Various fruits

Various 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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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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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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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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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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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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All about passionfruit

123RF Passionfruit taste best when left to wrinkle for a few days.  A native of southern Brazil, Passiflora edulis gained its English name thanks to the habit of Jesuit missionaries using its striking flowers to illustrate the crucifixion. New Zealand’s first commercial plantings were in Kerikeri in 1927. But today it is mostly cultivated in …

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