Hello Fruit Friends!! March 20th is the first day of Spring!! I am so excited for the Spring and Summer crops. I just put all of my seedlings in the ground and I'm hoping we don't have too many more nights below freezing. In the meantime, I'm enjoying my spotted bananas, papaya, dates, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, and DURIAN!!
FRUIT WIN: I scored an incredible durian at my local Asian market. It was about 6 pounds and had hints of vanilla and papaya.....SO GOOD! I found that I'm getting faster at opening durian. I used to fuss with it for several minutes and saw away at it with a serrated knife. Now, I just find the "zipper" line along the body of a pod and press firmly into the zipper with both thumb pads as if I'm spearing it. The zipper just splits open and I can pull it apart. Sometimes I can pull it open so that the durian splits in half! Then, I just do the same thing with all of the other pods.
|Splitting the first pod|
|Aerial view of 5 split pods|
FRUIT CHALLENGE: I used my mandolin slicer for the first time last night and made a careless mistake. I was slicing cucumber and got impatient with the guard slipping, so I just used my hand to slice. I got my fingers a little too close to the blade and sliced my fingertip off of my right hand ring finger!! I didn't get stitches, but it was a serious cut. Lesson learned. So, please be careful when you are using a mandolin. They make beautiful slices for raw pizza or lasagna, but use care and don't be in a hurry.
Sur La Table actually has some pretty nice looking mandolines and there are instructional safe use videos on their website: