We are glad we invited some Elders over to try this 'new' fruit discovery with us. We cut it in half. If you look carefully at the close-up picture you will see a white liquid oozing out. It was REALLY REALLY sticky! We had to scrub our hands with dish soap and a scrubbie to get it off. We tried to cut out the centre (like a pineapple) to avoid getting any more of the sticky stuff on us. :)
There is a lot of sinew type stuff inside but there are also kind of pockets of good stuff around each seed. We decided it tastes like a cross between pineapple, papaya and mangoes. The flavor really isn't bad at all. It was good - we all ate 2 or 3 pieces. If it was bad we would have stopped with the first bite. :) I guess it is really something you would have to experience to really know.
We did decide that perhaps we shouldn't have cut it in half. We should have tried to peel it even though the skin is really weird, but on the soft side. If we peeled it and dug out the good stuff from the outside instead of the inside we could perhaps have avoided the sticky stuff.
We only ate half of it and the Elders took the other half over to some other Elders. I hope they warn them about the sticky but am afraid they might not!!!!! You know, they are young Elders, afterall, and if they had to get sticky why shouldn't the next guy?
Would we buy one again? Maybe - if only to try dissecting it differently. There must be a better way! We should have them show us how it is done next time we buy one. We would also like to see the tree it grows on. It only cost 300 kwacha (less than $2.).