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Stinking Toe

The scientific name for Stinking Toe is Hymenaea courbaril. It is also called Locust. Stinking Toe or "Tinkin Toe" as Jamaicans sometimes call it, has this name because its seedpods look like big, fat toes and are said to smell like smelly feet or toes. Despite these facts, stinking toe is very delicious. Stinking Toe can be found in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Stinking Toe is also used in folk medicine to alleviate headaches and rheumatism. The pulp of Stinking Toe is sweet tasting despite the very unattractive name and scent of the fruit. The seeds of the Stinking Toe are sometimes used to make jewelry. The seeds are strung together and made into necklaces.

Lychee

The scientific name for Lychee (pronounced LIE-chee) is Litchi chinensis Sonn. The indentured servants that came to Jamaica from China after slavery was abolished in the island brought Lychee to the island. The outside of the Lychee fruit is very rough and a dark pink, nearly red color. The fruit is round and is slightly larger than a walnut. The inside of the fruit is very white, firm, fleshy, sweet and full of juices that are almost certain to run down the chin of those who eat it.

Carambola

The scientific name for the Carambola is Averrhoa carambola L. The fruit, also called Starfruit, was brought to Jamaica from Southeast Asia. Carambola is a little smaller than an orange. When it is unripe, the skin is dark green. When it is nearly ripe, the skin becomes yellowish. The flesh of the Carambola fruit is yellow and very juicy. When the fruit is sliced, it comes out star-shaped, hence the alternate name for the fruit.

Mango

The scientific name for Mango is Mangifera indica L. Mango was yet another fruit brought to Jamaica from Southeast Asia and is the most popular fruit in Jamaica. There are several different types of mango eaten in Jamaica. There is the East Indian mango, which is the largest type of mango in Jamaica with flesh that is very pulpy. There is the Julie mango, which is notoriously smaller than the other forms of mango, very grainy and has flesh that is known to be "stringy". Lastly, there is the Common mango, which is a little larger than an orange and very bright in color.