There may or may not have been talk about Asian pear tasting like raw potatoes. But strangely enough it wasn’t a deal breaker. Personally Asian pears aren’t my favorite variety. They’re a little hard, a little woody. Like biting into a birch tree. I like my pears to be on the softer side, the kind of fruit that gives with gentle pressure like a perfect summer peach. But despite my own leanings, the kids loved it.
ME: Guys, the mystery food that we’re doing today is called….
EMMA: What’s that mommy?
ME: This is our mystery food.
EMMA: Yew, I don’t like that.
LAUREN: Emma, don’t say that.
ME: Yeah, what kind of pear?
SAM: A leech pear!
SAM: A leech pear!
ME: A leech pear? No. It’s called an Asian pear. It’s from Asia. Kind of like persimmon but different. Let’s smell it first. Let’s see if it smells like a regular pear. What do you think?
SAM: No. It smells like flowers.
LAUREN: It smells like a regular pear.
ME: What do you think Emma? Smell like a pear?
EMMA: It smells like flowers. It smells like these ones.
ME: OK, what does it look like on the outside?
LAUREN: I think it’s like a normal pear.
ME: But look at it though, look at it’s full shape. Does that look like a normal pear to you?
ME: No, when it’s in its full round shape, what does it look like?
SAM: A ball.
LAUREN: An apple.
ME: Yeah, that’s what exactly what I think! What do you think Emma?
EMMA: A ball.
ME: And did you feel its texture too? What do you think?
LAUREN: It’s kind of rough.
SAM: Kind of rough.
EMMA: A kind of flowers.
ME: Who wants to taste it?
SAM: Tastes like flowers.
EMMA: It tastes like matatoes (potatoes).
ME: It tastes like matatoes? Yeah? It does a little bit. It’s a little bit starchy like eating raw matatoes. You want another piece Sam? Who’s going to want lots of pieces? I can cut up more if you want. Lauren wants lots of pieces. So should we get Asian pear again?
SAM: This is so funny.
ME: Yeah it was fun wasn’t it.