Tell Me What This Fruit Is — Another Grumpy Quiz

July 10, 2010 | By | Comments (11)


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Gosh, it looks like it’s going to be another busy day here on Ambergris Caye in Belize. What will I do to pass the time? I know! It’s time for another Grumpy Quiz, in which you get to prove that faithfully checking this blog every day and hanging on my every word has turbocharged your brainpower.

Question — What do you call this fruit? (And I don’t mean the kid in the hammock. He’s totally straight.)

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We found it at a local farmer’s market at Belmopan in Belize and were so intrigued by its color and fearsome shape that we knew we had to try it. It was delish — kind of like a mild kiwi with very soft, juicy (and seedy) flesh. Gotta watch out for the juice, though. It’ll permanently stain anything it gets on bright red.

If you think you know what it is, suggest a name. If you are right, you will earn the Grump’s eternal respect, a prize worth more than all the styrofoam peanuts at Hobby Lobby.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for breakfast. I think I’ll have the lobster.

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I’m Just Vacationing, I’m Not Dead

The Grump may be taking a break from the office, but he never takes a break from you — his brilliant, inquisitive, and loyal readers. Feel free to post questions as usual and Grumpy will answer them as soon as he can. For express service, send a bottle of rum.

Bonus Grumpy Fact!

The Belizian city of Belmopan (population: 7,100) is the world’s smallest capital. You will learn such valuable nuggets only by reading the Grumpy Gardener!


  1. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    Privet, golden euonymus, Leyland cypress, Bradford pear, and redtip photinia. To that, I would add river birch and Southern magnolia, because they get too big and drop leaves incessantly. And don’t plant a big crepe myrtle near your front porch (like I did), because you have to sweep fallen flowers all summer.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:04 am
  2. Elaine

    in june 2009, page 54, you said, for a list of of five plants you should never put in front of your house–contact you–what are they?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm
  3. Babe

    It’s a dragon fruit.

    July 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  4. Babe

    It’s a dragon fruit

    July 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  5. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    What I meant to say is that Belmopan is the world’s smallest capital as measured by its population of iguanas.

    July 18, 2010 at 10:39 am
  6. Richard S. George (Dick)
    July 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  7. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    Grumpy is so proud! Yes, it is a pitaya, also known as dragonfruit. It is the fruit of a species of night-blooming cereus that opens fragrant white flowers at night. (If you have one about to bloom, please don’t ask us to come over and take a picture. Our photographers leave work at 4 PM.) To learn more about this delicious tropical fruit, check out this link:

    July 12, 2010 at 9:47 am
  8. Michelle

    That is pitaya or as it is more commonly known…Dragonfruit!

    July 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm
  9. Debra Colinsky

    I believe it is dragaon fruit but someone has already said that..Sorry I was late,

    July 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm
  10. sharon

    Looks like red dragon fruit to me. Check out this link.

    July 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  11. Rhonda

    Oooh, pink! Is is Pitaya? Sort of creamy in the middle with seeds that resemble poppy or kiwi seeds? We had it in Mexico and I remember liking it and wanting to grow one, but couldn’t manage bringing a cactus home in my carry on.Darn it.
    Happy vacation!

    July 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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