Monday, January 30, 2012

Name That Fruit

Cue the kitschy 70's game show music, friends.  It's time for another edition of your favorite game and mine....

NAME.  THAT.  FOOD!!!

(Applause!)

Today's mystery fruit is brought to you by my 12-year old son, Nick.  He brought it home from the market yesterday just so I could share it with all of you.  The only bad thing is that both Hubby and Nick forgot the name of our mystery fruit on their way home, so it's really up to you to tell me the name, because I have no idea.  And it's raining today, so I can't walk to the market and ask my favorite fruit vendor.

As you can see, our mystery fruit looks like a rather large date with a dull tan color on the outside, with just a hint of orange.


Once I sliced into it, which was just like slicing into an avocado, I discovered it's brightly colored flesh with 2 medium-size seeds.

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As adventurous as I like to think I am, smelling and tasting new foods makes me a little nervous, because I'm always afraid they're going to taste and smell like old gym socks.  But then I remind myself that I've eaten far more exotic things, and that it's only a fruit.  How bad can it be?

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Lucky for me, it wasn't bad at all.  It smelled like a freshly cut pumpkin.  The flavor was mild and slightly sweet.  And the consistency was like cooked sweet potatoes.

My suegra doesn't remember the real name of this fruit, but she does remember that some people call it "Miguelito".   She also said that this particular piece of fruit was still verde (unripe) and that eating it could make me sick.  Uh-oh!  I really hope that last part doesn't turn out to be true, because it really was quite tasty.

I consulted with Señor Google looking for Miguelito fruit and found something called pifas and/or chontaduro, also known as bactis gasipaes.   It kind of looks like my mystery fruit, but then again, not really.

So...can you name this mystery fruit?

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9 comments:

  1. Hola chica! Mi esposo says it's a Sapote http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapote. Does this look/sound right? I've never seen or tried one myself, but he says he remembers his grandma giving them to him. Very sweet and you can eat them with a spoon!

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  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manilkara_zapota my best guess!!!!

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  3. Wow! I love a challenge. I have never seen that fruit here in San Miguel de Allende, but have seen both white and black sapotes. Hmmm...I don't think that is what this is. I hope you solve this soon!

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  4. I also think it looks like sapote/mamey. I've eaten it in milkshakes and it's amazing! The mamey I've eaten has a rough exterior and only one seed. The seed is usually a very smooth dark wood color.

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  5. Looks like a yellow Sapote on this page , I've always know them as Miguelito's and they are very delicious!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapote

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  6. 1)It looks like pejibaye. It is the fruit of a palm tree that grows in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, but I think you should cook it instead of eating it raw. And, pejibayes only have one seed that resembles a little coconut, even the flavor is the same.
    2)It looks like an unripe sapote. The difference is that sapotes are very juicy and the peel is brown.
    Wow, this is interesting. I would love to know what it is. Keep us updated, please.

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  7. I think it is Mamey - also known as sapote in the USA. It's a sweet fruit.
    http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/mamey_sapote.htm

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  8. This fruit is a peewah, its a palm fruit.its a bit dry on the inside you normally peel the skin off and eat it. You can also crack the black seed and eat the hard coconut like jelly

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  9. This was definitely the aphrodisiac mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota). Very unripe mamey-as in, while it's still green-secretes a white latex as defense against fruit flys (Florida Entomologist, Sep. 2001), so I wouldn't eat that. Yours looks like it was almost ripe, so it was probably less sweet and harder, like an unripe peach. Regardless, mamey has vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

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