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05 November 2004 @ 08:04 pm
What a weird fruit  
I like to expand my horizons in all sorts of legal ways. I try new foods, even if it's just once.

Lately, I've been picking up fruit at HEB. I love fruit, but there are a great many fruit I have never eaten. Because my HEB is huge, it gets all sorts of things I would consider exotic. I've purchased all sorts of stuff there before. I remember the time I bought fresh lychee...
And a while back I bought a starfruit. A few days ago, I bought a pomegranite.
One thing ALL these fruit have in common is this:
I have never tried them before, and have no clue how to prepare/eat them.

I think it's exciting!

In any case... I'm pretty certain I've eaten each and every one incorrectly, which is why I didn't particularly enjoy them.

For the Lychee, I peeled it, and ate the fleshy part between the peel and the seed. Looked a lot like a huge grape, didn't taste much like anything lychee flavored I've ever had. Lychee is still terribly mysterious.

For the Starfruit, I sliced it up to put on that fruit salad I made a while back. IT was a very thin and tiny fruit, so it didn't look like it had much 'eatin' on it. I tried peeling it and eating some of the stuff in the middle, but it was very bitter. Maybe it wasn't ripe?

Ok, I cheated on this one, and looked on the internet to see how to eat it. I didn't really find any good suggestions- Just how to juice one. Looks like a huge opium pod, and the directions suggest scoring a pomegranate as such, too. Not that I have intimate knowledge of scoring opium pods.

In any case... I scored it a few times, and then quartered the fruit like I would an apple or pear. I then flipped the seeds out by flexing the rind. The insides don't look very appetizing, but the seeds look tasty!
I don't think I want to eat the seeds, though, so I've been scooping a few in my mouth and squishing the little red sacs around them. Then I spit the seeds out. Maybe this one should only be juiced??
Anyway, it's a little sweet, a little tart, and not at all bad. I wonder if it's ripe, though.

I also learned somthing new today!
Grenadine is not cherry juice, it's pomegranate juice! Wow!
Current Mood: amusedamused
t3h m3rz0rzmerchan on November 5th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
Pomegranates are weird. The fruit of the underworld. Okay, that's enough. This link will help with the pomegranate problems. http://www.pomwonderful.com/index.asp
HIDE your facekyonomiko on November 5th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not like I've never heard of a pomegranate before. I've read the story about Persephone and Pluto before. I've just never *eaten* one.
I saw that pomwonderful site before, and it wasn't really all that useful. It's got plenty of recipies for things you can do with them, but they didn't really answer the questions I had :(
Thanks anyway, though!
t3h m3rz0rzmerchan on November 5th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Like how you're supposed to eat em without preparation?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on November 5th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to know what the deal was with the seeds. They kinda hint that they're edible, but they didn't really have a suggested method of eating them. It's a moot point now, since mine is gone and eaten. But I was just curious if you pop the whole thing in your mouth, spit the seeds out/whatever. Most other fruit I've ever eaten are best WITHOUT seeds. (Though, I really like eating cucumber seeds, and tomato seeds arn't bad.. and if the baby watermelon seeds are white and tender, I'll eat those)
They also arn't really all that clear on if the seed they refer to is the actual seed, or if the seed w/the juice sac around it= seed, etcetc.
Frankly, I don't know why anyone would want to eat the actual white seed part of a pomegranate seed anyway, since it's crunchy and has an unpleasant texture.
It's just weird.
t3h m3rz0rzmerchan on November 5th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Yah, you eat the juice sac and the seed together.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on November 6th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
Well, I talked to someone today who said you don't eat the seed, just the sac. XD See? All kinds of confusing
Celineceline on November 6th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
That's ok I learned recently how to prepare green peppers properly. And everybody knows that. I just never think about buying my own veggies to do stuff with.