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Can you eat those? That was probably a question we asked often in Thailand when we came across yet another variety of fruit, nut, or berry. And usually, especially in the fenced perimeter of our town house, the answer was yes.
We took time to realize that certain items, to us merely features of our back yard, were actually edible. Take, for instance, the giant, blobby fruits. Adjacent to our swing set was a towering tree, a productive one. At certain times of year, it was laden with large, spiky growths that ranged from light green to shades of brown. By large, I mean two feet long–growing all the way up in the topmost branches. They must have averaged ten pounds each. We happily played under these ripening time bombs, and nobody thought a thing of it.