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

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rlinnington Jan 6, 2011 11:00 AM

Both pictures taken recently in Costa Rica by a friend.

1. Unknown fruit:

http://picasaweb.google.com/sue.schenk/2010DecCostaRica?authkey=Gv1sRgCP_osJnjocvgdw#5559054352405921282

2. Unknown gourd / squash :

http://picasaweb.google.com/sue.schenk/2010DecCostaRica?authkey=Gv1sRgCP_osJnjocvgdw#5559053742018852082

http://picasaweb.google.com/sue.schen...

Many thanks!!!

  1. r
    Rasam Jan 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    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
      scubadoo97 Jan 8, 2011 04:28 AM

      No question the first picture is of a bunch of coconuts

      1. re: scubadoo97
        r
        rlinnington Jan 9, 2011 01:39 PM

        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!

        1. re: rlinnington
          earthygoat Jan 10, 2011 04:31 PM

          Goose neck gourd?

    2. letsindulge Jan 10, 2011 06:11 PM

      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
        Sam Salmon Jan 11, 2011 07:50 PM

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

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