I Found Something in the Woods and I Ate It...

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Something's leaves.

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Something's fruit.

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Something's seeds.

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.

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Interesting! I don't recognize it... never seen it in my area. Did some looking on google and found similar pictures but no full ID just the family name... I hope someone can ID it! :)

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18.08.2019 04:07

Glad you're not pooping funny, although that's always good for a laugh...

Wow, interesting. Not sure, as my computer screen is jacked up and I can't really make out the actual color or fine details... interesting though, very.

18.08.2019 05:26

Oh COURSE its #naturalmedicine!!! Wonder what it was??

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18.08.2019 05:46

@minismallholding seems to have figured it out!

18.08.2019 14:33

Loved to learn about a new species (for me) in such experimental detail, would also love to know it's proper name. Let us know. Indeed I recognise the foliage as squash family, now you point it out. At first, the fruits reminded me of "canepas" another new fruit I discovered via a Steemian recently which they eat on Aruba. Again it's the foliage that helps me out to identify a citrus family. So probably also sour!

18.08.2019 06:36

So far I'm leaning towards Ibervillea lindheimeri

18.08.2019 15:14

Ooh yes! that's a super strong candidate by the looks of it.
Thanks for letting me know!

18.08.2019 18:50

I've no idea, but it sounds like it tasted good! Hope someone can identify it...

18.08.2019 09:16

How were your bowels half an hour after eating it?

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18.08.2019 12:28

Delightful, as always! :)

18.08.2019 12:37

24 hours later: no death, no internal disfiguration, no unexpected leaks.

18.08.2019 15:13


20.08.2019 00:30

That's a really bright red! Does this look like it? https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=IBLI

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18.08.2019 13:41

Hell yes, mini, I think that's it!

18.08.2019 13:59

Nice find then. I hope you get something from the seeds.

18.08.2019 14:00

Looks like there's a lot of variability in the leaf shape, some of them are really similar to mine. A wild, native, perennial vine! Exactly what I've been lacking in the garden, and now I've got it naturally, abundantly, and for free!

The scarcity model is breaking! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

18.08.2019 14:27

@wildhomesteading, I think mini found it!

18.08.2019 14:30

@bobydimitrov, lookit! Wild perennial herbaceous vines with fruit! I have places for this!

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18.08.2019 15:05

Good find - great addition to your permaculture food garden!
You're pretty brave to eat it though before IDing it -thank goodness it didn't cause any major digestive problems!
I love finding new wild edibles or ways of proccessing some of the wild foods to make them edible!

22.08.2019 16:05