Brazil has a lot of fruits that we don't. During the time I lived there, I fell in love with the variety of exotic fruits, some of which I've never seen in the US, even though I know in some place they must be available. Passion fruit? Oh, if I could only get my hands on some fresh ones!
One time I thought I found seriguela in the grocery store, a fruit that looks like a tiny orange and has a nice big pit in the center. I bought several, eagerly taking them home to try. To my dismay, they were just kumquats! As of yet I haven't found a useful purpose for this fruit that is mostly peel and seed.
A similar thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I spotted what looked like the wonderful caqui, a fruit that looks like an orange tomato, but soft, juicy, and oh-so-sweet. I eyed it warily in the grocery store, unable to find any label for what it was. Finally my curiosity won me over, and I bought several. In the check out line, they rang up as persimmons, and my heart sank. Once again, I'd mistaken an American fruit for a Brazilian one.
When I got home, I bit into one. To my surprise, it tasted just like a caqui! Quickly I pulled out my dictionary and looked up persimmon. It is a caqui! They're the same fruit!
I can't believe I grew up in the south and never saw/tasted a persimmon until I went to Brazil. But let me tell you, I am so thrilled to have found them here!
Now if only I could find acerola, pinha, and jabuticaba! we'd be great. Though I can do without pitomba and caju.