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Exotic Fruits
Here's a huge list of exotic fruits. Some of them I'd love to try.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: February 16th, 2017 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
The chayote is called a choke over here. The vines used to be grown over suburban outhouses, providing camouflage for said building and fruiting copiously to provide a cheap and versatile food during the depression and WWII.

They're the sort of thing that picks up other flavours and doesn't have much taste of its own.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 16th, 2017 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

That sounds useful for spicing and blending.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: February 16th, 2017 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

My phone corrected 'choko' to 'choke'!

I found this in the Wikipedia entry on chayote:

"In China, the chayote is known as the "Buddha's Hand Melon" (Chinese: 佛手瓜; pinyin: fó shǒu guā) or alternatively in Cantonese choko (cau1 kau4) 秋球 [lit. autumn ball], and is generally stir-fried. The common Australian and New Zealand word, choko, comes from the 19th century Cantonese market gardeners who introduced many vegetables into those countries."

I rather like them peeled, then boiled or steamed, and served with a cheese sauce. :)
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: February 16th, 2017 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 16th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, durian. Durian smells worse thank skunk butt. No idea how it tastes, but if it tastes even half as bad as it smells, it tastes like death. And lychee tastes utterly disgusting as well.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 16th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Albertson's had some Buddha's Hands for a while, but since even I wasn't adventurous enough to try one, it's little wonder they stopped carrying them.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 16th, 2017 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Harvest Market is catering to foodies, some of whom will buy something because they've never had it before. The more nifty things I see in the exotic fruit bin, the more I want to try. :D Which is to say, that has become a reason to stop there every time we're in town and not running late, because many exotic fruits have a very short fruiting period. More traffic, more sales. I want this place to succeed, I like them.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 16th, 2017 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Cool, cool. My main thing with the Buddha's Hand was I didn't have clue one how it was even edible, as it appeared to be made entirely of zest.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 16th, 2017 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Exactly. It's what you buy when you want the very best of zest or peel, rather than juice or flesh. One could also use bottled lemon juice and Buddha's hand zest.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 16th, 2017 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Speaking of exotic fruits, there's a number of fruits in my worldbuilding stuff about Traipah. The two major ones are Alora and Findok fruit. Alora is Traipah's biggest fruit export, as it's got a sweet but cinnamon-spice sort of flavor that is highly popular, and makes a great "wine." (I put wine in quotation marks because I haven't decided if they actually ferment it or not, since alcohol doesn't affect the people of Traipah like it does us.)

The other one, Findok, is famous for having a very strong smell when ripe.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 16th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Yay! That's really cool.
johnpalmer From: johnpalmer Date: February 17th, 2017 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My local QFC has jackfruit.

But it seems they're trying to sell a whole one. I don't have a family of five bringing their friends, all of whom are very hungry.
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