A couple weeks back, before we got another 2 feet of snow in early March (seriously, what's the deal with this winter that won't die?), I decided to go a little crazy -- or as crazy as boring ol' me ever gets -- and load up my basket at Hy-Vee's tropical fruit sale.
When I arrived at the grocery store early Saturday morning, one of the produce guys was stacking these little monsters on the display shelf. I asked what in the world was this spiky fruit, and how are you supposed to eat it. He told me it's a hairy lychee. You don't eat the peel (or is it the hair?). Instead, you split the shell open and eat the fruit in the center. He offered me a sample, and after I popped it in my mouth, he warned me: "Don't bite down! There's a pit." So there's actually not much fruit involved, just "hair." And no, it doesn't actually have the texture of hair; more prickly like a hair brush. Still fun to eat, though.
|Split the shell, then eat the fruit. But don't bite into the pit!|
|Maybe it looks a little like a dragon if you use your imagination.|
|Dragon fruit's white and black interior with a hot pink peel.|
On my way to the checkout aisle, one of the store employees recommended I try the star fruit too. It sure was fun to cut up at home. Look how cute it is? But again, I would say it wasn't my favorite; it didn't have a lot of flavor, and I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to eat the peel or not. It's kind of impossible to take the peel off, unless you are really good at cutting around the star-shaped angles.
So have you ever tried any of these tropical fruits? What did you think? And do you know, was I eating the star fruit wrong? I sure loved the display of tropical fruits at the local Hy-Vee store. It was a nice reprieve from the snowy weather outside.