My Tamil friends call these 'Nangu'.
Ice apples, in English; but you probably knew.
In Marathi, it is known as 'Tadgola'.
You can have it as a snack, like samosa.
It is the fruit of a particular palm tree.
To be found only along the coastal regions, you see.
Not many people have heard or tasted.
So I'm writing this poem to get you acquainted.
Be very careful while cleaning.
Just like lychees, the same way to be dealing.
You don't want those juices to ooze out.
Let me tell you some more about...
It feels like jelly.
Is cooling for your belly.
A seasonal fruit.
That is just so good.
It has the texture of lychees.
And it looks like something icy.
They're soft and delectable.
But, not always available.
So, when you spot someone selling these.
Stop right there and buy them please.
I paid eighty bucks for a dozen.
And I wouldn't share them with my cousin.
In taste, they're not too sweet.
Almost like tender coconut, it's meat.
Filled with juices, hydrating and succulent.
With the goodness of many antioxidants.
Rich in vitamins.
Containing iron and minerals.
A lot of potassium in there too.
Very good for living cells and tissues.
Unfortunately, these are highly perishable.
But, if unpasteurized country liquor to you is tolerable,
this is the fruit from which they make 'Toddy'.
To me, it smells worse than a dead body.
So, no toddy for me.
But, I'll eat the fruit absolutely.
If you get an opportunity, you must try.
I think I've covered it all, so I'll say goodbye.
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