Help, please! Can you identify this bitter fruit?

susankaAugust 16, 2010

We visited Puerto Rico in early July. This fruit pictured was growing on a tree in a cultivated (landscaped) area. I tasted a minuscule amount and it was unbelievably bitter. The taste stayed on my tongue for an hour. Can you tell me what it is? I haven't had any success finding it. Birds seem to eat the inner brown part; the part I tasted was more from the light part nearer the outside, I think. This was the bitterest thing I've ever tasted! Thanks.

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mango_kush

looks like an unripe mangosteen

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 3:36PM
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trianglejohn

I've seen it before and I've seen it in Puerto Rico also. The fruit is larger than a mangosteen. I have photos of the open pods covering the ground. All I remember is the word "monkey" in the common name... but I could be wrong.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 4:23PM
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jsvand5

Definitely looks like an unripe mangosteen to me as well.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 4:36PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

If it is bitter, sour, or tastes bad...Murahilin might be able to identify it!! LOL!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 1:42PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

I can't remember the name...I will find out.
But I don't think it is edible (no one ever mentioned you can eat it to me).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 8:31AM
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mango_kush

my bet is an inedible Garcinia

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 9:08AM
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murahilin(10 fl)

Is that a pic of two different fruit or are they the same fruit at different stages?

Jay,
I just have a very refined palate and you guys just can't appreciate the quality fruits that I enjoy.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 11:55AM
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trini1trini

I believe this is the seed and pod of Clusia rosea or the Autograph Tree. It's not edible which would explain the taste.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 10:37PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

LOL!! 6 against 1 Sheehan buddy!!!!! Your taste is no longer trusted! Let's check with Harry. The only thing "refined" is all the sugar you need to put on those fruit you like! I believe that is the "key" to this whole thing........ I'm on a roll. Here all week!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 7:22AM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Trini got it!
Here is from Bryan's site:
http://www.montosogardens.com/clusia_rosea.htm

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 9:01AM
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Harryfren

Don't eat that thing!!!
Clusia rosea is a tree found in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Hispaniola (such as in Los Haitises National Park), Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Florida.

The tree produces a fleshy, light green but poisonous fruit; once the fruit has split, the seeds are favored by birds and other wildlife.

This plant is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for its flowers, foliage, and fruit. It is planted in gardens as a fruiting and ornamental tree in sub-tropical climates, and used as a houseplant in many climates.

Local PR Spanish name is Cupey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clusia_major

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 3:57PM
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