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Feeling Fruity with a Papaya, Pumelo, Pomegranate & Meyer Lemons!

Thinking back to growing up in the Midwest we had your basic red delicious apples, grapes, navel oranges and bananas. The only pineapple we ever had was out of a can. Sad but true!

When hubby Tom and I moved to CA in the late 80′s we were truly amazed at the wide variety of produce available year round at the local grocery store. I saw produce that I had no idea how to prepare but I didn’t let that stop me from buying it. I remember trying a kiwi, star fruit, celery root, leeks, Napa cabbage and fresh cilantro for the first time. I would look through my cookbooks and talk to the produce guys and ask questions about how to prepare certain items.

Remember this was before the Internet existed. Now with the TV Food Network, Internet, the actual grower at the Farmer’s Market and the wide range of cookbooks I have collected I have easy access to recipes and information on any food that comes my way.

I was in Costco and Sam’s club (Yes, I have memberships to both, don’t judge me!) and I was thrilled to see the vast variety of fruit they are starting to carry and many are Organic. With fruit being 0 points on the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program I know a lot of people are eating more fruit these days, including me!

I had my first papaya during a trip to Hawaii. It was served with our breakfast and it was love at first bite! Every time I have a papaya it takes me back to that morning in Maui enjoying a sweet papaya on the patio breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful bird of paradise blooming right next to our table.

The papaya turn yellow when they are getting ripe. When you cut it open you find all these little black seeds. Scrape them out. Cut a lime into wedges and serve the papaya with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Sweet, juicy and so good for you.

This pumelo had to come home with me as well. A pumelo is like a giant grapefruit.

This California grown pumelo is shown here with a grapefruit and a cutie for size comparison.

Cut it in half and eat it like a grapefruit. This one tasted really tart!

Pomegranates are grown in CA and they are so juicy and delicious right now. Look for ones that feel heavy for their size.

Cut a slice off the top and bottom and score it once around, break it apart and separate the seeds into a bowl. The seeds are full of juice and have a little crunch to them. Enjoy eating them out of hand or sprinkle over a baby greens salad and be sure to sprinkle some on a yogurt and fruit parfait.

Meyer Lemons are also in season. My neighbor has a tree and keeps me well supplied. If you don’t have a generous neighbor like mine, Sam’s club did have them for sell this week and it was the first time I have seen them sold in a large quantity. They are sweet enough to eat out of hand!

Juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays to use through out the year. They taste mild and sweet and are perfect for flavoring Tilapia with white wine and capers, Chicken Picatta, lemon bars, my favorite cupcakes ever -Buttermilk lemon cupcakes cupcakes and Katy’s favorite - lemon poppyseed cake!

Nutmeg Notes

If you are new to my blog, our daughter Katy is attending college in Spain for a year and from time to time I do a little update and share some of her observations. Katy says that in Spain the produce available to her is not the best of quality and it spoils quickly indicating that it is old by the time she has purchased it. On top of that it is very expensive and there isn’t a lot of variety. There is a clerk in the produce department and you tell the clerk what you want and they pick it out and bag it for you! Fresh herbs are pricey and sold in little tiny plastic containers. This is of course a little disappointing for a California girl. She is use to an abundance of high quality produce, farmers market open all year long and making her own selections!

Eggs sit out on crates right on the floor with no refrigeration. Can you imagine that? She has not been able to find cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese or any cheese she is familiar with.

“Variety is the spice of life” that certainly rings true when it comes to our diet. Katy reminds me that we live in the land of plenty and we need to not take it for granted.

Eat well and be happy!

Tami

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What fills your fruit basket these days?

Have you tried any new fruit or veggies lately?

 

 


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  1. Marisa @ Loser for Life says:

    I tried papaya last year for the first time and I loved it! Thanks for the reminder to get some again!

  2. Karen says:

    Those photos are gorgeous! We have been eating a lot of apples and clementines here in the Midwest. I miss grapefruit; haven’t eaten it in years because it is contraindicated with cholesterol medication. My husband actually just read the same thing about pomegranate. Bummer.

  3. Helen says:

    I enjoyed this blog simply for the photos of the beautiful fruit! But you’re making me miss summer produce, yes you are.

  4. fittingbackin says:

    These photos are beautiful!! I haven’t tried anything new lately – but I hope to introduce some new produce this summer. And keep meaning to go to the farmer’s market with my mom to try some new things!

  5. Dr. J says:

    You are definitely talking my language with this post, Tami!

    I have lovingly cared for a Meyer lemon tree in a pot for over a year, as it was a birthday present in 2009, and now I have all these lemons!!!

    Pomegranates were a childhood favorite for me, but not for my mom when it came to laundry time :-)

  6. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    OMG – LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful pics & oh yes, the papaya & memories of Hawaii! Want to be there right now! :-)

    THX!

  7. Dawne Warkentin says:

    I love all of those fruits except papaya…yuck! They remind me of stinky feet. I fell in love with fresh mangoes and litchi fruit when we lived in Asia.

    Are you following the WW program? I am considering going back….considering.

    1. Tami says:

      Dawne I have never had a litchi fruit at least I don’t think I have. I will have to Google it and see what it looks like to make sure.

      I have counted points with my own healthier tweaks for years and it is how I lost my weight originally. It had just become a natural thing for me to do. So when the new WW program came out in December and I am a lifetime member I went to a couple meetings to get the new materials so I could continue to count points and understand the new program. It promotes more my style of eating, concentrating on fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Those were the foods I had figured out that I had to eat in order to not crave the simple carbs.

      For me the guideline of having the points helps me gauge the correct amount of food I eat through the course of the day and the week. I like the sense of control it gives me in regards to my food. I need some structure in this regard and this program works for me.
      I am an admitted emotional eater. Even though I have a pretty good handle on that (awareness is key) that doesn’t correct the simple truth that when things get out of balance for me I want to deal with my emotions by eating.

      Dr Phil says our weight issues are managed not cured. The points system helps me to manage my food intake.

  8. Sunshine Mama says:

    WOW thank you for this fruit demonstration. I may just pick up something new when I go to the store. I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten those fruits.

    And also it’s eye opening to hear your daughter tell about the produce in Spain. It makes me proud to live in this country of plenty!

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