So Zach and I didn’t get a chance to try the fruit of the week this week. I had put it on the counter, ready to cut and ran upstairs to put away some shampoo, etc. I was gone for about 1 minute, if that. I come down and call Zach to come cut the fruit and I see that it is gone. Oh, Henry!! Sure enough I found him in the basement gnawing on the damn thing. So, I’ve asked Henry to do a guest blog about the pepino fruit.
Hello! Henry Higgins here! Yes, I’m happy to tell you all about the pepino fruit. Here is what it looked like before I swiped it from the counter (hey, better than getting an ornament from the tree in the living room, right?! I’ll save that for another day!)
It had a nice shape, not too hard and not too soft. It fit nicely into my mouth, and kinda resembled an oddly shaped ball. I noticed it was sweet so I decided to eat some of it down in the basement. Besides I needed to hide the evidence! It smelled and tasted like a cantaloupe melon, at least I think so – I’ve never swiped a cantaloupe melon before…at least not yet. I’m not even sure what the middle looks like because this is how far I got before they discovered my crime and took it away from me…
Just in case you are interested I looked up some info on this fruit for you….
“Not a true melon, the Pepino is actually in the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes and eggplants. A native of South America, Pepinos are grown in many countries, including Ecuador and New Zealand. Inside this thin-skinned beauty is a golden-yellow flesh with the texture of a fine, juicy melon and the distinctive aroma of honeydew, pear and vanilla. The Pepino has a subtle, mellow flavor with less-sweet hints of melon and cucumber. (Actually, “pepino” means cucumber in Spanish.)
Although the skin is technically edible, it peels off easily (like a blanched tomato), and there are just a few small, edible seeds inside a small, hollow cavity. Choose Pepinos with a sweet aroma and no bruises. As the fruit ripens, the purple streaks become more pronounced and the aroma intensifies. The flesh should be firm and juicy – like a crisp cantaloupe – not mealy.
The mellow “background” flavor of the Pepino Melon pairs well with other ingredients, from sweet fruits to chiles to chicken. A drizzle of lime juice, honey or a sprinkling of salt and fresh basil will enhance the mild flavor. Add to that a sprinkle of chili powder or a dash of hot sauce for a refreshing appetizer. Excellent paired with prosciutto or filled with seafood or chicken salads. However it’s prepared, this culinary curiosity is delicious across a wide spectrum of dishes.”
Happy eating and happy stealing! Woof!