• Cambodian fruit quiz, part 1

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 Jan 8 comments

    The Hubba Bubba fruit shellTo get a little more interaction into this blog, I had this idea today to start I quiz about the mysterious fruits that are sold on the markets here in Phnom Penh. The rules are really simple – I’m going to describe a fruit that I saw and ate here, and the first one to come up with the English or German name of that fruit will score a point (Wikipedia links will score bonus points). Whoever wins the most points when I run out of fruits will be rewarded with an exotic Cambodia fruit plate…which will be waiting for the winner here in Phnom Penh 🙂

    I’ve been at the Russian Market today looking for some yummy fruits for the evening.  Walking around to buy some dragon fruit and other delicacies, I saw this weird fruit again that actually looked more like a fir cone (Tannenzapfen) or a lizard’s tail than a fruit.

    Arriving at home, I carefully The inside of the Hubba Bubba fruitopened the first one of them and discovered a yellow brain-shaped yellowish thing inside that looked a little bit like a Durian seed, but luckily didn’t smell like one. The fruit has a sweet-sour taste that reminded me very much of Hubba Bubba chewing gum.

    Do you know the real name of the Hubba Bubba Fruit? Be the first to write a comment with the name to get a had start for the Cambodian fruit quiz.

    I was going to upload some pictures along with the description, but as the Internet is terribly slow here again, that will have to wait until tomorrow morning. Double points to anyone who comes up with the name in the mean time 🙂

    Wohoo…it’s working again. Happy guessing 🙂


    8 responses to “Cambodian fruit quiz, part 1”

    1. Mark

      I think you might have a rambutan there, although it doesn’t quite match the pictures I found. Maybe it isn’t the right season for them?

    2. Mark

      And here is a Wikipedia-Link:

    3. Jan

      That’s pretty close, but not the right solution. The Rambutan is sold here, too, but that one is more like a Lichy on the inside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambutan
      The Hubba Bubba fruit instead has two seeds inside, and the fruit’s texture (not the taste) is more like a garlic clove than a Lichy.

    4. Susanne

      Grützi Jan, I googled after “tropical fruits Cambodia” and found this: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salakpalme

      It could be a Salak???

      Salut aus der Schwitz

    5. Jan

      And we have a winner…2 points for Susanne 🙂

      Here’s another picture of the Salak fruit which comes closer to the ones I got at the market: http://www.simply-thai.com/Thai-Market_Fruit_salak-palm-fruit.htm

    6. Max

      Hey Jan!

      AFter the experience with the stinky fruit, can I take part in the quiz and NOT eat any fruits? 😉

    7. Achim

      hallo jan –
      wenn banane kommt, gib mir vorher einen tip-
      ich hätte da was passendes bei wikidedia und sähe darin die einzige chance als alter onkel auch einen punkt zu machen!
      alles liebe – Achim

    8. Jan

      Bananen sind im Moment mein Standard-Frühstück hier…ich muss mal sehen, ob ich da welche finde, die exotisch genug für das Quiz aussehen 🙂

      Max: All the fruits I tried here so far tasted really great – I think the Durian is the only exception to this, and they don’t even sell it at the markets I usually go to. Do you really want to miss the original Hubba Bubba taste just because of the bad memories with the Durian? 😉