There’s a big difference between ripe passion fruit and the not-quite ripe variety. Which goes without saying. But with something like a banana you can muscle it out – peel back the greenish skin, chew a little harder, and it’s tolerable. With passion fruit, a nearly-ripe fruit is so puckeringly tart that it’s almost inedible. Which is a long-winded way of saying that the kids need to give passion fruit another chance. Because really, there isn’t a fruit on this planet that smells or tastes better.
ME: Guys, What’s this called?
LAUREN: A plum?
LAUREN: Passion fruit?
ME: How’d you guess?
LAUREN: You were talking about it before.
ME: Oh. Describe it then.
LAUREN: Hmmm. It looks light.
SAM: And heavy.
LAUREN: It looks light and heavy at the same time.
ME: What do you think it’s going to look like on the inside?
LAUREN: Yellow and peach.
ME: Can you shake it?
LAUREN: I feel a little shake in it.
ME: (Cutting open) Whoa, cool right?
LAUREN: I don’t like the inside.
ME: What does it look like?
SAM: It looks like a monster with eyes everywhere.
ME: Well I want you to smell it because it smells like heaven.
ME: Ok, I think we need spoons to eat this.
EMMA: Get it! Go there!
LAUREN: (brings spoon)
ME: This looks like a dirty spoon. Yuck.
ME: Oh, my gosh, smell it.
EMMA: Smell it!
ME: Who wants to taste it?
LAUREN: I think it’s going to taste sour.
ME: (Tasting) You’re right, it’s really tangy. Good, but it’s a tangy. Not quite ripe enough I guess.
ME: Here, Lauren, just lick the juice.
LAUREN: No, it’s too sour.
ME: OK, this doesn’t taste the way that it usually does – this is really sour. But we’ll try it again another time.
SAM: I don’t want to lick the eyes.