A number of years ago, my oldest son brought home an assignment from school for healthy eating. One of the things that was stated on the sheet of paper was that we should be drinking skim milk. He was adamant we were doing something wrong by buying 2%. Says who? If you’ve ever seen my kids, you will understand why I buy 2%. They need that extra fat (which, by the way, is not much). They are all athletes, and they are string bean skinny as well. They need all the calories they can get.
Besides telling us what we should and should not be eating, this piece of paper also had an assignment on it to eat a fruit or vegetable that we had never tried before, and report back. You wouldn’t think this would be a difficult task, and yet it was. My kids are really good eaters. They eat beets, asparagus, artichokes, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and even fiddleheads! There really wasn’t anything at the grocery store that we haven’t at least tried.
I could have just pretended that they’d never had something like bok choy…and I probably should have. But no, my son wanted to follow instructions, so we turned to fruits. We didn’t really have many options here either. The grocery store did have a small display of tropical fruit so I picked up one of those. I have no idea what the name of the fruit was…this was probably 6 or 7 years ago.
I cut it up and we all had a bite. It was disgusting.
So I googled it. Apparently it was an ornamental fruit. And according to the page that I landed on, it could also be considered toxic if eaten in large enough quantities. Obviously there was no chance of that since it was completely nasty! I don’t remember seeing a sign at the grocery store stating that this was an ornamental fruit or that it could be toxic. Maybe I missed it. Who knows? But I never in a million years would have guessed I could be buying a toxic fruit!
No one got sick, but I can tell you that was not my favorite assignment ever!