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Caimito

Guess what I found at the mercado in el centro of San Salvador? It’s Star Apple Fruit or Vú Sữa in Vietnamese.

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Doesn’t have as much milk liquid (due to large seeds, small fruit) as the Vietnamese ones but the flesh is a good resemblance in taste and flavor.

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$0.50 USD for 5 small ones (about the size of a normal lime).

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  1. Hi Nat,   Ah… one of my favorite fruites!  Oh my, I’m drooling!!!  Haven’t eaten caimito for nearly 30 yrs.  Gosh, wish I can have some right now.  🙂   How are you doing?  I’m glad to see that you seems making the most out of this trip.  Were you on tours for these excursions that you posted the photos or explore on your own?    It’s Friday night, and I am itching to go out doing things, but viewing your posts makes me itching to travel more.  :~)    That’s all for now.  Enjoy & be safe! Hugs…   Chi Van =)

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    • Hi chi.

      Ahem…..wished I can FedEx some to you right now but California is as strict on fresh produce as illegal substance so you have to eat it through the monitor screen, lol.

      It is of course, also Friday night here in the city of Leon, Nicaragua. I’m playing catch-up with my blog. As a matter of fact, I bought some more caimito today because it seems to be in season, and looks better and even cheaper in Nicaragua than El Salvador (the pix on this post).

      I am doing great and honestly, I don’t want to go home yet 😉 Yes, I am making the best out of this trip. Some activities are more adventurous than others, but I do enjoy and keep myself busy with excursion, whether organized or self guide.

      I’m sorry to make you feel the “itch” to travel but having visited the majority of the countries in the region of Central America, I think that many Vietnamese might consider and enjoying touring the region after reading my blog. It is much closer than SE Asia and much more friendly to our pocket book. You can start saving right now and we’ll take a trip together the next year, lol. I plan to return to the region more often though.

      I have now adapted the Central American lifestyle (somewhat). I always ask and head to the “mercado” aka the open-air market whenever I check into a new hotel. That’s the best place to capture the local culture, gastronomy habits, ingredients and most of all, fresh fruits and produce are much more fresher than in the supermarket. For hygiene reason, I only purchase meat, eggs, purified water bottles, butter and dairy products in the supermarket.

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    • BTW, for the mercado here in Central America, typically in the center (el central) and open air or both inside and the surrounding of a central building. More often than not, it resemble Ben Thanh’s market type of set up. The outer rim are for produce, perishable. The interior is for non perishable items like clothing, house ware and the like.

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