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What is this fruit? Anyone?

c oliver Sep 26, 2013 02:10 PM

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. John E. RE: c oliver Sep 26, 2013 04:54 PM

    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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      c oliver RE: John E. Sep 26, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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        Scoutmaster RE: John E. Oct 6, 2013 03:49 PM

        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.

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          c oliver RE: Scoutmaster Oct 6, 2013 04:10 PM

          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.

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            mingvg RE: Scoutmaster Oct 6, 2013 08:40 PM

            Those are kiwano melons, #2, not durian.

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          CDouglas RE: c oliver Sep 27, 2013 08:31 AM

          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.

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            jaltstatt RE: c oliver Sep 27, 2013 09:04 AM


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              c oliver RE: jaltstatt Sep 27, 2013 10:53 AM

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

            2. dave_c RE: c oliver Sep 27, 2013 10:19 AM

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

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                mingvg RE: c oliver Sep 27, 2013 07:34 PM


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                  Tripeler RE: mingvg Sep 27, 2013 07:36 PM

                  If so, those are some Enormous Dekopon.

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                    c oliver RE: Tripeler Sep 28, 2013 04:48 AM

                    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.

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                    c oliver RE: mingvg Sep 28, 2013 01:56 PM

                    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.


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                      John E. RE: c oliver Sep 28, 2013 06:32 PM

                      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.

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                        mrbigshotno.1 RE: John E. Sep 28, 2013 07:49 PM

                        Those are called a Pummelo.

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                          John E. RE: mrbigshotno.1 Sep 28, 2013 07:54 PM

                          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.

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                          mingvg RE: John E. Sep 28, 2013 09:36 PM

                          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.

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                          c oliver RE: c oliver Sep 29, 2013 07:57 AM

                          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.

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                            John E. RE: c oliver Sep 29, 2013 08:44 AM

                            What was inside the hat?

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                              c oliver RE: John E. Sep 29, 2013 09:09 AM

                              It just peeled away like any tangerine would.

                      2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: c oliver Sep 28, 2013 01:47 PM

                        Anyone ever test Atomic Bombs in Brazil?

                        1. porker RE: c oliver Sep 29, 2013 08:50 AM

                          I was going to throw giant clemondog out there...

                          1. Caroline1 RE: c oliver Sep 29, 2013 04:35 PM

                            Good grief! There's not one fruit in that photograph that looks anything close to familiar! Are you sure you're not visiting another planet? '-)

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                              c oliver RE: Caroline1 Sep 30, 2013 04:35 AM

                              HA! It can be a challenge. And there are juice bars with easily a dozen offerings.

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                                HillJ RE: c oliver Oct 6, 2013 08:24 AM

                                Wish you could take those juice bars back home!!

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                                  c oliver RE: HillJ Oct 6, 2013 08:43 AM

                                  It is interesting. They are absolutely ubiquitous. You can barely walk a block without seeing one. And they mostly all serve various foods, i.e., little baked sandwiches, quiche.

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                              jbs3629 RE: c oliver Oct 6, 2013 12:19 PM

                              Looks kind of like a mixirica to me.

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