Rare (tropical) Fruit ID

hemnancy(z8 PNW)August 27, 2013

I live in the PNW and have seen a fruit that looks superficially like a Lychee but has a yellow custardy interior with no seeds that tastes somewhat like a persimmon. Does anyone have any idea what this is? I'm surprised it is hardy here, it is a fairly large tree with oval pointed leaves.

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Cornus kousa fruit. Edible but insipid. Not tropical and not rare, I'm afraid.

This post was edited by florauk on Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 16:27

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That dogwood is very common and messy here as a street planting. Large white blooms nearly cover the tree in May.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Squirrels enjoy the fruits.

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They're seeded here - have to be sure not to accidentally bite down on one of the small stony seeds - you could break a tooth.
Flavor more reminiscent of pawpaw than persimmon, to me.
Famine food - I eat 'em, but don't go out of my way to get a lot of 'em. Massage 'em, tear out the stem, suck out the pulp, spit out the seeds.

In a discussion here, some years back, one poster indicated that when he ate them, they made his heart race. I never got that effect, but proceed cautiously...

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