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Old 07-13-2008, 08:22 AM   #1
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Help with Excotic Fruit Identification

I love trying new fruits and vegetables, and today was no exception.
Problem is, the fruit I bought wasnt labeled, and no one in the store knew what it was. I dont have a pic of it yet , so ill try and describe it the best I can, and hopefully someone out there has an idea of what it may be.

First of all, the store caters to a Spanish community.
The fruit is about mango sized, some were a little bigger.
It was Brown in color, with a light sandpaper-like feel to the outside skin
Firm ( although it could have been unripe and maybe become softer in time)
The inside was orange in colore
consistancy was like an uncooked butternut squash
Smell (only when cut open) was like almond extract
Taste, like almond extract with a little bit of sweetness
Had that dry mouth after taste thing going on, like after a persimon

good luck
Ill try and get a picture up ( when i can find my cam, since i lost it somewhere)

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Old 07-13-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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I have no idea, but it sounds delicious so I anxiously await an answer from someone who knows.

What did they charge you for at the checkout since they did not know what it was?
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:44 AM   #3
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$2.49 a pound. I only got one, and it was about 1/2 pound.

Whats so unique about it ( at least for me) is how closely it resembles the smell of almond extract. I didnt get to the seed yet, as I dont want to disect the whole thing until i have some idea what im going to do with it. My friend lives in Brazil, and she has so many fruits and vegetables ive never heard of. Im envious of her in that respect. She is awa on vacation, so im unable to ask her for a week.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #4
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It constantly amazes me how many more fruits are out there that I have never heard of. If there was one food category I would want to taste everything from it would be fruits. Rarely have I run across a fruit I just did not love.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:50 AM   #5
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Seed(s) ????

First guess Sapodilla
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This ? Sapodilla - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:07 AM   #7
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Larry: in this site there are small photos of different tropical fruits, and as sugested by Uncle Bob and Ardillo, check the SAPODILLA, also see Mamey and Nispero. I love those fruits, but do not remember the smell (my nose is good only for keeping my glasses on place). Good luck un your search!
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It is, most likely, the Mamey Sapote.

Mamey sapote - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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That Tropical Fruit Tree Catalog is awesome.
I never knew coffee was classified as a fruit.
Thanks, 2belucile.


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Old 07-13-2008, 10:25 AM   #10
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I think i will go with the Mamey Sapote
Althought, i think i should have let it ripen to become softer.
Oh well, Ill buy another one next week and let it ripen.
Thanks guys/ gals. Great teamwork. It was nice that we were able to come to this conclusion through my description. NOw im going outside to pick a " Maxixe" from my garden. A seed my friend from Brazil gave me. Looks like a spiky cucumber. Ill be tasting for the first time now.
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