This blog is about the highlights of a 4 month trip with my husband - October 2011 to February 2012.
We visited South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Bangladesh and India.
All the photographs have been taken by me with a Canon EOS 550 and are copyright, credits must be given when used. For higher resolution pictures, contact me.
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Fruit or nuts?
Fruits being sold on the street
Now, here was something that I have never seen before. What was it?
The intuitive seller promptly opened one for me.
Curious seeds inside
He split one seed, deftly, peeled it and gave it to us: delicious nutty favour.
So I bought one and at the hotel took more photos and we worked on the nuts.
Another close up of the nuts
One had to get through 3 layers of skin to get at the meat, but it was worth the fiddle.
The problem was identifying it. At the hotel restaurant they plumped on kaju badam. Certainly not a caju nut! I know it well, the nut hangs from a pear shaped soft fruit. People were clearly baffled. Eventually, someone at Peter’s office came up with “jongli badam, caju badam, [kat] কাঠ badam” (badam means nut in Bengali) and this time on the Internet I hit the jackpot with jongli badam: Sterculia foetida a Malvacae. I was very pleased with this because in my devious ways I had already got the genus right via an extraordinary tree that I had seen in Singapore Botanical Gardens - Cola gigantea. It had similar seed pods.