Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jicama the Fruity Root

I know it is strange for me to keep posting about fruit but it is something I enjoy and am amazed at all the different things you can eat but let me know if you are sick of me only posting about fruity things.

When leaving Guadalajara I bought a cup of fruit to eat on the bus and it was a mix of watermelon, pineapple, papaya and cucumbers but also a white fruit or vegetable that I was not sure of.

The chunks of white stuff had a sweet taste to it but a slight turnip flavor. It seemed a bit large to be a turnip and I had never tasted a root with such a sweetness. Later when I was walking around in Morelia I saw a vendor selling a thing that resembled a big lollipop but made out of some fruit. I bought one and he asked which topping I wanted on it and I point at one of the 4 choices I had to pick from and this is what I ate. Note the picture was taken after my first bite.

What I had eaten twice turned out to be Jicama. I like trying different fruits but I never would have expected something that looks like the following to have a sweetness to it and honestly I would have never bought it in the market based on it's appearance if I hadn't gotten it in my fruit cup.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Confusion between Sapodillas and Mamey Sapotes

I was walking through a market and thought I spotted another new fruit for me. It looked a lot like a potato but a bit more of the shape of an American Football. The vendor had some of the fruit cut open and it had an orange inside with a large dark brown seed in the middle. I asked the price and agreed to buy a kilo.

I was impressed with myself that I asked the price in Spanish and understood the answer but that was the limit of my Spanish. The vendor rapidly explained to me all the wonders that this fruit would provide it I ate it while drinking a lot of water or maybe it was that I should not eat it while drinking water. Water was the only word I understood.

I did manage to ask him the name of the fruit and got him to understand. He told me the name and then launched into a rapid fire bit of additional information that I really needed to know. By the time he stopped talking I could not even remember my own name let alone the name of the fruit.

I was really surprised with I got back home and cut into these and found that they were not same orange color with a big seed in the middle. They had some orange but were mostly white and pink with small seeds. I cut 2 in half and I believe one was ripe where it was really soft and had a wonderful sweet sugary taste. The other one was hard and had a really bitter taste.

Looking back on it I think he tried to ask me which type of fruit I wanted but all I answered with was yes. He also did show me that some were softer than others and I assume now he meant that I should wait before trying to eat the hard ones.

I spent a bit of time searching on the internet and trying to recall the name he told me. I came up with the name Sapodillas and am pretty sure that is their name.

The name rang a bell with me so I went to my webpage of fruits I have tried and sure enough I have eaten Sapodillas before in Thailand. I think it may be a slightly different type of Sapodilla but still really similar.

A couple of days later I hit another market and this time got the orange fruit with the big brown seed. I have found out it is called a Mamey Sapotes and also should be eaten when it is soft.

I thought this fruit had a slightly cantaloupe flavor to it but it just may be the outside of the fruit felt like a cantaloupe to me so it was on my mind. I did enjoy this fruit and honestly I enjoy the whole process of buying stuff I don't know what I am buying or how you are suppose to eat it.

My little fruity adventures.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Lucha Libra in Guadalajara

I said in a post before that I had a busy Sunday in Guadalajara. I spent the day watching Charros (Cowboys) being mean to horses and cows at the Rodeo. In the evening I went to watch Lucha Libra (Free Wrestling) where the men called Luchadores (Wrestlers) were being mean to each other.

I think all I know about the Mexican wrestling is from the 2006 Jack Black movie Nacho Libre. I enjoyed going to watch this but think the wrestling and the Jack Black movie are about the same quality. For me both the movie and the entertainment of the wrestling got better with the more beer I drank but still I'm not sure I would recommend either.

I had a front row seat for the event and I apparently was setting in the section for the bad guys which was appropriate since a couple of times I understood the bad guys were the Americans. They seemed to spend as much time fighting out of the ring as inside and feel into the crowd a couple of times. I was glad it did not happen in my section.

I didn't take any pictures but got the following videos.

I think the following video is a match in the "Mini-Estrella" or "Minis" division.

This video from the last match had 5 guys on each team.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Eating Guanabana

I am in Morelia, Mexico and have spent some time walking through some local markets and have noticed some fruits that are new to me. I have been lucky here being able to talk to people that will explain to me how you are suppose to eat them and tell me the names names of the fruit. Not sure if I will post about all the fruit I have tried but below are a couple of pictures of the fruit known as a Guanabana in Spanish.

On the wiki page I found on this fruit called it a Soursop and says it is a type of custard apple. I have tried 2 different other types of custard apples in the past.

Below is the first custard apple I tried in Thailand and it looks about the same on the inside but the outside of the fruit is very different looking. I also found the name of Bullock Heart for this custard apple which I think is a pretty great name.

I believe the second type of custard apple that I tried is called a Cherimoya. I bought this is Amsterdam but know that it was imported and saw them in Morocco but for some reason did not buy any when I was there.

All 3 tasted very similar with a strange creamy characteristic that I did not expect from a fruit. I liked all 3 and thank the Guanabana had a slight citrus flavor that I don't recall in the others.

If you have ever tried a custard apple, let me know.