Monday, March 3, 2014

Jungle grapes

One of the new fruits I have come to apreciate here are called "Little grapes" (although they are not little) or "Jungle grapes".

These Uvitas or Uvas de Monte (the names in Spanish) grow in a big tree, not a vine, look a lot like regular grapes.

They are green and dark purple in colour and very juicy and sweet.

They only have on big seed, more like a pit in many ways, in them.

You cannot eat the skin because it's harmful and also very sandpaper like in texture.

While eating you need to be careful and peel the fruit so you will not end up with a bleading toungue.

Although the fruit is well worth a little bleading.

36 comments:

  1. Those look good. Never tried them before. Very unique!

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  2. I have never heard of this fruit before. I would love to try them.

    Michelle F.

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  3. Huh, they will make our gums bleed if they hit it.. I like grapes, and would definitely try them..

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  4. Fun post. I loved learning about this new fruit I've never seen before. I wonder if they sell them anywhere in the US.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly. I think someone commented on my Facebook page that they had bought them in US. But I don't know which part of US would that be.

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  5. I've never heard of these before! My dad always peels regular grapes, so these would be great for him!

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    1. I'm sure he would love them, Stacey. And if he would peel them anyways, there's no extra work.

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  6. I've never seen or heard of these before but they look delicious!

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  7. It takes a lot of work to enjoy these! I learned about something new today - I LOVE your blog!!

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    1. Thank you! It's not so much work, the skin peels of really easily. It's messy though, I always get the juice all over me. But it's worth it :)

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  8. I love grapes and these look delicious. The name is just a little bit intimidating to me! I definitely would try them!

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    1. We say in Finland, "the name doesn't make the man any worse, if the man doesn't make the name worse first" :)

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  9. It looks good! I'll take your word on it being worth the bleeding. ;) I always learn something new about your culture every time I come! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Heather. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  10. I LOVE fresh fruit! These grapes really do look delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. Those look good. Never tried them before.I often buy fruits people here don't know, at the Hispanic markets.

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  12. ooo These look yummy! I wonder if you can find them anywhere in the states? I love seeing the things you post from Ecuador :)

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Someone wrote on my FB page that they had bought them in the States. Not sure who it was...

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  13. Wow, I have never tried those before. I would would to try them.

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  14. Those look amazing! This last summer I was able to go muscat grape picking here in Southern Virginia. Do they make jam or wine out of jungle grapes?

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    1. I haven't heard about any wine or jam, Elisebet. I need to start asking. But I'm quite sure there's no wine.

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  15. That's interesting that the outside is so rough. I'd try this, and I bet love it too. I love hearing about the different foods (even the worms, haha) where you're living. It's really very interesting!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the post :) (even the worms ;) LOL)

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  16. What a really interesting fruit! I have never hard of these before, and would totally be willing to try them, though the sandpaper texture and bleeding tongue imagery is kind of putting me off.

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    1. The important thing is to peel it first. I get a bit too anxious to eat them and don't peel them well enough and end with a very painful tongue. A good lesson what NOT to do, lol

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  17. They look very similar to the regular grapes. I bet I would enjoy these too, I really like grapes.

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  18. They look very similar to the regular grapes. I bet I would enjoy these too, I really like grapes.

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  19. Wow amazing! Just like black berries, we have like that but that on is like citrus like inside. My saliva is drooling!

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  20. Seems scary, but I would be willing to try them

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  21. i have never seen anything like this before! Love grapes!

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  22. I have never seen grapes like these! They look very exotic! Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. I'm all over any kind of fruit. Never seen this before. Wonder if they are like the grapes Joshua found in the promise land.

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  24. Wow I can't believe I've never heard of this fruit before. I would definitely like to try them.

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  25. I never try them and probably not try
    Thanks for sharing
    Co-host My Favorite Thinks
    http://becreativemommy.blogspot.co.uk
    Joanna

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  26. I tend not to leave a response, however I browsed a few of the comments on this page
    "Jungle grapes". I do have 2 questions for you
    if it's allright. Is it just me or do a
    few of these remarks look as if they are coming from brain dead
    visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on other online sites,
    I'd like to keep up with everything new you have to post.
    Would you post a list of all of your public sites
    like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?


    Here is my weblog: growing grape vines

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    1. I prefer not to criticize comments on my site or they might not comment in the future ;) This is my only blog. I occationally write at my work's blog but it is in Finnish. Here is the link, just in case: http://ecuadorinvammaishanke.blogspot.com/
      My FB page is called Ecuador Joannan silmin - Ecuador in my eyes, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/ecuadorjoannansilminecuadorinmyeyes and in twitter I am Joanna Sormunen or https://twitter.com/JoannaSormunen1
      Hope that helps you to keep connected!

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