When I was in school we lived in a small town. During hot summer, people used to sell “nungu” , the sellers rode a bicycle with a bamboo basket filled with nungu. And for 10 rupees, they take out a mini basket made of palm leaf and fill it with like 20 pieces.If you are regular customer you get extra.
There are many ways to eat nungu. My appa eats with that white skin. It tastes little bitter,I can’t have it but he says the skin is very good for health. Myself and my cousins patiently remove that white skin and gulp that jelly like seed(wikipedia calls it a seed).The good ones will be really really soft that no way you can remove the skin without breaking it and spilling all the juice. The juice inside will be cold , sweet and heavenly. We used to lick our hands so that we don’t miss that juice and the jelly will be so soft that one cannot remove the skin without breaking it + we will be in a hurry to finish the whole basket.
One of my friend in college told me how they eat it at her town.Each fruit will have 3 jelly type seeds placed in 3 socket.The sellers there just cut the fruit in such a way that the sockets are exposed and she used to poke the white jelly inside with her finger and drink all the juice without spilling! Clever ! 😀
One of my cousin, since she does not like the fruit she applies it all over her face as mask. On hot days it will be so much fun to sit together and enjoy this.
When we came here we were super happy to find nungu on our street. Me and B brought for 50 RS ( now it is too costly) and happily went home and ate. It was so hard but still we didnot want to throw it away so finished the whole thing. After 2 hours we both had terrible stomach pain,we were literally rolling on bed with pain.Somehow we slept off and it went away in sometime.Only later we came to know from MIL that overripe fruits will cause stomach ache! If it is overripe you can cook it in a pressure cooker with some milk and eat it,it seems. Sounds not so interesting to me. I like it soft , broken with the cold juice spilling all over 😀
p.s It is called as “Ice-Apple” it seems.Perfect! 😀