August 4, 2004
funky fruits (continued)
Monday, August 2
Even if we have already gone to have some middle-of-the-summer-treat watermelon, it doesn't mean that I am done with early-summer-delights, namely, peach, nectarine, plum, etc.
When I bought some mango nectarine and doughnut peach, I also noticed an unfamiliar kind of plum. I didn't know what it was until I came to read an article that Cathy linked in one of her recent posts; it was something called "pluot", a hybrid of plum and apricot. Naturally, I went back to the store and grabbed some.
As I first thought, they look more like plum than apricot, and turned out that they taste more like plum, as well. I even find some taste of grape, but not apricot; I wouldn't figure that it is a hybrid with apricot if I didn't know it is.
Along with pluot I also got some white nectarine, which is another fruit that I hadn't know about until very recently. We have regular nectarine in Japan, but not white nectarine as far as I know. MY friend claimed that its taste is closer to that of Japanese white peach more than American white peach is; and she was right, the white nectarine did taste very much like white peach that I have been familiar with, but with the more solid texture of nectarine. A bit weird, but delicious nevertheless.
Yet another fruit new to me was cigar mango. I found them at farmers' market last weekend. They are tiny, tubby mangoes which didn't change its dull yellow-green color outside even when they were ripe. It has the same bright yellow color of regular mango, same (relatively) big stone, and tasted very much like common mango - except it was very tart. I don't think it wasn't ripe yet, as it was pretty sweet and tender enough, but just very tart, as if it had already been tossed in lemon juice. I really liked this mango, but the only problem is, I haven't seen them anywhere but that particular vender at farmers' market, not even on the net; I am pretty sure they were labelled "cigar mango".... or did I mess up?
posted by chika at: 8/04/2004 11:05:00 AM