Thursday, February 05, 2009

For everything there is a season. . .

Unlike the US, where you are able to buy most things year round, even if it is for a price, things are very seasonal here. Avocados just came into season for the first time since we've been here, so I was thrilled for the chance to pull out my stash of taco shells and have a fiesta.

I noticed this interesting fruit for sale at the market for the first time the other day. If my limited information is correct, it's called a malfura or mafureira nut. It comes from a tall, deciduous, flowering tree that is common here. It yields about 60-80 pounds of these nuts that are used in the manufacturing of oils, soaps, and candles. The fruit on around the nut is edible and people like to suck off the sweet fruit.



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