Melbourne Day 2: The Miracle Fruit

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
In the true spirit of family reunions, we visited four of my mom’s cousins yesterday whom she hadn’t seen in over ten years. It was so much fun watching them catch up and meeting them myself.
The plants here in Melbourne are nothing like we have in Sheboygan. We saw wild eucalyptus, lavender, citrus fruit trees, birds of paradise, and I don’t even know what else. Everything looks so different and almost strange! Plus, all these plants are right outside everyone’s homes and are as normal as grass.
Eucalyptus tree! Definitely didn’t expect it to look like this.

Eucalyptus tree and flower – crush up the leaf and you can really smell its scent.

Later in the afternoon we went to my Auntie B.’s house for a delicious lunch of mutton curry and dahi wada (a deep fried and yogurt-soaked savory doughnut). Everything was so good that I could barely eat any dinner later since I stuffed myself so much!

But then, something amazing happened. My Uncle T. surprised us with something we’ve been craving and dreaming of for years, something we only got in India that most people in the US had no idea existed: custard apples. A fruit that tastes a lot better than it looks, custard apples (also called seethaphal in Hindi) are green and lumpy on the outside and cream-colored on the inside with its fruit surrounding each seed. The trick is to eat it with a spoon, scoop out a seed, suck the fruit off, then spit out the seed. The flavor is sweet and incomparable to any other fruit, and its soft texture makes it truly taste like a custard. When Uncle T. brought these in the house, I just about fell over!

Custard apple!

Looks are deceiving!

yum yum yum!!

After so much eating we spent the rest of the evening chatting and looking at old photographs of their son N., my cousin who I spent a lot of time with when we visited India. It was great getting to see him again, and we’re making plans to go out for dinner soon.

Today we’re going back to Auntie B./Uncle T.’s house for lunch and then going out shopping. We haven’t done any sightseeing yet as we’ve been prioritizing seeing family (and the weather has been depressing).

Can’t wait for today’s adventures!

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