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Mosambis

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  • zim Apr 4, 2001 10:32 AM

Recently on the Chicago board there was a discussion of Yuzus and Yuzu juice and it made me think of another delicious, hard to find citrus fruit.

When I was in india my favorite drink was mosambi juice - a cross between lime and orange that was the most refreshing juice in the morning. I have never been able to track down this fruit in the US, and I frequent a number of indian groceries. If anyone knows of these fruits and where to get them, please fill me in.

FYI the scientific name is Citrus limettioides Tanaka and it is sometimes translated as sweet lime.

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  1. you missed the mosambis, i missed the chickoos. luckily i can get BOTH these wonderful fruits here in london.

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    1. re: howler

      have you come across any place that might ship these mosambis to the US? Chickoos I have been able to get here, though not of top quality, but the standard store bought fruit is never going to match what you receive there.

      1. re: zim

        i'll check, but i imagine the levels of paranoia for anything agricultural shipped from this sceptred isle to be pretty fierce.

        aint quite anything so thirst quenching as mosambi juice with a bit of salt, is there?

        1. re: howler

          yes, a little salt and it approaches perfection.

          I can't believe they are grown in your quarantined isle though, they must be importing them from somewhere.

          Maybe you can help me out with another fruit related quest. My father (who grew up mainly in delhi and jammu) has referred somewhat rapturously to a fruit referred to as raspberries in his youth (though incorrectly), from his description, yellowish with a paperish coating they sound more akin to gooseberries but he says he has tried those here and they are not what he is remembering - any thoughts?

          1. re: zim

            did he eat them with salt and chili powdre and were they mouth puckeringly sour?

            1. re: howler

              he said that though they were sometimes eaten with salt and chili that most often they were not. And that they were tart but not shockingly sour- that they were a sweet rather than savory treat.

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                Caitlin Wheeler

                I believe he may be talking about Cape Gooseberries -- they are bright yellow with a papery husk -- often used to decorate pastries in France. I haven't seen them here, (US) but I haven't been looking.

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      Jason Perlow

      And while we are on the subject of hard to find citrus... anyone know where you can get Jamaican Grapefruit in the NY area?

      For the uninitiated - they look exactly like grapefruit but they are a LOT sweeter than florida grapefruit. The outside and flesh is yellow in color, and its used to make a soft drink called "Ting" that you will find in Jamaican jerk/patty places.

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      1. re: Jason Perlow
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        Jennifer Fish

        Found your Jamaican grapefruit. The bad news: they're in California. The good news: I have a website, phone # and address for you. (BTW the label refers to them as Uniq fruit but describes them as a sweet cross bet. grapefruit and mandarin).
        www.goodhope.com.jm
        POB 302
        MONTEGO Bay, Jamaica WI
        876-979-8099
        Bet they'd make a great Jamaican charoses to go with the $2000 Coi gefilte fish!

        1. re: Jennifer Fish
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          Jennifer Fish

          Should have checked website before I gave it national exposure--it's a Jamaican B&B! Who knows what the address and phone # are for! Jason: if you can't find them I'll mail some to you.

          1. re: Jennifer Fish

            Just saw the UNIQ Jamaican "grapefruit" today at Bristol Farms (in Calif.) It's the ugliest thing..about the size of a grapefruit but kind of greenish in color and all wizened and lumpy and bumpy. Just couldn't bring myself to buy one. The label said you could peel and eat it like a tangerine or section it like a grapefruit.

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          Brandon Nelson

          Try a Latin market instead of Indian. Sweet limes are a frequent find in most Mexican grocers in Northern California. I can't speak for the East Coast though.

          Chow!!!

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          1. re: Brandon Nelson

            Thanks for the info, I'll check it out. Do you know the spanish name for them?

            1. re: zim
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              Brandon Nelson

              Sorry, no.

              I seem to remember a link to a citrus page somewhere on the main board though. Give that a search.

              Chow!!!