What Is It?

Not sure what this fruit is and hoped someone who reads the blog would have some ideas.

San Clemente 1.19.2014 005 San Clemente 1.19.2014 006

San Clemente 1.25.2014 019The tree was filled with these green berries, they sort of look like the local cherry but not one was red so I don’t think that is what they are.

I am thinking about picking a bunch and showing them to one of my neighbors, the tree was just packed with them.

21 thoughts on “What Is It?

  1. I don’t have a clue, but hopefully they are good to eat or to bake in a pie or something. I’m experimenting with a green mango cobbler today. Tis’ the season for mangoes. Let us know when you find out what these little fruits are and what you can do with them.

  2. i’m almost sure i know ‘of’ this fruit but have forgotten its local name. raul, at hostal cruzita told me that it’s very sour, and it’s used at times to make drinks.. it would probably lend itself well to make a ‘faux’ lemon pie!!!

    if it’s what i saw a long time ago in a friend’s orchard, he told me that the fruit had many medicinal properties and was good for one’s health.

    be sure before you taste, however, as we don’t want to read that you became ill from eating a toxic fruit!


  3. Hola Nancy, qué bien volver a leer tu blog… Perdóname no escribir antes.
    Se llaman GROSELLAS, se pueden comer. Son ácidas, hay personas que las comen con sal (a mí no me gustan así), en el Bazar Casi de Todo (in town) las venden dentro de un vinagre de color púrpura (no sé si es vino)…. Hay recetas para cocinarlas, pues creo se puede hacer incluso mermelada (jelly).
    Un abrazo grande.

    • Esthela, muchas gracias por la información, voy a pasar el nombre de grosellas en mis lectores. ¿Cómo está usted y su familia haciendo? When are you coming back to San Clemente? Nancy

        • Estoy feliz de que usted y su familia estarán aquí para el carnaval. Joe tuvo que ir al hospital la semana pasada. 2 días en la Clínica San Antonio. No puede comer mucho de nada. Tiene una hernia hiatal, problemas con su reflujo y su esophogus se inflama … hemos estado comiendo una dieta blanda. No frito, ni cerveza, ni cola, sin grasas, nada … puré de papas, plátano dulce puré, harina de avena, pequeñas porciones, que ha perdido 12 libras en dos semanas.

          vamos a ver unos a otros, estoy seguro ….Nancy

          • Vi a Joe en otro post, me alegra que esté mejor y que las personas los atiendan bien. Espero que se mejore pronto… y con tu amor y tus cuidados seguro estará de maravilla, FLACO, pero de maravilla. Un abrazo.

            • Hola, lo estamos haciendo bien. Sigo trabajando en artículos domésticos. Compró un sofá de dos plazas para nuestro salong. Y el armario para nuestro dormitorio. Ayer nuestro vecino David se acercó y se pintó la estantería en el salón. Así que mucho más que hacer pero estamos contentos con los fans de ventilación que instalamos y la unidad de a / c en nuestro dormitorio. El clima ha sido más frío de las últimas semanas, aún llovía esta mañana durante unas horas y es agradable ahora. cuidar de sí mismo y su familia, Nancy

  4. I saw some that I thought at first were the same, but yours seem lumpy … mine were more like green grapes. We have the lumpy ones at Vistazul and they are tasty and seem to be harvested by local people all the time. (I asked the guys who work here and they said they were fine to eat.)

    • Esthela my friend who owns a home here in Clemente but lives full time in Quito told me they are gooseberries, I would never have guessed gooseberries….thanks for your comment, N

  5. Why not ask the guy who owns the house on the same property? May be they have picked the fruit and used them before- My 2 cents worth Nancy!-All the best always–Yusuf

    • Yusuf, that is a great idea, I did ask the gentleman across the street from the tree and he told me it was used to make drinks…remember my Spanish is not good, and well he told me the name but I did not write it down and forgot by the time I processed my photos. Ask again you say, well this gentleman is very kind, he would think I was totally stupid because I did not remember so, I am asking folks to see if I can get the name. Be well, Nancy

  6. Those delicious yellow to green fruits are called grocella or groceya .Oh I live in Fl and I miss having them any time. When you are in school these are sold outside the buildings by street vendors. We all used to wait for that riiiiing bell so we can ran out and purchase them. You eat them with a bit of salt with each bite. Also can prepare deserts and many other things .Ask anyone about them and you will see that inmediately there will be an expression of tasting it at the same time you pronounce that name “GROCEYA”. ry it and you will never stop eating them like we ecuatorians. Buena suerte and Namaste Nancy Levin.

    • Thank you so much for the name, they look wonderful and if I can get a few I will tell you what I think, thanks so much for following our blog, Nancy and Joe

  7. We have one of these trees outside our house in Capaes, Santa Elena. It is a big tree and it is gorged with these berries, it seems at least three times per year. I’ve bitten into them and they are incredibly bitter, so Magalay thanks for the salt tip, that makes sense – same with sour apples, or green mango. Green mango BTW is fantastic dipped in Soy Sauce… a Thai trick.

    Anyway, Ecuadoreans must love these little green things, because whenever workmen come by, or friends of neighbors and see the fruit on the tree, off they go harvesting! We picked some a few months back with the intention of making jam, but left it too long, within 3 days out of the fridge they started growing mouldy, so we fed them to the compost instead.

    On to another free fruit in Ecuador, has anyone has success curing dates?
    We have loads of palms trees around here, but it seems to me that the date fruits they produce have huge pips and not much flesh, so its a mystery to me what to do with them. I love dates, but I can’t imagine how these dates could ever be like the ones I’ve bough in the past… in terms of the amount of flesh. I’ve tried drying them in the sun, but the flesh just shrivels up, and what little is left, is hard to separate from the seed. Any suggestions would be welcome…it seems such a shame to let them all fall to the ground. Even the ants don’t seem interested in them.

    Are they just the wrong type of dates?

    • Hi Mark, I don’t know a thing about dates but I am sure if any of our readers know they will post a comment. I am trying to figure out other things to do when the guava tree starts producing. I have made jelly but that is a long process, I have made marmalade but can only eat so much and even made my version of guava paste (it never got to the paste stage so it was more like a very thick marmalade). I hate wasting the fruit so I give some away each day to different neighbors they make a great batido. But again we cannot have a batido everyday. Good luck with the dates, Nancy

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