We eat a lot of yummy fruit here in PNG. There are amazing bananas, pineapples and papayas. We also get strawberries and mulberries. In Mibu they had wonderful oranges. A couple of our favorite fruits are new to us here though. Lucy in particular has developed a fondness for diwai tomatoes and sugar fruit/passion fruit.
The “diwai tomato,” or “tree tomato,” is the reddish one on the left. You eat it by peeling off the skin and holding it by the stem, as Lucy is demonstrating here. I don’t think it tastes anything like a tomato, but more like a plum.
The purplish fruit on the right is a passion fruit. There are also yellow ones that are called sugar fruits. They taste a little different, but are really similar. Belle isn’t crazy about these because you have to suck out the goo, which is full of seeds, from the inside. It’s a little strange. I was first exposed to these in Peru back in 2006 and didn’t care for them at all, but they have definitely grown on me here. And Lucy has loved them since the first time she tried them! To eat these, first you crack a hole in the top and then you suck out the inside through the hole. Here’s Lucy showing how to suck out the slimy inside.
So maybe our kids are missing out on grapes, peaches and blueberries, but they are enjoying some new fruits instead!