This post is written by seven-year old Charlotte, daughter of close friends of ours who wanted to contribute to the blog by writing about her recent trip to Puerto Rico.
Hi, my name is Charlotte. I know Miss Mardi because she and Mr. Neil are friends of my parents and that’s how I became friends with them. I live in Michigan, but since it’s spring break, I am in Puerto Rico right now with my family. Today a taxi took us to a rental car place where we picked up a car and drove to a market in Rio Piedras, near San Juan.
When we were at the market, we saw lots of vegetables, some fruits, and even some dried fish and meat. We also saw some candy, of course. We stopped at one little market stall, and the person who was selling the fruits only spoke Spanish, so I spoke Spanish with her. I go to a Spanish immersion school, and I have had three years of learning only in Spanish, so I can speak Spanish. We got some types of fruit and that night we tried them all.
We bought a fruit called a custard apple; it was green and kind of big and had spikes.
We also bought something that looked like a plum; it was purple. We got two of those and two more that were green. They were the exact same thing but different colors. I do not know what they were called in Spanish. I don’t remember, but I think the name was very hard to say. Maybe some of you will know what they are. If you do, please tell me the name in Spanish, and maybe in English if you know it.
We also bought a fruit whose name I don’t remember, and it was brown and fairly small and it was shaped kind of like a heart. I think its name was something like corazon (the word for heart in Spanish). That’s probably why it looks like a heart – ha ha!
At another stall, we bought a fused banana. There were two bananas in the same peel, and the peel was still holding both. It was kind of like two bananas but their peels were stuck together, but on the inside the bananas were together. It was very neat. We called it the “mutant banana.”
That night we tried all of the fruit we got – the custard apple, the plum-like things, the corazon thing, and the fused banana. First we tried the custard apple. The texture was like the inside of a coconut, kind of hard, but it had no flavor. My dad thought it was unripe, but we weren’t sure because we hadn’t asked the person; we just bought it.
Next, we tried the green plum-like thing, not the purple one. It tasted great! It tasted like the purple one – I’d already tasted the purple one because at the shop, the lady cut one of the purple ones up and she let us try it. It kind of tasted like a plum.
Next, we tried the corazon thing. Its texture was kind of like a banana, but its taste, well, I can’t describe it. My mom thought it was like a creamy sewer pipe.
Last, we tried the fused banana, and believe me, if you ever see a fused banana, buy it, because they’re much sweeter than the normal bananas! You might not be able to taste it, but I thought it was much sweeter. To actually see if it’s much sweeter, you could take a regular banana and that banana and compare both of them. I think that you will find that the fused banana will be much sweeter.
Charlotte’s tip: If you are ever traveling in a tropical place that has lots of weird fruits or weird vegetables, you should go to the markets and buy some. It doesn’t matter how they look, if they have spikes or if they’re brown or if they’re bulgy, whatever they look like – they may not be that way on the inside. If you haven’t heard this saying before, I think you should learn it – never judge a book by the cover. The same thing is true with a fruit – never judge a fruit by the skin!
I want to thank the lady who sold the fruit to us. She was very helpful and she told us all about the fruits and when to eat them and how to eat them. I would also like to thank Miss Mardi for letting me put a blog post on here. I am very honored! If I see any more weird fruits or vegetables, I’ll report back!
What do you think people? I think Charlotte has a career as a food blogger ahead of her….