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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Strange Fruit

The supermarket ad said, "Large Fresh Florida Avocadoes  5/$5". I like avocadoes. Even just on the half-shell with no dress up. So on the list they went.

When my aide came back with them we were perplexed. "Turns red when ripe" it said on the stickers. Okay. They were a young cucumber green. They were huge- easily twice the size of your Haas types, not pebbly leathery skinned, either. And for their size, not heavy as the dense regular ones are. I put them on a straw plate to ripen. They laid there, suspiciously.

This morning I gimped out to make coffee and noticed they were indeed turning red. "Aha!" I thought, "Avocado lunch." And so, after catching up with online things and a couple of phone calls, I grabbed one and an avocado knife.

If I hadn't been told they were avocadoes I might not have known what it was I was eating. A slight sweet nutty avocado scent to them, but not much avocado flavor. The flesh looks akin to an avocado, with a huge stone where it should be, but it's light and wet and slippery. Biting into a chunk minded me of something between a melon and an avocado. Smooth but not creamy, not fibrous but not fatty avocado goodness either.

There is something of the pod people to this. I'll keep an eye on them. 

3 comments:

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Um, the seeds make great plants.

Austan said...

Oh sure, that's just what the pod people want us to do. ;)

annieoatcake said...

:-) :-) :-)