Savour the sweetness
4 You’ve seen these fruits. Here’s what to do with them
GROCERY shopping with my children can be a game of dodgeball as they try to sneak in things I prefer not to buy, but on a recent trip to the grocery store, my second-grader picked up a dragon fruit and asked me what it was.
After I answered, she reached for a litchi, then a persimmon, then examined several other fruits that seemed to be huddled at the back of the produce section.
Instead of saying no to her request, as I might have if sugary cereal or chocolate doughnuts were her ask, I bought one of several oftenoverlooked fruits and brought them home as an experiment.
I knew what to do with a persimmon, as I have sliced them on a cheese plate and mashed them for baby food. We have blended dragon fruit into our smoothies, and star fruit is always a hit because the shape is so appealing to kids. Yet I have to admit, the litchi and the kiwano melon were going to nudge me right out of my comfort zone.
My daughter and I studied each of these kid-friendly fruits, delving into their unique flavours, their unexpected usages and their undeniable nutrition. Later that night, she played a game with her teenage brothers, asking them to match each quirky-looking fruit to its fun facts. They never would have played that game with me, but they generously indulged her, and our experiment went down as a win.