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Old Mar 11, 2005, 1:40 PM   #1
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Here's one to think about, while it's not a great photo or anything, it is quit interesting in the way it grows. Obviously it is a fruit of some kind but notice how it's growing out of the trunk of the tree as opposed to out on the branches. Also, they get quite large, these in the photo are still rather young, but I've seen them up to three feet long. They are quite tasty as well. That's all the hints I'll give, but I bet our Filipino friends will recognize it right away...

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Old Mar 11, 2005, 4:15 PM   #2
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They are quite tasty as well.
You're one of the brave people who've led over thousands of years to our current menu of tasty and mostly not very poisonous food. Some of them have survived, and you're one of them. Keep it up, but get yourself some good life insurance if you have dependants.

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Old Mar 11, 2005, 4:41 PM   #3
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So, Alan, you are implying it is poisonous but what is it? If you are thinking Castor Beans, wrong shape and much too large. The Castor Bean pod has a similar texture, however.
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in the province where i was from that's called, "Lanka" but its american name is "jackfruit"

its not poisonous at all.
when its ripe it smells sooo sweet. it tastes just as sweet as a mango.

my explanation is vague so i found a site that explains it further. http://www.fairchildgarden.org/research/jackfruit.html
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 9:04 PM   #5
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The winner is... (I'll wait while you ready the drumroll... ready? OK). It's BERTO !!! Yes it is a jackfruit, and as berto says, quite sweet. Alan, I'm not as adventurous with food as you might think, but my first tasting of this came with several other people that were feasting on it, so I joined in.

When it comes to balut however, I'll pass, berto can explain that one.



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Old Mar 12, 2005, 12:34 AM   #6
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wooah...3 ft long?!

that would take a couple people (or a couple hours) to eat!

you learn something new every day...and this challenge is spreading knowledge about different cultures and the food they enjoy!

i gotta post one with some of my 'good eatin's '

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Old Mar 12, 2005, 1:20 AM   #7
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No doubt Vito, when they get to that size, it takes a couple people to even lift one. You see them in the markets where they have been cut up and they sell the pieces once they are cut to manageable sizes. I'm going back to the Philippines next week for a couple of weeks (getting some serious beach time!), hope to have much more to post after I get back...

Talk to you all in a couple...

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Folks, try it you might like it. Actually I didn't like it because of the slightly sweet fragrance of the pulp. However, the seeds when roasted are a standout.

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