Food: A Is for Apple? No, Atemoya

Exotic produce is the new thrill for jaded palates

Cherimoya. Jicama. Loquat. Malanga. Tamarillo. Ceriman. Carambola. Chayote. Mammee. Pomelo. Kiwano. Yuca. At first glance, the names seem to be the language of a mystical incantation. In fact, they could be a shopping list of produce to be purchased at the supermarket.

No longer satisfied with apples and oranges, peas and beans, a growing number of Americans are titillating their restless palates with exotic fruits and vegetables. Mostly tropical and native to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, this colorful harvest used to be found only in ethnic neighborhoods. Now many of these edibles are becoming standards, not only at high-fashion...

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