Water Buffalo Nipples. No, get serious Marketman. I was at the markets this morning and ran across one of the farmer/vendor stalls that always has interesting organically raised fruits and veggies… and they had a small basket of these attractive, larger than olive sized fruits in a bright orange red. Curious, I asked the lady in the stall what they were, to which she smiled broadly and said “Ay, susu ng kalabaw…” (Oh, those are carbao teats) to which I must have looked a bit disoriented, and she added “Masarap, maasim na matamis” (they are tasty, sour and sweet). I have NEVER seen these before and I most certainly would have remembered the name if I had. I have never seen a carabao’s teats up close so I am guessing they are bright reddish orange.
A bit of googling, a bit of sleuthing through my reference books and a bit of interviewing my crew and most agree they haven’t seen these before, but some acknowledge that these are plentiful in their home province but they haven’t eaten them. So what are they? I don’t know. I don’t even know what their scientific name is or if they have an English name. I don’t even know how to eat them… firm or soft? peeled or whole? fresh or cooked? So I am posting these photos in the hope that some Marketmanila readers will clue me in. Any bright ideas, I am sure the rest of Marketmanila’s regulars would appreciate your input… Thanks!