23 October 2005
These are called kurma. That is a tricky name because it turns out that it means lots of things. Kurma is an incarnation of Vishnu, or it's a type of curry, or it means dates. My Kyrgyz dictionary translated kurma as dates or figs. However, I can't believe these are dates. They look nothing like dates.
I'm hesitant to say they're figs because I didn't think figs had a skin like this. I had figs right off the tree one time when we visited a Palestinian family in the West Bank so I'm not totally unfamiliar with them, but still, I'm no expert.
These little guys are about the size of a tomato and look and feel very much like tomatoes except for the larger leaves on top. They're not quite ripe yet so I haven't had a chance to taste one yet.
Does anyone have any guesses? Or does someone who knows about figs think that's what these are? I'm quite curious.
[Update] I've have a vote for persimmons, and that seems quite likely. Unless anyone objects, these are persimmons.