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Comment by Addy on February 9, 2010 at 23:38
Once the fruit starts to ripen - a few scales at the top start to flake off - pick the fruit and wrap in newspaper. Each day, flick off some loose scales , and use a fork to lift the fruit pieces from the "stem". Put the fruit in a colander and rinse the black bits off. THEN you can eat - maybe 2 spoonfuls....
Comment by Scarlett on February 9, 2010 at 19:08
yes i've only ever nibbled a few times - tastes OK, but it's a really difficult texture. it's more like chewing gum than fruit - you get the flavour out and spit everything back out again. i thought maybe the ones i tried were wrong (ripeness or the way they were grown) and they magically turn into something you can actually eat at some stage ;)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 9, 2010 at 17:49
They can be kindof yummy - bit of an acquired taste. Usually they run riot in yards but are never fed or watered. Sometimes they are available at fruit shops. The little black bits are a real turnoff :-( But for some who like the taste, the fact that they ripen up day by day means you can munch on the spike for a week or so and not have it rot on you.
Comment by Lyn Buffett on February 9, 2010 at 17:01
They are also called fruit salad plant and that is an apt description. They taste quire nice, but from memory they have little bits in them that are a bit sharp tasting (sorry it has been years since I ate one).
Comment by Scarlett on February 9, 2010 at 16:42
i've never eaten a good one - have you? they're meant to be yummy...!?

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