Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mystery fruit

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Jerusalem's huge outdoor fruit and vegetable market put on her pre-holiday finery today.
Jewish shoppers are ready to pay extra for fancy fruit for Rosh Hashana, the new year (beginning this Friday evening).

It is not everyday you see carambola and pineapples in Jerusalem.

And I have NEVER seen that exotic-looking red and green fruit. From the sign in Hebrew I figured out it was called pitaya.

Google led me to this little picture of the inside of a pitaya, also called dragon fruit. I also learned now that pineapples, carambola, and pitaya are grown in Israel, although in limited scope.
Oh, and now I remember seeing and eating slices of pitaya in a salad. It was on a London-to-Sydney flight, after the jet landed in Bangkok to refuel and load airplane food meals. Thailand is (another) one of the places where the pitaya cactus grows.

19 comments:

spacedlaw said...

I prefer the flavour of the carabola but they all are stunning cretures to picture.

Pietro said...

Dina, we know carabola as carambola (star-fruit) because, when it is cut, the slices are in the shape of star.
About your question, that Adventure Park is only for children: I was there with many other people just watching and taking photos!

Dina said...

Spacedlaw, you're right, stunning enough to put my baskets down and pull out the camera today.

Pietro, oi, yes, now I see the Hebrew has an m, so I corrected it to carambola. Thanks.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

i didn't know those fruits are considered exotic in your part of the world, Dina. (We have them all year round.) I used to have the carambola tree (we call it belimbing here) in front of my house. Sadly I had to cut it down to make room for the drive way. (I replaced it with slimmer bamboo though.)
The Hosana will fall near our Id Al Fitr holiday which will be this coming Sunday.

Happy New Year, and may peace be upon us all.

Jan said...

I'm trying to grow a dragon fruit, here in California. We'll see if it works for not.

Jew Wishes said...

What a lovely post...informative for me regarding the pitaya.

I love your photo...so vibrant and filled with wonderful color blends of the fruit.

Yaelian said...

Pitaya is beautiful,but tastewise not anything special....

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Does it taste like custard? If i didn't like the flavor I'd display them in a glass bowl for their beauty

Sara said...

Beautiful colors. Pitaya is new to me too...thanks for the education!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I am growing a paw paw tree which is supposed to be next to divine food but only to those who like its pungent smells and rich flavor not unlike overripe bananas.

I liked your post yesterday too.

FA said...

I'm disappointed to read the comments that say the taste does not match the beauty.

Happy Rosh Hashana!

Cloudia said...

Dragon fruit and pineapple!
Looks like Honolulu....
A very happy and safe new year to YOU, Dina!

Aloha

Comfort Spiral

Green said...

I have never seen pitaya before either. Happy Rosh Hashana!

Dina, friday will be the "Quds Day" too. Protesters in Iran are planning to use the Quds day to demonstrate against the government as the spirit of the Quds day is not only limited to Palestine/Israel but wherever in the world that people are oppressed. I hope things will not get violent both in Tehran and in Jerusalem.

Kay said...

I wonder what dragon fruit tastes like. I've seen it at the market but I've never tried it.

Vaggelis said...

I have never tried those fruits. do you? if you taste them tell us about

Turquoise Diaries said...

Yes it was in Thailand that I ate this fruit. I think its very photogenic and tastes good

Leif Hagen said...

Delicious photo of an unusual fruit!

FA said...

Dina, Happy feast of St. Albert of Jerusalem. This is a big day for us Carmelites as St. Albert was the writer of our Holy Rule.

JM said...

I've never seen the red ones either. They look fantastic!