Fun Fruit Fact:
There are more than twenty thousand named varieties of apples. – not including all the countless wild weirdos that never merited a moniker. So many apples exist that we can’t even count them all. Forget an apple a day – you could eat a different apple every day for the rest of your life, or at least for the next fifty-five years.The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner
Sunday we went to the Japanese market in town and I picked up some fruits I’ve never tried raw before. I walked out with four new fruits and 50 less dollars (exotic fruit is expensive).
From that haul I first tried the Pepino Purple Melon AKA the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. I would like to formally submit that this ‘fruit’ be called a vegetable because it was essentially a foreign tasting cucumber that was not good at all. It made my hands smell like peppers for hours as well and besides the shape – it really was nothing like a melon. Regretted this one 100%.
Next up was Passion Fruit. Now I’d had passion fruit flavored items before and even smoothie mixes with the real thing, but those are NOTHING compared to whole goodness of a passion fruit. I’d like to take a moment to warn you that Passion Fruit looks like vomit. If you’re hesitant to dig into your gloop vomit after scooping it out, having a good sniff of the pukey looking substance helps. It smells amazing. I tastes even better – seeds and all. This tasted like an actual handful of sour patch gummies with a slight crunch (re: seeds) and I loved it. I went back and bought more to try in smoothies and also just eat with a spoon because it’s delicious
I had a guava on Wednesday and I was super bummed because I didn’t realize it wasn’t ripe until I cut into it. The outside of it deceived me because it had brown on it and I was worried it would rot. It was super hard, tasted like grass and was not good. I am not giving up on guava though. I love the scent and flavors of it in other things and I am determined to try again on it. Have you eaten in whole before? Let me know your thoughts.
On Thursday I got to try cherimoya. It was actually super good. This one was a tiny bit overripe and I could tell but after the guava incident I did not want under ripe again. I want to try this again and I bet it’s even better when it’s perfectly ripe. Pro tip: the seeds are poisonous so don’t eat them.
Friday I was running around like crazy all day at work and there were bananas in the kitchen – so I went with a basic cavendish. New fun facts about bananas: Bananas became available in the United states right after the Civil War, but they were a luxury item only. They were sold for a dime – two dollars today – were bought sliced, peeled and wrapped in foil of all things. People would buy them already pre cut and peeled into bite size pieces to avoid offending Victorian sensibilities by eating a ‘suggestive’ shape. We’ve all seen the banana rolled onto the condom bit – cut up foil wrapped bananas it is!
I’ll have a bit more to show next week as I haven’t been to the store yet for the weekly fruit haul.