Although candy is the focus around Hallow’s Eve celebrations, I have been getting into the Halloween spirit in the produce aisles.
The spiky, wart covered, colorful tropical fruits brought to my grocery by Melissa’s Produce are a fun and healthy way to celebrate with my family. Melissa’s Produce sent me a package of freaky fruits to introduce to my household, and we had a blast trying them out. The package included the following, do you have a favorite?
- Blood Oranges
- Dragon Fruit
- Horned Melon
- Passion Fruit
I’m highlighting four in this post.
Blood Oranges – With it’s gory name, it’s perfect for a witch’s banquet. A member of the orange family, this variety has a dark, maroon inner flesh. Some can taste super tart, and others taste as sweet as raspberries. In Italy, they use blood oranges as the base of a salad mixing its flesh with slices of fennel and olive oil.
Horned Melon – This curious spiky fruit is covered with pokey spines. The flavor is almost indescribable. Some say sweet, and others say sour. Tasters compare it to a wide range of fruits and veggies, including zucchinis and cucumbers with hints of banana, lemon or lime. You must give it a try, and figure it out for yourself!
Pomegranate – Almost apple-like on the outside, but the resemblance ends there. Inside you will find hundreds of red, sweet, juicy seeds delivering lots of healthy vitamins. One of our favorites, the pomegranate is seen a lot in grocery stores and restaurants as a juice or salad topping.
Cherimoya – Originally from Central America, this tropical fruit has a creamy, interior texture that gives it another moniker – The Custard Apple. The outside is awesomely creepy! Green, knobby, warted heart-shaped fruits. The unique flavor has been compared by some to banana, coconut, strawberry and mango.
Create a new Halloween tradition with your family this year! Design a Freaky Halloween fruit sampler that will be an adventure to see and taste for guests of all ages. Maybe the natural, nutritional benefits can balance out all the sweet, sugary treats.
Stay tuned for our second post covering more creepy fruit!
And visit my friends blogs for recipes on how to use these fruits!