Asian Grocery Adventures: Fruit Edition

To complete the trifecta of posts on my adventure to the local asian specialty grocery, I give you fruit! There was a great mix of both your standard fruits and your stand-out beauties.

DSC_0035Mangoes!

DSC_0037 Some lovely speckled nectarines

DSC_0038 Gorgeous persimmons!

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DSC_0040Citrus galore!

DSC_0041At the time I didn’t know what these were, however, now I do! QUINCE!

DSC_0029And this little beauty. Any ideas on what this is?

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14 responses to “Asian Grocery Adventures: Fruit Edition

  1. god i love mangoes. i could exist solely on mangoes…i almost did too…and in Paris of all places!

    i loved portland! my housemate has been trying to get me to go for 4 years, i cant beleive i waited so long! im from seattle–so no excuse. i lived in France for a year, and when i came back realized how much of a schmuck i was for not tasting any parts of my OWN country. and Anthony Bourdain loved portland, and well i have no original ideas, so what Tony does…i follow.

    we actually talked about going to le pigeon (i pronounced it French and everyone laughed) but i think we didn’t go because budgets are running a bit low at the moment…next time!

  2. It’s chayote.
    Give it a try. 🙂

  3. its a chayote, a type of squash. also called a mirliton.

  4. Chayote or mirliton squash. Delicious!

  5. Hey, I think that’s a chayote. Check out this link for a brief description: http://www.foodsubs.com/Squashsum.html

    It’s the second one down. I’ve never eaten it, but I think it’s like a harder version of summer squash.

    Your photos are lovely – making me so jealous.

  6. Yup, it’s Chayote!

    But when you cook it, let’s say in a vegetable soup, you peel the skin off, because it’s too hard to eat.

    Enjoy!

  7. Hi,

    That is Cayote & we use it a lot in Indian recipes for curries and fries.
    It has a taste thats a lil like turnip and its perfect in a soup too.

    Some indian recipes using the same:

    http://www.spiceindiaonline.com/chow_chow_curry_1

    http://lakshmiammal.wordpress.com/2007/05/25/chow-chow-poriyal-spicy-chayote-curry/

    Note: In india its widely called as “chow chow”..yes u hrd me rt…and this had nothing to do with the breed of dogs that share the same name.

  8. Like the others said, it’s a chayote squash. It also comes in a spiny version. You need to be careful handling it because it can leave a strange film on your hands that can be painful and itchy all at once. But they are delicious!

  9. The chayote squash, my grandma puts that in soup and it has a very distinct but delicate taste. It tastes just like any other melon/squash, really. It’s quite delicious.

  10. It’s called a chayote and is very delicious! It somehow reminds me of kohlrabbi, with a lighter taste…

    Try it stir fried with onions, garlic, sesame oil, fish sauce and soy sauce sauce…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  11. Chayote! I love it mixed in a green salad with black beans, corn, pepitas and tortilla chips…when raw it’s got a great apple like texture and a super mild taste. Chipotle ranch dressing to top the whole thing off – yum!

  12. It’s Chayote (we call it Sayote in the Philippines). I normally peel and cube it, sautee in a bit of oil, garlic, onions and boiled flaked chicken breast then add chicken broth for a nice chicken vegetable soup. Enjoy!

  13. yup, that’s a chayote alright! I use it in Chinese soups, and sometimes I stir fry it with meat. It’s like a melon! yum!

  14. hi,

    the coyote squash is used in many recipes in indonesia. they have this juicy, sweet and crunchy taste. the easiest and my favorite is to stir fry. cut coyote in julienne ( make sure you rub the coyote first or else mucus will stick to your hand for several days. chop some garlic, shallots and sliced chili.and some oil. cook the garlic shallot and chili first. then add coyote squash. add salt,pepper

    this is one of my favorite all time dishes. i used to eat this everyday in indonesia.
    have a try =)

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