Wednesday, February 16, 2011
New exotic fruit poised on spiky plant. Still life but is it a dance or a fruit? ACHACHA, is new to us, with origins in the Amazon basin of Bolivia, translates as honey kiss.
Now grown in northern Queensland this cousin of mangosteens has sweet white flesh and boasts of Vitamin C, the antioxidant properties and highest fruit source of folate.
The producers at http://www.achacha.com.au/ write how the fruit had its European debut last month when supplies were air freighted from Australia.
The plantation in Queensland had minimal damage in Cyclone Yasi.
Achacha or chachairu, Garcinia humulis. $9.98 kg, about 63cents each. Foliage in the photo is unrelated to the fruit. It is doubtful that fruit is a major source of folate, as mentioned, but every bit counts and folate is very important.