Have you ever had nungu?

When I was in school we lived in a small town. During hot summer, people used to sell “nungu”Β , 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 ! πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

p.s It is called as “Ice-Apple” it seems.Perfect! πŸ˜€


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  1. Perfec way to startmy morning is reading this post of awesome ‘Ice Apple’… I love this fruit.to the core… soft , broken with the cold juice spilling all over πŸ˜€

  2. My Appa had to be hospitalised because of this nungu..but its still one of his favorite fruits to eat πŸ™‚ so is mine..

    Hope the tummy ache goes away soon!

  3. Why did you have to remind me of nungu now?! I want some now. right now. *GB gets cranky* πŸ˜€ I love them.. as you said the tender ones. Never liked the overripe ones.. When we were kids, we used to call it “sabbu” (soap in Telugu) for we thought it was so smooth like a soap πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  4. I used to poke it first to suck the juice and then eat the jelly by scraping it with my teeth from the white part.. I have also had it straight from the tree which way cut with the 3 eyes exposed.. We also later use that outer part to run around. stick it to one end of a long stick and roll it to run around.. mg so much memories.. I also love nungu but only that mushy tender ones πŸ™‚

  5. Ice-apple??!! hehehe… sounds funny. My grandma used to peel the outer part patiently and give the soft juicy nungu to us. Poke. Gulp. Eat. Heaven. πŸ˜€

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