Anyone Seen This Fruit Before?


No, it’s not a potato, though it looks like one.

Fork in the Road often finds itself turning to its readers for identification of foodstuffs we stumble on in area markets but can’t figure out. We have another request. This fruit was being sold at the open-air market in Chinatown at the corner of Mulberry and Canal.

It has a brown, rough, almost sandpapery skin, more like a legume or tuber than a fruit. It was being sold for $5 per pound — a bit expensive — and the pictured specimen was $2.

When I asked what it was called in Chinese, the woman selling the fruit consulted with another employee, who thought a moment, and then said, “Tah-Moo-Tay.”

The fruit seller then admonished me to not eat it for three days, or “until soft.” As such, I’m not cutting the thing open until it softens, at which point, if it hasn’t been ID’d, I’ll post a photo of the interior and an account of how it tastes.

Oh, heck. I’ll do it anyway.

Know what it is? Please enlighten us. Another picture below.

Might be fun to try to make french fries with these.

By the way, the Kavkazi pickle has yet to be identified.

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