I have been seeing this unusual fruit in the produce section of the grocery-store lately. But for the first time, I noticed directions attached to it. They say: “Wear latex gloves, cover the cutting board with plastic wrap.” I wondered if something that you had to protect your skin and your cutting board from was something you should be eating. After watching a you-tube video online, I found out that 1) it’s very sticky and hard to remove from surfaces, even from the knife you use (the chef recommended coating the knife with oil), and 2) it takes about 20 minutes of careful work to get this monstrous fruit cut up. Hmm, don’t think I’ll be using this in my fruit salad anytime soon.
The other thing I noticed while shopping was that the grocery-store has moved all of their Parmesan cheese from the refrigerated area to the regular shelves. Curiously, the Kraft brand containers were still in a box that said in large red lettering: keep refrigerated. So I checked Kraft’s website, and they said it was safe to store unopened grated Parmesan cheese in the cupboard, although temperature variations might affect the quality. In fact, it’s even okay to leave it at room temperature after it’s opened. And all these years I’ve been storing mine in the fridge. Ha, you learn something new every day.