Christmas passion (fruit) in the north woods

Look at the surprise Christmas gift we received from our daughter and her husband! Exotic tropical fruits arrived at our little house in the woods from down south in Miami a couple of days ago.

We hardly know what anything is–so I posted this photo on Facebook and asked for reader input. On the far right hand side is the largest avocado we’ve ever seen. Right next to it is a cacao (the long oblong brown hard-shelled gal). To the left against the box rests an apple which promises a bright pink inside.

See the little key limes? Aren’t they cute? Aren’t they the last thing you expected to see this far north of the equator?

A friend suggested the green one above the avocado is a guava. The yellow pear-shaped fella next to the possible guava is an eggfruit–which look like cake inside, if rumors be true. And the spikey ones are probably dragon fruit, although someone else suggested soursop.

See the three little round ones in the front? They are passion fruit. This morning we cut them open and scooped up the pulpy seedy juicy mixture with a spoon.

Two of them were fairly sour–we added a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten ’em up. The third one tasted perfectly sweet.

Such a fun idea–to bring the tropics to the north woods. To sample exotic fruits with our coffee each morning as Christmas approaches.

Besides this passion (fruit) fun, I don’t have much to report today. My mom and I used to watch the Sound of Music together many times over the years. It’s on ABC tonight at 7 p.m. EST if you’re a fan of The Hills are Alive… We were lamenting that we might never get the chance to see it together again, so we came up with an idea. She’ll turn on her TV downstate in assisted living and I will simultaneously watch the movie here on Amazon Prime. We’ll maybe text back and forth as Julie Andrews sings. AND we’re allowed to go to bed when we’re tired. No need to stay up until they escape to Switzerland. (Ooops, sorry. Belated spoiler alert.)

I spent a long time communing with Spirit in the middle of the night, but once again it’s personal so won’t share details. Am continuing to relax and rest this hurting knee and hip with the addition of anti-inflammatory Advil. Thanks for your good wishes and cleaning forgiveness comments yesterday. *smile*

Until Solstice tomorrow, Love, Kathy

Day 64 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.

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20 Responses to Christmas passion (fruit) in the north woods

  1. Susan D. Durham says:

    I think that is one of the coolest Christmas gifts ever. Kudos to Kiah! How fun, and welcome at this time of year. Really hoping that knee and hip start to get better pronto. Hope you truly will rest and not overdo. Wonderful idea about you and Mom simultaneously watching the Sound of Music. So festive and heartwarming. Now, my brain is running through snippets of all the fantastic songs! Sending love, joy, and healing vibes.

    • Kathy says:

      It was such a great idea, wasn’t it? Gotta love the way that girl thinks! The body is feeling a bit better as the day goes by, so maybe your hopes are showing fruit. Ha ha ha! Getting ready for Sound of Music in 3.5 hours! Do, a deer a female deer, Ray, a drop of golden sun…

  2. leelah saachi says:

    That is such a great idea for a present. Best wishes for a pain free Christmas, Kathy. ( P.S. We have exactly the same kind of small fruit knife .)

  3. jeffstroud says:

    “Some of my favorite things…” are tropical fruit I don’t know what to do with. when snow falls…
    It really is a great gift, one that may have many google searches to find out how to use.
    I’m a bit creaking in the bones myself this morning, I’ll rub some “Deep Blue” rub on the area which will help relieve the soreness.
    Watching The Sound Of Music at the same time and sending messages sounds like a fun experience to have in these times…

    • Kathy says:

      OK you have me laughing, Jeff. Some of my favorite things! Yep, we’re gonna be hearing that song reallly soon tonight. And we did many Google searches to discover what some of the fruit might be, and Miami Fruit company has an Instagram account that was very helpful. Thank you so much for the suggestion for Deep Blue rub. Oddly enough another friend recommended it within a few hours after you said this. So am going to do some research…thank you!

      • jeffstroud says:

        LOL I’m happy I bring laughter to you through this medium! One of best ways to enjoy your food is to know wha it is, where it came from, and most of all how to use it to get the best nutrition from the plants and veggies we eat.
        I would have sent you a sample of Deep Blue if I had known you may need it. We can talk about that. Let me know.
        Enjoy movie night with Mom!

        • Kathy says:

          You did bring laughter! And you are so right about how that knowing helps us enjoy our foods even more. Can’t wait to get that package in the mail! Thank you again–in advance!

  4. Stacy says:

    Christmas often brings pleasant surprises. I’m happy that your thoughtful family delighted you yesterday. XOXO

  5. Debbie says:

    What a clever and thoughtful Christmas present! And how wise of you to post a picture of all those delicacies so you could get expert help in identifying them. I’m a big fan of The Sound of Music, so thank you for the reminder it’s on tonight. That’s a sweet tradition you and your mom have.

    • Kathy says:

      Debbie, my daughter was–I swear–the happiest person on the planet to give this gift! And she loved to see all the Facebook comments and identifications and advice about it. Hope you enjoy watching the Sound of Music tonight, too, if it works out. Climb every mountain, as they say! *smile*

  6. Barb says:

    That is one huge avocado! I haven’t tasted most of those exotic fruits. I’ll be interested in hearing which ones are your favorites. Kiah has you thinking (and experiencing) outside the box! I like thinking of you and your Mom watching the movie separately but together in spirit.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, it’s the biggest avocado we have ever seen! And we haven’t set eyes on even a quarter of these exotic fruits before. Can’t wait to try more. It will spread out the Christmas cheer this year. Almost three hours until Mom and I watch the hills are alive… Have to call her within a half hour to make sure everything is “on”.

  7. What a lovely surprise! We ate our first dragon fruit ever this week, but it was red with green “dragon scales”. Inside it’s white with tiny black seeds strewn throughout. You eat with a spoon, a slightly sweet, delicate flavor. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Kathy says:

      Deborah–how fascinating that you ate dragon fruit this week! We think there’s one or two in our package, too. It sounds like dragon fruit and passion fruit are very similar. Can’t wait to try. And Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  8. What a fun and yummy gift!

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