Name that Fruit

And the answer is.......Mokotra

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The Mokotra ("moukoutch") is a fruit with a green or yellow, wood-like shell. The Mokotra fruit grows on a tree that is a pioneer species in Madagascar that is fire resistant and grows in harsh soil, full sun and with little water.

To open the fruit, you typically have to smash it against a rock or other hard surface.  This reveals a yellowish pulp that has a sweet & sour, butterscotch taste.  You have to actually taste it to figure that one out.  If you can get past the texture, the fruit is actually quite good and a favorite among the Malagasy villagers.  Animals also love this fruit, especially the wild boars and lemurs.  

If you ever get a chance, try a Mokotra...an interesting fruit from an amazing tree!

 


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