas in our yard.