I've never been very fond of "American" fruits. By this I just mean apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, etc etc ... I have no idea the origin of these fruits ... I only call them "American" because they seem pretty typical in an American diet. I eat these fruits (of course!) but they are not my favorites. I grew up in Taiwan for the first 6 years of my life so my palate is naturally drawn to tropical fruits. In order of preference, these are my favorites:
Pomelos (Chinese Grapefruit)
Rose Apple (Wax Fruit)
So imagine my surprise when 2 weeks ago we hit the local Farmer's Market and there was a stand selling pomelos! I nearly lost my mind. I've only had pomelos in Taiwan ... didn't know they could grow in California. I am reeeeeeeeally excited about this find. I plan on getting up really early this Saturday just so I can get to the Farmer's Market before our day's plans begin ... and I am going to buy myself at least 7 pomelos. One for each day of the week! I highly recommend checking out your local Farmer's Market to see if you can find some new & interesting fruits to try. And the price can't be beat ... pomelos at Farmer's Market = $1/ea ... pomelos at specialty market = $1.49/per lb! The small ones weigh about 2 lbs each so it really makes a difference.
Pomelo (Chinese Grapefruit)
Brunch: Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin Oatmeal w/ a tspn of flax oil
Snack: Asian Pear
Dinner: Big Salad topped with Annie's Goddess Dressing
Dessert: Corn Muffin
Snack: Red Pepper Hummus w/ red pepper slices & Strawberry Kanten
Oatmeal ~ Instead of apple juice concentrate I peel, chop & purée a fresh apple. I also stir in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup when I add the raisins ... let it sit (covered) at least 10 mins ... really soaks up the maple flavor & the raisins get nice & soft. Yum!
About to whip up the Red Pepper Hummus.
Hummus ~ I use a fresh red pepper instead of store bought jar of roasted red peppers. I also use unsalted garbanzo beans & then add fine sea salt to taste ... I don't know if it makes a difference but it makes me feel more in control of the sodium level.
Enjoying a funny moment on yesterday's hike.