- Henry David Thoreau
Do you have fruit in your soul? I have fruit in mine!
And here's a short post about how - in the past 5 months - I've been "cultivating the tree" that bears it. ;)
My favorite food has always been "fruit." Can I pick just one? Probably not - although I do have a small partiality towards grapefruit, blueberries, and kiwis. I have never eaten a fruit that I did not enjoy, or would not eat again. Since I've been in Italy (and France) I've been able to explore some new and exotic fruits. Today, I want to share some of those with you - and hopefully encourage you to try some for yourself!
1. Indian Figs (aka Prickly Pears or Cactus Pears)
The first time I had and Indian fig, my roommate in Italy had brought one home, and gave me a slice to try. The taste was incredibly sweet, and very juicy. If I had to have one qualm about this one, it would be that the texture of the seeds on the inside isn't the most pleasant - but it's worth it for the taste!
My first time for this one was in France. These little guys are great. They have a weird, prickly looking outside, and a large dark brown pit in the middle. You peel the outside almost like the shell of a hardboiled egg. The white fruit tastes a bit like the inside of a green grape. Fun and delicious!
3. Chinese Grapefruit (aka Pomello)
4. Blood Oranges
I found these by chance at the local farmer's market in Bologna. They were cheaper than the regular oranges (and honestly, they looked similar from the outside!) so I decided to give them a shot. I actually didn't know exactly what they were until I got home to figure out the translation! They were a tad sweeter than regular oranges, while also being slightly more sour, but less acidic. I'm not sure if I'm explaining myself well - just go try some!
Last, but certainly not least, are persimmons. These might be my new favorite fruit. They are one of the sweetest natural things I have ever tasted. Here in Italy, they're slightly more expensive than other fruit, but well worth the price. WARNING: they must be VERY soft and ripe before you eat them. Mine are usually falling apart. If they aren't ripe, they have a very chalky, bitter taste that dries out your mouth - so make sure you steer clear of that error!
(All photos from http://www.foodsubs.com/ - great place to explore tons of exotic fruits!)
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Until next time! Live Enriched!