Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Strange things in my grocery store.

On of the local produce places I frequent here in Orlando carries some really exotic tropical fruits and veggies. I have never in my life seen such strange looking food... It makes me feel like I'm stuck in a Sci-Fi novel. Have any of y'all ever seen, or do you know how to cook any of these?

(some of them I haven't labeled, because between the time I first started this post and now, I've forgotten what they were... :P )

Tuna Fruit:

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Tamarind

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Tamarind in the shell:
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Rambutan:


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June Plums:

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Dragon Fruit:

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Dragon fruit, cut open:

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Celery root:

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Bitter Melon:

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And this last one is truly the star of the show, because what you cannot see in this picture is the really terrifying nature of this "fruit". The thing is at least twice the size of your average watermelon and all those little spiky thing are SHARP! Who would eat a fruit that looks like it is only a few short steps away from mutating into a malignant life form???!!!


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6 comments:

Hosanna said...

Wow. I have never.Ever. Seen some of those. Very odd.

Susannah Forshey said...

Rambutan is WONDERFUL just plain, raw...you open it up, and it tastes a little like those white round fruits you get in Chinese Buffets. Very mild and sweet. Excellent texture. Oh, also.....you can forage for them for point. ;)

Herb of Grace said...

Susi, haha. I know. I thought the exact same thing when I saw them-- I could hear the chimes...

Rebecca Walsh said...

Um, scary! I always wondered what tamarind was. Not that I know, even now. :)

Mandy North said...

I taught with a woman from the Philippines and she would bring tamarinds into school for a snack or as part of her lunch. She let me try it once, and it tastes a lot like a date. You crack it open and eat around the viney pieces. It's chewy and sweet. It's not bad, but it's not my favorite.

Polly said...

I had tamarind in India. We saved the shiny seeds to make jewelry. :)