Thursday, November 20, 2008


Manna was the term used for the bread-like substance that sustained the Israelites when they left Egypt and took an extended tour of the middle-eastern wilderness. I am no scholar of ancient languages, but I understand that the word manna literally means, "What is it?"

So what is it?

Often when we see a new fruit we will ask the vendor what it tastes like. It is funny because the person you are talking to will inevitably have a different answer than the people sitting around them. It seems the vendor will say the fruit is sweet. Her companions will laugh and say that really it is sour. Somewhere along the way it gets decided that the fruit is sweet and sour. I don't know why we still ask; it just seems to be the thing to do. At least then if we find our eyes watering and mouth doing the funny little contortions that follow eating something unexpectedly sour, we can say that we asked.

I suppose that could be part of the fun on their side too. Perhaps they want to convince us the new fruit is sweet and that we should try some. Then when we do the puckered, cross-eyed thing they can have a new cultural experience - they may have never seen an Americano do that before. Or maybe they have and that is why the response is so consistent...

Well anyway, this fruit was sweet; no crossed, watery eyes or puckered cheeks. Of all things, it reminded me somewhat of saltwater taffy.

Let us know if you have any guesses.



  1. Jordan A.K.A bob the bannanaNovember 20, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    I don't know what it is, but it is some kind of fruit. And it looks cool. I hope I can try it if me and grandpa come over to Bontoc.

  2. This is what we call a soursop here in the caribbean. We make a lovely punch with it and serve it chilled as well :-)

  3. We love new recipes. How do you make the punch?

  4. It is called soursop here in Sri Lanka, i do not know the local name. But it is guyabano. We love guyabano smoothie! Crushed ice and the pulp blended together. Add sugar or honey to taste. Yum!

    Been following your blog and added your link on mine.

    Grace be.