Fruit ID please

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,752

I've been asked (and have failed) to identify this fruit which was picked 'from some sort of vine' in Spain a couple of weeks ago

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It's described as being about the size of an avocado, having a spongey texture, with a milky sap, and containing several seeds.  

Any ideas folks?

Last edited: 23 October 2017 15:01:29

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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    I think that is Arauja sericifera - it is quite common in Spain  and known as the Cruel plant because the flowers ( pink and white ) tempt bees and then close round them until they have pollinated the flower.

    It is semi hardy in parts of UK.

    I first grew it from T & M seeds in the UK way back in the '90s but have since had it in most of my gardens without a problem.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,752
    Edd says:

    Could it be a squash Dove? ( Chayote Squash )

    See original post

     We discounted Chayote because chayote only has one seed. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,752
    philippa smith2 says:

    I think that is Arauja sericifera - it is quite common in Spain  and known as the Cruel plant because the flowers ( pink and white ) tempt bees and then close round them until they have pollinated the flower.

    It is semi hardy in parts of UK.

    I first grew it from T & M seeds in the UK way back in the '90s but have since had it in most of my gardens without a problem.

    See original post

     Thank you Philippa image  I'll pass that on to my friend ... it does look as if that may be it ... she'll be excited ... she lives in southern Wiltshire so quite mild in sheltered corners.  image

    Last edited: 23 October 2017 15:28:56

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,752

    Thank for the suggestion Grassproblem ... I'll pass sit on,

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