Yik and I bought this fruit when we were in Sanya. The girl in the fruit stall told us that the fruit wrapped inside was called 霸王果 (literally translated as “conqueror fruit”), a popular tropical fruit of Hainan. Since we wanted to buy some fruits anyway, we thought that it would be cool to try some local fruits of Hainan. So, for RMB 50, we bought this 5-lb, plastic-paper-wrapped fruit.
While even up to today we have no idea whether we have had a fair deal or simply got ripped off, it appears that at least we have got lied to, for I have searched online for photos of 霸王果, and the fruit in the photos doesn’t look anything close to the fruit we have bought in Sanya.
According to this post, 霸王果 is more like a small mango. But the fruit that we bought was more like a canary melon, with a bright yellow outer skin and white inner flesh.
Well, maybe we’ve got cheated, but that’s ok. The melon was so sweet and juicy that what it was called didn’t matter much anymore 😛
This is what we got, the fake conqueror fruit
And this is what a conqueror fruit (霸王果) suppose to look like.