Sunday, February 10, 2013

Melville Intermediate - Owen's Mystery Food!

 This mystery item belongs to Owen - he knows what it is, he likes to eat them for his lunch, but can anyone else out there identify what it is?
 We didn't have a successful identification from the students of Room Five, so is there someone out there who can help us? Or has Owen stumped our audience?
Owen is a new student to Melville Intermediate in Room Five for 2013.  Last week in class he was consuming a mystery item for his lunch.  No-one in class was sure as to what he was eating (although of course Owen knew) we were talking about who else would know? Do you?

13 comments:

  1. I remember eating these from my mothers garden in Auckland. It was a few years ago but I am very sure they are Chinese Gooseberries. I used to love them.
    Your photography is very clever, it really showed the transparent shell or husk. What do you call that part of the Gooseberry?
    Ms Matthews

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  2. We think it is a starfruit. :))

    Vlada

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  3. I remember my grandmother, who lived in Auckland, eating these fruits! I think that it is a Cape Gooseberry. As a child I was never brave enough to try one.
    Owen are you able to describe the flavour at all?

    Melanie - it's not a Chinese Gooseberry - nowadays Chinese Gooseberries are known as kiwifruit!

    Mrs McKenzie from B4

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  4. I had to put my thinking hat on but I think that this is a Chinese gooseberry. Do you know that there is famous fruit that was once called a Chinese gooseberry until a company changed the name of the fruit in the 1950s. Can you guess the fruit?

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  5. It's a Physalis! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis
    It goes by many different common names around the world - like Chinese Lantern or Cape Gooseberry. Very exotic here in UK!

    Clive
    Oxford, UK

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  6. Hello there,

    Well I was pretty sure that Owen's mystery fruit was a tasty and delicious kumquat, but now I see the other comments ... I'm not so sure ;)

    I'm glad Owen knows because then the mystery can be solved!

    Merry Beau (Class Teacher - 2nd Class Room 6)

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  7. I grew up in Auckland even though I am now Dunedin based. The Chinese Gooseberry was something we sneaked from fences around the school boundary. It is most definitely an organic version of the big kiwi fruit...

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  8. I had no idea what that was to start with but after reading the comments I would be best to agree that is a Chinese gooseberry. I love the way all the photos were set out with the writing ;)!
    Well I hope owen enjoys his "Mystery Fruit".

    Neo from Misstea's classroom.

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  9. Hi Owen. how neat ou are eating these, we used to have these at my house when i was growing up, they taste quite tart but remind me so much of summer. thank you for bringing back the memory. We called these chinese (or cape) gooseberry.

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  10. Hi I remember eating these as a child, our neighbor had a plant in her back garden. I must admit I could not remember the name & I had to ring my mum to find out it is a cape gooseberry.

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  11. Hello, I am the new assistant in Mrs. Lologa's classroom, Mrs. Thompson. Here in North Carolina we would call them Ground Cherries, or if they are the green variety, Tomatillos.

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  12. To Owen,
    It looks like a very interesting food item. The first photo looks like the puffy part of our swan plants at school. I have no idea what it is reading through everyone's comments but I would love to find out.
    From Mrs Head
    Vardon School
    Hamilton, NZ

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