Produce and products

Right. So, like I said, produce and other healthy things have been on the agenda. I’ve gotten in my fill of CSA salads with sunflower seeds and coarse sea salt:

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Farm fresh frying peppers with Wildwood probiotic Indian spice hummus:

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Speaking of this hummus, by the way, I really liked the spicing … but the texture and overall taste just can’t compare to Sabra! Of course, the Wildwood has the benefit of being probiotic, but the probioticity also gave it a tangy yogurt-like essence. It was ok, but I’d rather just eat yogurt.

And speaking of yogurt, I ate some last week thanks to the free goods I scored at Race for the Cure:

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I was excited for this strawberry shortcake flavor, but it tasted like regular old strawberry yogurt to me. If that’s the way it’s going to be, I’d rather have plain yogurt with some real strawberries in it!

Another sample from the free yogurt pile was this honey vanilla YoPlus digestive health. I threw a few blueberries on top and enjoyed my treat, but again, it was really nothing to write home about:

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I also tried a brand brand new-to-me type of fruit: quenepa!

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I saw these on the conference room table and thought they were grapes at first. I went in for a closer look of course:

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Deborah and Lillian gave me a tutorial in how to eat it. First, you put the quenepa (skin and all) in your mouth and bite it gently to break the skin:

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Then, you gently separate the skin from the flesh inside:

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Once you have removed the skin, you pop the whole fruit in your mouth and suck. You can’t chew because there’s a pit inside to which the flesh is firmly attached; instead, you suck until you have gotten all of the fruit off the seed and then discard the seed:

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I’m sorry. I hope I didn’t offend anyone with that somewhat raunchy description of how to eat a quenepa! Either way, the fruit is delicious. It tastes like candy and not like fruit. Again, I feel a strong need to move to Latin America where I can bask the the glory of naturally growing local candy fruits for the rest of my life πŸ™‚

I also had many pears from the CSA:

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The pears tasted like pears and not like candy, but that was fine with me because I love pears.

I also had some leftover miracle medley of food my mom sent back to Brooklyn with me last time I was visiting her in MA. She told me that this combo had turkey, white beans, kidney beans, baked beans, quinoa, zucchini, and too many other things to remember. It was delicious and tasted like home. I ate it in a number of different ways, one being on top of Jessica’s leftover salad from Wendy’s:

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On another day, Rosey brought in fruit for the office. I helped myself πŸ™‚

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Then there was a day when a mom gave Jessica some corn on the cob. Jessica shared with me because she knew I would appreciate it:

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Oh, and I almost forgot the other exciting healthy thing that I ate courtesy of my mom: dehydrated veggie chips with hummus.

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My mom has gone nuts with her dehydrator and has taken to dehydrating every piece of produce she can find. My baggie had zucchini and yellow squash, sweet potato, butternut squash, red and green peppers, carrots, eggplant, and maybe more.

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On Friday, I ate outside in the park with a CSA-tomato-and-balcony-arugula salad topped with sunflower seeds and dressed with balsamic vinegar and mom’s herb-infused olive oil:

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So, sure there was junk. But in the end, I lived to tell the tale and eat produce πŸ˜€

What’s your produce tale this week?

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8 thoughts on “Produce and products

  1. Gina says:

    Oh how fun! I would love to try the quenepa! Actually, I was just reading about another fruit, persimmons, which are only in season now through December apparently. I really want to try them, so I will look for them at Whole Foods. It’s been a long time since I have consumed/tried a new type of produce!

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  2. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    Love all the produce pictures! Love those dehydrated veggie!!! I want a dehydrator!!! πŸ™‚
    produce tale this week? kabocha!!!

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  3. mayapamela says:

    Moving to South America for fruit candy sounds glorious, but they aren’t big on peanut butter…that might be a problem for me! Butternut squash chips sound awesome, I so need a dehydrator!

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  4. TorontoGirloutWest says:

    I grew up eating that fruit but we called it something else in El Salvador. The biggest risk is that you’ll find it so yummy, you’ll stick multiples at once in your mouth!

    It’s easy to choke!!! I came close once! πŸ˜›

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