Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Seeing Chandrika’s post made me do this. Yes, finally. I had a yearning to take little S to the orchards where she can get to “pick her own” fruits. Not that that would make her eat all her fruits with a glee but just because she would know that fruits grew on trees and not in Shop Rite. With my tomato and beans and okra (last year) plants she has got the hang of where they come from but she was yet to see a fruit laden tree from where you could pluck them. So since I couldn’t grow a fruit tree in my backyard I thought the best would be to take her to the orchards
Last week was pretty hectic with some unexpected but very welcome guests popping in and staying with us for the better part of the week. The guest was my friend with her 4 year old en route to India who had to stop and spend time at my place due to some messed up travel plan. Since it was summer but the heat was not overbearing we took the kids to an orchard near my home. The strawberry season was over and the peaches were just ripening to be picked, so peaches it was.
The rows and rows of peach trees were laden with fruits, there was fruit hanging from all possible branches and the kids had a fun time plucking them and plonking them in the basket. They ran through the trees, hung on the delicate branches (you are not really allowed to do that) and had a general good time.
I would suggest a trip to these orchards a very good way to entertain your kids during summer. Its relaxing, exhilarating and reminds you of the days when you would climb up the guava tree and get a bunch of green guavas in the nook of your long A line frock.
Once back with all the peaches I was not sure what to do with them other than distributing a large share. I am not really a very fruity person and though I love trees, even those with fruits hanging from them, I am not really too keen on eating them. The one fruit I really, really love is watermelon and I love it as it is without messing up. Even as a juice I like the chunky watermelon juice which needs a spoon to scoop up the chunks. Also I add almost nothing (maybe a little sugar) to my watermelon and that’s it.
So I didn’t really have anything to submit for dear Bee & Jai’s AFAM.
And then there came the peaches. I googled for a peach salad and found this. I had nothing that was in the ingredient list except the peaches. So I paired up the peeled and cut peaches with my dear old watermelon, drizzled 3 tsp of lime juice mixed with 1 tsp of honey for 1 peeled and diced peach + six melon ball and let it chill. It tasted good but then give me my watermelon in its pristine condition any day. This goes to Bee & Jai's AFAM-Watermelon , an event that originated from Maheshwari's (whom we are missing very much) brain and blog. I would suggest you follow the original recipe to make the right salad.
A little watermelon joke that I want to chronicle, to laugh at when I get old.
Watermelon in Bengali is called Tormuj. Now Tor in Bengali is synonymous to Tu in Hindi or You in English. Last year when S took a real liking to watermelon we told her it is called TorMuj. She analysed it as Tor + Muj i.e. Your + Muj. So when she eats a watermelon she says “Ami AmarMuj khachi” i.e. “I am eating My Muj”. When I eat it she says “Tumi TomarMuj khachcho”. The name of the fruit is Muj for her while she adds a pronoun. If you didn't get the joke just let go.
Some links to Pick your Own farms
Pick your Farm from here -- State by State listing
Pick your Farm in NJ -- NJ listings
(a part of this post shared with DesiMomzClub)
Trivia: Peach is the state flower of Delaware and the state fruit of South Carolina. The Stae of Georgia calls itself the "Peach State"
Though it is not known when watermelon was first cultivated, there is evidence of Watermelon cultivation in the Nile Valley in the early second millenium BC. Numerous watermelon seeds were recovered from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (Source: Wiki). Now I know why I like it