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PostSubject: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:41 pm



So we have all heard or tried fruits like oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc...
But what are some of the fruits you have tried that are not so common in your area?

One that I like that is not so common like the orange... is guava. I love the taste of it and can eat several at a time lol :sillySmiley:
The smell of these can be strong. If they are left out in the kitchen... the smell is very noticable. If someone walks in the house, you can tell right away, that guavas are somewhere around. LOL

About Guavas:
The guava fruit is edible, round to pear-shaped, from 3-10 cm in diameter (up to 12 cm in some selected cultivars). It has a thin delicate rind, pale green to yellow at maturity in some species, pink to red in others, a creamy white or orange-salmon flesh with many small hard seeds, and a strong, characteristic aroma that is hard to describe but generally reminiscent of refreshing fruit like apples, passionfruit or strawberries, with an inoffensive acidity and a fragrance reminiscent of rose petals. Guavas are often considered "superfruits", being extremely rich in vitamins A, B, and C. A single guava fruit contains more vitamin C than a typical citrus fruit; the rind alone contains over five times more vitamin C than an orange. It also contains high amounts of calcium – which is unusual in a fruit.



How about you guys? What rare fruits do you enjoy?


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:47 am

Carol wrote:
What rare fruits do you enjoy?

That's a loaded question. Cool

Not sure how rare they are, but I like clementines, which are very distantly related to oranges.

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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:01 am

I've been trying to think if there *are* any rare or exotic fruits that are even sold around here, but I think we're still too small-town for that. We do have some tropical fruits that are unusual for our area.........but that's about it. I like Kiwi - and that's pretty rare for our area. . . . . I mean........Not ONE of the farmers around here grows it. batEyes
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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:11 am

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I like Kiwi - and that's pretty rare for our area. . . . . I mean........Not ONE of the farmers around here grows it. batEyes

Really?? Up here there's a kiwi plantation on every corner. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:49 am

Ah, what a pretty picture! Makes me think summer!! Thumbsup

I'm allergic to kiwi actually...I LOVE it, but the roof of my mouth itches terribly after I eat it!

I just discovered pomagranates this year! My son had one at his school (the teacher brought in 'unusual' food for the kids to try, and he loved it and wanted me to buy some. So I did and now I'm hooked! They're messy though...be prepared to get your hands stained red! grinsmiley

Part of the reason I'm not a 'winter person' is the lack berries in season...I love strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, etc..., but they're all WAY too much $$ now!! The other day I found a container of strawberries priced at $6.00!!! OhMy


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:52 am

I agree with, Rob, I really like clementines too. They are easy to peel, which is a plus, and they have just the right amount of sweet. A perfect snack.

Not long ago we bought mango's, papaya and guava so that Kelsey could try them. I liked them all, except for the papaya.


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:55 am

These are Avocados Very Good to Put in a Salad or But em of a Bun Just Like Butter Just The Inside the Green Stuff Hmmmmm that is soo good


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:27 am

Wow, I've never heard of Clementines before. I will have to try it... first I gotta find out where to get it. Thanks Rob! Thumbsup

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I just discovered pomagranates this year! My son had one at his school (the teacher brought in 'unusual' food for the kids to try, and he loved it and wanted me to buy some. So I did and now I'm hooked! They're messy though...be prepared to get your hands stained red! grinsmiley

Ah yes... pomegranates ARE really messy! My friend recently experimented and added lemon and salt to it.... I guess the taste is really good... she was boasting about it... but as she prepared it... she kept on wiping the mess it made on the counter... on the window blinds nearby Laughing



Another one I really like is Tamarind. I LOVE a drink my mom makes with Tamarind.
In Latin America, especially Mexico, and Latin American immigrant communities in the US, the fruit is wildly popular and is fashioned into a drink, "Agua de Tamarindo", and many kinds of treats. Many popular Tamarindo concoctions are hard candies and suckers and one of the most popular aguas frescas is flavored with tamarind.



I eat them as they are (but they do have a little tart taste at first and then it's sweet... not sure how to explain it lol)... and the Tamarind drink is one of my favorites. :sillySmiley:




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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:31 am

I also love clementines, like Pam said, it's easier to peel. The watery sweet tangy taste is just yummy.

Oh Jacob, I love avocados. I buy them all the time to put in my salad.
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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:48 pm

I love avocados too, Jacob!! I love to make fresh guacamole.


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:29 pm

Clementines are a form of tangerine. When I lived in California, we had peaches, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, trangerines, figs, cumquats, and avocado trees all growing in the yard....I sure miss the old homeplace...... Blue

EDITED TO ADD: We also had Persimmon trees and Pecan trees and my daddy had a vegetable garden too! grinsmiley



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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:35 pm

Exotic fruit? We didn't have in Argentina, but some guavas and avocados in the very nord-East. However, you can eat whatever you want if you goes to some "exotic" markets and Asiatic ones. I have one near my home, and there you may purchase mangoes (I love it), Papaya (the bigger variety is named "mamón"), lichies, rambuthan, , plantains, Custard apples, Star Fruit (Carambola) and absolutely all you wants. This is great, since I love fruit. Exotic and not exotic ones.

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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:53 pm

We Love Avocados but they are rather expessive here how about there?


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:44 pm

They're not too expensive, but sometimes it's difficult to find avocados that are ripe and nice and soft. Exactly what you need to make guacamole.


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:51 pm

I love avacados, too! Never tried any of the other ones and I don't really think I've had any exotic fruits. You know, Amy, I'm like that with certain foods I eat...the roof of my mouth "aches" (does that make sense) and I don't really know why. Your situation sounds similar.



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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:36 pm

My brother and I gook a trip to Florida years ago and we stayed at a resort near Disney World. Our section of the resort was called Kumquat and we wondered "what the heck is kumquat?" While we were in another part of the state we went to a cirtus farm and discovered just what a kumquat is. It was really cool. Af first we just ate the thing and it tasted horrible. My brother tried to peel it, lol. A kind passerby showed us how to get the juices flowing and then eat it. They were really good. I have been to FL once since but didn't see any of that fruit. We don't get them up here in Ontario so I guess I'll just have to take another trip to get some more.


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:13 pm

Rob wrote:
Savannah wrote:
I like Kiwi - and that's pretty rare for our area. . . . . I mean........Not ONE of the farmers around here grows it. batEyes

Really?? Up here there's a kiwi plantation on every corner. Wink

Wow............So, do the plantation owners market chilled kiwi this time of year? batEyes


Vanesa! I love star fruit! I'd forgotten about that. I pretty much love any fruit, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:49 pm

LIWnut wrote:
My brother and I gook a trip to Florida years ago and we stayed at a resort near Disney World. Our section of the resort was called Kumquat and we wondered "what the heck is kumquat?" While we were in another part of the state we went to a cirtus farm and discovered just what a kumquat is. It was really cool. Af first we just ate the thing and it tasted horrible. My brother tried to peel it, lol. A kind passerby showed us how to get the juices flowing and then eat it. They were really good. I have been to FL once since but didn't see any of that fruit. We don't get them up here in Ontario so I guess I'll just have to take another trip to get some more.

Kumquats or Cumquats, are so little.......can't get much juice from them, but they do have their own flavor......



OK, so I had a picture, but when I hit Send, it comes out looking like that above.... banghead So, here's the link to it....

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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:47 pm

I've never heard of cumquat before. They look like mini oranges.



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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:07 pm

Cumquats are called "Quinotos" in Argentina, and they comes from China, but are adapted here. They are a "winter harvest" and they tastes more tarty than a grapefruit. My great-granny would cook a very tasteful confiture with them. They were boiled in sugar syrup until they are trabslucid as candies, and they are put into jars with all thys golden.heavy syrup. A real treat! Yummy!

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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:56 pm

Hmm...I thought when I had a mango for the first time last year that was "exotic" to me, LOL. I also tried kiwis and thought both were pretty good. Oddly enough, I can eat them both and not have allergies bother me, but if I try some "every day" kind of fruit that I can find in any store nearby, like an apple or pear, then my allergies act up. :think:




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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:29 pm

When we were over visiting the children a few weekends ago, my Mom and I found a huge market that has an absolutely amazing variety of fruits and vegetables! So, this week, I tried a persimmon for the very first time. It won't be the last. Cool I also bought a mango, but I haven't tried that yet. And Carol! They have tamarinds! So maybe I'll try that, too. They also carry some of the "older" vegetables that I don't see around here very often. Turnips, parsnips, rutabaga. . . .

Persimmons need a better name. They taste much better than they sound. grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:11 pm

We had persimmon trees in California. My daddy couldn't WAIT for them to get ripe so he could suck the sweet fruit out of it.......

Savannah, get some and make persimmon bread. Use a banana nut bread recipe and substitute the persimmon for it......or google a recipe online.....it is aMAZing........ grinsmiley



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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:13 pm



Lois' Persimmon Bread



3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup peeled and mashed persimmons
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and vegetable oil.
  3. Stir together persimmon pulp and baking soda in a small bowl. Add to sugar mixture; mix well.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon and salt. Add pecans and raisins. Fold into persimmon/egg mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes one (9 x 5 x 3-inch) loaf; or 12 servings.


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PostSubject: Re: Rare & Exotic Fruit please....   Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:36 pm

Savannah wrote:
And Carol! They have tamarinds! So maybe I'll try that, too.

Yeah? That's neat! Thumbsup
Here is a recipe for the Tamarind drink:

Ingredients
1/2 lb dried tamarind (remove shell)
3 cups water
1 cup sugar (or to taste)

Directions
1 Put the tamarind and water in a large bowl.

2 Let soak for an hour or so.

3 Then remove seeds with your hands.

4 Try to mash up the tamarind, for this will make it easier to remove the seeds and give the water a more pronounced flavor.

5 Pour water through a strainer.

6 Add sugar.

7 Refridgerate until well chilled. Serve and enjoy!

8 Serve chilled with lots of ice.


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