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This fruit has at least 15 different names, but for all these exotic names, this is simply a subtropical member of the squash family, eaten as a vegetable. The pear shaped fruit can be light green or white, with a single seed and a taste similar to zucchini. The fruit is eaten raw or it can be boiled, fried, baked, or stuffed. The young root tubers and young shoots are also eaten.
It is native to Mexico and Central America and was a popular vegetable with the Mayas and Aztecs. It's cultivation has spread all over the world, including the Caribbean, Algeria, Madagascar, Polynesia, southern U.S., China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

2) This fruit is a member of the Soapberry family which includes the lychee, longan, akee, and Spanish lime. The fruit can range from greenish yellow to crimson red in color, round or oval in shape, one to two inches long, and with soft, hairy, 1/2 inch long bristles. They occur in clusters of 10 to 12 fruits, the trees fruit twice a year, and an average tree may produce 6,000 fruits each year. They are very juicy and sweet, but with an indistinct flavor. They can be eaten peeled, in fruit salads, or used in sauces for pork, chicken and fish.
With increased popularity and demand, this fruit is now grown commercially in many areas, including Central America and Australia. They are available in Asian markets in the U.S.

3) Originating in southeast Asia and India, cultivated for 5,000 years, this member of the cashew family can range in size from a plum to 5 pounds.  It is one of the most popular fruits in the world, but was originally a small, fibrous, acrid, sometimes toxic fruit that tasted of turpentine.




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