Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fruits in Taiwan - Spring/ Summer 春夏水果在台湾

We missed out on some of these fruits last November. So, this April/May trip in Taiwan, we had our fair share of in-season fruits.

Wax Apple 莲雾 - the peak season is sometime in February/March but we hopped on to the end of the season's harvest and enjoyed some subtly sweet, juicy and crisp wax apples. The texture is no where near to apples, instead something in between crisp-firm Chinese pear and crisp-soft watermelon.

Black-Pearl Wax Apple

There are a few varieties commonly found in Taiwan namely "Bullet-Shaped" Wax Apple 子弹莲雾 and "Black-Pearl" 黑珍珠. The fruit lady actually told me the elongated "Bullet-Shaped" Wax Apple is the modified version of the bell-shaped wide-base Black Pearl (shown above).


Mango - the peak season starts from June, but we were lucky to try more than one variety in early May.
 
Jin Huang Mango, its size compared to papaya

The common varieties are Aiwen 爱文芒果, Jin Huang 金煌 and local Tainan mango 土芒果. The Aiwen and Jin Huang mangoes are overall sweet, peach-like fragrance and less fibrous compared to the local Taiwan mango that is sweet with a subtle-tangy mango-ish flavor and very much more fibrous than Aiwen and Jin Huang.

The Golden Diamond-variety Pineapple 金钻凤梨 in Taiwan is also very juicy, sweet and not overly fibrous.

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