Friday, August 22, 2008

Tapajós, continued

Dona Eunice loves plants and trees, so it was no surprise to discover something new in her yard, which is no more than 50 meters from the clear waters of the Tapajós River. She tells me the fruit tree in the attached image is a noni, native of Pakistan. It sure is different from any fruit I've ever seen. If I had run into it by myself, I would have guessed that it was a wasp nest. Someday I hope to taste this fruit.

5 comments:

Laurent said...

Noni doesn't generally taste very good, just passing by (it's not bitter but something both close and different). They do have some anti-bacterial activity though. They are used in syrup form in traditional Polynesian medicine.

Eli Manning said...

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SAPhotographs said...

An interesting bit of information there Laurent. Thank you. I was going to say that I would like to taste them too, but I will give it a pass if it is bitter. :)

mary said...

It's worse than bitter... it's awful! They sell noni in juice form here in Panama and it's used for stomach upsets, among other things. I've tried it, and it works, but I have to hold my nose while drinking it. Panamanians don't like it either.

I read somewhere than it contains a chemical that is also found in vomit, so that gives you an idea. ;-)

SAPhotographs said...

It sounds AWFUL!!! Sometimes the medicine is worse than the sicknes!! LOL!!