Chower Your Showtay
This is chote (show-tay) and it likes high tropical forests. The fruit, hanging loose above, is boiled in water with sugar for a dessert. The locals also dry it, pulverize it, and then put it in water and then drink it as a tea for the kidneys. Chote has been used since ancient times by indigenous people. It is a diuretic, but is also used to treat ear infections, diabetes and respiratory ailments. I think I took these pictures around Concá, in the Sierra Gorda biosphere, Querétaro, Mexico.
It is also known as: Parmentiera edulis, Cuajilote, Cuachilote, Guetoxiga, Kat, Turi, Quauhxilotl
I asked my Mexican dad why is it that he and his countrymen can pronounce “chote” but not “shower” (chow-er). He blankly blinked a few seconds before he burst out laughing.
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