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Fruit lovers: What's the best, "new" fruit/veggie you've found while traveling?

Fruit lovers: What's the best, "new" fruit/veggie you've found while traveling?

Apr 16th, 2002, 08:11 AM
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red
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Fruit lovers: What's the best, "new" fruit/veggie you've found while traveling?

I am hooked.

I started eating cherimoyas while in Spain for a month and can't get them out of my head! I can get them at a local Sutton Place Gourmet, but they are $9 a pound -- and a good cherimoya is usually a pound and a half. But still, I buy them...

(They were so cheap in Spain!)

Any other fruits and vegetables you've discovered that you'd care to pass along? (I would have never looked twice at a $15 fruit otherwise.)

 
Apr 16th, 2002, 08:45 AM
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The best "new-to-me" fruit that we found while staying on South Padre Island are "pineapple" oranges. These oranges are smaller and sweeter than navel oranges, but do have seeds. We cannot get them in the upper Midwest because they do not ship well.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 08:47 AM
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Phyllis Pearsall
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what is a cherimoya?

I shall have to check this out. Sutton Place you say? never heard of it.

PP
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 09:03 AM
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We've seen wonderful selections of unusual fruit in the markets of Funchal, Madeira and Barcelona (the well known one, I forget the name, off the Ramblas).

Luckily most fruits I have liked have come eventually to the UK.

I particularly love Nashi Pears (sometimes called Chinese Pears) and custard apples, though those I learnt about from my parents who grew up in India.

Kavey
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 09:16 AM
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Yes, Kavey! The cherimoya is the custard apple!

For those who've never had one, it is like eating custard out of a large fruit skin. Heavenly...

PP: Sutton Place Gourmet is a high-end specialty foods store. Sorta like Fresh Fields or Whole Foods, but smaller and more expensive.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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Cherries in Turkey - of course I have had them at home, for $4-5 per pound in Canada. My hubby's friend took us to their family's farm where we sat under a cherry tree and eat cherries all afternoon. Sour cerry juice I also cannot get enough of. Fresh figs bought at the side of the road there are also incredible!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 10:11 AM
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Red
I haven't heard the custard apple called the cherimoya before!
My mum refers to it as Sherifa.
In Madeira they had great huge ones, a different variety I think.
The big seeds are so pretty and easier to cope with than the seeds in fruit like pomegranate.
I adore most fruit, especially what is called exotic fruit here in the UK, mangoes, passion fruit, paw paw, pineapple, custard apple, mango, physalis, lychee...
Sigh... I am hungry now...
Kavey
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 10:20 AM
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Oh, gosh, it's hard to pick just one. Definitely papaya in Mexico/Central America - the wimpy ones we get in our supermarkets up here don't come close - and they cost $2.00 CDN each! Passionfruit in Costa Rica - I ate 2-4 a day! Rambutan (my Philipino friends say it's called that), also in Costa Rica - looks like a lychee with long orange tendrils growing from the bumps on the skin. First tasted tinned artichokes in Cuba - try to add them to recipes whenever possible. Dried and fresh figs in Portugal. Me, too, Kavey, and I've just had my lunch!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 10:21 AM
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Kavey, what is a paw paw like? One of my favorite books as a child was "Under the Paw Paw Trees" and I always wanted to try one.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 10:25 AM
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When we went to Munich, I just couldn't seem to get enough of the white asparagus there (along with the beer). It is much more tender & flavorful then the green stuff we get in the states. Atleast I haven't seen the white around here.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 01:28 PM
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Red,

Cherimoyas are grown in California, too. Pick some up (more cheaply) when visiting the left coast!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 01:47 PM
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You can get the cherimoyas from Harry & David, too!!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 01:52 PM
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They aren't really "new", but not easily found here--those great Sicilian blood oranges! That great red color and sweet taste takes me to Italy...
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 02:39 PM
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Figs!!!
I could eat figs all day! Never ate them until one hot summer day -when our neighbor gave us a basket of them from his fig tree.
They are great grilled too!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 02:57 PM
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Just have to agree with the white asparagus. I had it served to me in Spain, and since the stalks were so big, I expected it to be tough. NOT! It was so wonderful. Tried to eat my fill but didn't manage. Suz
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 03:36 PM
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For me it was lychees (sp?), pineapple, and mangoes in Southeast Asia. The fresh pineapple in Thailand was the sweetest that I've ever had.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 03:57 PM
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chicoo in india and there were 2-3 unidentified fruits we bought from a vendor in bangkok dthat were this side of heaven
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 04:22 PM
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The incomparable melon of Cavaillon, Provence, nothing like it here. Topped with some Beaume de Venice, sheer ambrosia!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 04:25 PM
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Blood oranges in Italy were the BEST!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 04:48 PM
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Perhaps not the "best" but certainly a fruit which generated conversation was the durian we tried while in China. Once you get past the smell the taste is pretty good.
While in Bali we noticed our hotel did not allow guests to bring durian into the rooms/cottages.
 

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