questionshave a favorite exotic fruit or veggie? can you…

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Here are some Spanish Limes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kryssia/5729643697/in/photostream/

Spanish limes are related to the lychee and longan, but they're more tart and the flesh is kinda fibrous.

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It wasn't actually clover was it? We used to eat that all the time when we were kids.

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Anyone for Pawpaw fruit? And the song that goes along with it..."way down yonder in the Pawpaw patch." Tastes kinds like a banana mango mix.

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@zuiquan: I just looked up some images and they don't have the long, fibrous vines that I remember so distinctly, but I do remember as a kid sucking the nectar out of clover flowers (and honeysuckle).

@hot72chev I've never heard of a pawpaw! Was thinking it almost sounds like a cherimoya and turns out they're related. It looks delicious!

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@zuiquan: Unfortunately no. The leaves are sparse and small (about the size of a clover), and the vines are thin and tendril-y. It probably is the greens of some other vegetable. That's an interesting site! I will have to look it over.

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@meh3884: That is really scary looking! What does it taste like?

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@hot72chev: I think it tastes a lot like lychee, maybe a bit more tart. They're both too sweet for me though.

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Pomelo.

Kohlrabi, which seems to be moving a bit more towards mainstream.

The already-mentioned cherimoya.

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Almost sounds like bean sprouts or alfalfa sprouts

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@stile99: Love kohlrabi. I just eat it raw, peeled and cut up into bite sized pieces. As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever even had it cooked.

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Never heard of a kohlrabi either. Looks very interesting and reminds me of a jicama.

Regarding my vegetable, or whatever it turns out to be, it's not sprouts. The vines/tendrils are very long, at least a foot or two, and a bit tough. You ball up a bunch and when you eat it, it's almost like what I imagine chewing cud would be like.

I make it sound so delicious, don't I? :-P

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Raddish sprouts are often used in Japanese foods, like sushi. It fits the description of the food you mentioned.

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I love Japanese plums. I can get them fresh off of some neighbors' trees, but I've never seen them in a store.

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Now I'm thinking pea tendrils. If that's not it then I'm really stumped. Third pic down shows a good example. I've usually had them cooked but they do seem to fit the description.

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@hot72chev: Just a very sweet, fleshy fruit...delicious! You bite to crack open the shell and inside is a sort of egg shaped fruit.

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Maybe not exotic but rare: my wife's delicious roasted garlic brussel sprouts.

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I like odd melons, especially Canary and Piel de Sapo (frog skin) melon. The small number of local growers on our high desert mesa grow a tiny handful of these each year. You have to be up early in the morning to get your hands on one.

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@meh3884: I had Costa Rican rambutan last summer. I signed up for horseback riding and I was picked up in a car, driven for more than hour into the countryside to a family farm. I was the only rider, so the guide and I just wandered all over the place for a couple of hours, and he showed me lots of native flora and fauna, including cutting up a cocoa bean and showing me all its parts and pulling rambutans off a wild tree for us to snack on. Then we came back and his mom made me a home cooked traditional Costa Rican meal before he drove me back to the hotel. I find that I get to see more of the real, non-tourist countryside on horseback tours than any other vacation activity.

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Durian. The smelliest fruit in the world. I personally didn't like it that much, but it sure is interesting.