The Freaky Fruit Fest

December 17th, 2008

It’s cold.
Really cold.
And nothing says cold like standing around the kitchen sampling bizarre tropical fruit with the kiddos.  
Let’s try some together!

This is my baby holding a baby pineapple.  

The baby pineapple was delicious and tasted just like a regular pineapple.
The only difference was that it was cuter and could fit in the palm of your hand.


Next, we slaughtered an innocent pomegranate.


To mixed reviews.


We moved on to the mango.


Drew did not much like the mango.


Persimmon


Very orange with a surprising star on the interior.


Jack slurped down that persimmon and begged for more.  

The rest of us were not so sure about it.  
It is very sweet in a kind of carroty way… with an extra dash of slime.


No this is not an alien egg, it is a kiwana.


Oh please no.


My two middle sons loved the kiwana!

It tastes like a green banana… but extra, extra, extra slimy with a pumpkin seed chaser.


Jack did not care for the kiwana.

At all.


And Calder… my oldest… while sampling the kiwana… well he just looked at me the way he always looks at me these days.  

Moving on… the pepino melon.


Which tastes like the cross between a watermelon rind and a very green cantaloupe.


Ethan liked the pepino.

Are you having fun?
Are you enjoying our little freaky fruit fest?
I have a feeling it is going to be a very long winter.


Then we tried the feijoa – an egg shaped tropical fruit that grows in Australia and South America.    

The feijoa met mixed reviews tasting somewhat like a kiwi gone wrong, but it does have a nice fragrance.  
It might have a future in candles.

Papaya


Stranger than it might seem. 


Again, reminiscent of other orange fleshed edibles like carrots and sweet potatoes but muskier and not so great.


The cactus pear


Kind of watermelony in texture, and bland in taste.

Hummingbirds are always pictured drinking from the Cactus Pear in the desert, but then… what choice do they have?


And lastly, the quince.

Yes this is the last fruit.
This post is not going to go on forever and ever.
It might kind of seem like it already has, but it is not.  
I promise.


Leathery in texture, the quince tastes like a dried, spiced apple.

We all liked the quince.  


Here are the taste results of our freaky fruit fest.

You can see that the first fruit, the baby pineapple and the last fruit, the quince got the most positive ratings.  
The feijoa and the kiwana got the most negative ratings.  
It was a fun activity, but I don’t think we will be adding any of these fruits to our normal diet.  
Still, in the course of normal conversation, the next time someone asks one of us what we think about the pepino melon… or the cactus pear… or the feijoa or the kiwana, we can say… musky with a hint of impending doom… or serious slime, with echoes of banana… or dry as dirt, sprinkled generously with sweet pepper.
And that is at least worth something.