Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Adventures in Fruit

It's easy to get into a mode where you walk into a store, go grab some bananas, head over to the granny smith apples, and then grab a couple oranges.  I've found that stores are doing a much better job of offering variety in what they carry.  They're bringing you new stuff to try!  
Today I want to talk about the adventure you can find just next to the ordinary.  The Oro Blanco grapefruit.  It looks roughly like a grapefruit, but a bit larger.  If you've had a pummelo, then you're in the right neighborhood.  In fact, the Oro Blanco grapefruit is a cross between a grapefruit and a pummelo.  The one below is on the small side.  

So, what is so special about this fruit?  Well, for one, while it has a taste somewhat similar to a grapefruit, it's got a lot of interesting experiences to offer too.  First, this thing has a crazy thick skin.  I think you could insulate a home with this stuff.

It's worth it to hatchet your way through the stuff though.  

Once you've made it through, you end up with sections, like a grapefruit, but you're not done yet.  You can try to eat the membrane around the sections... good luck.  You've really only made it through the first stage of peeling this fruit.  Check out how thick that stuff around the fruit is...

I recommend leaving each section attached and peeling one end of the membrane off and then detaching the stuff inside from the rest of the fruit.  Once you've worked your way around the fruit... this is the endgame.  

The fruit is interesting.  It's not juicy the way a typical grapefruit can be.  I would almost compare it to a pomegranate, where each of those little pockets has the juice inside it.  What's that you say?  That doesn't look like all of the sections of the grapefruit?  Hmm... I wonder where the other ones went.  It's the prerogative of the food preparer to ensure everything is up to the proper quality, right?  Enjoy!

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