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Need help identifying a kind of fruit

I took a trip to Put-in-Bay island (Lake Erie, just north of Sandusky, Ohio) yesterday with some family members. There was a kind of tree growing in one part of the park that bore a strange kind of fruit, and we'd like to know what it is.

This fruit is a little larger than a kiwi. The outside is pea-green and much tougher than a typical fruit, but not as hard as a nut. We cut it open with a key, but it took some effort, and even after cutting it halfway open, we couldn't wrench it apart to see the inside. The inside appears to be a richer green, like a kiwi, and it has a large nut at its center, like a plum. It has a small amount of yellow-brown juice that smells kind of like pine, and most curiously, it appears to stain skin brown on contact.

Any guesses? Our collective curiosity is killing us!

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I believe it is called a Tarantino.























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Chestnuts? Buckeyes?
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sfsdfd is it a local fruit?

Sounds a little like a mango but not.
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Originally posted by Preacher
sfsdfd is it a local fruit?
No, according to this thread, Tarantino is.
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Re: Need help identifying a kind of fruit

Originally posted by sfsdfd
There was a kind of tree growing in one part of the park that bore a strange kind of fruit, and we'd like to know what it is
Is there a nuclear plant nearby... cuz, ya never know.
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Was it a kumquat?
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Re: Re: Need help identifying a kind of fruit

Originally posted by TomOpus
Is there a nuclear plant nearby... cuz, ya never know.
Actually, there is.
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Is it a quince? Although in that case it would look more like a pear than a kiwi.
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that sounds a lot like a chestnut tree....but hard to tell with no pics....
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Maybe it's a walnut.

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pics?
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I believe this is what David is talking about

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Weird, it sounds like an avacado or any other number of things.

My guess, a horesapple.



Ok, it's huge, I just wanted to post a horse apple pic.

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or a loquat, turn yellow when ripe
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it wouldn't be anything so exotic as a quince...i'm gonna say walnut...

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Re: Need help identifying a kind of fruit

Originally posted by sfsdfd
This fruit is a little larger than a kiwi. The outside is pea-green and much tougher than a typical fruit, but not as hard as a nut. We cut it open with a key, but it took some effort, and even after cutting it halfway open, we couldn't wrench it apart to see the inside. The inside appears to be a richer green, like a kiwi, and it has a large nut at its center, like a plum. It has a small amount of yellow-brown juice that smells kind of like pine, and most curiously, it appears to stain skin brown on contact.
Yup, a Tarantino.

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Originally posted by brizz
it wouldn't be anything so exotic as a quince...i'm gonna say walnut...


I would have to also believe this is it, particularly since there isn't much "exotic" on that island.
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Where did he go? We demand more fruit information. There is a queue developing.
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Walnut
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Walnut it was.

I do computers. I don't do artsy paint stuff. So I had no idea that the juice from a black walnut fruit is a class stain, and a very good one - it stains anything, and it doesn't come out.

It would be a really nice shade for staining wood. On skin, though, it's slightly less attractive. I have a data with a bar of Lava tonight to scrub off some of my hideously-stained skin.

Thanks, guys!

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