What Is A "Naranjilla?" ... the second of an ongoing series

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Hey everybody! It's time to look at a few more of those interesting words we have to type in to submit comments and posts.  (Here is the prior installment.)


The first word is Quince. Is it a kind of royalty? Is it the number 15? Let's find out...

QuinceAh-ha!   Foodglossary says: "The quince tree is used for everything from perfume to honey. It was also considered a symbol of love and given to ones intended as a sign of commitment..." 

Wiki has a lengthy article on Quince: "It is a small deciduous tree, growing 5-8 m tall and 4-6 m wide, related to apples and pears, and like them has a pome fruit, which is bright golden yellow when mature, pear-shaped, 7-12 cm long and 6-9 cm broad."



Next is Namnam. Ummm... I got nuthin'

OK ... well, this sort of follows the food trend.  According to the book, French and Creole in Louisiana by Albert Valdman, namnam is nam-nam, or "food to eat" Click the link above to read the interesting etymology. Thanks, GoogleBooks!


Our final word today is Mape. mape - Chestunt Tree From Wikipedia

In short, the Tahiti Traveler tells us that the mape, also called a Tahitian Chestnut, finds its origin in Malaysia and might have been brought in French Polynesia by the Polynesian immigrants from South-east Asia. This tree is characterized by foothills that develop from roots to branches for the oldest ones. Boiled or roasted, the mape fruit -that looks like chestnut- is highly prized by Tahitians that eat it at every hour. Children are used to selling those cooked fruits in all gatherings, notably around markets.


Until next time!


Christina :) 


Please Note: As always, this series is certainly powered mainly by my 1980 Oxford American Dictionary, GoogleBooks, and Wikipedia.

Comments (3)

Sarah Restis
SR Assist - Murrieta, CA


You mean its not what Betty and Barneys son says when he has a cold? haha :)

Oct 06, 2007 07:20 AM
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Are you suggesting we are a community of 'fruits and nuts'? :^) Thanks,   Fran

Oct 06, 2007 07:34 AM
Christina Botteri
REeBroker - Roseville, CA

Sarah - cute! I love the Flintstones!!

Fran - HA HA HA HA! Good one! :D



Oct 06, 2007 08:05 AM