Time to cross off a Project 50-Eat a New Fruit!
What better place to find a new fruit (to me) than the iconic Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio! We always make a JJ stop on our way home from the Cinti Wine Festival.
I found three fruits instead of just one to try. Why not? I don’t go to many specialty grocery stores to locate an exotic fruit.
This is a strange looking small red hairy fruit. These are common snacks in Asia. Rambutans funny exterior conceal a smooth sweet white fruit within. Based on my internet research on freshness, these rambutans are ready to eat.
It is very sweet. It does have a pear like flavor but sweeter. I like the texture better than a pear, it’s a bit more firm yet rubbery. I find this a tasty treat! I would eat this fruit again!
I had to wait a few days until the sapodilla turned soft enough to eat.
This is SWEET! I read it can be described as a pear that has been sopping in brown sugar. A good description. It tastes and has the consistency of a super sweet pear. Would I eat this again? Sure.
Black Sapote: Chocolate Pudding Fruit
My black sapote ripened quickly, turning a bit mushy and dark brown. Cutting it open, it did indeed look like dark chocolate pudding.
It did not taste like chocolate pudding. It was rather tasteless, just bland, no sweetness to it. I guess you could use it like a tofu, where it will take on the flavorings. Would I retry this? No, not unless I was trying to experiment with a low-fat chocolate pudding or brownie. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Have you an exotic or lesser known fruit to recommend?