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What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

Old 03-25-19, 10:00 AM
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What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

So I was cutting my grass the other day, and as I went along the backyard fence, I came across these little fruits. I'd say they're about the size of a plum. Maybe 1.5" long, and kind of oval in shape.
They're a little squishy, and the skin doesn't appear to be too thick, but not super thin either.
The tree they're growing on is very tall, and overhangs from my neighbors lot into my lot (hence why the fruit is now on my side). They seem to grow in batches on the tree, close to the stems of the leaves.

So...
1. What is the tree?
2. What is the fruit?
3. Are they safe to eat?
4.
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if you've come back to re-read the OP, no, I didn't eat any of these. I'm not that dumb. I love you all, so let's go on this journey of "Dan" (that's me) eating random-ass fruit together, shall we? Please don't call my wife. She knows I didn't eat them too.




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not helpful!
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have you taken one down and cut it open to smell it? Might figure it out that way....
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have you taken one down and cut it open to smell it? Might figure it out that way....
Not yet, but I was planning on it if I couldn't get anywhere with the current details/pics I have so far. Also, I was kind of worried the fruit might just be full of spiders.
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Ask your neighbor?
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Ask your neighbor?
So the house is behind ours. When we first moved in (just over 3 years ago) there was a family with kids living there. There's a swingset in the backyard, and they used to play on it all the time. I always saw them outside. But I haven't seen anyone outside that house for at least a year now if not longer. Their back windows all have closed blinds on them, and they honestly look like they haven't been touched in that time. Never see a single light on at night, etc. (and you can still tell if lights are on, even when the blinds are closed, as I notice other neighbors have lights on all the time)
I think it's an ex-rental property, or up for sale or something. I'll walk around front one day to see, but I doubt there's anyone who will know anything about the tree or it's delicious-looking fruit.
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They'll either kill you or make you trip balls. Worth a shot!
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Cut them up, put them on a plate and take them to work. Set it in the break room with a sign that says “enjoy!”

wait and and see what happens.
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Cut them up, put them on a plate and take them to work. Set it in the break room with a sign that says “enjoy!”

wait and and see what happens.
If the right person dies, you may get a promotion.
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Exactly. It’s the rare win win win scenario.
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They'll either kill you or make you trip balls. Worth a shot!
I like the way you think!

Originally Posted by Toddarino View Post
Cut them up, put them on a plate and take them to work. Set it in the break room with a sign that says “enjoy!”
wait and and see what happens.
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Exactly. It’s the rare win win win scenario.
Hmm... not sure I want to endanger any coworkers. I have a feeling that kind of thing might backfire, boys.
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Re: What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

Take a bite out of it and see what happens. Just have 911 on stand by in case it's poisonous.
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Re: What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

A Google search of your picture said it's "fruit"... so obviously it's safe to eat.
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Perhaps is a Loquat tree.
At first, I thought the fruit looked like unripened mango, but those leaves on the tree seem too big for a typical mango tree. Unless perhaps it's a very mature mango tree.
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I like the way you think!




Hmm... not sure I want to endanger any coworkers. I have a feeling that kind of thing might backfire, boys.
that’s why you leave a note with them saying “Enjoy! - Susan” or whoever your office rival is.
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Re: What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

I suspect it's a mango tree, of which there are many varieties.

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It is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Didn't the snake give you the lowdown?
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get this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ntnet&hl=en_US

It's like Shazam for plants. Should ID the tree, and then you'll know what the fruit is.
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Re: What is this fruit? Is it safe to eat?

Originally Posted by clappj View Post
Perhaps is a Loquat tree.
At first, I thought the fruit looked like unripened mango, but those leaves on the tree seem too big for a typical mango tree. Unless perhaps it's a very mature mango tree.
Using the PlantNet app on his posted picture, it tells me that Loquat is the correct answer.
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What the hell is a Loquat? Will it kill you? Full of spiders? Mildly hallucinogenic?
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I dunno guys. Wikipedia says:
The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) (from Cantonese Chinese: 盧橘; Jyutping: lou4gwat1, nowadays called Chinese: 枇杷; pinyin: pípá; Jyutping: pei paa) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, a native to the cooler hill regions of China to south-central China.[2][3] It is also quite common in Japan, Korea, hilly Regions of India (Himachal), Potohar and foothill regions of Pakistan and some can be found in some Northern part of the Philippines, and hill country in Sri Lanka.[citation needed] It can also be found in some southern European countries such as Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain and Portugal; and several Middle Eastern countries like Israel, Lebanon and Turkey.[4][5]

It is a large evergreen shrub or tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
That's a whole lot of not-Texas. What I've got might be similar to the Loquat, but I don't think that's it.
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https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/citrus/loquat.htm


Loquat (Japanese plum or Japanese medlar) is probably one of the more familiar of all tropical fruit plants in Texas, although few people outside of south Texas have only rarely grown the fruit. The plant is extremely cold hardy and is commonly grown as an ornamental from north Texas to the Valley.
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^ Thanks. Hmm... still not sure. I'll cut one open and check it out. More pics when it happens!
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The picture certainly looks similar to Loquat pictures found with google.
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