Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Wild and Crazy Guy

Yeah, that would be me.

What wild and crazy thing did I do?

The Crotchety Old Lady came home after a 12 hour grocery shopping trip (I'm not making that up) and brought home various foodie treasures. And she offered me what was her unusual find of the day--kumquats.

My first response, of course, was to say no because I have never eaten a kumquat in my life. To be honest, I didn't even know what they looked like.

But, because I live life on the edge, I agreed to try one.

She handed me this little orangey-yellowish fruit about the size of a cherry tomato, but more oblong in shape. Smooth skinned, and smelling slighty citrus-like, it was pretty interesting looking. I was going to peel it, but she assured me the skin was thin and edible. I popped it in my mouth (I live dangerously) and bit down on it.

Holy moley!!! That little thing packed a lot of complex flavors in a tiny package.

It was sort of a sour orange, or a sweet lemon, tough to decide. But it was good. It has a slightly bitter finish, so it covered most of the tastes available to humans in one tiny fruit.

I'm not sure which challenge to face next, now thatI've eaten a kumquat.

How high is Mount Everest?

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25 comments:

MA Fat Woman said...

At least you didn't kum qualling back to your recliner after you tried it. It prolly would've given given me the trots or something. You are one wild and crazy guy!

Mr. New Dilemma said...

I would have never got past the name.

FishHawk said...

Surely you should be an inspiration to us all. Well, at least you are to me.

Janna said...

Ooooh, I love Kumquats!
They're so much fun.

I didn't realize they were in season already....

Lady Sarcasm said...

I've heard how delish they were, but now I know that you ate one, I MUST find them lol. I don't believe they are on the west coast, but if they are in my town, I'm getting em. :)

Jan from BetterSpines said...

And they make great marmalade!

Adullamite said...

Woah boy! Fast living kills!

Lauren said...

Well with your food issues, let's just see if this kumquat makes you um....squat and squirt before you move on to bigger and better things. HEEHEE.

Deb said...

I learn so much here. I've never seen a kumquat. Didn't even know how to spell it until I read this. I have no clue what to do with an artichoke, so this whole kumquat thing sounds pretty simple. Thanks for the education!

Pricilla said...

You are livin' large...now head out and get yourself a papaya. Squirt a little lemon on it and you will be in fruit heaven.

Lin said...

Such excitement you have in your day, Joe--I'm jealous!! And to think I was all excited yesterday because they put a picnic table out in the parking lot at work so we can eat our lunch out there. Sheesh.

David said...

I am quite the kumquat fan. To me they are kind of like meyer lemons except one doesn't just eat those but they have the whole sweet of orange and tart like lemon thing going for them.

Cheers

Kirsten said...

Damn old man! You'll put anything in your mouth.

LL said...

You should let the wife go shopping more often...

And Deb is confused about artichokes and small orange fruit? Somehow... that doesn't surprise me... ;)

nonamedufus said...

Boy, are you livin' on the edge or what. Just where do quats kum from?

Anna said...

What the hell are they?! Next time I'm feeling all superwomanish I'm gonna try one.

Da Old Man said...

@ MA: They are too small to do anything.

@ Mr. New Dilemma: That was kind of tough.

@ FishHawk: Thanks

@ Janna: She got them at Trader Joe's, grown in California. I read that the Florida ones are later in the year.

@ Lady Sarcasm: Might be, as they are from California.

@ Jan: Really? I'd like to try that.

@ Adullamite: It was kind of reckless.

@ Lauren: I'm doing pretty well so far.

@ Deb: You are quite welcome. Enjoy a kumquat.

@ Pricilla: That's just crazy talk. Papaya looks weird.

@ Lin: Yeah, I'm living la vida loca.

@ David: Meyer lemons? I've heard of them, but never had one. Have to send Mrs on a quest.

@ Kirsten: No, I've seen that Andrew Zimmern show, and no way no how would I eat the stuff he'll eat.

@ LL: Hey, she's from Maine. She lives on Bullwinkle burgers and lobster.

@ Nonamed: California, the land of fruits and nuts.

Da Old Man said...

@ Anne: They are worth a try.

Grace said...

I rather like kumquats. When I was a kid we had them growing in the yard (in Queens NY) and also we would get them in a jar in heavy sweet syrup..Yum

unfinishedrambler said...

Did I ever tell you're my hero? No? Well, you are. Well, you are now anyway after eating a kumquat. :)

ReformingGeek said...

You are surely living dangerously. Be careful out there.

Don said...

You sound like an Iron Chef describing the kumquat... I just thought they were good. That's all. Now I may have to buy some more to find out how that finishes.

Marie said...

God, kumquat eating aside, there is just something magical about a man who says "Holy Moley!"!!

Da Old Man said...

@ Grace: I read they grow in a lot of places on ornamental bushes.

@ Unfinished: Thanks

@ Reforming: I like living on the edge.

@ Don: I wanted to give everyone their money's worth.

@ Marie: That's why Mrs. loves me.

PickMeUp Girl said...

You've convinced me to go out and enjoy the world of kumquats!