Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Mystery fruit - 1

Can you guess what this is??Hi all..

A little puzzle for you today..

This was some free food we picked straight from the trees while travelling north in NSW..

anybody care to guess what it is?

I'll post the answer here, later, sometime after you've all had a chance to think about it for a while..

Same fruit.. on the tree..

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Anonymous said...

Hi Fylype!

Close!! That is a good guess, but although it is a leguminous fruit like Tamarind, this fruit is quite different in taste and texture internally..

It's subtropical and tropical, and doesn't transport too well as it should be eaten not long after being picked.. the pods of some varieties can reach between 1/2 and 1 meter.. - this particular variety only grows to maximum of about 20 centimeters..


Anne said...

Me thinks Ice Cream Bean.
Have a peachy one,
love from Anne XX.

Fruitarian Mango said...

Hi Anne!
You are of course correct!

Ice cream bean it is.. It's a pod with seeds in it that are surrounded by a fluffy flossy textured edible sweetness, vaguely reminiscent of Ice-ceam, thus the name.. (you don't eat the seeds, but just suck around them!)

It is also called Inga Bean, (from it's latin name Inga Edulis) or less commonly Monkey Tamarind! So see how close you were Fylype!!

It's a leguminous tree from the Amazon in South America. Propagated by seed and cuttings. And it's a great nitrogen fixer!