Now, there is quite a bit of debate about whether food intolerance really exist or whether we are just being fuzzy. It is, however, a fact that food allergies exists and some people react to certain food stuff, even if these reactions do not count as fully blown allergies.
I’m writing about this because I’ve been reading about people who are intolerant, or allergic, to one of the most common fruits that most of us eat on a daily basis: apples. Just imagines not being able to bite into a fresh, ripe, juicy apple! Not just are apples themselves off the table but also most fruit salads that you can buy in supermarkets or you get served in restaurants as they are usually based on sweet apples.
A slight alleviation of such a food-based handicap is, however, that such allergies/intolerance usually seem to not spread to exotic fruits, too. So, if we ignore fruits like pineapple that many people also react badly to but for different reasons, tropical fruits then take a central role within the diet of these sufferers. And there are some tropical fruits that even resemble some of the non-tropical kinds. Take, for instance, the nashi pear.
The nashi pear looks and has the texture like an apple and tastes like a mild pear, which sounds wonderful to me. Nashi pears are native to China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea and I’d love to go and visit a farm someday. Thinking about this, if you have such an allergy and want to feast on nashi pears but lack the immediate financial means to go and visit China or Korea, https://www.ferratum.com.au/ seems a really nice and easy way to access some cash for such a trip.
We’ve become quite adept, in Australia, when it comes to understanding and using many Asian fruit and vegetables. Travel has introduced us to new products in their home countries, getting to taste and understand them in local recipes. Immigration has also bought a demand for these products locally, making them more readily available.
My favourite story is still the April Fools day joke played on an unwitting British public by the BBC in 1957, where they were presented with a three minute documentary showing the annual spaghetti tree harvest, hard to believe how easily they fell for it. In this internet era we may think we know everything, but, just as a lychee or rambutan may once have left us scratching our heads, there are still a multitude of fruits and vegetables that most of us have not yet heard of, and even less likely to understand.
Due to their distance, Africa and South America are probably the best places yet, to get that real challenge: try and source these 3 delights for starters, and reinvent your recipes.
The African Horned Cucumber – described as the ‘blowfish fruit’, tasting like a cucumber meets zucchini.
Cherimoya – a cross between a pineapple and banana, also described as tasting of bubblegum.
Aguajefruit – covered in reddish scales, it is an excellent source of Vitamin C, treats burns and makes a delicious wine.
Over the last few years British supermarkets have gone to some increasingly bizarre lengths to gain customer interest. The main chains have continued to try and outdo each other in the creation of fruit and vegetables you wouldn’t even begin to imagine you needed, let alone the question of ‘what do I do with it’ (or as some like to say – why the bl**y h*ll!).
News in the last week caught my attention, that Tesco (one of the largest chains) has unveiled this years winner – an apple that’s pink inside. Maintaining a pale yellow skin, it’s when you bite in that you get the surprise. a pale pink colouring that looks more like someone got to the dye gun first.
This made me remember the other more epic attempts to gain our attention, the most notable in my opinion being the ‘bubbleberry‘ – resembling a small strawberry, yet with that unmistakable taste of bubblegum, perfect for afternoon teas (if you’re the Mad Hatter). And while it may sound equally bizarre, in 2008 Morrisons gave us the red banana that was actually sourced from a plantation rather than a chemistry lab, and tasted like raspberries.
I wonder if Australia will ever get in on this game – wouldn’t it be fun to come up with our own creations to export to an unsuspecting world. I’m thinking Vegemite flavoured bananas, maybe a passionfig, or best of all green and gold tomatoes.