India has been full of fruit! I thought I would share some photos and a few stories from my adventures so far…
I am currently based in Osmanabad city and people here have been especially welcoming and kind and am constantly invited to homes for Chai and spiced dishes. Language can be a barrier, but we have managed to always laugh and share in food and fruit.
On the first day of the Makar Sankranti festival, my next door neighbors invited us over for a special festival dish and shared with
us a Rhampal from their front-yard tree. Rhampal is a large fruit large that tastes like custard, also known as the custard apple. When ripe, the flesh is rosy and its insides are creamy.
On the way to a temple that day, we stopped at a second family’s home to admire their Chikoo or Sapodilla tree. These are small bunches of round, brown sugary fruit that look like tree potatoes, but taste like toasted pears! That same day I received some some sour tamarind from children hanging out in a tree off the side of the road. On route I noticed rogue papaya, banana and pomegranates galore! I can’t wait for mango season.
Robin will be back in Toronto soon. We’ll have to find out how mango season went!