There are many trees that have seed pods kind of like these. One that I am aware of is the Carob or Locust Bean tree. I was once told that these were planted in a lot of towns in the US during the depression with the thinking being that when they matured, the seed pods could be eaten by poor school children. That's what I call thinking ahead.
This site has a good description of a lot of Asian foods.
Maybe someone should start a site for travelers where they could go and find out about all the different foods, fruits and vegatables that are common in any area. Heck, I'd settle to know what to do with some of the things in my local Shaws food store.
The last two look like Eggplant. Often called "Thai eggplant" Round instead of oblong, green with white instead of purple.
My friend says it is a Ma-Kuh-ah in the Thailand language.
Eggplant, the last thing I want to try to eat...
About a Food site, this truly would be nice.
We have the technology, we know how allow people to post a photo with a caption below it, but the taxonomy of all the foods would need figured out.
We have an orphan system on HoboHideOut.com, all Hotel go live but are not connected to a directory or category until approved.
More or less a reader could classify the food and name, somewhat like a Wiki.
The flags if the readers find a problem.
Hi Andy, Greetings again from Kyrgyztan. China is closest on the drop down menu.
Fruits are the ovaries of the plant. They have seeds. Vegtables do not. So the tomato is a fruit oddly.
Post for Bill as he put on the Help Center
Another readers comment, that I am posting for help.
Fruits have seeds, usually on the inside e.g.cucumbers and tomatoes are fruits, as are strawberries (though seeds are outside) . Pumpkins (squash in USA, I think-the things you use for lanterns in Halloween) are fruits also.
Vegetables have no seeds. So just cut the thing open, look to see if it has seeds, Whether it is sweet or not, if it has seeds it is a fruit. So peas are fruits, you see.
A Thailand Girl comment
Hello round vegetable = ma-kur (if you pronounce ma-kur-ted = tomato)green longtail = storgreen with cut in the middle(bigger than green longtail) = look-neang
No Fruit in McDonald unless you count the fried apple pies.....