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#1 Old 06-09-2006, 02:40 PM
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Next week is my LAST WEEK in internship in the elementary school. I've been teaching a social skills class in the emotionally disturbed room all year and we're going to have a little "party" on Tuesday morning for my last class with them. The teacher suggested food, because they always like that, and I mentioned bringing in exotic fruits for them to try. She loved the idea (she's veg too, so we're always talking about veg cooking and stuff), so that's my plan. These kids live VERY sheltered lives and don't ever have the chance to experiment with foods, so I'm hoping it will be fun for them to check out the fruit before its cut (I'm going to bring 1 cut 1 uncut if funding allows) try to guess what it would look like inside and taste like, and then let them try it.

Pursuant to this... I need some kid friendly exotic fruits, and some advice on how to choose them!!



I know I'm going to buy kiwi, mango, lychees (fresh!), starfruit, coconut, a pomegranite if I can find one... and I was thinking things like passionfruit, papaya, uglyfruit, but I don't know how to choose them. Anyone have advice?

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Fresh pineapple is probably something many of the kids haven't tried, and would be good to get them warmed up to trying new things.
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Starfruit! Should be slightly soft and it's oh so yummy!
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I bet they would love mango. Mmm, so sweet and juicy! But a mess!
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Oh and a different kind of melon...cassava, yellow water melon, etc



And I always liked lychees although I don't know how to pick them (I liked the canned too)
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If you can find dragonfruit that would be fun. (it's bright pink on the outside and white w/ tiny black seeds on the inside) it kind of tastes like coconut mixed w/ kiwi
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I was going to suggest starfruit too, as it's so pretty.
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If you can find dragonfruit that would be fun. (it's bright pink on the outside and white w/ tiny black seeds on the inside) it kind of tastes like coconut mixed w/ kiwi

Speaking of kiwi, kiwi would be a good one too.
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i really like pummelos. if they sell green ones around there that would be cool and they're usually pretty big so one would be plenty for everyone to try.



fresh figs !! they're delicious, and i don't know if the kids have tried the dried kind but it would be cool to compare.



dude, that's gonna be one expensive party



ETA: when picking figs look for darker and softer ones.

these look just perfect

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Persimmon is another one of my favorites but i think it's out of season right now - you can usually find them around christmas time.
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okay i know it's not extremely exotic but how about Avocado? I think most people don't realize it's fruit!

I would suggest Durian (only as a joke tho) b/c its so smelly i think the kids would think it was funny. (think it may be hard to get ahold of though)



How about Jackfruit?! that stuff it really yummy.



Great post- let us know what you choose



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how about cherimoya if you can find it? you test it for ripeness the same as an avocado - and it's really good cold.
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okay i know it's not extremely exotic but how about Avocado? I think most people don't realize it's fruit!

I would suggest Durian (only as a joke tho) b/c its so smelly i think the kids would think it was funny. (think it may be hard to get ahold of though)



How about Jackfruit?! that stuff it really yummy.



Great post- let us know what you choose



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i want to try that sometime ! i think i've seen them sold at the asian market last year but didn't know what they were.
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This is going to sound tame after the (great!) suggestions you've already gotten from this thread, but: if your kids are from very sheltered backgrounds, maybe they have never seen a whole pineapple (as opposed to Dole canned chunks). That would be pretty cool, and fresh pineapple is so much more delicious than the canned kind. I bet they'd be impressed to see how spiny and spiky the fruit looks, and how simple it is to get at the sweet insides.
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This is going to sound tame after the (great!) suggestions you've already gotten from this thread, but: if your kids are from very sheltered backgrounds, maybe they have never seen a whole pineapple (as opposed to Dole canned chunks). That would be pretty cool, and fresh pineapple is so much more delicious than the canned kind. I bet they'd be impressed to see how spiny and spiky the fruit looks, and how simple it is to get at the sweet insides.



the first reply to this thread was actually a pineapple, but yeah, i guess it would be cool for kids to see. but then again - they might not have tried fresh pineapple but i'm sure they have seen pictures before.

really unusual things like durian would be a much cooler experience .....



and this is a bit off topic, but, i was thinking today, if i ever go to grad school and become a professor (which i really truely hope happens) i would do similar stuff with my students .... even though they'd all be grownups or at least in late teens it's still great to share an experience with so many people at once ... i'd try out new stuff and make my classes do it with me, that would be hella cool

but i'm just dreaming now ...
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I don't anticipate it being TOO expensive because there are only 6 kids MAX in the class (Usually 4 or 5 when I'm in there), so I'm not serving like 20 kids! I was thinking about getting a "baby" pineapple, but my concern is that I don't know that I can bring a sharp knife into this particular classroom. (They aren't even allowed scissors!!) Things that can't be prepared with a butter knife/potato peeler, and are too expensive to buy 2 of (1 cut, 1 uncut) will probably have to be left off of the list. (I've had furniture thrown at my head in this room... so sharp objects are discouraged!!)

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don't forget dates! Very sweet. Maybe cut in half and pit ahead of time to increase enjoyment for the kids?



Others not mentioned unless I've missed them (and your mileage may vary) are...

Breadfruit

Guava

Kumquats

Loquats

Casaba or Honeydew melon
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If the fruits need to be cut with a sharper knife, maybe you could cut them at home and just bring in pictures of them whole. You could even make a game of it and get the kids to try to match the pictures of the whole fruit with the cut up fruit.
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pineapple

dates

cherries?

starfruit

kiwifruit

mango (precut)

papaya (again precut)
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If the fruits need to be cut with a sharper knife, maybe you could cut them at home and just bring in pictures of them whole. You could even make a game of it and get the kids to try to match the pictures of the whole fruit with the cut up fruit.



i think this is quite an idea
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If the fruits need to be cut with a sharper knife, maybe you could cut them at home and just bring in pictures of them whole. You could even make a game of it and get the kids to try to match the pictures of the whole fruit with the cut up fruit.



That might work, but with my 60 hr workweek, it's a little labor intensive!!



I bought some kumquats today! I've never even eaten a kumquat.



For those who suggested it, how do you choose papaya and guava? I've only ever had them canned.



Maybe a cactus pear? I wonder how you choose those...

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i want to try that sometime ! i think i've seen them sold at the asian market last year but didn't know what they were.



Try which? Durian or Jackfruit?



They look really similar if they're fresh but you'll never forget the smell of the durian.



This may sound like a weird recipe but go with me on it. Get canned Jackfruit and some wonton wrappers. Place the jackfruit in the wrapper and fold it into a littly triangle. Sprinkle with sugar and fry for about 3 mins.

It's GREAT! I learned it from my ex's mom (they're filipino).



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For those who suggested it, how do you choose papaya and guava?





You can get papaya's that are already cut in half at the store. Then you can just use a spoon to serve it (scoop out the seeds). Have the kids eat out of it like it's a bowl. Plus that means you wouldnt have to by two peices of fruit.

it's a lot easier to tell if a papaya is ripe when it's cut in half. It shouldn't be too mushy and a vibrate red/orange color indicates that it's sweet.



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You can get papaya's that are already cut in half at the store. Then you can just use a spoon to serve it (scoop out the seeds). Have the kids eat out of it like it's a bowl. Plus that means you wouldnt have to by two peices of fruit.

it's a lot easier to tell if a papaya is ripe when it's cut in half. It shouldn't be too mushy and a vibrate red/orange color indicates that it's sweet.



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Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, upstate NY is not the nation's capital for exotic fruits, so while I have occasionally seen papayas, they are never cut. (And usually, you have like 3 to choose from!)

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hmm well back to the drawing board then





who doesn't like a challenge eh?
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Try which? Durian or Jackfruit?



They look really similar if they're fresh but you'll never forget the smell of the durian.



This may sound like a weird recipe but go with me on it. Get canned Jackfruit and some wonton wrappers. Place the jackfruit in the wrapper and fold it into a littly triangle. Sprinkle with sugar and fry for about 3 mins.

It's GREAT! I learned it from my ex's mom (they're filipino).



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i believe it was jackfruit.

i'll definetly try it ! do they sell canned jackfruit at supermarkets ?
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i believe it was jackfruit.

i'll definetly try it ! do they sell canned jackfruit at supermarkets ?



hmm i believe so. In the "international" section.



Tell me how it turns out!



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I bought...

Mango

Kiwis

Asian Pear

Papaya

Cactus Pear

Red Bananas

Kumquats

Lychees



It was the best I could do given my resources! I did come across some other things, like ugly fruit, but they were, literally, rotten and moldy. I guess they aren't too popular! We should have fun with these anyway, and they shouldn't be too hard to deal with, with a metal butter knife and potato peeler!

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Hahaha i love your mitch hedberg quote!



That guy was great
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