What the heck is that?!
I like exotic food so when I read this morning that a new Indian supermarket opened in "Little India" (Hicksville, NY), I headed straight over to Maharaja Farmers Market on Route 107. What a smorgasbord of ethnic delights!
I bought fresh food and frozen dishes I don't know how to make. Among the fresh stuff are, obviously, spicy red cayenne peppers. At the center of the picture is a green thing called karela or bitter melon. If you're not deterred by its spikes, the karela is a fruit whose texture is like cucumber and flavor is bitter. I asked how you eat it and the Indian cashier said to toss it into a salad. You can eat it either raw (intense) or cooked (mild). Candidly, I bought it simply because it looks cool. :)