Monday, April 26, 2010

A Tropical Fruit Tour

Acai Berries (aka Chocolate Berry) - Fruit is produced 2 times a year.

Acerola Cherry - Tangy, Sweet and Sour, very high in Vit C.

Ackee (aka Vegetable Brain) is the national fruit of Jamaica. The Pod splits open when ripe. The pod and seeds are inedible, only the inner fleshy yellow arils are consumed. Careful, can be very toxic. ..but very nutritional when consumed properly  and much of the plant is used medicinally.

Black Sapote (aka Chocolate Pudding Fruit and Black Persimmon ) Mmm chocolate pudding!

Brazillian Cherry (aka Cayenne Cherry) Turns red-black when ripe.

Breadfruit is a Polynesian staple, it is used as a vegetable before it is ripe.

Carambola - Starfruit

Cherimoya - Custard Apple. I ate my first one this past week,, they are all over Little India here where I live. I can't believe I waited so long to try these.. they are soo delicious!!  Subtle, but very delicious!

Fushia - The very tart berries are often used to make jam and jelly.

Grosella - Gooseberry Tree

Guanabana - Soursop - Its flavor is described as a combo of strawberry and pineapple with a sour citrus flavor which contrasts with an underlying creamy banana coconut flavor.


Jujube (aka Chinese Date or Apple Date)

Kei Apple - from Africa

Loquat - Japanese Plum - Has lots of pectin before ripe (enough to make jam)


Mangosteen - called the queen of fruit, many think it has the best flavor of any fruit.

Marang - When ripe the spines harden. Its name means 'smells pleasant'

Miracle Fruit - is amazing!  ..its called this because when you eat it it causes your taste buds to change and anything you eat afterwards that is sour, tastes sweet.. Effects of this can last from a half hour up to two hours. The berry itself is the size of a coffee bean, has a low sugar content and tastes mildly tangy sweet.

Pepino Melon - tastes a combination of tomato, pepper and melon.

Rambutan - Delicious!! Tastes something like sweet grapes.

Syzygium jambos - (aka Rose Apple, Water Apple, Malabar Plum)

Salak - Snake fruit

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