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25 July 2006 @ 06:30 pm
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Kumquats can appear in markets from October (at the earliest) through June, and during some unpredictable off-season times as well. Considered a winter fruit, their golden color is a welcome sight. Select fruits that are firm, not soft. Because of their skin, they tend to spoil more easily than thicker skinned fruits such as oranges. Kumquats will last a few days at room temperature or for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. The entire kumquat is consumed in a bite or two. Because of their size and color, they are also great as drink garnishes or as an addition to salads. Wash kumquats before serving.

18 July 2006 @ 10:08 am

Although this is a common fruit in the East, in the USA the sale of it fresh is illegal. Apparantly there is a fear of destructive parasites riding along with the fruit.

However, I have heard that a lot of fruits are dipped in hot water for a while to kill them off, I wonder why they do not do this with the Mangosteen?

I recently bought a bag of frozen ones but I believe that they were bad. When they thawed the flavor was like a bitter grapefruit, the meat was not as white looking as this picture, and the accounts I have read of the flavor while fresh was not similiar to my experience of it.

So, I threw the entire bag away.

More info on the Mangosteen:

Despite early trials in Hawaii, the tree has not become well acclimatized and is still rare in those islands. Neither has it been successful in California. It encounters very unfavorable soil and climate in Florida. Some plants have been grown for a time in containers in greenhouses. One tree in a very protected coastal location and special soil lived to produce a single fruit and then succumbed to winter cold.

Despite the oft-repeated Old World enthusiasm for this fruit, it is not always viewed as worth the trouble to produce. In Jamaica, it is regarded as nice but overrated; not comparable to a good field-ripe pineapple or a choice mango.
30 June 2006 @ 11:49 am
Purple Vienna Kholrabi

Kohlrabi is one of the most underrated and underused vegetables, especially in the US and the UK. It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Kohlrabi looks like something from Mars, and is a favorite with children. Kohlrabi is good for you too! It is high in potassium and antioxidants so grow some, eat some and be healthy

30 June 2006 @ 11:44 am
Hello to the people that have joined Fruit Freakshow.

This LJ community is open to everyone.

So...feel free to post pictures and descriptions of any odd fruits or veggies you have encountered if you wish to do so:)
29 June 2006 @ 08:49 pm
And now this, one of my favorite shapes!

Carambola or Star Fruit. It is a bit sour, but I love that. Or perhaps the one I ate was a bit green, haha.

29 June 2006 @ 08:38 pm

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit. I want a hot pink dragon!

So unusual and colorful that it is now the background and color inspiration of the community layout.
29 June 2006 @ 01:47 pm
For my first entry I will discuss two types of avocados that are new to me:

Cocktail Avocado

The tiny cocktail avocado, one of many less common varieties, is quite slim, 2 to 2 1/2 inches in length, and is completely seedless. This variety can be found growing in Chile, South Africa, and Israel