There have been some fruits that I just did not eat because I was not familiar with them or did not have the desire to eat them in general. Mangoes, blueberries, and raspberries fit that description. Also, avocados!! I LOVE avocados!! I’ll share my recipe for avocado toast eventually but let me focus on the subject at hand. While we’re on the topic of loving food, speaking of fruit…mangoes and blueberries are in heavy rotation in my home. It took me years to start eating them regularly. I stuck with what I knew which usually consisted of apples,oranges,bananas and strawberries. When we lived in NC there was a strawberry patch where we used to pick our own strawberries. Seriously, NC had the biggest and sweetest strawberries I had ever seen!
Here in Massachusetts they have so many farms where you can pick your own fruit too. Of course the options depend on what is in season. Recently, my family and I have discovered apple orchards and a few other farms which allow you to pick your own fruit. Thus far we have picked our own apples, blueberries,and raspberries.
Now I am so used to eating fresh fruits that I don’t care for the ones in the grocery store as much…lol…It is a big difference in the quality for sure. The apples are crisp and the colors so vibrant. After tasting fruit right from the trees and bushes I felt no need to purchase any from the store anymore. The blueberries and raspberries are so sweet and plump! We pick about a quart and freeze most of them so they last longer. I’ve used the berries to make popsicles, put them in my oatmeal, and made homemade blueberry pancakes. Homemade pancakes with fresh blueberries is just heaven on a plate!!
With that said, I have begun to explore new things more as I have gotten older especially when it comes to foods. It can be challenging at times because some foods have an acquired taste but once you find out what works best for you things fall into place. I’ll continue to share my experiences and lessons learned as I have been on this healthy lifestyle journey. Until then, I highly suggest you check out any local farms that may have pick your own fruit. Not everyone can appreciate the experience but I find it relaxing, fun and it beats picking fruit in the grocery store. Kids love it too! If not, look into local farmer’s markets or Amish markets that sell fresh produce.