Lichas

I hear a know on my door.
I open and its a street vendor.
He carries a basket with Oranges, tangerines, apples, bananas and Lichas.
Lichas or Rangutan.
I’ve eaten this fruit several times here in Guatemala. I had never seen it until I moved back here.
I’ve travel a lot in the country side and I’ve seen many many signs offering “Rangutan”. It was only a few months ago when I stopped at one of these shops on the side of the road and ask for Rangutan that I found out that Rangutan and Lichas are the same. For some reason they called them Lichas here in Guatemala City and Rangutan in the countryside.
It is very tasty, light sweetness with a mild acidity on the finish. the edible part of the fruit is a somewhat thin layer surrounding the seed. One chews on the seed to detach the edible layer. The flavor is something unique, I can get to compare it to anything else.
Q10 or $1.25 a dozen. Or! after I bought several items from him, he gave me two dozens for Q15 or $1.90.
Lichas
Lichas

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