Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year's Eve Food Challenge: What Is This Fruit We've Been Eating Over The Holidays?

It's the holiday season and, for many of us, that means sharing food. I'm sure today, New Year's Eve, is no exception. In fact, I'm sure that the majority of readers have shared this mystery food at some point over the holiday. 

Readers, can you tell us the name of this fruit? 

If you're stuck, here are some clues:

How do you eat this fruit? This fruit is unique in we eat its pulp as well as its seeds. The pulp can be eaten raw but the seeds need to be roasted or at least dried in the sun before eating.

Where is this fruit from? It is native to Central America although it is grown all over the world in tropical areas. And, Ghana is one of the world's largest producers of this fruit.

Please share your answers in the comments section below!


  1. Looks to me like Cocoa (Theobroma cacao), the plant we get chocolate from.

  2. Definitely Cocoa. I can tell it's Cocoa because you mentioned Ghana.

  3. Denis Twinamatsiko2 January 2014 at 04:25

    It is cocoa which is widely grown in west africa and in some parts of my country Uganda!

  4. Happy to see we have so many forest food experts! Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) is correct. This picture was taken in Costa Rica but, as Denis and Ehsan said, it is widely produced in West Africa. I think Cote D'Ivoire was 2013's number one Cocoa producing country.

    The neat thing about the place where I took this picture is that Cocoa is native to this region (Central America). In Costa Rica there are a few species of wild cocoa that are not sold to chocolate producing companies but they are used by Indigenous people to make different flavoured chocolate treats. But, unfortunately, as the one commercial species (Theobroma cacao) becomes more and more important for export, the other wild varieties are grown less and less.

    Thanks for commenting everyone and Happy 2014!