It’s been a long, strange journey, but after a long time away from the tropics, some of the most iconic fruits of Caribbean lore are now back in the Caribbean.
Strawberry, pineapple, orange and cherry are all now available at the popular Devil Fruit Shop in St. John’s.
The shop has been in business for decades and has been the home of many of the country’s most popular items.
St. John the Baptist Church had its first Devil Fruit Cafe in St-John’s in the 1970s.
Since then, the cafe has grown to become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
“The place has been a favourite with locals, tourists and those who like to have a good time, we have always had a strong community,” said Don Braidy, a manager at the shop.
The store has grown into a popular destination for locals as well as tourists.
Braidy said they do have a large contingent of local regulars who come in every year and buy everything from the local sweets to the famous Devil Fruit drinks.
“We have a number of people who have been coming here for years, and it’s quite a good business to be in,” he said.
“It’s been good for us, for the locals, for all the visitors coming in and enjoying the atmosphere.”
There’s no doubt that the Devil Fruit shop is one of the best spots in St John’s for tourists and locals alike.
The only problem?
Braidys wife is a bit of a novice in the business.
“I’m very young,” she admitted.
“I just bought a box of strawberries and orange juice and a box with three different types of fruit, but they’re all different.”
While she was buying the oranges, she didn’t take the time to read what was inside the box, she just thought it was the best thing ever.
“When I opened the box I was like ‘wow!’,” she said.
“It was like my first taste of the fruit, and I’m going to be ordering that in the future.”
The Braidies’ daughter has also come across the fruit in the store and she said she was thrilled by the experience.
“She came in and got a box and she was so excited about it, she was really excited,” Braidly said.
With that said, Braid said they won’t be returning anytime soon.
“Hopefully in the next few years we can get back to our normal business, but it’s not going to happen for a long period of time,” he explained.
“You have to understand it’s only a few years old and they’re still very fresh and the fruit is still delicious.”
For those that can’t wait, you can still pick them up at the Devil Fruits Cafe.
The shop has since become a regular hangout for locals in the area.
“People come in, and they just come and try out everything, and the people who come back are really happy,” Bridey said.
Bundle up for some devil fruit goodness.