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      Good esoteric fruits

      I just discovered Blackcurrant and was wondering what else I've been missing. I love really sweet juices like that. I had never heard of it so I googled it and turned out that until recently growing Blackcurrant was outlawed in the US.

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      Does pomegranate count, or is it too common? I can never find it.
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      Why was growing black currant illegal?

      In my travels I have tried many rare and exotic fruits. favorites are sapotes, rambutan looks crazy, there are wierd fruits similar to cherimoya but that can weigh up to 30 pounds and taste like bubblegum. I used to like strawberry guavas a lot but now they always smell slightly fermented to me, like acid and sugar.
      I always hated starfruit until I actually picked a ripe one from a tree and it was divine! Fresh tropical fruits off the tree are amazing. Passionfruits and fresh coconuts! Yummm! Tamarind is good in food.
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      Pomegranates are kinda scarce...always loved those. And I had no idea what a lychee was until I went on vacation to New York. Delicious! Marionberries make good pies, though I have no idea how common they are. Huckleberries, sometimes called wild blueberries, are perhaps the most delicious berry I've ever tasted, and only grow in certain specific regions. Their...uncooperative nature pretty much means they can only be obtained via hiking into the mountains and picking them yourself.

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      Same reason marijuana is illegal, the early 30s the logging industry was heavily invested in by most senators, so they outlawed anything that could pose a thread. Apparently the black currant plant can also make good paper.

      I love pomegranates, I eat them all the time and always have juice in my fridge. Lychee huh? I'll have to look for it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ninja9578 View Post
      Same reason marijuana is illegal, the early 30s the logging industry was heavily invested in by most senators, so they outlawed anything that could pose a thread.
      So the lawmakers ARE so diluted by their own propeganda that they forgot why it was ever illegal.

      Quote Originally Posted by ninja9578 View Post
      I love pomegranates, I eat them all the time and always have juice in my fridge.
      I love pomegranate juice too, try some mixed juices with pomegranate and something else...pomegranite raspberry is awesome. Also, try Langer's brand, they use real sugar instead of HFCS.

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      I always mix it with blueberry juice, I should try mixing it with Acia juice, that might be interesting.

      The current lawmakers didn't forget, they just didn't know because it was years before they were even born.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ninja9578 View Post
      Same reason marijuana is illegal, the early 30s the logging industry was heavily invested in by most senators, so they outlawed anything that could pose a thread. Apparently the black currant plant can also make good paper.
      I found...

      Blackcurrants were once popular in the United States as well, but became rare in the 20th century after currant farming was banned in the early 1900s when blackcurrants, as a vector of white pine blister rust, were considered a threat to the U.S. logging industry.[4] The federal ban on growing currants was shifted to jurisdiction of individual states in 1966, and was lifted in New York State in 2003 through the efforts of horticulturist Greg Quinn. As a result, currant growing is making a comeback in New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Oregon.[5][6] However, several statewide bans still exist including Maine[7], Massachusetts[citation needed] and New Hampshire.[8]
      Not that bad a reason.

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      Lychees are so good. I had a little piece of one once. I'm pretty sure it was in Food class or something. Beautiful.

      May be not exactly what you're looking for but There's this berry from Africa that you eat and everything else you eat afterward for about 2 hours tastes beautiful. Like you can eat a cup of concentrated lemon juice and it will taste like sugar.
      Kind of like taste-tripping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_fruit

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      Aye, the enzyme is called miraculin...I've been wanting to mess around with it for some time. Naturally sugary lemons, anyone?

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      Oooh, I wonder where I would be able to find those

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      You can get seeds/plants off of ebay and grow your own...they actually do quite well indoors with a grow light and not much else, or if you live somewhere warm, they should thrive quite well. Alternately, you can pay an arm and a leg for the berries only, which can be found with a google search. I'm pretty sure you can't find them locally...

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      Some health food shops sell them. Probably could help people lose weight lol. Instead of sugary foods you could eat less fattening stuff but still taste the sugar goodness.
      Or insanely fat from eating too much other crap lol

      Yeah dunno why they're in health food stores but apparently they are.

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      I remember a fruit (?) from my childhood. I loved it, but I lived in Puerto Rico at the time and I've never had it again.
      I asked, on Yahoo Answers, some time ago as to what it was. The closest anyone got was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamoncillo

      I remember them being bigger and darker in color... but then again, I was only about 7 years old and my memory has never been very good.

      When I ran away, at about the age of 14, I ate a green, round cactus that reminded me of Kiwii.

      Now-a-days, my most adventurous fruits are bananas

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      Sapindaceae is one cool family of plants. Lychees, longans, rambutans, mamoncillo, pulasans (which are freaking delicious)...all related...which begs the question: could I graft them all together onto one plant of uber-yuminess?

      Also, Zhaylin, are longans any closer? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longan


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      What about Solanaceae?
      Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplant, Capsicum/Chilli.

      Plus Tobacco, Jimson weed, Mandrake and Belladonna lol

      All pretty interesting and or tasty. I'd say it's the most useful and also deadly/dangerous family of plants there is.

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      Tomatoes are esoteric? Where the hell do you life, they are quiet common here.

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      I've always loved the Capsicum genus, personally. One of the less common peppers is the Bhut Jolokia...readily available online, slow as hell to grow, and oh yeah, it produces the world's hottest peppers...anywhere from 5 to 10 times hotter than the average habanero. Don't expect to find these things in your local grocery store.

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      OOooh, it may very well be those. But in truth, I simply don't remember. It was way too long ago. I just remember I loved them as a child. We bought them from road-side venders and just squeezed them into our mouth. They were slimy, with a pit (I think). They were considered a major choking hazard for younger children.

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      Aye, I'd have to guess the soap berry family is the most likely culprit. There are also lychees, which are a bit bumpier, equally slimey, but with a hooked seed that can catch in the throat. Oh, yeah, and they can turn from green to red to brown, too. ^_^





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      Quote Originally Posted by ninja9578 View Post
      Tomatoes are esoteric? Where the hell do you life, they are quiet common here.
      No I was just replying to mario, who said "Sapindaceae is one cool family of plants."

      But then again.
      Mario also pointed out how there is different kinds of capsicum, which are relatively esoteric.
      Tomatoes are the same, like Black Russian Tomatoes I think they are. I dunno about potatoes though.

      Plus esoteric means "understood by only a particular group".
      And I was talking about the family of plants. Which barely anybody really knows about.
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      Heirloom tomatoes are pretty freaky, and are usually found only in home gardens. Heirloom plants in general tend to be pretty darn awesome, actually.





      Several cool varieties of melon. In order: Moon and Stars (named for its unusual pattern of spots), Orange-fleshed watermelon, very rare white-fleshed watermelon.


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      Yeah I have heirloom tomatoes growing. Well, at least I did, it's now way too cold lol

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