With looks and money

Jeff brought these home the other day, and I just had to photograph them before I ate them.  May 2014

Jeff brought these home recently, and I photographed them before I ate them. May 2014

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”P. J. O’Rourke

I love fruit!  A good, ripe nectarine or some cold watermelon can instantly improve a hot summer day (or even a cold winter day, assuming such fruits were available then).

Lately, Jeff has been bringing home lots of strawberries in big containers, even though I’m the only one in the family who eats them regularly.  After giving them several washings that would pass any OCD pesticide-phobic overly finicky person’s requirements (not that I’m any of those things) I cut up the ones I haven’t eaten yet and stash them in the refrigerator for the next several hours that might pass before I eat the rest of them.

As impossible as this is for me to comprehend, when I open the fridge door looking for a snack and see them sitting there chilled, washed and ready to devour, they actually look better to me than ice cream, even the kind of ice cream with huge globs of fudge embedded into it.  Not to mention, the strawberries are much prettier than ice cream.  Or maybe I just like red?

What fruits do you most enjoy eating?  I hereby grant you permission to go out and buy yourself some, even if they aren’t on sale.  Just be sure to wash them VERY WELL before diving in!

One year ago today:

Delicate enjoyment

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    Last week, I bought a big bag of cherries, washed them (probably not sufficiently; do organic fruits need as much washing?), and put them into a big green bowl.
    I had before me: “Life”
    I considered photographing them, but devoured them so promptly that I missed the opportunity. 😄

  2. Thanks, Julia! That first photo of the blueberry convinced me! Also, I had all but forgotten about the spinach salmonella thing.
    I will be washing my organic produce.
    (But I might occasionally sneak a ripe cherry tomato directly from the vine!)

    • Yes, sometimes it’s almost impossible to resist. The blackberry bush at my (now former) York home had the same effect on me. 😀

      • I was just thinking of your York home. Did you bring your amazing stargazer lilies with you to your new home?

        • No, I left them there for the new owners to enjoy. However, I did plant some new stargazer bulbs at the new home, which come up every year to be promptly eaten by the deer who find my neighbor’s flower garden even more enticing. They are so busted because I caught them on video eating ROSES, thorns and all! I’m going to transplant those stargazers to the front and see if I can get any blooms that way.

          • Wow! Deer on a floral diet! Ha!
            I ate my share of flowers yesterday, though. Along with having roasted broccoli and cauliflower, I topped my salmon with brown mustard, marmalade, and day lilies!

            • Are any of those (besides the day lilies) actually flowers?

              • Well, the broccoli was in fact starting to flower, and was so tough that I didn’t eat much of it. I think it was just too dry, early this spring. I tried just cutting off the heads, to see if they’ll “flower” again, as some plants do, when their flowers are cut off.

                • Somehow I totally forgot that the main part of broccoli is referred to as the “florets.” You’d think that would have been a huge clue.

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