The "apple" must have been reasonably priced as we got it, along with four small limes, and a nice-sized bunch of bananas, for just $8 BZD ($4 US). And of course Maria threw in a few other veggies for good measure, since we're frequent customers.
When I got home, I started my usual googling to determine exactly what this lovely burgundy pear-shaped fruit actually was. Turns out, it is a Rose Apple, named because it tastes like rosewater. Cool! Rose Apples are very low in calories but high in Vitamins A and C, calcium, and niacin. What's not to love? At this point, I gave it a sniff, and it does have the aroma of old-fashioned roses -- you know, roses that actually have a fragrance. My mother loves all things rose and frequently sprinkles rose water over fruit for a simple Greek dessert, so I wish she could try this interesting new fruit along with us.
But it can't beat my favorite "new" fruit since moving here. That honor still goes to the pitaya (dragonfruit). Love the seeds, texture, and flavor of that one, but it's out of season at the moment. I blogged about it in this long post (scroll down to July 5 for info and photos). But I'm always up for trying yet another tropical treat!