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First Rainier cherries I've bought this year, $1.82 after discount at Whole Foods. They were "OK".

 

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3 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

What made them just "ok"?  I love those things, but haven't seen them around here yet.

Not as sweet and flavorful as they could be.

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I picked this up a couple of days ago but have been waiting for it to soften before sharing it.

 

In Chinese, it was called a 糯米牛油果 (), literally, glutinous rice butter fruit, actually glutinous rice avocado. What is 'glutinous rice' about it, I have no idea. At first I thought it was a long-necked avocado, but at 6 inches it was less than half their usual length. A short long neck avocado?

 

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Opening it this afternoon, I found it tasted just like a regular avocado with a similar flesh to stone ratio as the regular shaped type. OK. but nothing special.

 

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There was no indication as to where it came from. Most of our avocados are from Chile,, due to a tarrif-free agreement with China.

 

I bought this an hour or so before reading this.

 

 

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1 hour ago, liuzhou said:

A short long neck avocado

Sometimes I see that in our national avocados. My favorite vegetable man explained that it happens when the avocado tree doesn't get enough water during the growing season. The seed grows just the same as usual but there just isn't as much Flesh on the avocado.

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11 minutes ago, Tropicalsenior said:

Sometimes I see that in our national avocados. My favorite vegetable man explained that it happens when the avocado tree doesn't get enough water during the growing season. The seed grows just the same as usual but there just isn't as much Flesh on the avocado.

 

Yes, but this one did have as much flesh as usual. It was just elongated. Also, from what I've read long-necked avos do have a lower flesh to seed ratio, although I've never seen one in person. I'm a long way from Florida and rarely buy avacados anyway.

 

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3 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

although I've never seen one in person.

Our national avocados are very similar to the ones in Florida. I don't like them as well as the Hass avocados because it's flesh is too watery for my taste, but they have started to grow the Hass down here now. They still cost about twice what the nationals do.

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1 minute ago, Tropicalsenior said:

Our national avocados are very similar to the ones in Florida. I don't like them as well as the Hass avocados because it's flesh is too watery for my taste, but they have started to grow the Hass down here now. They still cost about twice what the nationals do.

 

Have you eaten the long-necked avocados? 13+ inches.

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9 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

 

Have you eaten the long-necked avocados? 13+ inches.

Yes, some of the ones that we get here are huge. And we have some that are completely round about the size of a croquet ball.

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I picked myself up a nice 青木瓜 (qīng mù guā) today. 995g / 2lb 3oz of 'green tree melon' to give the literal translation. What you know as a green papaya, Carica papaya. Originally, native to Mexico and Central America, they are now widely cultivated across SE Asia and southern China. I feel a Thai (มะละกอ), Laotian ((มะละกอ), Cambodian (ប៉ាផាយ៉ា), Vietnamese (đu đủ) papaya salad in my near future. It's rock solid at the moment.

 

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Had som tum at a Thai restaurant last night, how do you know when a green papaya is “ripe” for use?

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2 hours ago, BeeZee said:

Had som tum at a Thai restaurant last night, how do you know when a green papaya is “ripe” for use?

 

For ส้มตำ (som tam), when you can cut or peel it without breaking your knife or peeler in half. The one I bought is literally rock hard, but should be OK after a day or two on the counter. It can be difficult to be sure, but if there is even the slightest give when you press it's good to go. I use a peeler to peel it (of course) but also to cut it into strips which I then pound to tenderize.

 

This recipe is basically what I do.

 

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On 6/12/2024 at 8:24 AM, liuzhou said:

 

Have you eaten the long-necked avocados? 13+ inches.

When I went to the store today, the only National avocados that they had were the long neck ones. So I bought one. There were others there with longer necks but they looked pretty beat up.

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Then I went to another grocery store, sort of the warehouse type store with cheaper prices and they had the Hass avocados for half the price of the avocados in the first store. The national avocado is pretty hard and will be ready in about 4 days. The little ones are ready to eat now.

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1 hour ago, Tropicalsenior said:

the two little avocados cost about a $1.25.

 

100g avocados here are around ¥8 each, which is the equivalent of $1.10 USD but then most are imported from Chile which is far away. They are beginning to be grown locally in Yunnan province which neighbours Guangxi where I am, but they are not plentiful, yet. I've only seen them once. I'm sure that will change.

 

 

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On 6/16/2024 at 12:04 PM, rotuts said:

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Here is the inside of the large avocado. Probably could have used it yesterday but it didn't go with our meal.

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@Tropicalsenior  We have the same native avocados as you do, and as we did in FL.  They won't stand up to chiles so a spicy guac is out of the question with them.  A former neighbor here in MX made hers into Avocado Ice Cream which was a delight.  At our current home our next door neighbor's tree overhangs our yard; I pick up the intact fallen ones and save for our gardener....it's a race to get them before the ardillas (squirrels) do 🙂

 

Haas avocados are grown in both our state (Jalisco) as well as Michoacan next door.  The cartels run most of the large avocado farms and they export almost all of their crop to US and Canada. 

 

I have been going back and forth between US and MX this past year and I pay about double for avocados when in MX, even though the avocados in my US groceries are all from MX, probably within a few hours drive of my home. 

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Haas avocados at TJ's yesterday are up to $2 each...they normally range between $1.49 and $1.79.

 

Probably due to this...https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/17/world/americas/mexico-avocado-inspections-suspended.html?unlocked_article_code=1.1U0.N_Rx.PqPtPW279gJA&smid=url-share

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It's 榴莲 (liú lián) season. Durian*. They're still a bit pricey but they were promoting them today in Nanning, Guangxi's capital.

 

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* Both the English and Chinese names are derived from the Malay duri, meaning 'thorn'.

 

 

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2 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Both the English and Chinese names are derived from the Malay duri, meaning 'thorn'.

 

How hard are those "thorns"? Sturdy enough to poke a hole in you if you fell on one?

 

I've never seen a durian in person, but from photos they remind me of hedgehogs. Or sea urchins.

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1 hour ago, Smithy said:

 

How hard are those "thorns"? Sturdy enough to poke a hole in you if you fell on one?

 


Yes, they can be hard enough and certainly, sharp enough to hurt.

 

Video here.

 

 

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