No disrespect intended towards your apples, oranges, or cantaloupes, but the finest fruits are the tropical ones. Specifically I speak of mangoes and pineapples, the most delicious of all fruits. (Cantaloupe being the very worst. Blech.)
So, one of the things I was looking forward to in Kauai was partaking of all the fine tropical fruits. When we found ourselves at a farmers market during our first morning on the island, I took full advantage of the situation.
There were no mangoes to be found, so I compensated by buying fruits I had never eaten before. I bought a couple passion fruits, two mangosteens, and a bag of these hairy looking things (pictured to the left). Mostly I was looking forward to the mangosteens because they had the word "mango" right in the name. Yay, mango!
When I was hungry the next day I grabbed a mangosteen (pictured to the right) and peeled off the thin outside rind, which was kind of tough and crumbly. Inside, the meaty flesh was red and rich looking. I carved out a big hunk and popped it into my anxious mouth.
I chewed a couple times in disbelief.
This was the worst thing I had ever tasted. It was bitter, vile, and completely inedible. I spat it out.
I shrieked in pain and disbelief and sought out my usual source of comfort: Google. A few moments later I had my answer. Apparently the red part isn't the part you eat. The edible part is the bulbous white part. Who knew? I cautiously popped one of those babies in my mouth and was rewarded with a rich sweet and tart flavor. Much better.
I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice though, so I googled the rest of the fruit. The passion fruit was easy to google because I knew the name, but what about that weird red one?
I spent a minute googling different combinations of the words: hairy red testicle tropical fruit, and I soon found my answer. It was a rambutan, also known as a lychee. I had eaten these before! It turns out the yummy part is also the white part. Yay for the hairy testicle fruit!
So, the moral of the story is that if you're going to go to Kauai, in addition to bringing tools for killing roosters, you should also bring Google.