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CSA Surpise

emmyjay81 Aug 12, 2009 09:10 AM

Trying to figure out what this is? Picture affected by flash, should be light green all over.


  1. DonShirer Aug 13, 2009 03:42 PM

    Looks like a computer mouse envious of a chia pet to me!

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    1. re: DonShirer
      bushwickgirl Sep 30, 2009 02:06 AM


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      lgss Aug 12, 2009 04:26 PM

      Looks similar to an unripe rambutan but more likely maxixe (as others have said) since CSA owners would distribute items when ripe.
      Have you cut it open or tasted it?

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      1. re: lgss
        jumpingmonk Aug 12, 2009 06:23 PM

        In this country its more commonly referred to as a west indain burr gherkin (Cucumis anguinaria) as far as I know you can use it more or less interchangably with a regular cucumber

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        emmyjay81 Aug 12, 2009 09:51 AM

        Thanks for the info everyone. Unfortunately, not my CSA and I didn't have the name of the farm to contact them. I knew the Chows would come thru!

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        1. re: emmyjay81
          ritcey Aug 13, 2009 01:18 PM

          It was from Pleasant Valley Gardens CSA, btw - http://pleasantvalleygardens.com/

        2. itaunas Aug 12, 2009 09:38 AM

          Its called Maxixe, as mentioned its a vegetable from Brazil and has some similarities to a cucumber. I usually eat it with pork ribs -- you braise the ribs, then fry the maxixe in olive oil removing the spines with the skin and seeds and serve the two together (this is more in the style of how its made in Minas Gerais). The Northeast of Brazil its used even more and there are many recipes for a "maxixada" which can just be maxixe in a tomato/onion stew (with a bit of meat or not) or use all sorts of ingredients from sun-dried beef, to crab and shrimp, various squashes... sometimes coconut milk is included. Its good in soups (just don't cook it too much), you can also do something like cook beans and then season them with fried garlic, onion, spices and add the maxixe to cook for a few minutes at the end. If stewing leave it whole, but still remove the spines. I made an unusual recipe for feijoada pernambucana last year using maxixe although I prefer the simpler recipes.

          1. SeaSide Tomato Aug 12, 2009 09:32 AM

            Very interesting looking. Why not call the farmer and ask?

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              food4dogs Aug 12, 2009 09:17 AM

              I can't remember the name of it (its in threads here) but I've been told its like a Brazilian cucumber...quite tasty. Nieciwicz Farms in Bolton had them last year as a trial item and it looked like an alien mini-melon thing, Alan would dare folks to try it at farmer's markets. Search recent farmer's market threads, think someone referred to it in the one for August.

              1. Gio Aug 12, 2009 09:14 AM

                That's the funniest dang thing I've ever seen... but my brain is trying to tell me it's a squash, but don't take my word.

                I was thinking that perhaps you should post a similar thread on another board also where it will have wider visibility.....

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