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07 March 2010 @ 11:25 pm
Exotic fruits  

Clockwise from top left: dragonfruit, pomelo, Korean melon, prickly pear cactus fruit.

Verdict(s):

Dragonfruit: surprisingly pleasing for such a mild flavor. Delightful firm and juicy texture. Excellent between spicy courses as a refreshing palate cleanser.

Pomelo: aka "armored grapefruit". Was notable work to get into it, and spike had to clear the table of sharp and breakable object to ensure our safety while I was working my way into this baby. Once we got to it, it was like an extra sweet grapefruit and very tasty!

Korean melon: like a crunchy, slightly milder cataloupe. Not quite as good, but otoh, hey! Personal pan melon!

Cactus fruit: Errrrrr. No. Pretty pink color, and okay flavor (to my taste) but terrible big obstructive seeds. I see why most people end up making jelly out of this one.

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Susan Constantsconstant on March 8th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I am a huge fan of pomelo. I love the taste, I love the smell, I love the way the segments come apart so you don't need to eat the tough bits, I love the fifteen minute process of taking it from basketball to bowl of delicious internal bits, I love the fifteen second process of inhaling the bowl. I still remember fondly when I asked the produce manager at Star Market at Porter Square if he stocked them, and he ordered a dozen especially for me. I felt bad that I had suckered him into doing this and bought ten of them. $2 each. Yum.

Then again, I also love cactus fruit, but I've mostly had them sold on the street by kids who picked them that morning, which is likely better for both taste and overall experience.
Ellen: is it safe?keyne on March 8th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
I've mostly had them sold on the street by kids who picked them that morning

Is there a prickly-pear farm in [your city of residence]? :) Or have you been traveling further south?
Susan Constantsconstant on March 9th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
East. 9000 KM or so East.
Inaemzkero on March 8th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Cham meh
The koren melon is called cham meh in korean.
Some people wait till it is VERY fragrant before eating.
And some eat the seeds and seed sack. Personally I
don't eat the seeds but do wait till it's about to go bad.
Glad you liked it!
sabriel: mama_sabriel_ on March 8th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I also love pomelo(s), labor intensive but the SMELL!! and the TASTE!!
Nom Nom!!
whynotkaywhynotkay on March 8th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
The dragonfruit also makes a good shake.

I don't think I've ever tried the prickly pear cactus fruit. Hmm, a new experiment! Mmmm.

I like pomelo, but they are way too big for one person. I do have a shrimp salad recipe with them that's tasty. The korean melon I can take or leave.

When are you going to do a review of durian?
our lady of perpetual amusement: PantryGoodnessdakotakym on March 9th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Cactus fruit/prickly pears/tunas are much tastier when local & fresh (I picked a bunch when I drove out to San Antonio once, because they were there & I was curious). To my taste, they're a lot like a sweet, refreshing, juicy melon. They change flavor a lot when cooked, and taste kinda like cooked summer squash. And when you strain out the seeds, skins, & spines, the liquid is like bright magenta blood & very surreal.