These round green fruits were hanging out outside a bodega on 37th Ave. between 73rd and 74th Streets in Jackson Heights, Queens. Just about here. Woohoo! A fruit I’d never eaten before! I’d never seen anything like them and I had no idea what they were.
They’re about the size of a golf ball. This is what one looks like inside.
It tasted good: like an underripe peach, with a little bit of quince. The texture was crisp, and a little gritty like a pear. What was it, though? I asked the cashier and he said, “voroi.” At least I thought he did. Ian thought he’d said “boroi,” and Ian turned out to be right. They are…
Jujube (also called boroi or kul), scientific name Ziziphus mauritiana.
They’re mainly eaten raw, and grown in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Africa. According to the Wikipedia article, “In Ethiopia, the fruits are used to stupefy fish.” How, I couldn’t say.
Lots of exciting jujube pictures here (fresh! dried! green! yellow! red!)