Last week was a week of new fruit, some of it nude! The fruit that is.
I spent thursday volunteering as art hostess at the Jacob’s Gallery. Part of my volunteer ritual is to stop at the downtown grocery store, the Kiva, to pick up edibles for my lunch, as I would have to shut down the gallery to step out.
The Kiva is a tiny grocery store that looks like a whole in the wall, but has a nice offering of organic goods and a great bulk section. My first apartment was down the street from them, and my roommate and I would wander the bulk section seemingly obsessed with smelling everything in the tea section alone.
Riding the high of payday, last week, I payed the Kiva a visit and picked up a tub of cute dehydrated raspberries. I’ve been eyeing these gems, but caught by the price tags, I always put them back. This time I grabbed them and have been enjoying these crunchy raspberries since. They’re called Organic Just Raspberries, and have a light crunchy texture. They would be interesting to grind down into fruit dust to sprinkle over desserts. They’re the consistency of Cheetos, or puffed rice cereal! One 1.5 oz tub is the equivalent of 3/4 lb of fresh raspberries, which puts me more at ease for paying over $5 for them.
For my gallery volunteer day I talked myself into buying a tub of the Just Strawberries. While figuring out what else I was going to buy for lunch, I decided my time at the gallery would be spent playing the part of a fruititarian, one who eats only fruit! I picked up three medjool dates and spoted the cutest things in the fruit section: little fruit containers labeled as being “mini kiwis”. They are tiny, grape sized, and look like apples with green skin that has a soft blush of rose to it.
I like kiwis, but these looked sooo like not-kiwis. My curiosity won out and I put the tub in my basket while also convincing myself that chocolate is indeed a fruit product. The cashier saw my mini’s and gushed… “oh these are soo good!” which reasured me, even if they seem like prepubescent fruits (no fuzz too! Ooh, you didn’t want to go there did you?).
Oh, I almost forgot the best part about these mini’s- you don’t peel them! And for people with a fear of fuzzy fruit, these are a godsend.
So, I had quite the fruity cool lunch at the gallery. The dehydrated strawberries are sweet, aromatic and airy, a little like edible styrofoam… that tastes good. The kiwis are sweet with that slight touch of tartness, and a little bit of crunch from the seeds. Some of them also have a hint of pine flavor, much like mango does. Biting them in half reveals that they are indeed the kiwis we are all familiar with
… just in kitten form.