One of the many joys of living in a tropical paradise is fruit, and the anticipation of your favourite coming into season. I eat more fruit than ever here, much of which I’ve never seen before. Currently, oranges are in season and I’m enjoying freshly squeezed juice every morning. Banana’s come in many varieties, year round – small, large, green, yellow, red…
|Sitting beneath a jackfruit tree|
Soon it will be the cashew fruit (it took me a while to work out what this fruit was – see this post) – cashews do literally grow on trees round here and when they ripen, if you can beat the chickens when they fall from the tree, you will enjoy a delicious fruit with a nut on the top by the stem. Although I like the taste, they do suck all the moisture from your mouth – far more palatable when crushed to make a juice.
For the last couple of months, locals have been eating dita (I’ve no idea if this is the correct spelling), or, as I’ve christened them, oeuf vert (green eggs). Beneath a thin brittle shell lies a thin layer of bright green powdery fruit around a stone. Once again, much nicer as a juice as there’s way too much work involved for little reward, in my opinion, although locals disagree.
|Baobab fruit – powdery chewy seed that again makes a great juice|
My favourite is probably jackfruit, which is also common in south east Asia. A large spiky green fruit full of yellow chewy bubble gum flavoured chunks.
Other recent discoveries include kouelak (again, I’ve no idea of the exact name) which are toffee flavoured sludgy balls of fun, and a variety of young coconut that yields a chewy creamy lychee like fruit.
There are plenty more to discover, so I’ll keep you posted.