Heard of the Pichuberry? I hadn't either until I ran into my old friend Keith Green the other day and he handed me a couple of the unique South American berries.
It looks like a tomatillo due to its green papery husk, but it tastes sweet and berry-like. The flavor does not really compare to anything I've tried before, but it is very good and I want to eat more of it.
More intriguing than all of that is the fact that this strange little berry is apparently some sort of superfood that is teeming with antioxidants, vitamins and other things scientists say are good for us. Che's Lounge is making cocktails out of them - I haven't tried them, but have heard they're quite good - and Green says the fresh berries can be bought at a couple of farmers' markets around town.
I spoke with a company representative yesterday and he told me that people at the UA are working on perfecting techniques to grow these berries locally. The challenge for now, he said, is to build a market so farmers will have a reason to cultivate the fruit in the first place.