Recently I’ve been trying to explore the produce section a little more. I bought some cara caras the other day, which are supposedly oranges with pink flesh. Cutting them open they still look very orange to me. Well… maybe there’s a hint of pink, but definitely not enough to be worth more than regular navel oranges, which I belatedly discovered are much cheaper. (I normally buy mandarins and clementines.) Oh wait, according to Wikipedia, “the flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal and blackberry.” Hmmm… still not convinced.
One better slightly unusual fruit purchase I’ve made this winter is to start buying plantains. They are delicious fried for dessert. Since they are much starchier than a regular banana, let your plantain become very ripe (very black) for this recipe.
(One plantain will serve one to two people)
1 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
1 plantain, cut into diagonal slices
Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Sprinkle in brown sugar, then add plantains. Cook until browned, flip and brown the other side. Very good with vanilla bean ice cream. You can also sprinkle the plantain with cinnamon during cooking if you’d like.
Chai hasn’t expressed any interest in oranges nor plantains, but he does like strawberries and kiwi.
How adventurous are you in the fruit section?