Need to Wait Six Months for June Plum

Sorry for the delay, had some holiday festivities, family events and general family involvements going on. I am all about finishing up this year, but you know how family goes.

I hate to say that photo quality will decrease over these last few posts. There is basically a whirlwind of activity going on right now and I just don’t have time to perfectly time the sun and day to cook and take good photos. I did find time where I could though to eat a little nibble and write down a few thoughts.

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For my 50th pick of the year I found a little tray of June plums. They look like massive olives and don’t really have a smell. I have been holding onto them for a few weeks now in a slight persimmon situation where I was hoping they would ripen up.

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Nope. Unripe and tasted like pine needles.

I’m supposed to eat them when they turn yellow but I just don’t have time for that. Lack of planning, I know. I will say that I JUST NOW threw out the persimmons that I was waiting on to ripen up. They were ripe, but had a tiny little spot that was bad. Talk about longevity.

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I tried to work around the middle which had a pit that reminded me of mango. It isn’t really one seed but little ones. They were still so unripe that the core of it was still fairly tough.

I will say that in my defense that I read you could eat them unripe as long as you put some salt on there. It didn’t really change my opinion on the thing which is still disappointing.

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I think what was even more depressing is that these originate from the Caribbean and I feel like most of my picks have had an Asian lean to them (mostly because I buy from an Asian market) or Latin American which is just more available in stores. We have a Caribbean/Jamaican section at my store and I always like to check it out when I walk by but none of it was fresh fruit or veggies so I never ventured.

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I feel like you should give it a shot though. I may try it once this year is over and I don’t have to feel obligated to find a good recipe, take photos and dedicate my off days to this.

I hope you aren’t reading that I hate this experience. Far from it. I am completely excited to be so close to actually completing something. You have no clue how many times I have talked myself out of quitting so many things and how many times I tried to talk myself out of doing this and fading away.

I’m also so glad to have tasted so many new fruits and veggies. I feel like I can walk into way more produce sections and know exactly what things are, or at least the best uses for them. I was so excited to see pomelos in the average grocery store today and not the specialty market.

Like I said though, due to time constraints, photo quality will diminish and for that I am sorry. Please stick around for the next two and see what we can eat!

 

Author: Olivia O.

East Tennessee native with an interest in food and trying new things.

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