Let ‘er Ripen!

I’m back after an unexpected hiatus from this blog (school, work, family, hobbies… it’s a busy busy bee world out there) to share some of my recent google-fueled culinary exploits.

As winter drones on (and it’s just barely begun) with gray and cold everywhere I look… I get excited to see exotic, tropical fruits adorning the walls at my farmer’s market finds local Cub Foods or co-op.

For a recent shared birthday, my co-workers and I planned a “fruits from around the world” party in our office since they know how fruity I am. I decided to take this opportunity to bring in an exotic (to me, but probably  not to those in desert climates) find…

Fruit #1: the green cactus pear:

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So there you have the shiny store-bought version. I had no idea what to do with it once I purchased it, so after a quick youtube search and a few videos watched, I sawed into it with gusto. For this guy, you basically start cutting into it, then unpeel it easily, almost like a hard-cooked egg or an orange, and slice.

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Verdict? Delicious fruit. Can’t stand the (edible, but very present) seeds. I chose to spit them out as I ate, making this a tedious and not very graceful way to have a snack (I have a similar problem when I eat pomegranate seeds, so I’m probably missing out on a lot of good fiber). Would I buy again? Probably not. But if I’m ever starving in a desert land and I come across one of these, I’ll be prepared.

At the end of the day, I considered this a victory (as anything compared to my experience with the horned melon has to be considered edible and good to eat). Based on this confidence, I struck again with a fruit I had always seen but never known how to prepare:

Fruit #2- the hachiya persimmon

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After a quick google (I always check up on new-to-me foods to make sure all parts are edible, as though I’m better off entrusting my health to the trolls lurking on the web), I found that this one is actually ridiculously easy to eat/ prepare. The important part here is to let it ripen to fully soft (which I hastened by letting it comingle with a honeycrisp in a paper bag for 2 days)… and then just cut off the top and slice any way you like (the skin is edible).

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Verdict? Quite tasty, and definitely easy. It reminded me a bit of a nectarine or plum. Very pretty color!

So what is the moral of this story? Buying a new food can be a gamble, but what would life be like if we never tried new things? I say each new day is an opportunity for a new experience, whether big or small! Dig in!

What is the strangest fruit or food you have ever tried? Did you regret it or are you glad you did?

Meri

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4 Responses to Let ‘er Ripen!

  1. Penny says:

    Very fun to have blogger Meri back even if it is just a brief visit! I’m definitely going to try the persimmon if only to see that gorgeous color. I agree about seeds sometimes, like raspberry and blackberry seeds or even grape—kind of too intense!

    • Meri says:

      yeah, even the seeds that are technically “edible” its like- what- do you just swallow it without chewing? urrgh yuck. I have yet to figure out how to enjoy a pomegranate so I usually end up chewing the seeds to get the juice and spitting about half of them out. it’s incredibly dainty haha.

  2. Kristina says:

    WHERE did you find the cactus pear??? I want one.

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