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Cherimoya and Star Fruit05.05.10

070Oh, how I love the random produce that ends up in our major grocery chain here and there.  While shopping a few weeks back, we stumbled onto some star fruit and cherimoyas, and thought it was high time for a special two-fer edition of What The?  Foods.

Since we started this challenge of ours, we find ourselves poking around a bit, looking for odd shapes and colors.  And okay, I’ll admit my first real exposure to the idea of either of these fruits was through some sort of Baby Einstein knock-off video.

In any case, I’ll admit that up until this point, I’ve never been all that curious about strange looking fruits.  The basics, available year-round, more than filled my personal needs.  But when a kid says “Mom, we should try THAT ONE!”  it seems like a pretty good thing to do.  So!  First up:  The Cherimoya.

According to good ole Wikipedia, in 1866, Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to men.”   We shall see, Mark Twain.  We shall see.

The fruit itself is a lizardy looking green, shaped like a heart.

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Quince with honey and Greek yogurt03.19.10

036Well, hello, honey!

At the farmer’s market this last weekend, we picked up two quince.  Quinces?  What the heck is the plural of quince?  Anyway, I had never seen a quince before, to my knowledge, although I believe I have had quince jam before.  Maybe.

I asked the farmer how someone with produce-resistant kids would be advised to approach these awkward looking fruits, with their scummy fuzz on the skins and rock-hard texture.  She winked and said “slow bake them with honey.”  That sounded do-able, but when I got home, I just wasn’t all that motivated to get it going.  I’m the same girl who let a cherimoya rot on the counter because I kept forgetting to get to it, and then they were out of season and we missed our big chance.

Am I ever glad I got over that particular hump.  I wish I had bought a dozen. Quince rocks my socks off.

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Potato and fennel au gratin01.11.10

We’re on a roll with the What The? Foods this week. In fact, this is one of those things I have browsed past in the produce aisle many a time, and have never been curious enough to toss in the cart. Behold – fennel:

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Anyway, you know what they say about curiosity and the cat, right?

068 That’s Kimo inviting herself to dinner. And you know what? She didn’t die from eating a bite of our potato and fennel au gratin. How did The Boy fare?

Let’s do this thing, shall we?
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Tomatillo Raw Salsa01.10.10

023On another produce aisle spelunking mission, we came home with a handful of lovely tomatillos.  The Boy gave them a double-take, which totally qualified them as our second What The? Food.

Now, I didn’t really have a plan for these yet, but I had purchased some corn tortilla chips, and figured we could make a nice little fresh salsa with them.  I know that most of the green salsas I’ve had have been cooked, but I really enjoy the flavor of fresh tomatillo, and figured we might as well try to make an uncooked salsa.

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Kiwano Fruit (Horned Melon)01.01.10

Boy Vs. KiwanoYou ever have a moment at the grocery store where you’re shopping along and then you spot something weird and go – OOH. WHAT IS THAT THING?

Well, The Boy and I went off on a weird produce hunt, and lookie what we found!

Apparently, it’s called a Kiwano Fruit, also known as a Horned Melon.

Horned Melon

Now, having never seen one of these before, let alone eaten one, I was not sure how to approach it. So I grabbed a knife and whacked it in half.

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