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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 8, 2015 11:38 AM CST
A sweet friend of mine was asking what this fruit could be. She said it came off a large tree. She said the center is spongey with seed-like formations on either side of the center, also kind of soft. She said it smelled citrusy. Please excuse the out of focus pics.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Gee, my first thought was some type of Kiwi until I enlarged your photos
http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener...

http://www.google.com/search?q=Actinidia+fruits&hl=en&gbv=2&...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2015 12:47 PM CST
I wonder if maybe it could be some type of Asian Pear, I think some are rather small in size.

or asian guava: https://robertishere.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Asian-Gu...
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2015 12:58 PM CST
I'm not sure what hardiness zone Main is but I found this list of cold hardy fruit trees: http://www.30bananasaday.com/profiles/blogs/list-of-uncommon...
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 8, 2015 5:23 PM CST
What is the location where this fruit was found? Did anyone take a photo of the tree or leaves? Thank You!
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sooby
Aug 8, 2015 5:54 PM CST
I've looked in some books and on the web and it would be easier if this was a tropical fruit as I found one or two similar, but unless your friend got it from a supermarket that's not likely in Maine Big Grin

I wondered about pawpaw but didn't think it looked right inside although this picture of an unripe one looks closer:

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 8, 2015 6:08 PM CST
She said there was no pit just the spongey center. It was on a large tree but she has not sent me a pic of the tree yet. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2015 6:38 PM CST
It does resemble the fruit of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
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