Mangosteen, Limequat and Mini Mango
The latest trip to Chinatown introduced me to a couple of fruits that I hadn’t had before which is always a nice treat. One I’m still trying to figure out what it is, since I can’t read Chinese, and my mother wasn’t much help, but after some Google searching, I think I might have found a close result. And yes, I put quarters next to these items so you could do a size comparison.
This first fruit is a Mangosteen, which I have had before. However, I wanted to include it in this round-up because I started to realize a lot of my friends hadn’t eaten one or seen one before, though they have various beauty products that use it as an ingredient. I waited a long time for it to become legal in the United States so that I could finally try one, and when it finally happened a few years ago, I must’ve looked like the happiest girl on earth when I finally got my hands on some. The skin is a bit hard, what you want to do is use a paring knife and firmly run it straight around the widest part of it. Twist it open and you will find white segments. Some have seeds, some don’t. It’s incredibly juicy, has a slight crunch to it and so sweet. It has notes of a very fresh Angel peach, as well as other notes that I’m going to sum up as tropical and slightly floral/perfumey. It’s really flavorful and tasty.
Next is the baby mango or mini mango. I don’t know it’s real name, so I’m just going to call it what I think it looks like to me. I placed it next to mangoes that we are use to seeing in NYC, so you can see just how tiny the mini ones are next to them. Had never had these suckers before. The vendor said that the ones that had more of a curvature would be sweeter. Not sure if she was wrong or right, but I followed her advice when selecting my fruit. And while they all looked ripe, when I ate one of them, it was soooo tart. I was sad because I thought I was stuck with a bag of mini mangoes that I would have to throw away, but a few days later, when the skin started to wrinkle, I decided to try and brave one again. Thank god! It ended up ripening even more and sweetened up quite a bit. The pit is so tiny and cute. If you love mangoes, you will love these. I like grabbing one when I just want a tiny snack, rather than a whole big mango. You can just peel it with a knife versus having to use a knife to cut it into sections like you would a big one. I just find them to be so adorable.
And last, but not least, is the fruit that has stumped me. These baby citrus fruits hang in abundance from thin branches. I’m going to guess that they are limequats. I might be completely wrong, but I would like to think that that is a pretty damn good guess. The vendor at this stand said that you can eat it with or without the skin. I tried it both ways and am still alive, so I guess that you can. The dark yellow skin is like a thin version of what you would find on an orange or kumquat. The insides are very sour, with a hint of sweet and resemble the insides of other citrus fruits. Actually, they are so sour that I can’t eat them. I have the option of making them into candy, but I don’t know if I have the patience for that. Tried doing that with a Buddha’s Hand before, and it didn’t turn out too well. No clue what a Buddha’s Hand is? Well you’re going to have to come back and see it in one of my future posts don’t you?
See below for what they look like when opened up.