Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thanks to Gopi on the facebook, we now know this is a Dragon Tongue Bean. With a name like that one would expect an exciting backstory, but my extensive research (i.e. googling dragon tongue bean) has not revealed any pertinent details. This web site tells me they are also called Dragon Langerie. However, if you google that you get all sorts of results for Dragon Lingerie. The image search results indicate to me that this is a common confusion.
Back to our beans. Both the bean and the pod are editable. The internets tells me they are best raw. Cale and I ate them steamed. When we cooked them they lost the fanciful coloring and looked like any other bean.
So now you know.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thanks to Jess on Facebook, we now know this is a plant with many names. She calls it Mexican sour gherkin cucumber. Wikipedia has several other names: mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber. However, I prefer the Spanish name, sandíita, which apparently means little watermelon.
Also according to Wikipedia, these little Sandita (I know, redundant) were "domesticated before western contact began." So there you go.
I never opened one up, I just popped them into my mouth. This is what the internet says they look like inside: