This little fruit caught my eye while we were hiking today.
IDK what it is. I googled it on plantnet and it brought up a lot of wild curcubits (the family of cucumbers and melons) and wild squash, as well as domesticated winter squash. My data was too slow to actually go into detailed research and comparison, so I did field testing. I squeezed some of its juice into my forearm and hiked the last half of our two mile cub scouts hike. No irritation, no bitter smell, so I ate it. The flesh around the seeds was custardy and sweet. Smooth like a ripe mango, but not stringy. The outer flesh was slightly sweet, but mostly flavorless, and felt like a dry plum? No bitterness, no tingling, and I'm still alive twelve hours later. Not even pooping funny. So I'm deeming it edible. Quality research here.
@wildhomesteading, anyone, any idea what this was? I have all the seeds and I'm gonna plant them. It would be cool to have a name for what I'm eating. It was at the edge (where everything is), by a trail. The only one I saw the whole two mile hike, and I think the fruit was a tad overripe. The clean seeds look something like a mix between okra seeds and weed seeds. Reminds me of a papaya somewhat...
@riverflows, does this count as NM? Tagging anyway.
Location: North Central Texas, Wise County. August, 2019. Popular hiking trail.