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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:52 pm 
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I have been trying to ID a fruit, that I found growing wild, for quite some time...........to no avail.

It is the color of a kumquat/loquat when ripe. It is approximately the same size as said fruit. It is a little more perfectly oval than a kumquat but not pear shaped like a loquat. It is very bitter. The key bit for identifying this fruit are its seeds. It has many little "pockets", like citrus, only instead of only having 4 or 5 seeds, it has a tiny seed in each little pocket making for hundreds and hundreds of seeds.

If you cut the fruit in half, horizontally, you notice that its flesh is not "round" like other "citrus". When looking at the cut insides, it looks like 3 "arcs" all meeting up with their lowest points at the center....like 3 bowls put bottom to bottom to bottom.

Lastly, it does not grow on a bush or tree but, rather, on a skinny vine on the ground.

Any ideas anyone?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:50 am 
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Can you try to post an image?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:11 am 
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Here it is.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:34 am 
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Since noone was going to try to answer my question, I went to 2 gentlemen at our counties extension office who, having over 100 years farming experience between the both of them, told me that they are most likely wild sweet melons, or a small chance that they are a type of bitter melon. Both of these guys are in their 70's and have been farming since they were in their teens.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:01 am 
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Well, we just didn't know...and now we do.

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