30 Days of New Foods: Day 24: Cactus Pear

This is one of these fruits that I would have been better introduced to by a trusted friend while it’s at the peak of ripeness. It really wasn’t as sweet as I hoped and the seeds were rather unpleasant.


30 Days of New Foods: Day 22: Papaya









I’ve had papaya juice before but never eaten the actual fruit. Someone suggested I try it with lime juice, so I tried it both with and without. Plain, I found the papaya tasted and smelled purfumey. The lime added an additional dimension but I can’t say for sure if it was actually an improvement. As always, I cannot be sure if the ripeness was optimal, but I tried my best to get a yellow one and then gave it a few more days on my counter. Have you had papaya? What did you think?

30 Days of New Foods: Day 17: Golden Berries


I was excited to see these at PCC Natural Markets because I’ve had dried Golden Berries, but never the fresh ones. The dry ones taste like little shriveled grapefruits. The flavor of the fresh ones is more subtle. I’m getting a hint of persimmon, which these resemble, as well as a slight grapefruit tang. The outside is kind of waxy and slippery, which reminded me of the importance of washing produce.

Poem: Bowl of Suns

Window light’s dusty beams fall

on a bowl of fruit.

Girl raises her eyes to ask,

Where are they from?’

apples, oranges, bananas.

So we talk of sun, soil, rain,

seeds, sprouts, trees,

harvest, haul and market.

Girl looks at the bowl

with new eyes and declares—

‘It’s a bowl full of suns!’

Day 11: Photo Log: Art of the day! Share a piece of art that you love, either yours or someone else’s. #crazyrebelliousart

Photo Log: Art of the day! Share a piece of art that you love, either yours or someone else’s.

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I have painted and drawn a fair number of still lives, and certainly my share of fruit. So seeing this naked, unpeeled fruit arranged this way is an eye opening, mind expanding experience — for a second or two — and then it just makes me smile.