Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Mysterious superwhatevers #5
Firstly, we have "One weird trick to relieve joint pain". This one's a stock photo of the massive fruit of Kigelia - the Sausage Tree ("The fresh fruit is poisonous and strongly purgative; fruit are prepared for consumption by drying, roasting or fermentation ... The tree is widely grown as an ornamental tree in tropical regions for its decorative flowers and unusual fruit. Planting sites should be selected carefully, as the falling fruit can cause serious injury to people, and damage vehicles parked under the trees").
Potato tubers of native variety from the Andes, Peru". They're one of the interesting purple-fleshed heritage varieties (see a cut example at Native variety of Potato Tubers); similar cultivars occasionally turn up in our local grocers.
Tasty litchi, by Olga Vasilkova.
Jellyfish on Palm ("Small transparent round jellyfish with red lines and dark brown tentacles on palm"). I haven't been able to identify the species.
Another "Eat This, Never Diet Again": as far as I can tell, it's a malformed tomato; it looks as if the fruit was been damaged in early growth, and that kicked off regrowth along the split. The image originates with a blog post - Weird fruits and vegetables.
previously-mentioned Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) continues to do the rounds, though this time in close-up.
Update: no. An anonymous commenter has identified it as "bottarga" - cured fish roe. Thanks! See more images.
More to follow.
If you missed the earlier compendiums, see The mysterious superfruit / Mysterious superfruit #2 / Mysterious superwhatevers #3 / Mysterious superwhatevers #4.