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Sep 26, 2013 02:10 PM

What is this fruit? Anyone?

We're in Rio de Janeiro and I saw this today. It's like a super large orange with that head on it. There was no label. I'm guessing it's just some kind of orange but would be curious if anyone knows. TIA.

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  1. I would like for you to buy one, cut it open and take photos, eat it and tell us what it is. I think it is some sort of pommelo or grapefruit. Also, what are the spikey fruit next to the goofy citrus fruit?

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    1. re: John E.

      Ya know what? That's a good idea. Tomorrow.

      1. re: John E.

        The spikey fruit next to it is Durian. Supposed to be the most vile smelling thing on the planet. They're even outlawed from eating in public in a lot of places. BUT, apparently they taste wonderful.

        Oops. Not durian pictured.

        1. re: Scoutmaster

          Nope, not durian :) In Singapore, I understand you can't even take them on the Metro! That's about the only fruit I haven't seen in Rio.

          1. re: Scoutmaster

            Those are kiwano melons, #2, not durian.

        2. The one on the left looks like a Kiwano melon, specifically when you look at the cross-section of the sliced one on top of the pile.

          The other one looks to be some sort of tangerine/ugli fruit hybrid.

            1. re: jaltstatt

              It has the flesh of an orange. Walked back from lunch with friends but didn't think to pick one up. Later.

            2. What was on the little sticker? Looks like an Ugli.

                1. re: mingvg

                  If so, those are some Enormous Dekopon.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Well, I goggled and they weigh in at 1KG so could be. And maybe the top just wasn't right. STILL haven't bought one.

                  2. re: mingvg

                    I bought one and according to the receipt it IS dekopon. Looking forward to having it later. Here's the wiki and if you scroll down you'll see the Brazilian reference. My just over half KG was about US$2. So not cheap but it sure does smell good, even before I peel it.


                    1. re: c oliver

                      I think they over fertilize it to get the thing that big. I saw some grapefruit in Arizona that were about twice the size of a softball. The rind was almost two inches thick.

                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          Nope, they were over fertilized pink grapefruit. I did not see them for sale in a store. I was actually dropping off a pickup load of regular grapefruit at a food bank when some other guys came in to donate a bunch of grapefruit. They had about five dozen of the enormous grapefruit. I got one just for fun to show people.

                        2. re: John E.

                          Nope, the trick is pruning not fertilzer.

                          As for the grapefruit, it all comes down to the sub-variety. Some are huge with thick skins as you have mentioned and other has thin skin with orange flesh.

                        3. re: c oliver

                          Here are a couple of pictures. It's definitely in the tangerine family. It was good not great, a tad drier than I'd hoped for, and at that price I wanted great :) But thanks to CHs I bought and we enjoyed it. As always, thanks y'all.

                            1. re: John E.

                              It just peeled away like any tangerine would.