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Rare Fruit, a Mango and a Custard Apple at a Time in Cuba
The rare fruit cropped in the Cuban city of Camaguey. Photo: Orlando Segui Aguilar – Adelante weekly / Taken from Cubadebate
No doubt nature is wise. But if you hear that in the Cuban city of Camaguey they collected from a mango tree a fruit that is half way a mango, and half way a custard apple, would you believe so?
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The man who found it, Raul Garcia Morejon, said that he was weeding the backyard of his house – near Amalia Simoni hospital - when he heard the fruit falling; he went for it but got wide opened eyed when watching the unusual thing.

The truth is that the mango tree of the moro type produced a rare fruit.

"At first it thought it was a custard apple, but wasn't sure because this is not the season, besides, it was a mango tree, not a custard apple tree," he said.

"When I had it in my hand I wasn't sure what it really was. I went back home to tell my wife; neither she nor friends believed me, even though I showed them the fruit," Raul added.

This is like seeing is believing; no doubt this is unusual indeed. When I cut it, I saw the meat wasn't like that of a custard apple, but the flavor did tell it was kind of a rare mixture for these twin fruits.

chirimango f Orlando Segui Aguilar AdelanteRaul can't find out the reason for the mutation. It is true the two trees are near each other, but that is not reason enough because they simply touch each other by the branches.

Armando Guerra Gomez, agricultural engineer, and a specialist in soils and plants says may be the roots are very tied, or maybe they have an unseen touch that leads to this type of exchange.

"For me, a flower of the mango tree was very close to the custard apple, thus pollinated it: This genetic crosses are not at all common, but might happen; and this is a true case," he said.

The reporter of this news had the chance of trying the fruit. The flavor of the mango side was solid; however, the "intruder" did not taste like custard apple as such. The thing is the two sides had a different flavor.

I tasted the fruit with a flavor half ripen; with some little balls that resemble the seeds of the custard apple; and the mango seed not fully developed.

I see this is a caprice of nature. Who knows? Just a small mistake and a proof that things like those not alone happen in the animal kingdom. I just tell you don't go frustrated if they tell you they collected another rare fruit, inbetween a melon or a pineapple; a plantain mixed with guava. Any awkward thing might knock at your door, who knows?, but if it happens, just taste it, enjoy a real quirk of nature. / By Orlando Seguí Aguilar – Adelante / Translated by Radio Angulo.

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