Have You Ever Considered Eating a Stinking Toe?

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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.