How often do we walk down the street, see a tree, notice some weird fruits or bean pods and just keep going? Matisia (Quararibea cordata) or Chupa-chupa, is a great example of a fruit that most people would see and write off as being inedible. It's thick, woody exterior and neutral toned skin make it pretty uninviting and nondescript.
The tree itself is beautiful. Most commonly found in South America, Matisia has been known to grow quite well in the streets of Honolulu. You just have to keep an eye out for them!
Fortunately for me, my fruit-crazed eccentric neighbor and good friend of the shop, Lance Kimura, lives only a few doors down and showed up with this flawless gem. Never having seen or tasted Matisia before, we were ready to slice that bad boy wide open.
The inside of the fruit was a rich orange, reminiscent of a ripe kabocha, stringy texture and all. At first, we scraped the meat from the rhine. This part of the fruit really reminded us of persimmon. We then split the center into individual sections. Surprisingly, this part of the fruit tasted like a combination of a cantaloupe and those two-toned Chupa Chups lollipops (maybe that's where the company derived it's name!). Needless to say, Matisia is amazing!
Interested in trying or even growing Matisia? Frankie's Nursery in Waimanalo is currently selling both the fruits and the trees. Check it out!
41-999 Mahiku Pl, Waimanalo, HI 96795