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Name That Produce!

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? Found in a Supermarket on Curaçao

The answer is…kòmkòmber chiki, a.k.a. cucumber native to Curaçao. This name is Papiamentu, the local language of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, and this fruit is often stewed with chicken, pork, braised goat meat, and even iguana meat. Select this link for a recipe (scroll a little more than half way down the page).

n.b. This version of cucumber is not like the cucumber used in salads. A good substitute would be green papaya or green beans.

Hello! It’s time to play another round and this episode is brought to you from the Caribbean. Each of these are about an inch and a half long and about an inch in diameter. Leave your guess in the comment area above.

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May 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

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Name That Produce!

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? Found @ the Food Emporium Bridge Market, under the Queensboro Bridge, on the Manhattan side (next to the Conran Shop)

Happy 2010 from bestgroceries!

The answer is…as almost everyone guessed, Buddha’s Hand Citron, a.k.a. the five-fingered mandarin or the fragrant citron or fingered citron. Rumor has it that the Buddha prefers this fruit with the fingers bent inward, as if in prayer. Regardless of your form preference, this oddly-shaped (hybrid or mutant? you decide), lemon-like treat has come to symbolize happiness, wealth, and longevity; perfect for a New Year celebration. There is much lore surrounding the Buddha’s hand, some of which can be found here, as well as a few recipes. It is also useful as a room fragrance.

It’s about time I posted another entry of Name That Produce, eh? To play, write your comments to weigh in on what these fingery fruits might be. They are about the size of a small hand. Witty comments also acceptable.

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November 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

Name That Produce!

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? Found at Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley, CA

? Found at Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley, CA

The answer is...rambutan! This fruit is related to the lychee, mamoncillo, the pulasan, and the longan, so anyone guessing these fruits was very close. For those who guessed durian, there is some similarity, but luckily this fruit is far tastier than those!

Write comments below to weigh in on what these prickly fruits might be. They are about 2 inches long and about an inch and a half in diameter.

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October 9, 2009 at 10:03 am