The Weekly Indulgence: “New Fruit” – Day 4 & 5

Hitting that midway point and my stomach is ready for more. Time to eat more fruit until I find a new allergy. I think I’ll do another challenge for vegetables specifically as it just so happens I’ve chosen all fruit so far. I intended to sort of combine them, but I actually love vegetables so finding new ones is a bit more of a challenge. I know there are plenty I haven’t eaten, but you don’t typically eat them raw.

On first look at a persimmon you’d think you are looking at an orange tomato. This is what I thought of at first too. Little did I know it’s actually a sweet fruit. There are varying different types of persimmon. The variety I’ll be eating today is known as “Fuyu”.

The whole fruit is edible minus the top leafy bit. Upon cutting that part off you are greeted with the inside of the fruit which is a solid orange colour. It almost looks like pumpkin.. and it smells a bit like it too. I’ll admit that when I first put my nose up to it, I gagged a bit. It’s not the most pleasant of smells to me. Definitely not a sweet one, but not at all as bad as I make it. I just don’t really like the smell of pumpkin.

 

I’m eating it as I’m writing this and I can tell you right now. It smells worse than it tastes. It actually has a faintly sweet taste and a bit of a crunch to it, almost like a softer apple. I am genuinely surprised at the taste considering the aroma it has. It has a bit of a fibrous center which you can eat, but I cut a bit of it out. I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of apples. I grew up having to drink salty medicine with apple juice. This is a good alternative if you aren’t a fan of apples but want that same crunchy and a bit juicy feel.

Overall I’d say that persimmon performed well above what I thought it would. I didn’t expect it to look like that on the inside. I also didn’t expect it to have the same crunch as an apple. I’m going to attribute this to the fact it looks like an orange tomato. It gets a solid 8/10. I’d definitely buy it again and eat it with other fruits in a salad. Just don’t stick it right up to your nose.

Next up is kiwi! When you first observe this fruit it looks like a furry oval rock. If you’re into visual and sensory ASMR, this would definitely be the fruit to feel. It’s almost too perfect.. Anyway, you can apparently eat the skin of a kiwi, but I wasn’t daring enough to do so after seeing it as a furry rock. The next best thing to do would be to either peel the skin away with a knife or chop it in half and scoop it out. I chose the scooping method. Probably because I like the idea of scooping a green alien looking fruit out of a furry oval rock. Nature..

Upon my first bite of this it was like biting into a succulent nectar of the gods. Okay so you can probably tell already that I like this. It’s not overly sweet or sour. It’s lightly tart with a very smooth texture. It almost tastes like a banana that hasn’t ripened yet but was still quite sweet and soft.

This is the reason why I did this challenge. I believe I’m going to make the kiwi a staple of my diet. It’s definitely something I’d love to eat more often for lunch or for a healthier snack. I’d rate this 10/10. There’s not many fruits that I truly love. This is one of them.

I’d say that today was definitely a day of indulgence! I’ve found a whole new food to enjoy and found out that looks (and smells) are incredibly deceiving, especially when it comes to fruit.

As always, enjoy your adventure!

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