When I arrived in Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, I had the pleasure of eating some locally grown bananas. In itself this is nothing spectacular. The bananas were rather small (maybe not even half the size of those you normally see in a supermarket) but they were BY FAR the most flavoursome and fantastic bananas I have ever eaten. It really makes you realise what average standards we put up with on a day-to-day basis. The paw-paw, coconut and pineapple were popular and used in a number of dishes (and cocktails – below is a “spiked nu”) and were also fantastic.
Also, I heard of the locally grown Noni fruit which I was unaware of before this visit. This fruit is apparently the best thing going for dealing with stomach and digestive upsets (in other words, it clears you out) and has high doses of the electrolytes that the body needs. Better than any over the counter remedy apparently.
I had the dubious pleasure of smelling and tasting one of these fruits. I thought it looked a little like a potato and it was probably over-ripe but I can best compare the smell to that of blue cheese and the taste was not much better (slightly sweet and slightly off) with the added effect of acting as a local anaesthetic in that it numbed the tongue. Amazing! You have to love nature!