Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Another previously unknown fruit

On my early morning trip to Hue's Dong Ba Market the other day, I was confronted with the sight of yet another fruit I had never seen before. My companion was unable to clarify the situation for me, although she did say it is used to color other foods red. A little bit of internet research turned up the name of this strange fruit: gac. Uh, what?

Gac is also sometimes called baby jackfruit, spiny bitter gourd, sweet gourd, or cochinchin gourd.

I wasn't able to get any pictures of the inside of the fruit, but suffice to say it looked like a crime scene--this stuff is red. Check out some images here.

Although it pains me, I think I may have to become one of those people that travels with a pocketknife because otherwise I'm not going to be able to try all of these strange and mysterious fruits. Since I've already been busted going through airport security with a knife and two pairs of scissors in the last year, a real blade can't be any worse, right?

1 comment:

  1. It's like pomegranate, but is it as sour? Brightly colored fruits (dye-free) are recommended as they are loaded with beneficial caratenoids.