Rose Apple

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 -...

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Keitt Mango

Keitt Mango

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...

Frog Hollow Farms Peaches

Frog Hollow Farms Peaches

Ohhhhh. Today's post is a woozy doozy. I'm giving away a box of sweet, succulent peaches to one of you! Well... I'm not actually giving them away -- Frog Hollow Farms is doing it, but I'm taking all the credit. Because I can. They don't get to look at this post first...

Charentais Melon

Charentais Melon

I know it says charentais melon up there at the top and that's true; but what is also true is that this is a canteloupe -- a real one. Not one of those impostor musk melons calling themselves canteloupes at the grocery store and farmer's markets. I talked about this...

French Baby Melon

French Baby Melon

I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to introduce one of the very best cantaloupe varieties I've ever had when I know for a fact it isn't actually a cantaloupe. I could just tell you about the best musk melon I've had, but for most people that won't mean...

Rose Apple

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 -...

read more

Keitt Mango

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...

read more

Frog Hollow Farms Peaches

Ohhhhh. Today's post is a woozy doozy. I'm giving away a box of sweet, succulent peaches to one of you! Well... I'm not actually giving them away -- Frog Hollow Farms is doing it, but I'm taking all the credit. Because I can. They don't get to look at this post first...

read more

Charentais Melon

I know it says charentais melon up there at the top and that's true; but what is also true is that this is a canteloupe -- a real one. Not one of those impostor musk melons calling themselves canteloupes at the grocery store and farmer's markets. I talked about this...

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Fruity Recipes

Salty Peanut and Blueberry Snack

Oh my my. I was just about to shower and decided to stop in the kitchen for a snack, when this combination jumped out at me. No joke--I took a few bites, ran upstairs, got the camera, snapped photos and came right to my desk to tell you about it. Yes, I kind of stink...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Kiss Cookies

These cookies make me happy. I like most cookies anyway, but these just captivate me. There is a fruit surprise inside! What could be better than that? The little notes catch my eye and make me smile even if I know that I wrote those very notes myself. It's like I...

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Hi! I'm the Fruit Maven.

Hi! I'm the Fruit Maven.

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Fruit as Art: Patterns, Shapes and Colors

Exploring Patterns: Ogee, Paisley, Scroll

Have I mentioned lately that fruit inspires me? Perhaps this is obvious since I write a website about fruit, wrote a children's book about fruit and spend my free time traveling to farmer's markets, university citrus collections and foraging neighbor's trees....

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Exploring Patterns: Polka Dot Fruit

Is it just me or do polka dots provide a little burst of instant happiness? As if fruit wasn't delightful enough, these little beauties also have spunk and style -- particularly that dragon fruit. Being a slightly freckly girl though, I must admit I'm a bit partial to...

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Exploring Color: Green

One reason I love discovering and trying new fruit is something I call the Willy Wonka factor. There are so many colors, shapes, textures, patterns and of course flavors to be found in natural fruit. Many of the simple concepts we take for granted can be found in the...

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