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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Albert Einstein

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Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Ube, Udara, Guanabana & Sweet Detar

The Fruits Came Calling by eof
The fruits came calling
One by one they lined the street
Munch on me, one said…

Ube, Dark as night
blows kiss to Guanabana
Sweet Detar, join us.

Kiss me, said White Star
The locals say Udala
Tasty gummy pulp…

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits: I was reading a post about Filipino food on lolakojane’s blog. She mentioned Ube and that word sent me down memory lane… I was back in my father’s village, eating exotic fruit on languid days; Ube (bush butterfruit), Udala (African White Star Apple), Icheku oyibo (Tamarind), Icacina, guava and many more. The word Ube means something different for lolakojane (purple yam, while mine is a fruit), but the colors are same – purple. So that purple fruit, top left, sent me on a journey back in time to exotic fruit land.

“Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.”  Jean Arp

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits...

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Squared Watermelon, Durian, Kumquat, and Passionfruit.

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Dragon fruit, Pomegranate, Monstera Deliciosa & Lychee

Take me home with you
said Squared Watermelon
Not tonight, Durian

I will walk Kumquat!
Take me too, cooed Passion fruit
Dragon fruit said squat…

Pomegranate smiles.
Monstera Deliciosa
Dance with me, Lychee

As I gathered my photos and links, I was again reminded how magnificent nature’s bounty is. The range of fruit and flora we enjoy is amazing, and barely a thank you to Mother Nature… The Haiku are all connected in a fruitful, fruit filled dream state conversation; who is speaking, observing, listening? The Self?

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” Shirley MacLaine

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits...

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Soursop, Sweetsop, Akee, Pepino Collage

Haiku: Dreaming of Exotic Fruits...

Haiku: Dreaming of Exotic Fruits… Buddhas Hands, Aguajefruit, Papaya, Breadfruit, collage

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits...

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Miraclefruit, Starfruit, Jackfruit collage

A Soursop nodded
Sweetsop to you Pepino
I know, begged Ackee

Buddha’s Hands wave back
Aguajefruit  finger snaps!
Here comes Papaya

I dreamt of breadfruit
Miraclefruit and Starfruit
Even Jackfruit called …

Some of these fruits I’ve enjoyed and some I have not… I am no longer in my father’s village but the memories linger. So while there is time, wherever we are, we must sit awhile and have some new, exotic fruit.  Yes?  What have you not had from the list of fruits mentioned? What’s stopping you?

“Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” Democritus

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits...

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Biriba, Horned Melon, Cupuacu, Cashew Fruit collage

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Mangosteen, Persimmon, Langsat, Feijoa collage

Biriba asked for…
African Horned Cucumber
Cupuaçu laughed…

Two Cashew Fruits cried
As Mangosteen fell down dead
Persimmon killed her…

Langsat’s my witness
And a sweet Kiwano fruit.
Feijoa or jail?

This haiku is a celebration of exotic fruits from around the world; some unusual and some a bit more familiar… They meet me in a dream. They are quite solicitous. We chat, we joke, we speculate… all  in a dream, all on a dare.  😉 Do you have memories of fruit that isn’t so available to you now? Share your favorite exotic, uncommon fruit with me. More below!

“Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.” James Lane Allen

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Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Urucum, Rambutam, Physalis, collage

Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Guava, Jabuticaba, Cherimoya, collage

Two Urucum wept
A shameless Rambutan slept
Physalis is here…

Cherimoya dear
Jabuticaba does care…
Guava for your dreams?

The fruits came calling
One by one, they lined the street
Dream!, they said. I did…© eof

As I put this together, I am acutely aware that dreams are meaningless until we build them in concrete ways.  May all our efforts bear fruit… What are your thoughts? Do you dream of childhood foods and fruits? Are there any you haven’t had in ages?  Which of the fruits listed have you eaten? What fruits would you like me to try/add to the haiku?  Do share! Thank you. ;-)

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: Taste the fruits of your youth in haiku… In short, think bliss!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos:  Ube, Guanabanasquare watermelon, Durian, Kumquat, Passionfruit, DragonFruitPomegranate, Lychee, Monstera Deliciosa, SoursopSweetsop, Pepino, Akee, Buddhas hands, Aguajefruit, Papaya, Breadfruit, Miraclefruit, Starfruit, Jackfruit, Biriba, Horned Cucumber/Kiwano, Cupuaçu, Cashew FruitMangosteen, Persimmon,Langsat, Feijoa, Urucum, PhysalisCherimoya, Jabuticaba, Guava, via Wikipedia, via Flickr or my personal photos. Udara via informafrica, Sweet detar via

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

94 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/08/2012 1:24 am

    I once tried Durian when in Bali. Very strange sweet taste but what a ghastly smell. Thanks for this. Don’t really know what a haiku is – have t do some Googling research.

    • 20/08/2012 2:59 am

      Hi Judith, Thanks for stopping by… You’ve asked an important question: What is Haiku? It is a Japanese poetic form of writing that combines form, content and language in a succinct and meaningful way. It typically has 5-7-5 syllables that don’t have to rhyme but must convey a great mental image in a few words. The goal is to make sense with a few words and hope the reader grasps it too… I’m still learning but thanks for the question! 🙂

  2. 20/08/2012 1:45 am

    I’ve never seen most of these before or even heard of them – fascinating – thanks.

  3. 20/08/2012 2:02 am

    The watermelon is very unique for me.

    • 20/08/2012 3:00 am

      Apparently, it is popular in Japan. Have you had it? 🙂

      • 20/08/2012 4:09 am

        I usually eat a round one but never tried it.

    • 23/08/2012 1:23 am

      Okay… I suspect it tastes the same. 😉

  4. 20/08/2012 2:25 am

    Clever haikus! I haven’t heard of half of these. The guavas made me nostalgic for PNG.

    • 20/08/2012 3:01 am

      Glad you checked them out… They are all quite distinct in texture and flavor… I haven’t had all of them. 🙂

  5. 20/08/2012 2:47 am

    jaboticaba! my very favourite exotic fruit. I’m not a fruity girl, but when our jaboticaba tree in the backyard fruits (secretly – the fruit are invisible from the outside) I am happy to sit next to the tree and eat handfuls of fruit 🙂

    • 20/08/2012 3:02 am

      Good for you to have tree to eat off of at a whim! Is the tree still around? TY! 🙂

  6. 20/08/2012 3:54 am

    Wow … I never heard of many of these. I have to do some googling…. 🙂

    • 23/08/2012 1:25 am

      OH, you can click on the links for each one and it will take you to their Wiki page. TY! 🙂

  7. 20/08/2012 4:08 am

    Great dream you had there Eliz, lol, looks like what is exotic to you is common to me… Most of the fruits are very common here in our country.

    • 23/08/2012 1:27 am

      Not all are uncommon to me but they do fall under that exotic fruit umbrella because they are not readily available to all. Good for you to have tasted all of these fruits. 🙂 I’ve had most but not all… Also there were fruits I’ve eaten that I didn’t add because I couldn’t find their names… TY!

  8. 20/08/2012 4:49 am

    I’ve had so many exotic fruits for me since I moved to China. Persimmon are one of my favorites now and I’ve had snake skin fruit, loquats, durian, ube and many others. How lucky we are to have new fruit to try!

    • 23/08/2012 1:29 am

      Lucky for you! Unless I go to Chinatown in NY, my choices are limited to the run of the mill selections. 😉 TY!

  9. 20/08/2012 6:53 am

    The horned melon looks interesting to me if I see it in the market I might add to my shopping cart. As a kid I remember a giant Lechee tree in the yard and eatting tons of sweet fruit. I also remember charamya and bread fruit. I’m not sure if I mispelled the fruits. :+)

    • 23/08/2012 1:30 am

      Cherimoya? Good for you… I also had my share of exotic fruits as a child and I can still taste some in my mind’s eye. 😉 TY!

  10. 20/08/2012 6:54 am

    Some like pomegranate and litchi you get here, ion fact we have a pomegranate tree in the garden but the birds beat me to it

    • 23/08/2012 1:31 am

      Really? All the time? You might need netting to stop them. 🙂 TY!

      • 23/08/2012 4:51 am

        No only in season – summer fruits. I think the pomengranates open too soon, probably too much water (we have a borehole and I use the sprinkler – I am a lazy person) but on the other hand it is nice to see the birds visit.

  11. 20/08/2012 7:11 am

    Wow, so many fruits I haven’t tasted yet! 😀

    • 23/08/2012 1:32 am

      OH, time to start Stuart! Glad to see you here. 😉

  12. 20/08/2012 8:43 am

    Loveeeee those fruits like rambutan, jackfruit, cashew fruit (love the nut most), guava and star apple (Cherimoya), Atis (akee). Thumbs up to exotic taste . Thumbs up to you beautiful haiku.

  13. 20/08/2012 9:38 am

    Beautiful and informative! Thanks

  14. 20/08/2012 10:18 am

    Thank you for the collage and haikus, Elizabeth. Many of my memories from childhood are eating the varied and abundance of fruits in the Philippines. I miss these fruits and look forward to eating these immediately upon my visits back home. Here in the U.S. (and while living in Germany) my favorite fruit is the cherry…such a short season, so we have to make a point to enjoy! Your photo collection made me miss the fruits from my childhood even more, and I will appreciate these all that much more, the next time I am in the Philippines.

    • 21/08/2012 10:04 pm

      Thank you for triggering the memory with your posts… I enjoyed reading them and love the color purple too. 🙂

  15. 20/08/2012 10:30 am

    So much interesting and odd looking (!) fruit to try! Ok Elizabeth, next up – looking for some recipes!! 😉

    • 23/08/2012 1:33 am

      Well do share when you find them… 😆 TY!

  16. Etol Bagam permalink
    20/08/2012 11:13 am

    Love your post. I grew up in Brazil, on a big house with lots of fruit trees and I remember eating many of those. Now I’m in the US, where most of the tropical fruits, when avaiable do not taste the same, as it had to be picked very unripe and travel long distances. So everytime I go back, fruis are in my wanted list of foods to eat while I’m there.

    • 23/08/2012 1:34 am

      Exactly! I have the same experience too… They pluck them early and they are never the same… Miss the fruits too. 🙂

  17. 20/08/2012 11:36 am

    Wonderful Haiku Eliz! And a great selection of exotic fruit! Even I found some that i had never heard of before 🙂

    • 23/08/2012 1:35 am

      TY Madhu! You found some to add to your to eat list… Goody! 🙂

  18. 20/08/2012 11:49 am

    What a wonderful post. The haiku are so fun. I am familiar with most of the fruit you mention and am able to grow several of them. Thanks.

    • 23/08/2012 1:36 am

      Fantastic! Where are you? That is great to have full access to the range. 🙂 TY!

  19. 20/08/2012 12:47 pm

    I enjoyed the first collage but then you gave and gave! Awesome.
    I don’t know many of these fruits at all. Why? because in the UK we are too far from where these wonderful thing grow. Some get imported but they don’t know how to store them correctly – often they are kept too cold. Even mango, my favourite fruit, its hard to get really good ones and they are ridiculously expensive.

    • 23/08/2012 1:37 am

      TY! And the fact that they pluck them unripe doesn’t help much. We get pretty good mangoes in the US. 🙂

  20. 20/08/2012 12:48 pm

    The very first one – Ube, reminds me of a fruit in Nigeria that I know as pia/ peer/piya, any idea what I mean?

    • 23/08/2012 1:38 am

      Yes, it is Ube and popular in the Eastern region… That is same one Gilly! I truly miss it and haven’t had one in decades. 🙁

      • 23/08/2012 3:07 am

        Ah you need to travel dear Elizabeth.

      • 23/08/2012 3:11 am

        Easier said than done… Would love to and same to you for another taste of Ube! 🙂

  21. 20/08/2012 1:25 pm

    This post has me salivating all over my keyboard! Kumquats and pomegranates: joys introduced to me by aunts and uncles returning from exotic farmers’ markets and fall festivals!

    • 23/08/2012 1:39 am

      What a wonderful memory… That is what i love about food, many memories are usually upbeat. 😉 TY!

  22. Goz permalink
    20/08/2012 1:45 pm

    Very nice.. Mouthwateringly good! Great effort, beautiful.

    • 23/08/2012 1:40 am

      TY Goz! And lucky you to have full access to the range still… Miss Ube and Udala. 🙂

  23. 20/08/2012 4:47 pm

    Awesome! All those photos remind of my childhood and all the yummy fruit I am missing now.

    • 23/08/2012 1:40 am

      Same here… I sure could have a feast with a few. 🙂 TY!

  24. 20/08/2012 5:31 pm

    Wow, you are a clever cookie (but of course I should say lemon or orange or something). Fab post!

    • 23/08/2012 1:41 am

      Well, TY Catherine! This was fun to do! 🙂

  25. 20/08/2012 6:22 pm

    So, so lovely. We have quite a few of these fruits in Jamaica – we have a soursop and a sweetsop tree in our yard, plus of course mangoes and avocado. And we have papaya (“pawpaw”), guava, pomegranate and jack fruit (which you can smell from a mile away, I am not very fond of it!) SO well put together!!

    • 23/08/2012 1:43 am

      TY Petchary… I can imagine the selection you have at home… You know, there were fruits I didn’t’ add because their botanical names were hard to find? Amazing world of fruits out there… 😉

  26. 20/08/2012 6:40 pm

    *sigh* I am hungry for exotic fruits now.
    I am dreaming of a fruit salad filled with all your wonderful fruits you have here…yummy!!!!! 🙂

  27. 20/08/2012 11:44 pm

    i haven’t tried all the fruits in your Haiku yet. They all look so good… Love your haiku, too. 🙂

    • 23/08/2012 1:44 am

      TY Lisa! It started as a fun thing and grew from there… Life! 🙂

  28. 21/08/2012 3:51 am

    I enjoyed the fruits of your poetic labours 🙂

    • 23/08/2012 1:45 am

      TY Tilly for the poetic reply…. Welcome back! 😉

  29. 21/08/2012 7:28 am

    You made my mouth water with all these lovely fruits. I miss having them available here in California. But when I go to visit in Manils, I do get my fill. Love mangosteen, star fruit, buyabano, rambutan, lychee, atis, jackfruit, to name a few. Ube for us is a purple yam but we eat it in many ways— candied, in ube cake, ube ice cream, iced ube, ube jam in bread, in ensaymada, etc. I can smell all of them!

    Sorry, I don’t really care for durian.

    • 23/08/2012 1:46 am

      Nice, nice… at least you can fill up in Manila! I would love to have a fruit feast sometime… 🙂 TY!

  30. 21/08/2012 8:46 am

    fun to wake up to exotic fruits and haikus. great post, Judith.

    • 23/08/2012 2:09 am

      TY and so glad to see you here… Are you Judith? I’m Elizabeth. 😆

  31. 21/08/2012 11:30 am

    wow! This is absolutely creative and brilliant. Love the haikus, Elizabeth. Well done

    • 23/08/2012 2:10 am

      TY Ce! I had fun with this one… not always the case. I love haiku too and might keep it up… Sure beats a long post. 🙂

  32. 21/08/2012 4:56 pm

    6 out of 40 …is all that I have tasted…pretty pitiful…I need to widen my range of fruit eating for sure…I will have to try one new fruit a week…not a bad goal…Your fruit mentions did bring back memories of the persimmon trees we had…terrible and quite bitter if not ripe…sweet and good if ripened by the sun to it’s full maturity…in the fall…persimmon pudding is made and sold at craft bazaars here …It is delicious!…I usually stick with the basics…strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, oranges, apples, lemons, pears…
    Also, I’m so glad someone (Judith) asked about the word “Haiku”…been meaning to do that!…Very good…and as you can see I enjoyed it!

    • 23/08/2012 2:11 am

      That’s terrific! At least you’ve had some… Many are not easily found in the US… TY! 🙂

  33. 21/08/2012 5:24 pm

    Well. This post was simply delicious.

  34. 22/08/2012 11:11 pm

    I enjoy haiku! And I must say that I forget the variety of exotic fruit to choose from! Bounty! I absolutely get giddy with a good pineapple, so I hardly need to think too far out of the box to be happy. But the colors! They are truly works of art! Debra

    • 23/08/2012 2:11 am

      Yes, the colors and textures and range…. Superlative. TY! 🙂

  35. 23/08/2012 12:17 am

    Congratulations! You got an award. Come by and pick it up when you have the time… 🙂

    • 23/08/2012 2:12 am

      TY so much for the award… I have responded and accepted with gratitude. I will include it in my post on awards… TY again! 🙂

  36. 23/08/2012 12:49 am

    What a wonderful, colorful post, Elizabeth. I’m always dreaming of durians!

    • 23/08/2012 2:13 am

      Oh really? I hope you can find some where you are… In Japan right? TY! 🙂 Do keep us posted n when your book comes to the US.

      • 23/08/2012 12:09 pm

        Durians are one of the most popular fruits in South East Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. I’m in California where we only get the frozen ones.:)

      • 23/08/2012 12:47 pm

        Okay… At least you get a bit more than those of us in colder climes… TY! for your reminder. 😉

  37. 24/08/2012 11:58 am

    Very clever set of haiku and collection of exotic fruit photos!

    • 31/08/2012 11:50 am

      TY Fergie! This was fun because of the memories and all the colorful fruit I found… 🙂

  38. 24/08/2012 12:23 pm

    Hem…. very delicous fruits. Durina, Guava, Guanabana … hemmm yumi

  39. 26/08/2012 4:46 pm

    Love the haiku (and love that yummy lookin’ fruit too!)

    • 26/08/2012 4:53 pm

      TY! I would love to have an exotic fruit salad too. 😉


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