enter image description hereWhat fruit is this?

Please see photos, thanks. This is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It is about 3 inches in diameter.

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    Can you add info that might help, like location, is it soft/hard, smell... Someone may recognize without it but that would help narrow things. Thanks for having leaves because they eliminate my first thought, wrong leaves for what I thought the fruit looked like.
    – dlb
    Jul 3, 2018 at 19:05
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    Have you cut into it? Jul 3, 2018 at 21:29
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    Could you please add the size?
    – Arsak
    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:04
  • It's 3" in diameter. I'll try to add a photo of it cut in half.
    – Gidi
    Jul 4, 2018 at 20:13
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
    – Gidi
    Jul 4, 2018 at 20:18

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That is a "Common Guava" (Wikipedia). When deployed to Saudi Arabia (years ago) we would get pallet loads of Guava Juice. My Puerto Rican friends were familiar with it already, it is supposed to be quite popular there (and throughout the Caribbean)

EDIT: after looking at @arieljannai answer I felt a little more research was in order, I was unfamiliar with the pond apple and they do look a LOT alike on the outside. The leaf structure is even similar. Britannica Has the following picture of a 'ripe' guava: enter image description here

While this is the best picture of pond apple cut open: enter image description here

Compared to the recently added photo of the original fruit provided by OP I am again confident that it is a guava (although, perhaps not a ripe one)

  • Are you sure? I think guavas are closer to limes in appearance, not a smooth outside and not with the speckles.
    – Joe M
    Jul 3, 2018 at 21:10
  • Yes, with OP adding the picture of it cut open it's a certainty.
    – Cos Callis
    Jul 4, 2018 at 22:04
  • Yep, it seems you were right :) I updated my answer to refer to yours Jul 5, 2018 at 12:35
  • I had never even heard of a pond/alligator apple till I saw your answer, they do look an awful lot alike. Now that I'm back working at my PC I'm actually less sure.
    – Cos Callis
    Jul 5, 2018 at 13:08
  • Your picture of the pond apple cut open is cut vertically (through the "poles" of the fruit), while the picture supplied by Gidi shows the fruit cut horizontally (through the "equator"). I think this explains why a cut-open pond apple might look so different in the two photos.
    – Lorel C.
    Jul 5, 2018 at 17:38

Update: Now that the OP added a photo of the inside, I think Cos Callis was right, and it's Guava, it definitely doesn't look like an apple from the inside.

It looks very much like a Pond Apple:

The form of the leaves and the stalk/stem(?) looks also very similar.

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  • I think the leaves aren't the right shape.
    – talon8
    Jul 4, 2018 at 0:45
  • Hmm, that might be right - very similar to the walnut but now I’m wondering if it is or not given the similarities to the pond apple .
    – Joe M
    Jul 4, 2018 at 3:20
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    @talon8 To me, the leaves look like the correct shape... +1
    – Fabby
    Jul 4, 2018 at 12:36
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    Those leaves look just right to me too, including the little upward pointing "curvy-crooks" to their stems. The shape of the fruit is also not exactly like most walnuts. A teensy bit too top-heavy on the roundness - but exactly like those pond apples.
    – Lorel C.
    Jul 4, 2018 at 16:58
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    @Fabby, If you look at the leaf in the bottom right of the bottom picture, it's fatter (more shaped like a spade) than the one in the OP's picture.
    – talon8
    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:04

The fruit itself looks like a caimito: a sweet tropical fruit. However, the leaves in the picture are throwing me off a little because caimito leaves should look very much like magnolia leaves - the kind that are made into Christmas garlands. The leaves in the picture are the right shape, but I am missing the waxy dark green of the dorsal side and matted gold color on the plantar side feature.

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