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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, 05:05 PM
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dean
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Fresh squeezed blood oranges at the autogrille in Italy. Porcini grilled at Il Pestello in Castellina in Chianti.

Fresh hearts of palm in Costa Rica
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 05:39 PM
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Dates and Figs fruit of the Gods!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 05:50 PM
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Deep-fried squash flowers, artichokes like I've never had before & eggplant, lightly marinated in olive oil that's been infused with garlic, then grilled.

Time to plan my next trip to Rome....

BC
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 05:56 PM
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Last time I was in Venezuela I "discovered" this absolutely fabulous fruit called the stantiray. It is delicious. It tastes like a combination between a cherry and a grape and is about the size of a plum or nectarine. I have been unable to locate them outside of the country.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 06:03 PM
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Quinces....I was at my house in France for the first time in fall last year, in November, and discovered I had a quince tree dripping with ripe quinces. These aren't the same as the little quinces that grow on small bushes in the USA; these are huge orange quinces that are delicious when braised and paired with foie gras, or distilled into a liqueur. It's a scrumptious combination of sweet and sour.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 06:30 PM
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The best fruit I have ever tasted is the jackalope egg. It is indigenous to the Australian outback and grows in small patches under kangaroo dung. I know it sounds disgusting, but it really tastes like a combination of chicken and lemonade. The only place I know of where they can be found in the U.S. is a tiny little kiosk market on the corner of 3rd and La Brea in Los Angeles. There is a little man there who grows them in a hothouse in his back yard in Cerritos. They are not quite as juicy as Australian Jackalope eggs, but they do have a bite to them nonetheless. Just be careful, I am told that they are toxic in large amounts (between 19-20 a day). If you eat either more or less of them you'll be fine.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 06:37 PM
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Bookchick, try the stuffed squash flowers, a provence and Italian specialty.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 06:42 PM
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Hey, Mimi, thanks. Several restaurants in Trastevere are known for doing artichokes that way & it's an area of Rome I'd really like to explore when I return there.

BC
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 08:30 PM
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Ahh Durian ... Buddha's Sh*t is the popular name. If it tasted like it smelled, you would never eat it. I had it in Paris, once as the fruit, brought over by a Singapore friend, and once as a sorbet. I've never seen it here in San Francisco. I also had white berries in Istanbul, they looked like huge blackberries, but tasted like sugar. I've never seen those again either.
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 12:48 AM
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Ahh... now I'm hungry too! I had the most wonderful fruit in Australia, and I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. I do know that it only grows in a certain area (around the south NSW area), and looks like a little banana, but has juicy flesh inside, so that it almost looks like a cross between a pomegranete and an orange inside, once it is peeled. Can anyone tell me what they are called, or am I mad?!
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 01:33 AM
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How to describe paw paw?
It's a fleshy fruit, the flesh is a little like a firm melon with seeds in centre area, but that's not quite a good description. It's sweet but the flavour is not mango or apple or banana... I just don't know how to describe it... someone help me out!

Mango is actually my favourite fruit but I have loved it since childhood. Although it is available regularly in supermarkets the ones they stock are ALWAYS disappointing so I like to wait till it's mango season in India and Pakistan, then the Asian shops in the region are stocked with huge volumes of truly flavoursome mangoes. The flavour of these is sooo intense and wonderful.

Last year I actually bought figs for the first time, having only had them at restaurants previously, made up a poaching recipe with port and had them with dollops of slightly sweetened natural yoghurt, they were wonderful.

I always try new fruit when I come across it - most I like very much. I remember being disappointed with dragon fruit which looked so beautiful but tasted so bland, I found that in the market in Barcelona, perhaps it was just not a well ripened one.

I also really adore pomegranate. But I am very particular about the way I eat it. I have seen people sit with a tooth pick and eat one seed at a time. I always peel the whole lot, and compulsively pick out all scraps of that white papery skin between some of the seeds,then I eat it in huge mouthfuls so I get great bursts of juice with each bite. My mum tells me when she was ill as a little girl her mum would peel the fruit and squeeze the juice in a muslin cloth and then serve just the juice to her heated up. Mmmmmmmm!

Kavey
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 02:38 AM
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Paw Paw grow all over the eastern US..but I very seldom see them in the stores .we had one in our back yard in Pittsburgh. They are some times called Ameircan custard apples..I didn't like them at all when I was small bt would kill for one right now!

we are plantimg a blood orange tree later this year but I know the fruit will never be as good as you get in Italy..

Kavey..what are those little fruits you see all the time in Uk , decorating desserts, a small yellow fruit witha papery husk..I love the taste but the name escapes me right now..Chinese something????? That doesn't sound right either!
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 03:08 AM
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JOdy, they are Physalis...

I think some people call them cape gooseberries...

I adore oranges, I had so many spremuta (freshly squeezed orange juice) in Venice over Easter when I discovered they all use those incredibly sweet and wonderful blood oranges...

I love bananas, apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (I have wonderful childhood memories of going to a local woodland area with my mum, her friend and all us kids very close, blackberry picking, eating as much as we picked, staining all our clothes, fingers and faces, mum making great jam if there was enough left when we got home... and I have other memories of strawberry picking, particularly at a pick your own field near Warwick university and going with awhole group of fellow students, instead of banning you from eating as you picked they just asked you to contribute according to your conscience for those you had eaten, so when I weighed mine I simply contributed the same as the ones I was taking away, since I ate one for each one I put in my basket... when any of us found a rotten strawberry, too far ripened to be edible, it would form the basis for a food fight right there in the field...)

I LOVE fruit... can you tell... its one of the great things about travelling to warmer climes, southern europe, asia, the far east - to gorge myself on fresh fruit... and seafood but that's a seperate thread...
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 03:55 AM
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Thanks Kavey!!

For some reason that name always eludes me...and I love those little things!!!!!!!
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 04:55 AM
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Watch out for it though Jody... I had hysterics in a restaurant when I heard someone ask the waiter what that fruit was called and their companion piped up that it was called "syphallis"!
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 08:03 AM
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English apples cox's orange pippins, Blenheim oranges (an apple not an orange) and russets, they look like shrivelled potatoes but taste nutty and wonderful.
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 08:33 AM
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Thanks Kavey,
I will now never forget what they are called...I'll just have to watch speaking too quickly!!

Fruit-- I agree with you about the old english apples , they make what we get here, all perfect and shiny, seem like eating library paste
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 08:48 AM
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Oh to be at the Campo dei fiori market, now that April's here . . . (with apologies to the poet). Anyway, the fruit and vegetables are some of the things I miss most about Italy. Right now, the apricots and cherries and nespole (medlars) are in season. A whole big bowl of these three wonderful spring fruits, served with another bowl of ice water for a quick at-the-table wash, makes a glorious dessert. I also miss the Roman puntarelle, a crisp green shoot of some sort, split and soaked in water so it curls up picturesquely, served raw with an anchovy dressing.
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Jackfruit, ramboutan, lychee and passion fruit in Sri Lanka, papaya (=paw paw) and mango in Kenya, applebananas in the Canary Islands.
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 09:20 AM
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Applebananas?!!

Myriam, what is an applebanana?
 

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