Ginger Shots

by Fruit Maven

It’s been…oh…I dunno…let’s call it “a little while” since I last updated things here at Fruit Maven. Since we last spoke, I’ve traveled to 4 states, 6 countries, eaten fruit on 3 different continents, and generally enjoyed my juicy self. But, I’ve been remiss in telling you about it. You should be mad to be honest, really mad. I mean…one time I even realized I was literally crying at the vast number of new apples I’d stumbled upon in London’s Borough Market. Maybe I’ve gone soft in my old age. Maybe it’s good that I’m writing less and enjoying more. I don’t know.

But here I am today, because my “old age” has also brought me to a point where I’m looking for healthy options beyond just a fruity snack. I’m branching out, so to speak. (Ginger kinda looks like a branch — get it? Yeah, I’ve also devolved into telling terrible dad jokes. This whole post may actually be a clever cry for help.)

Now that I have more connections in life, more people send me things to try. Generally I do not bother you with these things. Not because I’m enjoying myself as stated above, but because they are crap. Seriously. Not good. You’re welcome.

This one’s different. I really liked it and I happen to really like ginger and believe in its health benefits and I happen to be on/off in to juicing for the last few years – a love of fruit will do that. So I recommend this one! They are tiny little puckery organic ginger shots. No work required (my favorite). I don’t get anything for writing this, so don’t worry about that. You can check out the company info at gingershots.com. But if you are looking for a healthy, mini little pick-me-up, check them out. They come in various flavors, which for the most part taste unequivocally like GINGER. I thought the kiwi, apple, pomegranate and orange all nicely rounded out the ginger flavor. Apple and orange were probably my favorite. The pineapple wasn’t particularly noticeable and the lemon was essentially unbearable. I couldn’t eat that one. WAY too sour. That being said, a friend of mine only orders the lemon one, so…to each his own I guess. Check ’em out and let me know what you think.

→ No CommentsTags:

Rose Apple

by Fruit Maven

So the other day I’m at the new San Diego Public Market and I see a few fruits I’ve never even heard of before with clearly marked signs: “Jelly Date” and “Rose Apple”. Cool! So the farmer offers me a taste of a jelly date and it has a faintly tropical flavor. “Ohh – is this a type of guava?” I ask. He politely replies with a chuckle, “Um. NO. It’s a date. A jelly date.” Right. So I buy a basket full. Then he asks if I’d like to try a rose apple. Not having learned from the experience oh…10 seconds earlier I blurt out, “Is THIS a guava???” No chuckle this time but still very polite, “No miss. It is a rose apple.” (He points to the sign.)



So apparently I had a hankering for guavas or I was confused by the look or smell or something (they smell nothing like guava for the record). So the first thing you should know is that these are not guavas. Not at all. They are super fun though! They taste like roses!!!! For realzzzz. I’ve only had one other fruit that was floral like this, the Xinjiang Fragrant Pear and it just smelled like roses periodically. Nothing even close to this level of spectacular floral representation.


Rose Apple

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Yellow oblong fruit with a pronounced stem and a single brown seed.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Extremely floral and strong.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Delightfully firm and crunchy! Moist but not juicy. The seed rattles around inside like a baby toy. This indicates it is ripe.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Mellow sweetness with a spicy floral bite and a hint of mint.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I adore this fruit and yet I can’t imagine eating one as a snack. I suppose I would grab one pretty regularly if I had a tree in my yard though as the crunch is super satisfying. I also just saw a neat cooking idea on the California Rare Fruit Growers site to cut them in half, fill with a meat/rice mixture, cover with tomato sauce and bake. YUM. Or you can distill them down a few times to get a rose water. I feel a funky cocktail coming on…

NOTES

There appear to be a number of different fruit that can be called a rose apple. One also goes by the name love apple. That might be my new favorite fruit name of all time. “Can you hand me another love apple please?” (None of them are actual apples.)

FRUIT
Rose Apple
PEAK
Unclear
Purchased
Farmer’s Market
VARIETY
GROWN
California

→ 13 CommentsTags:····

Keitt Mango

by Fruit Maven

I have had three grandmothers in my life and they couldn’t be more different. One I barely knew as she had dementia and lived in a nursing home most of my life. One is still alive and is extraordinarily prim and proper. The last time I ate breakfast at her home, she removed the jam from four different jars and put them in special bowls each with its own particular jam spoon. I ate at her home seven different times on that trip and we never used the same dishes. I can’t imagine how long it would take for her to have to repeat a dinner plate pattern. I loved it!

And the third one, who was also my favorite (shhh – don’t tell anyone) was the kind that would buy a flocked white Christmas tree and cover it in miniature Chinese lanterns and glitter red apples for no particular reason. She also taught me how to cut school and play Uno and she introduced me to grilled cheese sandwiches and bagels. Ok – so maybe we didn’t cut school – I mean I was only five when she lived with us, but in my memory everything we did felt like an adventure, a scandal, a romance of the ideal kind. So when she came over one day with a big green football looking fruit, I was anxious to give it a try. It smelled weird and looked weird and she wouldn’t let me eat any of the slices. I waited until the she got down to the very pit and she handed me the slimiest, slipperiest piece of fruit and told me to grab some napkins and eat it like corn on the cob. The task was impossible. Fruit got everywhere except my mouth. The dripping juice went up my nose as I tried to wrestle with it. At one point we were laughing so hard that the seed slipped out of my hand and flew across the floor like a penguin diving across ice on its belly. I’m pretty sure that I have been deeply in love with fruit ever since.




I’ve had many excellent mangoes in my life since that day. And while this Keitt Mango isn’t my most favorite, it is certainly the best I’ve had any time recently. The texture is absolutely luscious and these days, that’s worth a lot.

Keitt Mango

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Mostly grassy green skin with slight yellow blushing on the ends. Sunflower yellow/orange flesh and a single large seed.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Uncut they have no discernible scent. Once cut they have a slightly tangy and pleasantly fermented scent. Faintly tropical.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★★

Juicy and dense. The absolutely ideal mango texture. NO stringiness. Woot woot!

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Sweet and straightforward, mellow mango flavor. Little acidity.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

All four of the Keitt mangoes I received had perfect texture — even the one I left on the table a little too long. Just fantastic. The taste is mellow and excellent, though I prefer a mango with a bit more assertiveness. I would reach for one of these any time since I’m guessing they are very consistent.

FRUIT
Mango
PEAK
Summer
PROVIDED BY
Melissa’s
VARIETY
Keitt
GROWN
California

→ 2 CommentsTags:···