Stinking Toe Fruit

Have You Ever Considered Eating a Stinking Toe?

stinking toe fruit
The Stinking Toe Fruit

A Stinking Toe likely doesn’t sound like something you’d want to eat, does it? However, you would be surprised to learn that it is the name of one of the most delectable fruits in the world that grows in the Caribbean Islands, and that it is a beloved and delicious treat that people love to eat.

The Stinking Toe fruit is also known as the West Indian Locust. It gains its name because of its seed pods that look very much like a large brown toe, and that also smell like one once they are cracked open. However, the fruit of the West Indian Locust is tasty and sweet, and is downright addicting once you’ve tasted it for the first time. Better yet, it is filled with vitamins and minerals, and is particularly high in calcium and iron.

Believe it or not, if the Stinking Toe fruit does not smell, you will know that it is rotten. Program Director of St Croix’s Ridge to Reef farm suggests that the best way to eat Stinking Toe is to allow it to melt slowly in your mouth, so the taste can truly linger on your taste buds.

You can try Stinking Toe fresh, or if you are too scared to eat it fresh picked, you can also try Stinking Toe Juice, or cocktails that contain it. Some vendors even sell Stinking Toe ice cream during months when the plant is in season! Now that you know more about this amazing fruit, you just may find yourself considering eating a Stinking Toe.


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  2. Nordia

    The fruit is awesome, I eat and drink it. More than ever drink it, as its a filling drink, like a meal. I love it.

    • jonathan duberry

      I live on the island of Montserrat West Indies.. I make jams as a hobby and sell to the local supermarkets..
      jams are.. manao,tamarind, soursop, gooseberry, blackberry and of course guava..on my hunt looking for some soursops, I ran into the locust tree , never paid any attention to it, I just remember we ate it when we were small.
      .. well I found a few under the tree, so at this moment im trying to make me some jam out of it..
      think im gonna call it , stinging joe jam…

    • Aslice_of_moi

      Brixton market!!! Look for Dida’s stall! He’s a Jamaican guy with locks!! You can’t miss his stall!!! Just bought some today! Check out my Instagram aslice_of_moi for more info.x

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