What’s awesome when you live with a lot of international students is that you can try a lot of different kind of food when you have gatherings. This time, my Colobian friend gave me a lollipop with Lulo flavor. I didn’t know this fruit so i looked through it. It’s a little sour like a green apple flavor (at least in lollipop) and it looks like a mix between a persimmon and an orange. It’s really nice.
Finally, after a loooong wait, i can see the “food event” i was waiting for coming. Mangos are back in the fruit shops. One thing that really differs here from home is that i only buy fruits from fruit shops and thus i follow the fruit seasons (of Taiwan, because at home i never find strawberries in winter, even if it’s imported). So mangos, dragon fruits, persimmons disapeared last year without a word, and i was pretty excited to see the mangos back. Dragon fruits are usually in mid-june, as for presimmons, i’m not sure yet.
So, i was so happy that i bought 3 types of mangos: the green and small one (size of an apple), the red one from Taiwan (twice bigger than the green one), and my fav that you can find in Thaïland as well, the yellow one (twice bigger than the red one).
The green one has the stronger flavor, it’s also the less sweet one, followed by the red and the yellow, that doesn’t taste like mango as well. I still haven’t found the type of mango that we have at home and that i dislike as it’s even less sweeter than the green one.
I don’t know how many westerners can say they have ever tried to eat cactus, but my friends and i did. It’s a delicacy of Penghu island. You don’t eat the whole thing, don’t worry, but only the part that will turn into a flower. In Chinese it’s called 仙人掌 (xianrenzhang). You can have several desserts with this cactus fruit.
I tried the ice-cream, the granita and the pie. My favorite goes for the ice-cream, even though it would have been even better if the taste was a little stronger. Then the cactus pie was also nice but a little too jelly-like (it’s nearly like a mochi). Finally the granita was tasteless.
A fruit that i tried in Cambodia and i really liked, is the mangosteen. I had never seen any before, but it’s really delicious. It’s just a pity that you can’t find all the fruits in Europe, because that opens to a lot more diversity and creativity i think.
The seller in Cambodia told me that to see the number of slices the fruit had, you need to look at the bottom of the fruit and count the number of leaves. Don’t the find the fruit is really cute?
Not well-balanced: the cheesecake was too salted which made the cranberries “jam” even sweeter. So the overall was too sweet.
the dough wasn’t enough cook (i don’t know why this one in pertuclar, but the dough was horrible because of that. Then it’ syrup peach, so the flavor isn’t as good as with real ones.
I was quite surptised by it, it’s my favorite of them. A nice flavor and the dough was cooked enough.
This one is ok, except that i don’t really enjoy the coconut inside which is translucid…
Now i call the worse fruit ever: the Jackfruit, or Jacquier in French.
I had seen it a couple of times in Taiwan and i wanted to taste it, but then the winter came and it disapeared. So now that it was back, i jumped at the chance to buy one. Why did i ever wanted to do that? I don’t know.
But a grandpa advised me not to buy it, saying that a lot of people didn’t like it because it smelled a lot, lot, lot. But i said that anyway, i had to try….Old people are wise, that’s the only thing i can conclude from this.
First, this is really big, bigger than a watermelon and it has a lot of “peaks” so like even when you hold it it hurts.
Secondly, it’s really expensive because the price is by weight, so the shell is really heavy while what you can actually eat is small and soft.
Thirdly, it smells like hell. I have never seen any fruit that smelled so much. Even though it was in the fridge, i could smell it in all the room. Except for seafood and stincky tofu, i don’t think there’s something worse.
Fourthly, it is really soft inside and has a thin translucid layer that gives it an even worse taste.
In the end, one bite was enough, i had to throw the all thing it was too aweful to eat, and i had to put my garbage outside while waiting tomorrow to also throw it away.