Fruit Grenade

The Sugar Apple, or the fruta-do-conde as they call it in Brazil, looks a little bit like a hand grenade. Although this type is good for you. Here is how to safely dismantle a Fruit Grenade, so you can eat it for breakfast.

 

The taste of the Sugar Apple is sweet and the flesh is fragrant and creamy, with variatons from light white colored to yellow. Some say the taste is similar to custard but do not expect to have tasted this kind of sweetness before. A whole apple, together with a good brand of Brazilian coffee or mixed with granola is a perfect breakfast for the Rio-traveler. It will keep you going in the sun for many hours.

 

Sugar Apple

It really does look like a Fruit Grenade, does it not? Well, keep calm and know that it is not dangerous as long as you handle it with care. Have your knife and fork ready to cut it in half. Place the Grenade in the middle of the plate as you hold it firm with the top of your fork. Do not press the fork too deep inside as it might dislocate the finely tuned safety pin mechanism. You do not want to do that unless you are looking for a fruit explosion

 

Fruit Grenade

This is how it will look like after opening it and half way into dismantling it. The seeds are all covered with the creamy flesh. You may peel it off and use it together with other foods or you may eat them one by one, leaving the seeds on your plate. Note the detonator in the lower left corner of the picture. Make sure this is safely removed before you start your breakfast. You are better off with the splinter in your trash can. Bon Apetit!

 

Sugar Apple

After consuming the fruit grenade, your plate may look a bit like this. There will still be some flesh left if you scratch the inside, but on the other hand you might already had enough sweetness for one day. 

Several countries with warmer subtropic climates would have a variaton of the Fruit Grenade, such as China, India, Taiwan, Australia, Hawaii and Vietnam or in tropical countries such as Phillippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Tropical America. Needless to say, they have the better one in Brazil.

The Sugar Apple tree is known to be one of natures finest wonders, as all parts of it are edible or can be used as remedy or eaten as food. You can buy your own fruit grenade in any grocery store that have a decent fruit section or in a street market where they sell fresh fruit along with other foods.

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