on another note, how often do you get excited about produce? i mean, really. i always thought fruits and veggies were sort of mundane — a necessary part of life, yeah, but not one i really thought a whole lot about eating. i usually have veggies at dinner … that’s good, right?
but after starting a job where i have to read about produce every day, i realized i didn’t eat all that many fruits and veggies a day. so this year i decided, among other things, to lose 40 pounds, and to include several daily servings of produce as part of a healthy way to do that. i was at my local grocery store today picking up a gallon of milk, and decided to take a stroll through the produce aisles first. there, among the texas grapefruit and minneola tangelos, was a section of blood oranges. all of a sudden i got very excited. i’d seen blood oranges before in magazines or on martha stewart living, but i’d never actually eaten one. and they were on sale for 50 cents! i picked one up and trundled off to the dairy cases quite pleased with my find. when i got home i peeled it open and was surprised at just how dark red the flesh was. and my goodness, it was one of the sweetest, tartest, juiciest oranges i’ve ever had in my life. this fruit is definitely a keeper in my book, and i only hope my grocery store continues to carry them, because i’d like to experiment with them further.