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Jan 6, 2011 11:00 AM

Help identifying this fruit and this gourd / squash, please?

Both pictures taken recently in Costa Rica by a friend.

1. Unknown fruit:

2. Unknown gourd / squash :

Many thanks!!!

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  1. Hi:
    Not sure about the gourd, but the "fruit" looks like a green coconut, though your specimen looks pale yellow.

    When coconuts grow on the tree, they have a pale green, hard, covering.
    When picked, the green covering is pulled off and most of the thick husk along with it (which is used to make coir ropes and matting), resulting in the hairy brown round thing seen in grocery stores.

    The tree the "fruit" is on looks like a coconut palm.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Rasam

      No question the first picture is of a bunch of coconuts

      1. re: scubadoo97

        I've compared that "yellow fruit" No 1. picture to coconut, and yep that would indeed appear to be it.

        Now to identify the squash / gourd picture!

    2. Yes, coconuts. The gourd looks like something my father used to grow. We called it Opo squash, or bottle gourd. Peel, cube, and stir fry with ground pork and a sofrito of onions, garlic, and tomatoes. Hit it with a few splashes of fish sauce and serve with steam rice.

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      1. re: letsindulge

        Coconuts at that stage of life are generally called 'Pipas' in Costa Rica.