Fruits

Fruits

Banana Passionfruit

The banana passionfruit smells faintly of oranges and looks a bit like a small banana. Slice it open, and its edible, orange pulp, studded with black seeds, reveals its identity as a member of the passionfruit family. Native to Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the fruit has a tangy, tart flavor that enhances everything from …

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Cherimoya

The soft, dragon-like skin coating the cherimoya makes it look more like a fruit out of a fairy tale than one found along roadsides stretching down the western coast of South America. The thick-skinned fruit has such a soft, custardy heart, that rarely does it face more than a spoon or a few drops of …

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Meyer lemons

Even if you know about his most famous discovery, chances are you don’t know anything about Frank N. Meyer. Most Americans don’t recognize the name Frank N. Meyer, but many are familiar with the fruit that bears his name. The Meyer lemon is a specialty-citrus sensation. Just ask Martha Stewart, who has more than 100 …

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African Horned Cucumber

The spiky, fruit cup-flavoured orb made an appearance on “Star Trek.” With its spiky, orange exterior and seedy, green flesh, the African horned cucumber may look a bit otherwordly to those unfamiliar with it. Its appearance is so striking, it once moonlighted in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a “Golana melon” from the planet …

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Amba

When Iraqi Jews fled to Israel, they opened shops serving dishes that reminded them of home. Immigrants dotted the suburbs of Tel Aviv with shawarma and falafel stands, equipped with condiments and spices that reflected the Iraqi palate. Amba is one such contribution. Today, Israelis know and love this spiced, fermented mango topping, which is found across …

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Bambangan

Find this rare, savoury mango on the periphery of Borneo markets with other odorous fruit. Compared to other mangoes, Borneo’s bambangan stands out for a few reasons. It looks different, with rough brown skin and a hefty size (a single fruit can reach more than five pounds). It smells different, with ripe varieties emitting a …

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T’tu Lavash

Armenians were making these sweet sheets of dried fruit centuries before the Fruit Roll-Up.   T’tu lavash (“t’-TOO lah-VAHSH”), a traditional fruit leather found throughout Armenia, resembles a super-sized Fruit Roll-Up. The sight of it will likely delight any child hooked on the popular American snack brand, as vendors often sell t’tu lavash in sheets far too …

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Marula

The intoxicating South African fruit is beloved by humans and elephants. A relative of cashew, mango, and pistachio plants, the marula tree is iconic in South Africa. It’s best known as the main ingredient in Amarula cream liqueur, which tastes nutty and sweet, like a butterscotch milkshake. Most diners consume the fruit raw, pureed in …

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Hollow Heart in Watermelon

You might assume that this watermelon here has been carved by hand, but actually is completely natural. This strange condition is known as “hollow heart”. Hollow heart can happen due to poor pollination causing the watermelon to develop cracks internally. Cutting a watermelon, affected with hollow heart, across the body will reveal a well defined …

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Hackberry

The little-known fruit tastes like peanut M&Ms. The large Celtis occidentalis tree produces tiny, dark red berries that live up to the claim that fruits are nature’s candy. These are commonly known as hackberries. Hackberries are native to North America and were used extensively by Native Americans as a source of food and medicine. They are …

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Sugarloaf Pineapple

Devour this rare variety without fear of post-pineapple mouth irritation. If a sweet, juicy, yellow pineapple has any flaws, it’s only the inedible core and the achy feeling you get in your mouth after consuming too much of the fruit. In both cases, bromelain is the culprit. The enzyme is responsible for irritating the mouth, …

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Blackberry Jam Fruit

Inside a hard, yellow shell lies a sweet, black spread. JARED RYDELEK Peanut butter fruit may have met its perfect match with another oddity of nature: blackberry jam fruit. The fruit of Rosenbergiodendron formosum has a pulp that’s so jam-like in its consistency that some people actually spread it over bread. The flowering bush is native to …

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Santorini Tomatoes

The Greek island’s volcanic soil produces an intensely fragrant, sweet crop. Santorini’s famous cherry tomatoes After Russia shuttered most of its Orthodox churches in the wake of the 1917 revolution, the Greek island of Santorini was faced with a problem: Russian Orthodox monks were their largest export market for wine. Looking for a new cash …

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A Quest for the Gros Michel, the Great Banana of Yesteryear

A colourized 1902 photograph shows a banana cart in Detroit LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-D4-19576 The forgotten, flavoursome Big Mike is elusive, but not impossible to find. Just below the end of Wall Street, at the tip of Lower Manhattan where the island meets the furthest estuaries of the green-grey Atlantic, there are no bananas. I’m around …

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