Adventures in Colombian Fruit: Part 5

This is Guama,

and it is freaking weird.

It is like holding a giant bean pod.

Then you crack it open and it looks like a bug or a spider has spun a web or nest all over the fruit inside.

Then you pick it up and still think maybe its an insect nest.

Then you walk outside to find a local and ask them if this is what the fruit is supposed to look like.

After an unconvincing 'yes',
you put it in your mouth and think, "Oh my God I just put an insect nest in my mouth."

But unless these insect babies taste sweet and the nest was spun around a giant black seed, you can safely assume you are just eating a very weird fruit.

It tastes a bit like edamame mixed with the flavor of kettle corn, all wrapped around a giant seed that isn't at all tasty.

The consistency is exactly what I think an insect nest would feel like to eat.

Once you get over that, it tastes pretty good and its fun to peel off the seed inside your mouth.

But if you think the consistency is shocking, no one here turns this fruit into juice!

It is always eaten raw.


  1. Um, ewww. Of all the fruit you've eaten so far, that is by far the most unappetizing in appearance.

    1. Anonymous1:14 AM


    2. Anonymous2:20 AM

      We had quite a few plants in Colombia. They are also known as "Jungle Ice Cream", because they are so sweet, and since we did not get ice cream much where I lived

  2. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Hi. I had been in contact with Wade from vagabond journey. He said that you guys would know quite a bit about the WWOOFF program and its ins and outs. Heres what I asked him. It would be helpful if you answered this based on your experience WWOOFFING.

    How do you feel about the WOOFF program? What countries do you feel its best to do it in? I heard that WOOFF can be tons of work and no play? Would you reccommed it for someone who has vacation time and really wants to enjoy another country? Your overall thought on this would be helpful.

  3. Dear Anonymous,

    Overall I think the WWOOF program is usually a good experience and at the very least a great concept.

    Of course, there are some pros and cons, and where you are in the world determines if one side outweighs the other.

    As a general rule, in places where labor is cheap, like in south america, you can't expect much time for play.

    In countries where workers are paid higher wages,, like France and the US, there is much more free time and free wine for woofers.

    Most of our South American experiences with WWOOF farms just left us burnt out and although the experience is normally worth having. Not much can be expected in the way of direction or "play" time.

    We also had some really great experiences in South America with WWOOF. Keeping in mind that we would only consider 2 out of the 6 or 7 farms we worked on "equal" in ratio to work and play.

    But even the slightly or completely "unequal" farms were still good experiences, as long as you keep an open mind.

    Most people we met expected WWOOF farms to give them a power point presentations on "How to Farm".
    There is also a misconception that the only work to do on a farm is harvesting.
    Expect construction, digging holes, organizing work sheds along with various general labor.
    In fact most of the "farms" we worked on, the actual "farm" was very much a secondary concept.

    In my opinion WWOOF is a good launching point.
    If you've never been to the country before and want to make local contacts, find other work in near by cities, or get a real feeling of the culture outside of a hostel, WWOOF is a good idea.

    If this is a short trip though, say 2 - 3 weeks, maybe reconsider, most farms ask for a 2 week commitment.