New Fruit Friends
Been an unplanned and exciting journey through the world of fruit the last week or so. It’s also true that you’re taste change as your diet changes.
My go-to fruits up until now have been apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, cherries and raspberries. I like pineapple, kiwis, honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe but typically we don’t eat enough fruit to make it worth the effort to buy those fruits whole, so I may occasionally eat them in a pre-cut package. I also like clementines during their season. Historically, I have not liked peaches (fuzz) or nectarines. I don’t mind bananas but don’t love ’em and am turned off by bruised bits. (Yea, I’m fussy).
First, late last week, I was buying some fruit off a street vendor and his stock was somewhat wilted from the heat. I opted for a nectarine as the best of a bad lot and was surprised by genuinely liking it. I’ve since had a few others. And I enjoy their calorie count too – bout as much as two plums and a little more filling. This one is definitely a case of taste changing over time since I had tried a nectarine last summer.
Then when food shopping this weekend, I decided to try something new and picked out two mangos. Now, I wasn’t thrilled with the first one particularly, and that could have been the end of it. However, at my folks’ BBQ on Saturday, one of the guests brought my father a present of some fruits – including a bag of mangos. These looked a little nicer (not sure if it’s kind or ripeness or both) and so I took most of them home with me. Man was that mango good. I’ve been enjoying them a lot. It was so good I tried mango yogurt today too and it was not bad (I still prefer blueberry). I just need to see if I can find my own source of mangos like the ones my father got.
In addition to the mangos my father got some Asian pears, which are sort of a cross taste and texture wise of an apple and a pear. I’ve had those once before and wasn’t keen on it at the time. This time I liked it a bit better and it’s a nice change of pace, but I could live with having them only once in a blue moon.
And lastly, we had fresh coconut. I remember my father bringing home coconuts once when I was a kid and it being some sort of treat/disaster that never happened again. Spotting one in the supermarket I decided that it was time for my kid to experience the same. Thanks to the internet I got it open not too hard (tho not as easily either as the video), but my promises of coconut milk were unmet since I learned that coconut milk is really ground up coconut and the water inside. Also thanks to the internet, I learned I could eat the thin brown shell (not the hard shell) which made serving it easier. A little calorie heavy for what it was, but once in a blue moon – sure.
The last and most shocking (and non-fruit) revelation of the weekend was – I voluntarily ate and liked a mushroom dish. Along with tomatoes (still mixed on how that’s going), mushrooms were my other no-way vegetable. I had recently on a few occasions eaten some small ones in recent months and .. not despised it would be best way of putting it. When my father did a portobella with salsa and cheese I decided to give it a go. And I actually liked it. I had a second piece. This pretty much sums up the reaction I got from my wife.