So what does $27.00 buy you at the Fort Street Open Market?
- 3 small sweet Maui onions
- one Rainbow papaya
- a bag with one red and one yellow pepper
- a locally grown heart of romaine lettuce
- two Japanese cucumbers
- 15 locally grown tangerines
- one bunch each: mint, dill, rosemary and Chinese parsley (aka: cilantro)
- one plastic container with sliced strawberries and a few blueberries for color that looked so good I couldn't resist
- one small Ziploc of trail mix the sign said had "one dozen ingredients" and it did! I bought it because it had pieces of dried kiwi in it which I have never tried or even seen before (Interesting texture but the salt from the trail mix distracted from it's flavor)
I ate the berries and shared the trail mix before I could get them home so I used my camera phone for a quick picture at my desk:
Also at one table at the market was a pile of odd looking fruit (at least I guessed it was fruit) that looked like a cross between a potato and a kiwi fruit with a hand lettered sign that said "Chico $1.50 each". I had never heard of Chico's before and there was not anyone available to ask about it--what is it, what do you do with it, etc. so I didn't purchase one. When we got back to the office we Googled it and this is what we learned:
It is actually called a Sapodilla a.k.a. Chico, Sapote, Zapote or Chicle and the description is "a uniquely flavored fruit, the soft brown flesh of the sapodilla tastes a bit like a sweet mix of brown sugar and root beer. The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle, a chewing gum component. Native to the Yucatan, Guatemala, and Belize, it is now grown in much of the tropics and is usually eaten fresh as a dessert fruit."
Now I am disappointed I didn't get one to try, I'll definitely pick one up next time.
Here's a picture from the web. The ones at the market were slightly smaller and not quite as round. Interesting!