Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fruit Fun

A lovely papaya tree: coming soon to my back yard? Not!
So, I'm still struggling and suffering. LOL. Thanks to all of you who have left supportive comments on my blog. I really do appreciate it.

However, I don't want to talk about that right now... I want to talk about something crazy that happened today. Today, I cut open a ripe papaya (a Maradol variety from Mexico) and the seeds inside were all sprouted. Some had little tails, but some had actual seed leaves on them. Whoa! I've never seen that before. By the way, there was nothing wrong with the papaya. It was quite good.

I also had a ripe Hachiya persimmon tonight. I liked it! My husband got it at Woodman's in Rockford when he went to buy our son's birthday present. We don't go to Rockford much.

Our local grocery store just got Fuyu persimmons in. I was very excited, since I have been reading about persimmons on Banana Island and on Harmony's blog. They didn't have the price posted yet, but I decided to take a risk and put 3 in my cart for us to try. I got to the checkout with my persimmons and the rest of my fruit. I was tired and starting to zone out as the cashier was ringing everything. I suddenly began paying attention when the persimmons rang up at $4.97. "Wait!" I said in alarm, "How much are those a pound?"

"Oh, we sell them by the each," said the cashier. "They're $1.50 each." To put this in perspective, let me tell you that these persimmons are the size of a plum. And they are $1.50 each! Needless to say, I only got one persimmon, not three. It is still ripening on the counter. I hope to be able to tell you soon whether it is as extravagant as its price.

Finally, my son's birthday was yesterday and we celebrated the occasion with a combination of his two favorite fruits, apples and dates. We made an apple-date pie with a date crust, shredded Fuji apples, date sauce (made with water and dates) and a tiny sprinkle of Chinese 5 spice powder. (Recipe courtesy of the Path of Health, Chinese 5 spice our variation...) We all enjoyed it! Now, if only I had a photo. Note to self: charge the camera batteries the day before all birthdays. LOL!


Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear you are still struggling...I hope you can find a way to make it all work for you!

Persimmons are SO good! I love both kinds you mentioned, and I have found that they are often not quite as expensive at the local co-op (go figure...everything is more expensive there, but not persimmons!).

Good luck, and hang in there!

Sarah said...

Fuyu persimmons - worth the price! Okay, so I wouldn't pay $1.50 ea. for too many of them when bananas fill me up just as well - but they really are a special treat!

We're rooting for you Marjorie.
Take care.

Raw Vegan Family said...

Marjorie, I have been looking for persimmons since I had the first ones. I finally found some today, which were, btw, much larger than a plum, and the sign said both varieties were being sold by the pound. When I actually paid, the hachiya were twice as much as the fuyu. The fuyu were actually 64 cents each. I plan to go back and buy all the fuyu they have! lol! I hope you think they were worth the price. I wish I had a huge case of them and could dive into them and eat them all day long! :)

Your tribe supports you, Greenmama!
PS Tell my almost birthday buddy I hope he had a wonderful day!

Julie said...

Hi, Marjorie!

You are the coolest. :)

Not to worry. As the saying goes, eventually you will get sick and tired of being sick and tired.

And the whole thing will become just soooooo boring. Boring.

Ha, ha!

Love you,

Anonymous said...

Persimmons... yummy. I have had the Fuyu variety, but I found the Hachiya kind in the store today, so I'll be trying that in the next day or so. I'm interested to see how it compares!

Anonymous said...

Mmm, persimmons. Both kinds are so yummy! I do hope you find some better prices on them so you can enjoy them throughout the cold weather season. They are a real sweet treat!
Happy Halloween!!

Em said...

are you ok?

sending positive energy from Japan

Greenmama said...

So good to hear from you all!

Em, you asked "Am I o.k.?" Well, that depends on which minut you ask me. LOL!