Oh Yeah… they’re baaaack.

Ξ September 5th, 2005 | → 4 Comments | ∇ Costa Rica, Food |

One of the neat things about living in Costa Rica is the variety of cool fruits available here. 

Not all are automatically good to my taste. One particular fruit whose name I never bothered to learn for the obvious reason (I hate them) is a golf ball sized thingy that people cook for about two years, then eat with
mayonnaise. Ticos (Costa Ricans) love them! 

However… one of the fruits that I truly adore comes only for a short time each year. It is the mamón chino (see photos above and below) and it is truly excellent treat.

They do, however, have a somewhat scary appearance that can intimidate.

The first time I saw them I didn’t even want to touch one much less figure out how to eat it. Needless worry. The spines are very soft and a quick pull apart with the nails on your thumbs gets you to the real fruit!

The fruit itself is wrapped around a seed and you sort or run it around inside your mouth until you have sorta chewed off the fruit.

So if you ever get to Costa Rica… check out the street vendors.

One kilo (2.2 pounds) will set you back a buck.





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  1. Jacqueline said,

    on September 17th, 2005 at 6:10 pm

    Ha! I blogged about these last week too!

  2. Roy Lent said,

    on September 22nd, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    Mamon Chino in English (we use the Malay word) is rambutan. That really helps, doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. Josh said,

    on August 6th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    they are awesome! they are very familiar to the lychee fruit. very sweet and juicy. my mom use to buy them for me in from the street vendors in a plastic bag in san jose, costa rica when i was little. i loved them. i wish i could have some again lol.

  4. Miguel said,

    on August 6th, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Hace mucho tiempo me amigo! ?Usted no tiene algo nuevo para decirnos?

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