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Exotic Fruit Tasting!

July 25, 2010

One of the coolest things we did up in Cape Tributation (the rainforest up north of Cairns) was sample some of the exotic fruit grown up there.  While most of these fruits are not native to Australia, the rainforest climate makes this one of the few places in the world suitable for them to grow.

Breadfruit

The breadfruit tasted a lot like a more fibrous potato.  It needs to be cooked before it can be eaten and here is was baked with some salt and spices.  It tasted just like a thick potato chip.

Pommelo

I really liked the pommelo, which tasted like a grapefruit without the edgy tart flavor.

cacao!!

I can’t believe that a chocoholic like me had no idea where chocolate came from!! The cacao pod is an egg-shaped fruit that contains the cacao seeds.

close up cacao beans

The inside beans were scooped out and we were each given a bean.  The thin layer of flesh that cushions the beans was nice and sweet, but when we nibbled on the raw cacao bean, it definitely did not taste like chocolate! It tasted nutty and extremely bitter and at this point the cacao beans would undergo fermentation to reduce the bitterness and allowed to develop the taste they are known for.  The beans are then dried, cleaned, grade and are ready for processing into chocolate products.

passionfruit

The passionfruit was also amazing! The passionfruit is very popular in Australia and I grew to really like it.  At first the large seeds seemed kinda gross, but I got used to them and they’re just so sweet.  We just scooped out the insides with a spoon!

Abiu

Abiu (creme caramel)

Fruit that tastes like creme caramel! Who needs candy?!

Davidson plum

Extremely sour, but good if you’re into tart.

Atemoya (custard apple)

This was one of the most popular favorites.  It has a texture of a pear and is very soft but tastes like sweet custard.

Rollinia

Also a yummy one…taste like lemon meringue pie.  This is one of the most delicate and easily bruised fruits out there.

Guanabana (Soursop)

Now this is the grossest looking fruit of the whole bunch but it was like love at first bite for me!! They tasted exactly like those sour and sweet sugar coated snakes I used to love as a kid.  I was really hoping one of the ice cream flavors of the day at the ice cream shop would be soursop but I guess it was not my lucky day…The wattleseed and coconut were our favorites.  The black sapote is another type of fruit.  We didn’t get to taste it, which was fine as the ice cream flavor kinda tasted like dirt.  This tasting was such a fun experience and a great activity for foodies like us!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2010 8:34 am

    what an awesome experience!! i’ve never heard of most of those!

    • July 26, 2010 4:49 pm

      it really was cool!! but now im left longing for these fruits knownig i can’t get any unless i go back!

  2. July 27, 2010 6:22 am

    This looks so fun! Jealous of all your adventures and convincing myself I need to travel to Australia!

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