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