After WEEKS of being forced to eat American people fruit, we finally went fruit hunting last weekend, thank the fucking lord. Henry asked me where I wanted to go and I just looked at him like his mouth had turned into a flapping kooka.
“Um, an Asian market, idiot!” I scoffed and it’s a wonder that man never backhands me.
There we were, surrounded by the fruits of the Oriental Market, and Henry asked, “What are we getting?”
What a fucking dumbass. All of the persimmons, obviously.
I haven’t had persimmons in weeks. WEEKS. The regular grocery stores quit selling them, but I just had a feeling my stinky little Eastern markets wouldn’t let me down.
Henry wouldn’t buy all of the persimmons, just four. Fucking tightwad. I was picking through the pear selection when I noticed a box of small green balls.
Apparently, jujubes aren’t just teeth-hugging candy. I tried to unload a handful into the basket but Henry juju-blocked me.
“You better google that shit and find out what it is first,” Henry warned, not wanting a repeat of the 2004 Durian Disaster.
Google told me that jujubes are basically Chinese dates. I love dates! So we bought some. Unfortunately, I didn’t read enough to learn that when the jujubes are green, that means that they’re not ripe and will essentially mock the taste of an apple, only without any flavor at all.
They also had mangosteen, which I desperately wanted and not only just because it looks like some crazy medievel marirtal aid. However, Henry did the whole cartoon-eyes act when he saw that they were only available in mesh bags (probably also doubling as marital aids in some uncivilized country) and were $8.toomuch a POUND.
This is apparently a lot of monies for fruit so Henry quickly shooed me away from the produce aisle, which was fine, because it’s in close proximity to the fish counter resulting in a veil of rotting scales got trapped in my throat every time I opened my mouth to complain.
So then we went to dumb Whole Foods where Henry stocked up on boring, regular fruits (seriously, how many types of tangerines do yuppies & hippies really require?!), which is what I ate all week in lieu of exotic pulps.
I’m a citrus’d out. Henry watched me eating a grapefruit the other day and was one errant eye-squirt away from enrolling me in the remedial living facility down the street.
“Who eats grapefuit like that!?” he cried, watching me stab the pink with a limp wrist and a fork.
“Someone who doesn’t have a GRAPEFRUIT SPOON!” I snapped, opening the door for another Life Lecture from Henry who tried to tell me all I need to do is CUT IT WITH A KNIFE.
Oh OK, Henry. Remember my knife allergy?
Every time I eat a grapefruit, I wind up looking like the tail end of a citrus porno was just filmed on my face.
One time, I used one of Chooch’s coats as a bib. And I don’t care if you tell him, because:
- he shouldn’t have left his fucking coat on the goddamn couch
- he’s done way worse shit to my stuff
Eating fruit is exhausting. I’m one step away from having Henry chew it for me first.
We went back to the Oriental Market on Saturday. The whole way there, I chanted, “Please can I get a mangosteen. Please can I get a mangosteen. Please can I get a mangosteen I’VE BEEN SO GOOD!” (Lies.) Totally wore Henry down and he snapped, “OK! OK. God.”
And of course they didn’t have any so I got to indulge in a Veruca Salt moment.
They did, however, have a jackfruit! Look at the size of that motherfucker! I didn’t even bother asking Henry if we could get it. That fruit’s girth had his answer written all over it.
Meanwhile, two white vans full of Asian adolescents dressed in their most eye-blinding neon swag (lens-less neon eyeglass frames, check!) spilled into the store and began loitering in every area I needed to access, like they were waiting for an LMFAO appearance. Chooch and I took that as our queue to go sit in the car, but car key-carrying Henry and I were separated by a sea of shopping carts spilling forth with bricks of tofu and seaweed-wrapped quail eggs and not one of the carts’ pushers would respond to my sad whimpering and quiet “excuse me”s so I had to walk all the way back around the produce department just to make it to Henry, like some lame Asian market rom-com.
Mangosteenless in Pittsburgh.
You’ve Got Exotic Fruit.
I don’t really watch many rom-coms so I have no idea what I’m saying right now, except that I had this overwhelming desire to get back to Henry, like he had just come home from the SERVICE and the only thing that stood between us was a bunch of adulterating whore-bitch army wives and psychological quicksand.
I have never felt that before! Either I’m Falling in Love For Real or I just really wanted out of that market.
Meanwhile, Chooch was squinting at candy wrappers, like clearer vision was going to help him understand how durian could possibly be made into a delightful treat.
After finally escaping with my precious produce, Henry got in the car and animatedly spoke of being jostled around by Eastern elbows and finding himself the victim of a brutal line-jumping*, which was probably more action than he experienced in the SERVICE, but Chooch and I definitely didn’t care because there were no battle wounds to show for it, plus it didn’t happen to us and we are selfish motherfuckers cut from the same cloth.
(*Some old lady sideswiped him with her cart when he was trying to move up in line, totally robbing him of his spot. Cry us a river, Henry.)
At least I have enough persimmons to get me through the week.
I guess this wasn’t as urgent as I thought.
Wow. That jackfruit is, like, the king of ridiculous Asian fruit. That thing is monstrous. I’m glad you got yourself some persimmons, though.
I’m kind of scared of it!
I’ve had canned jackfruit though at one of the froyo places and it’s one of my favorite toppings. I never knew that’s what it came out of!
I had never even heard of Jackfruit until you posted about it. Utah is the shit-hole of exotic foods. The capital of bland food for even blander taste buds. It’s awful. I only get to eat semi-exotic fruit when we go to California (so on it in March!).