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Ilva

I admire your patience!

quercer

Is dien taw anything like the Indonesian sawo?

Robyn

Ilva, when we travel we have the bad habit of buying everything that looks good and interesting at the market and then, for lack of belly space or bec. it's ripened too much or not enough, throwing half of it away. I was determined not to toss these weird fruits!

Quercer - no, it's nothing like sawo (sapodilla, 'lamut' in Thai). There's no juice, wateriness at all, and the texture is very different - not to mention sawo look like small brownish mangoes and dien thaw looks like, well, the photograph. (The two are similarly sweet, though.) I'm hoping someone in SE Asia will see this post, recognize the fruit, and point me to a scientific name.

Bobbie

This guy's website http://www.davestravel.com/photos/fruit/index.htm
with loads of piccies of fruit has this picture http://www.davestravel.com/photos/fruit/Thai-Fruit.JPG
and he thinks it's most likely a lucuma. Does that look like the elusive dien taw? Apparently it's from Peru originally.

home cook

Wow, I love your blog. You totally have a new reader!

Pepy

Thank you for posting about this weird fruit. I've never had it before

Robyn

Home Cook - welcome to EatingAsia, and thanks!

Pepy - so we can assume lucuma isn't found in Indonesia?

Duy

they have lecuma in Vietnam too .

Pepy

I think so, Robyn.
One of my friend who lives in the US, said that she saw that lecuma at Chinese grocery in LA

anonymous paul

we have it here in the philippines as well. its known as 'chesa' or 'achesa' locally.

Noneng

Hmmm... I do believe it is a chesa!

anonermous

how much vitermen c is in each on and how many do i need for it to count as 1 of my 5 aday

martin

the described fruit must be the one i tried several times in the philippines, which is called "chesa" or "canistel". many fruits found their way from south america to the philippines (and then to other south east asia) when the spanish inquisition happened. the philippines are a key-destination for the transfer of plants from south america to south east asia, because it was the only spanish colony in asia. so it was a kind of hub for cultural exchange. hope, this was helpful...

shanice

hi can utell me whether this fruit has vitamin c in it and how many calories it contains please thankyou

Robyn

Martin - thanks for the info.

duongusa

Looked at this post from Purdue university, you can find the food value of the fruit.
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/canistel.html

BTW: name reference to 'lucuma' may be the wrong name, but this is another topic. I have the fuit when I was young, but never like it (after taste)

oluwaseun olufemi abayomi

i love this fruit

Caitlin Woodgate

Hi i cant find any infomation on the wird fruits i want and it is for a prodfect at school please help me!

MABIEL HERNANDEZ

THANKS FOR THE WEIRD FRUIT...AWESOME I;M FROM CENTRAL MEXICO,FROM A STATE CALL QUERETARO.AND I HAVE ONE OF THOSE TREES IN MY HOUSE ,IT WAS THE ONLY TREE IN MY SMALL HOMETOWN, IN MY FAMILY NOBODY LIKED THAT FRUIT,BUT WE GAVE IT TO SOME PEOPLE WHO DID,WE WRONGFULLY CALLED IT YELLOW ZAPOTE,BECAUSE IT LIKENESS TO THE WHITE ZAPOTE,WE ALSO HAVE A TREE OF THE OTHER FRUIT THAT LOOKS LIKE A LONG BANANA ,IT TASTES LIKE SUGAR CANE ,YOU CAN CHEW ON IT AND I'VE HEARD IT'S GOOD IN SOUP,BUT WE DID'T HAVE USE FOR IT AND FEED IT TO OUR PIGS,NOT THAT IT WAS BAD ,WE JUST DID'T USE IT

markfil tersol

could you please tell me how to make chesa chocolate bars with that chesa seeds?? because i need it badly with my investigatory project...

thank you very much!!

Thomas

hi i am doin a gcse project on fruit and veg and i need to add 5 strange un-heard of fruit or veg ad i was wondering if you could tell me some i will need to know
name,type (F or V), colour, units, quantity (of units for 1 portion of fruit or veg) vitamins and calories thank you

sarah

this is so cool

reyjay

It is indeed called chesa in the Philippines and it's my favorite fruit! To each his own, I guess. I'm a blogger as well and here's a picture:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/2653197900_6617090db4_m.jpg

If it's picked as a 'mature' fruit, it'll only take a couple of days for it to ripen.

chumpman

it looks a little bit like cocoa fruit. dat is really nice, sweet sourish

ricardo

I saw this fruit when I livein Hawaii, but very rarely. It was called eggfruit. Quality varied a lot, often it was too dry. Occasionally I had some that were very good! Today, in Thailand, a Frenchman described what is likely this fruit, and said it was the most delicious fruit he had ever had. He saw it in Saraburi province.

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