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...
Ah-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.
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!