“A basket of ripe fruit is holier than any prayer book.”

When I got the papers this morning, I expected a warm day, but I was disappointed. It’s a chilly day. The sky is cloudy and rain is predicted for tonight. I do have a couple of errands to do later.

This morning, while my coffee was brewing, I had a surprise burst of energy. I polished a shelf, swept the kitchen, washed the cat dish and cleaned the sink and counter. That’s the most housework I’ve done in a few weeks. I’d like to think this burst of energy will be a rare event.

I treated myself this morning and had two lemon biscotti with my coffee. I love the taste of lemon so much I could live on lemon squares. Lemon meringue pie tops my list of favorite pies. I think we were one of the few families where a lemon meringue pie was traditional for Thanksgiving. I even learned to cook a few dishes with preserved lemons.

I’d never turn down anything made with pineapple except maybe pizza. In Ghana I ate pineapple just about every day as part of my lunch, always a bowl of fresh fruits. I like Thai food with pineapple. I almost don’t care about the other ingredients. In my cook book from Peace Corps Ghana was a recipe for pineapple upside down cake. I always wanted to make it, but I had no oven, only a charcoal burner. A couple of old cook books from the 50’s have pictures of a finished pineapple upside cake. They are perfect and have a cherry in the middle hole of the pineapple.

When I was kid, only a few fruits were available all year. My mother bought bananas, oranges and apples. The apples were always red. The oranges had seeds. In the summer we had watermelon and grapes, green grapes. At Thanksgiving we had tangerines, our parade snack. I didn’t even know fruits likes mangoes and papayas existed. Coconuts were on tropical islands in the books I read. We were fruit deprived.

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8 Comments on ““A basket of ripe fruit is holier than any prayer book.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It was around 32F all day here and it snowed like crazy when I drove to work. I drove behind the plow on my way to work and I just didn’t care if I would come late. I had one car window open and could smell the forest and just had a nice time to be honest 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve ever even seen preserved lemons, or oranges to be honest but I have eaten preserved tangerines because they can be found in most stores here.

    Mostly red apples here too until they started to sell Granny Smith’s over here too. I do like that apple but for a reason I just can’t understand it has a bad reputation here. Preferable we should all eat local varieties that are impossible to store for more than a few days unless one have them in a box full of sand in a cool cellar 🙂 🙂 🙂 Granny Smith is just too common I guess 🙂 🙂

    I do like pineapples but not on a pizza. They tend to toss in lots of pineapple pieces when one orders a salad from the restaurant we buy our lunch from at work, sometimes the combination with the other ingredients might be a bit odd but it always works 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It got brighter but the sun still didn’t make an appearance. I haven’t been out since this morning so I don’t know if it is any warmer.

      I first saw preserved lemons in Morocco where they are used in many dishes. I think of them as a bit exotic. Preserved tangerines are new to me.I haven’t heard of them before this.

      The are are so any varieties of apples here. I love to try them. The honey crisp, my new favorite, is sweet and delicious. I use Granny Smith apples for my pies.

      I make dishes with pineapple. I really love their flavor.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    The miracle of scientific farming and better transportation now give us fruit the year round. I just popped a handful of seedless green grapes in my mouth which were probably imported from Chile or maybe California. We have had cuties and blueberries all winter. Bananas and Pineapple are available year round. My favorite fruits are the summer varieties of cherries, plums and peaches.

    Today the high was 67 degrees with cloudy skies. Tomorrow through the end of the week it’s rain every day with a chance of thunderstorms. We badly need the rain.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We only ate what was grown in Ghana. Where I lived had no tropical fruits. They were transported from the south to the upper region. The only fruit grown in my area was papaya which I came to love.

      It is raining right now.

      • Bob Says:

        You were in Ghana 50 years ago. Has the fruit situation improved when you’ve visited in resent years?

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        When I went back to Ghana, I was totally surprised at all the fruits and vegetables you could find in the market. I wished all those vegetables had been there when I was, things like carrots, green peppers, spinach and shallots.

  3. Mark Says:

    The theological background to the quotation by Marty Rubin (“A basket of ripe fruit is holier than any prayer book.”):
    https://claudemariottini.com/2011/01/31/amos-fourth-vision-and-the-basket-of-summer-fruits/

    • katry Says:

      Mark,
      Thanks you for that web site. The quote worked for me as I was thinking about all the fresh fruit in Ghana. I never would have known it had a theological reference.

      I read it twice and still was a bit confused.


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