Fruit of the Loom

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I am reluctant to ever serve grapefruit, as it is the one fruit some don't like, and others can't eat due to medications they are taking.

I bought a nice beautiful bag of the juiciest pink grapefruit, they are delightful.

So for my test, for the entire month I have been serving every guest this grapefruit (as my winter fresh fruit is limited), so as well as strawberries, bananas, kiwi and fresh pineapple. No one, to date, has eaten the grapefruit. Once day I even had a medley or pink grapefruit, yellow grapefruit, naval orange and blood orange, and it was magnificent. They all went uneaten.

I am not asking for advice on how to serve it, just want to clarify that here, just letting you know this will be my last breakfast with grapefruit. People are taking more and more medications.

Yesterday, I kid you not, the best kiwi I have ever had in my life! Yes, I had the ends that I did not serve, and they came back. I said in my self-fulfilling prophecy, I bet they don't eat them, the best ever ever ever! And sure enough they didn't. indecision

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You can serve me grapefruit or ANY fruit if I make it up there this Spring to stay with you!  Smiling

Had a checker at the grocery store last ask me about all the fruit I was buying just for us (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, star fruit, bananas, and some Granny Smith apples) and that she "can't have" it anymore because she is a diabetic.  Seriously?  You can figure it into your daily carb/sugar count much easier than a cookie.  (Yes, I'm generalizing here!)

Frankly, my tenure here in the Deep South is convincing me that people just do not have a good variety of foods in their diets.  If I hear one more person get excited about yet another deepfriedbuttercheeseandsaucedrenchedovercookedvegetablehighstarch menu restaurant opening, I might scream. 

 

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We've had that here quite a bit lately as well...'Oh, no fruit, I'm diabetic.' And I'm gonna guess the diabetes did not come on as a result of eating lots of fruit prior to the diagnosis.

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Same here but they had no problems with eating waffles or pancakes when asked about dietary restrictions.  (I did have sugar free syrup available.)  Some fruit will kick in pretty quickly with a sugar spike, but it can be managed with planning.

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I rarely serve grapefruit or oranges except OJ as I have found most of it comes back.  Even pineapple comes back more than any other fruit, guess due to the citric acid.  So can understand your frustration. 

Thanks JB for letting me know about kiwi timeframe, I remember the first time I had it and I thought 'what hole have I been in all these years'!.

Pomegranate is really new to me - last 10+/- years.    

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I marinated grapefruit slices in a vanilla bean syrup overnight. I hate grapefruit and I loved it!!!

many guests who felt like me tried it and also loved it.

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I serve a lot of baked grapefruits and they are a hit here.  They have been served 27 years here.  The fruit is sectioned out and sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon and baked in a pyrex pan with some water for about 30 min at 350 and topped with a cherry or raspberry.  I get the occasional that can't eat them due to medication but for the most part people eat them.

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I gave up serving grapefruit years ago for the same reason as JB. Nobody ate it. The other fruits people don't know about around here are fresh mango and papaya. Sometimes they'll eat it if it's mixed with other fruits like a fruit salad, but most of the time they eat everything else and leave those luscious fruit in the bottom of the dish. <sigh>

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I use small, halved mangos as a bowl for a shrimp ceviche salad I serve for dinner every once in a while. I would love to use papaya but I can never find any that are small enough.

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Mango goes pretty well around here because most people dive in thinking it's cut up peaches. Then they ask, 'Where'd you get these peaches, they're different?'

I make a blueberry sauce that I put on top of the mangoes. Papaya I have not served.

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If I am serving grapefruit I always ask the guests the night before if they eat it. Most don't. I love it but can't eat it myself anymore either. 

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I used to eat grapefruit like an orange. Pink or yellow, made no difference. Just got out of the habit.

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I would eat the kiwi. But not the grapefruit. It is one of those fruits I just have never liked. I can tell when grapefruit is in a 'fruit medley' even if I don't happen to get a slice of it. It's like green peppers, it permeates the juice.

Sorry, I know how beautiful it looks. DH LOVES grapefruit but, alas, can no longer partake. I did tell you what an innkeeper said to us when we passed on a glorious baked grapefruit, right? 'A lot of our guests skip their meds so they can eat this.' And then he walked off in a huff.

BTW, do you find it is guests from certain parts of the country who do not eat certain fruits? Like maybe they have no idea what it is and are not willing to gag on it in front of other people? (Don't laugh. You grew up in a completely different place and time. I did not have a kiwi until I was in my 30's and my son brought it home and said I had to try it.) Apples and bananas were about the only fruits that came into the house when I was a kid. Oh, and tangerines in the winter. But, I would spend my own money to buy pomegranates! As a kid for pete's sake. Sitting on the curb eating a pomegranate!

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And I grew up (climbing the trees) and then smashing pomegranates to the ground when we walked to school to get into them. All it took was one nice crack to see the fruit and it was a goner! 

Kiwi fruit were not in the USA until them Maddie, they began growing them in CALF. Which had the acidic soil, I couldn't eat them, but I COULD eat the grown in NZ originals, no acid. And now of course they are grown everywhere.

My Mom and Dad are snowbirding to a place where they have winter crops. Dad goes and plucks asparagus right out of the field. I like it all. I like fresh fruit, I don't like it wiped out by cooking/processing it too much. I love the flavors. 

Anyway, no more grapefruit for guests. You learn what and what doesn't work.

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With my first pomegranate, I kept discarding the seeds looking for the fruit. And this is within the last 10 years!! I had no idea - we certainly did not have them on the farm in WV. If we did not grow it, we did not eat it except celery, grapefruit, and grapes. I do not buy them either due to meds interference for DH. He is the fruiter here. As an adult I
discovered" a lot of fruits and veggies and discovered I agreed with my youngest daughter on the subject of brussels even though her Dad loves them.

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Believe it or not, you can roast grapefruit in the oven and it brings out a lot of sugars that are naturally hidden. But honestly, if no one is eating it, then either don't buy it, or make jam with it.

Since clemantine and mandarins around around, we toss them with either cinnamon or vanilla and add honey. That disappears from the table (served in a martini glass). 

We found that certain fruits go uneaten. Sometimes it's simply because they don't know it. I put out cape gooseberries (we call them ground cherries around here) and people won't even try them unless I tell them about them and talk them up. People are afraid to try things.

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I've done this honeyed orange thing a few times. Serve it in the 'half shell' of the orange. Somehow it just doesn't taste as good after sitting overnight. I can't get it all put together in the morning so we stopped serving it. Maybe I can just segment the oranges at night but wait until morning to warm it up.

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PS and just last night I have a nice citrus confit (similar to this) and it was immaculate! There was grapefruit in the mix. I adored it!

This is why I can't serve anything extravagant here, I have to stick to basic breakfast foods.

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That's what I was doing with just the oranges. It was bitter after sitting overnight. If you can't get all of the pith it just doesn't work.

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