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When I was a kid we sometimes bought unusual fruit. There was a big covered indoor market in the city and it has loads of fruit stalls.
I’m remember once seeing an unusual fruit of s golden orange colour with a star shaped green pics where it would’ve been attached.
It was called Sharon.
We bought one.
It was ‘orrible!
It was a pucker fruit. It made your lips pucker with the juiceless ness of it.
It wasn’t ripe.
Flash forward to last week. A colleague of mine called Sharon was sitting in the staff room. She had a plate of cut fruit. It was golden orange with a star shape green piece where it would’ve joined the plant.
“Sharon, is that Sharon fruit?”
“Yes!” She said.
She gave me a piece. It was divine! Juicy and sweet and orangey.
I then wondered if you could grow it. This is my normal position these days. I looked it up.
Now the thing is that I’m a bit obsessed with food miles. I want to try hard to eat things that grow near by. And that grow easily. And in particular things that don’t have to be cooked.
When I looked it up it said. “Winter hardy, grows easily. But doesn’t transport well!”
The Dutch name is Kaki fruit. (But it’s not camouflaged or green.)
It’s also called persimmon.
I have eaten it once in between. It was in Italy staying with friends at Christmas. It was almost rotten. But apparently it needs to be very ripe indeed.
So I’ve ordered a tree! That’s how I roll. Watch this space for the planting.
Do you have any unusual produce that you grow?
Do you have childhood memories of fruits?
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