||[ Wednesday, 23 Aug 06 | 12:33 ]
One of the paraguayos I bought this week.
No, this isn't some man from Paraguay, even though their former dictator recently died. Paraguayo is what these fruits are called in the grocery store. It looks like a cross between a peach and a donut, without the hole. The color and skin are very peach-like and the flesh is white, not yellow. And they are very juicy and sweeter than your average peach. I bought a few at Alcampo and like them so much that I’ll buy them again.
This is the season for peaches, apricots and plums. In fact, peaches are available until November when I switch over to apples and citrus. My favorite apples here are Granny Smith and Pink Lady. For citrus I prefer navelinas (navel oranges) and mandarinas (tangerines). The fresh fruit here is quite good and a lot cheaper than in California.
Thanks to Xavi, I fixed this posting with the correct spelling of the fruit.
I also found the following...
El paraguayo es un pariente del melocotón, procedente de una mutación relativamente reciente del melocotonero. Con él comparte prácticamente las mismas propiedades nutritivas, la característica pelusa de la piel y la pulpa carnosa, dulce y jugosa, si bien, en el aspecto físico se diferencian en que el paraguayo tiene una característica forma aplastada y un color verdoso amarillento de la piel, incluso cuando está maduro.
The main thing that this adds is that the fruit is a relatively recent mutation of the peach family.