For all of you fruit lovers, I am going to introduce you, some beautiful “creatures” that you won’t be able to see in the U.S.

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The first picture is of a fruit called “pejibaye.” This fruit need to be cooked and peeled before eating. It also contains a distinct smell after it’s cooked. After it’s cooked, the meat inside has the texture of chestnut. The taste is very different from how it looks from the outside. To me, this fruit taste like a combination of potato, snail (if you taste one before), and chestnut. It tastes the best if you put mayonnaise on top of it before eating this fruit.

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For the next picture, this is a fruit called “granadillas,” and it is also known as passion fruit. The nickname for the fruit is “mocos” in Costa Rica. For the first month that I was here, I thought it was an orange, because I didn’t see the inside of the fruit. The inside of the fruit doesn’t look very appetizing, but the taste of this fruit is like the name. It taste like soft melon with seeds. The texture of it in your mouth is a little slimy. Many of our students end up liking it very much after they try it. Additionally, this fruit is very cheap. You can buy 10 of them for one thousand colones, which is equal 2 dollars.

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As you can see from this picture on the left, these are just some of the bizarre fruits in Costa Rica. The red fruits on the left side of the picture have a nickname of “hairy fruit.” The nickname itself is not very attractive. In Spanish it is called Mamon Chino or lychee in English.  However, this fruit is one of my favorite fruits. Their meat inside the shell is white, and it has the texture of grape meat. The taste of the fruit is similar to melon and grape.

To the right bottom side of those hairy fruits, there are water apples. They are the ones that are pinkish, and have a green more towards the top. These fruits have the shape of pears, the color of apple. The texture and taste of this fruit is similar to a pear, except it is a little softer.

I would introduce all of those fruits to you, but there are so many more that I have not tried yet. Costa Rica offers so many opportunities for me to experience new foods, environments, and cultures. The key to a great experience in Costa Rica is for you to have an open mind. You only have the right to say whether or not you like the food after you try it. And this theory works for every thing in Costa Rica. Trust me, it doesn’t hurt to try the new things.

~Melody Li, Social Media Journalist

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