Good thing we looked it up! Cutting it open, I was surprised at the contents:
It tasted pretty good, kind of slippery like the inside of an apple turnover, sweet. None of us could get past the wierd factor this time around, though.
Obviously I could use some assistance in the distinguishing fruits and vegetables. I need a Produce Section Safari Guide, possibly a pith helmet too. I enlist Rani's help whenever I can to ask her about produce, and she is both willing and helpful.
All the produce has a sign with the name and the price and where it's from, which is facinating. Back in the US I only took passing notice, but here I love that the Saudi dates are next to US strawberries, and that we're eating apples from France and pineapples from the Phillipines. I also love that I can whack the top off the pineapple and stick in in the ground and voila! I have a pineapple plant. I am always on the lookout for attractive new kinds for the garden.
And the mangoes. Don't get me started on the mangoes. Mangoes as far as the eye can see, and the most beautiful papayas too. The mangoes are from all over the world, and I'm thoroughly enjoying getting to try out all sorts of varieties, from the common Alphonso to purple mangoes. With some research, I'm going to be posting a few of my newfound favorite mango recipes. I can't resist buying them, and some, like the one Thomas is holding, and the ones below, are huge! So we have to eat them, oh darn.
Fresh unpasturized fruit juices are de rigeur here, lemon juice with mint being my favorite, but everything from avocado to sweet melon and cucumber, to beet and pomegranite is easily available. Even at McDonalds the apple juice is pulpy and delicious. Watermelon juice is really popular too...do they have that in the US South? They should! Orange juice is easily the most popular, and the oranges on the trees surprised me by being green, though ripe and orange inside.
Maybe someday my little lemon tree on the balcony will give me a sour little present. In the meantime, we are overwhelmed and loving the sun warmed fruits just off the tree like the oranges above...in November.