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Help identify this fruit?

moh Jan 20, 2008 07:21 PM

Any ideas? It is about 4-5 inches long. It is insanely astringent right now, we couldn't eat it. The other ones are sitting in a fruit ripener. Bought it in Chinatown...

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  1. ipsedixit RE: moh Jan 20, 2008 08:04 PM

    Looks like an abiu.

    See link and picture.


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      xanadude RE: moh Jan 20, 2008 08:06 PM


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        Whippet RE: moh Jan 20, 2008 08:26 PM

        Definitely looks like sapodilla to me.

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          moh RE: moh Jan 21, 2008 07:48 AM

          It does appear that all these suggestions are in the sapote family. Certainly it looks like a smaller version of the Mamey. But it isn't exactly like the other sapotes I've seen.

          Does anyone know if it will ripen? If so, the best way to ripen it? And if it doesn't ripen is there something else I can do with it? I have 5 left.

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            cmkdvs RE: moh Jan 21, 2008 10:56 AM

            The standard method for ripening "things" is to put them in a brown paper bag with an apple and let the ethylene gas do its work. I have no experience with this particular fruit but it seems worth a try.

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            eescuder RE: moh Jan 21, 2008 09:43 AM

            nispero (spanish name) it is very sweet when ripe.

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              mlgb RE: moh Jan 22, 2008 10:46 PM

              It's some kind of sapodilla-nazeberry-sapote. My very favorite fruit in the whole world. And it doesn't look ripe at all.


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                moh RE: mlgb Jan 23, 2008 12:01 PM

                Yes, I belive it is indeed a sapodilla! thanks!

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                pomegranates RE: moh Jan 23, 2008 11:31 AM

                It looks like a Spodilla to me (also called Chickoo in some places).

                Sadly it's one of those annoying fruits that won't ripen properly once picked. You need it to be ripe when you purchase it (ripe off the tree really). When ripe it tastes like caramel. Lovely.

                It is likely not to ripen for you now. Sitting it with some bananas may help, but I think you are going to be frustrated as it shrivels up.....


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                  moh RE: pomegranates Jan 23, 2008 12:05 PM

                  I just tried one of the softer ones. We left it out for about 5 days. It is much softer than before, and the colour of the pulp changed to orange brown. The taste and texture reminded me of a pear combined with a caramel/creme brulee. I liked it, hubbie did not. It is definitely riper than when we originally bought it, and on the site that Mlgb posted, it stated that it would ripen of the tree. Now, it may be better to eat one which has been tree ripened, or mor ripe initially. But it definitely ripened in the fruit ripener.

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                    mlgb RE: moh Jan 23, 2008 12:39 PM

                    The ones we used to get had an almost cinnamon taste when they were properly ripe... soft but with a bit of grit in texture, they shouldn't be crunchy. It should be really sweet... some people even think they are too sweet.

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                      moh RE: mlgb Jan 23, 2008 12:52 PM

                      Yes, that sounds like what i had! Indeed,there is a cinnamon taste. Phew! i hate not knowing what I am eating...

                2. sweetie RE: moh Jan 23, 2008 02:39 PM

                  I don't know what it is called, but in Jamaica those are known as nesberries ( I don't even know how to spell it). It has a very peculiar taste and a grainy texture?

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                  1. re: sweetie
                    mlgb RE: sweetie Jan 23, 2008 05:37 PM

                    Yes that is the same thing...I always spell it naseberries but who knows if it's right.

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