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Name This Fruit

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A few years ago we went to Cancun Mexico for a vacation, and included in the buffet was this wonderful tasting fruit I'd never had before.  I thought it was going to be a mango because of the color, but it didn't taste like it.  IIRC, it had more of a peach flavor, but I'm fairly sure it wasn't a peach.  It was pre-cut and ready to each so I was unable to see the skin.  Anyone know what it was?

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Are you sure it wasn't a mango? Maybe it was an ataulfo mango, which taste a little different from the usual ones in the grocery store.

 

Or maybe it was papaya. Though I wouldn't say papaya tastes much like a peach.

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I was going to guess papaya or mango (there are so many varieties.).  DS just had papaya at a wedding, and he gave me this look like "why have you been keeping this from me for so long???"

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Ooh, papaya! I haven't had a good papaya in years. I haven't had a good mango in years either.  :drool5: 

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DS just had papaya at a wedding, and he gave me this look like "why have you been keeping this from me for so long???"

 

Exactly how I felt!

 

Looking at pictures, I'd say it most resembles a mango, but it had a taste I've never had before, so I thought it wasn't one.  It was cut in quarter inch slices, not chunks, so the fleshy part would have to be more substantial than a fruit with plenty of seeds in the middle, I would think.  I had asked someone at the time what it was and they rattled off something I didn't understand, as if it was something quite common to the area.  

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Well, papaya does have lots of seeds in the middle but also plenty of "meat." The kind we ate as kids had a more yellow flesh, similar to mango. But it was not as chewy as mango.

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I think I've had papaya before.  This fruit was something I've never had before.  It certainly could be another variety of mango or papaya.  When I chose it off of the buffet, it looked like mango to me, and then I was surprised that it didn't taste like it.

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Maybe a persimmon - they are mostly grown in Asia, but Mexico does grow them as well.  They look like a yellow tomato.  The flavour of the Fuyu variety reminds me a lot of mango, but different.  They are often served in wedges with the skin removed and they have few seeds/no core to deal with.  There are many other varieties - be careful, some are very astringent - yuck!

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