A fellow I know showed up at the beach and was over there cutting up what I thought was a small canteloupe. I looked more intently, and realized it had a pit, like a mango. But it certainly wasn't a mango. I barged over and asked for the seed after being given a bit of the delicious fruit, YUM, sort of a mix of mango and pumpkin pie, with a trace of tropical perfume.
The skin was almost woody, smooth and light brown. The man said you must 'peel it twice' because the inner sheath is poisonous. I'd eaten a bit and was ok, anyhow, just a little bit. The fruit was smooth, with no fiber, and ripe pumpkin colored. He aid the name, something like mauby, but upon questioning, didn't really know how to spell it.
Here's the pit, which I planted this morning. Any one recognize this?
Fairchild's tree might be 100+ years old. It was on the property, along with other fruit trees, before the garden existed. It has been broken up badly during strong hurricanes. It just keeps growing back!