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Your favourite rare tropical fruits...

Post by islandboi » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:06 am

Mangosteen and rambutan are amongst my favorite although not rare to find in Canadian Asian markets, just terribly expensive...
These fruits are unknown in Canada and I love them...

Rollinia. - imagine lemon merangue pie growing on a tree
Sapodillas - the root beer fruit
Abiu - gelatinous vanilla custard
Guava - the pink ones... sex on a tree
Star apples - hard to describe the flavour. Creamy though
Grandandilla- superior passion fruit
Mamey sapote - even just for that lovely salmon colour.
Horse mangoes - ate these in Malaysia... taste nothing like a regular mango.
Langsat - taste exactely like grapefruit but better

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Post by veronica_inheels » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:53 am

guava and passionfruit are rare . at least for me.
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Post by Lime_Pickle » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:53 am

The thing that tastes like a mixture of pineapple, apple, strawberry and lime and when juiced looks like milk. I think it's usually called a soursop.
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Post by Ledbetter » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:38 pm

Not my favorite, but not on the list and available here..Zapote fruta Colombiana. Resembles and tastes a bit like cantaloupe but more fibrous.

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Guanabana and mangostan are my favourites, especially for homemade ice cream.

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Post by EMG » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:05 pm

All we have here is tropical so not much mentioned in this tread is rare for these parts, but...

Mangosteen, rambutan/lychee/longans, soursop, custard apple, are some of my favorites that I find at my local fruit stand that I don’t remember seeing in the US much

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Post by cuchulainn » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:31 pm

Snake fruit looks interesting but flavor wise it’s a disappointment, like dragon fruit.

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Post by Stan In Maryland » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:45 pm

I was actually thinking in the post a picture thread where star fruit was posted, "I wonder if star fruit tastes better when it is tree ripened because I find star fruit to be like dragon fruit in the "looks interesting, has no flavor" category.
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Post by cuchulainn » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:32 pm

Soursop is a good one.

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Post by VinnyD » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:39 pm

Nothing is quite as dull as a drqgon fruit, except maybe a kiwano/horned melon. But star fruit runs them a close second. I've only had snake fruit once but I thought it was tastier than dragon fruit.

I am not very big on anything mentioned. Maybe rambutans and litchis would be my favorite. Or possibly jack fruit.

Leave out rare and my favorite tropical fruit is the banana. I have one at breakfast almost every day. I think I would get tired of any of the others pretty quickly.

Leave out tropical and rare and my favorite fruit is the York apple.

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Post by veronica_inheels » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:30 pm

That fruit from New Zealand. Forgot the name. I tried vodka flavoured with it.

Jackfruit is good too. I liked some indonesian curry with it. Also nice on deserts
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Post by veronica_inheels » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:34 pm

Fijoa?
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Post by cuchulainn » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:43 pm

Feijoa. They sold them in Singapore.

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Post by cuchulainn » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:44 pm

I actually like durian, in moderation. Maoshanwong and Wongzhongwong being the best varietals.

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Post by Ledbetter » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:31 pm

Stan In Maryland wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:45 pm
I was actually thinking in the post a picture thread where star fruit was posted, "I wonder if star fruit tastes better when it is tree ripened because I find star fruit to be like dragon fruit in the "looks interesting, has no flavor" category.
I've had starfruit in Canada and it was a big appointment. Tasteless besides being very tart, and used more as a garnish. Plucking them off the tree very ripe is much different. They're sweet, very tasty and make excellent juice. Having a glass as I type.

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Post by BeatRaven » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:46 pm

Still drinking litchi martini's.

Get 3 cans of litchi (or anything), put the drained litchi's in a big jar with a bottle of vodka (I like Skyy), marinate 2 weeks, strain thru 3 coffee filters twice. Toss the marinated litchis in the freezer for garnishes as needed.

Just a very lightly litchi-fragrant vodka, the barest hint of sweetness. I bought litchi liquore to float on the top, but it's not really necessary. Sometimes I add a drop or two of St Germain or orange blossom essence. Call that a $25 cocktail all in for maybe a buck.

I eat pineapple a lot. Maybe a whole one a week. Letting it ripen till it goes a little brown is essential.

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Post by Andrea1 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:51 pm

mangosteen and tamarind.

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Post by Stan In Maryland » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:58 pm

LB, hope to be able to try them fresh off the tree one day.
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Post by rezuar » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:01 pm

Fruit?
Thanks, I’ll pass.
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Post by cuchulainn » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:13 pm

rezuar wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:01 pm
Fruit?
Thanks, I’ll pass.
Aren't you worried about scurvy?

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Post by rezuar » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:28 pm

cuchulainn wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:13 pm
rezuar wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:01 pm
Fruit?
Thanks, I’ll pass.
Aren't you worried about scurvy?
Nah. I have lime in mojito and pineapple in pina colada from time to time. Do grapes in wine count too? ;)

Seriously though, I don’t actively seek out fruit other than citruses.
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Post by Scrubb » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:23 pm

Vinny and I would not be good co-habitors. We'd have to have a huge kitchen to contain all of his boring, tedious fruits plus all my exciting, delicious tropical fruits.

I've enjoyed pretty much every tropical fruit I've ever tasted. Probably mangosteens are my fave, plus I love custard apples.
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Post by VinnyD » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:03 am

I enjoyed almost every tropical fruit I ever tasted the first time i tried it. (not dragon fruit or kiwano). But if the word "cloying" didn't exist, it would have had to be invented for most of them.

When i said banana was my favorite if you left out "rare", I was forgetting about pineapple. I really don't know which I would want airdropped to me on the desert island. But certainly not rambutans or soursops or durian. And preferably apples or pears.

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Post by Scrubb » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:08 am

Maybe we can compromise on pineapple. THat is one of my favourites. But No Apples.
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Post by VinnyD » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:10 am

In any case, Mr and Mrs Jack Spratt got along, so I can't rule us out as cohabitors. (On those grounds.)

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Post by DCComic » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:42 am

Alphonso mangos are not rare for good reason.
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Post by VinnyD » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:41 pm

I just had a perfect local apricot. Beat that.

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Post by Andrea1 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:25 pm

I prefer dried apricots to fresh ones. Am drinking aperol + prosecco spritz - rhubarb and grape. We used to have rhubarb growing in our garden, dipped it in sugar. Obviously old fashioned but It feels but exotic, nowadays. No one seems to buy it much at any rate.

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Post by VinnyD » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:58 pm

The farmer I used to get rhubarb from had a falling out with the management of the farmers' market. Not many of the other farmers ever have it for sale. He also used to give away venison ribs in season. A great loss.

Fresh apricots have to be the tiniest bit underripe to be good. But when they are good they are wonderful.

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Post by BeatRaven » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:36 pm

I was bummed that all the pineapple in Hawaii was from the Philippines. My parents tell me that canned pineapple was the first food that I loved.

VD, you can order rhubarb plants from Amazon. In 2 years, you'll be hacking at your rhubarb with a machete. We planted it it shitty clay/sand soil. So it took 3 years to be overwhelmed by it.

With Strawberries in a pie, in the main, but as a gloppy syrupy thing over vanilla hagan daz is #2.

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Post by Scrubb » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:02 pm

I've never seen rhubarb for sale anywhere in Canada. It's something people just grow themselves or get from neighbours, at least where I've been. We also don't have rhubarb flavoured products here - you can't buy a rhubarb pie, rhubarb yoghurt, rhubarb anything.

Which meant that when I bought rhubarb flavoured yoghurt while in Germany, I got homesick at the first taste. Brought back memories of Mom's pies and eating it raw out of the back yard.
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Post by veronica_inheels » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:41 pm

we have rhubarb for sale at farmers markets. i also grow it but dogs pee on it so ill pass.

i have my own fruits. have tonnes of cherries now. ripe. and bluberries are starting, but i only planted two bushes. and i have raspberries. two fig trees with lots of figs, those will be ready in july.
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Post by bundes » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:50 pm

rezuar wrote:
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Fruit?
Thanks, I’ll pass.
I'm like you. I eat almost no fruit except for about 2 weeks in summer - cherries, figs and nectarines.

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Post by cuchulainn » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:02 pm

Did you hear that fruit is nutritious?

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Post by bundes » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:28 pm

cuchulainn wrote:
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Did you hear that fruit is nutritious?
So are vegetables, which I prefer.

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Post by EMG » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:37 am

Santol is pretty good too. That's the local name. I don't know what they'd call it in English speaking countries, if it were sold there.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:21 am

Chilled durian and mango. Impossible to beat IMHN-NO.

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Post by bundes » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:49 am

I'll die if I eat a mango. Literally.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:51 am

Why? Are you allergic to them?

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Post by EMG » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:56 am

It's either that or she tries to swallow the pit whole every time.

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Post by bundes » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:01 am

Severely allergic. Anaphylactic allergic.

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Post by fishface » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:16 pm

I worked with a guy allergic to pineapples. We actually had warnings that work areas were pineapple free zones. It was quite legit too-pineapples were popular fruit in a fruit platter and people were always taking platters around.

First time I heard it I thought he was joking. Yeah really wasn't.

But when he left I was really happy to have pineapple again.

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Post by islandboi » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:25 am

When i ate my first rollinia in Samoa I thought I had died and gone to heaven it was that good.

Scrubb, are you needing rhubarb? Mom and i have lots this year. Let me know.
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Post by islandboi » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:28 am

Another great one i forgot to mention is the palusan... in malaysia i ate lots... they look like coojze balls and they taste a lot like rambutans but are much larger.
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Post by EMG » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:30 am

islandboi wrote:
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Another great one i forgot to mention is the palusan... in malaysia i ate lots... they look like coojze balls and they taste a lot like rambutans but are much larger.
Those are great. I've only had them once here in the Philippines. Apparently they grow wild in this part but are rarely domesticated.

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Post by Invincible_Gamera » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:39 am

I quite like snake fruit. Quite.

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Post by EMG » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:43 am

I've tried snake fruit (salak) a number of times and never had one I enjoyed.

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Post by islandboi » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:47 am

I ate two weird fruits in Malaysia... Cempadak and marang... vaguely related to jackfruit.

They made me very horny after eating them.
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Post by EMG » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:50 am

I'm not sure I've ever had marang, even though it's native here. Did you like it? I could pick some up at my local fruit stand.

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