500 Fruits – update #7

I didn’t actually try that many new fruits in 2012, but I see it’s been well over a year since I updated. So here’s my up to date list. I’ve tried 128 129 different fruits since I started this project in May 2010!

39 africot, black velvet
91 apple, ambrosia
82 apple, arkansas black
67 apple, cortland
64 apple, crab
117 apple, ginger gold
92 apple, granny smith
120 apple, gravenstein
81 apple, haralson
72 apple, honey crisp
80 apple, northern spy (2011)
65 apple, paula red
116 apple, pristine finer
101 apple, water
61 apple, WI gala
115 apple, Williams pride
87 apple, winesap
14 apricot
123 aprium
26 asian pear
17 avocado
6 banana
44 banana, red
31 blackberries
18 blueberries
58 cactus fruit
29 cantaloupe
46 cherries, dark sweet
28 cherries, rainier
38 cherries, sweet red
37 clementine
77 cranberry
126 currants, red
70 date, medjool
51 eggplant
122 feijoa
56 gooseberries
104 granadilla
98 grape, muscat
32 grapefruit
50 grapes, black
55 grapes, concord
20 grapes, green seedless
10 grapes, red seedless
5 guanabana
127 jujube
121 kiwi berries
7 kiwifruit
84 kumquats
52 lemon
78 lemon, meyer
100 lemon, orange, Costa Rican
34 lime
42 lychee nuts
102 mamones
62 mandarin, daisy
89 mandarin, gold nugget
124 mandarin, pixie
96 mandarin, royal
2 mango
60 mango-nectarine
110 melon, galia
109 melon, honeydew orange flesh
53 melon, horn
125 melon, musk
119 melon, pepino
47 melon, sprite
36 mulberries
103 nance
15 nectarine
41 nectarine, white
106 noni
114 olives, kalmata
83 orange, blood
90 orange, moro
12 orange, navel
4 papaya
9 passion fruit
11 peach
54 peach, donut
99 pear, abate fetel
43 pear, bartlett
86 pear, bosc
88 pear, comice
24 pear, D’anjou
108 pear, forelle
76 pear, harrow’s delight
85 pear, luscious
30 pear, packham’s triumph
27 pear, red anjou
73 pear, seckel
63 pear, star krimson
107 pear, taylor gold
71 pear, tosca
97 pear, ya
113 peas, snow
112 peas, sugar snap
25 pepper, bell (red)
33 pepper, jalapeno
74 persimmon
35 pineapple
22 plum, black
48 plum, dapple dandy
66 plum, egg
3 plum, purple
21 plum, red
45 plum, yellow
23 pluot
40 pluot, red velvet
75 pomegranate
59 prune plum
95 pummelo
79 quince
118 rambutan
13 raspberries
128 satsuma
57 star fruit
8 strawberries
111 string bean, purple
105 tamarind
94 tangerine, murcott
93 tangerine, pixie
19 tomato, grape
69 tomato, heirloom
68 tomato, roma
16 tomato, vine on
1 watermelon (May, 2010)
49 zucchini
129 tangerine, mineola (2013)

500 Fruits update

I’m well past due for a fruit update. While I did get a few more fruits while I was in Costa Rica this year, and a few that I’d call slightly exotic, my list didn’t grow as much as I would have liked. All well. I’m now more than 1/5 done! Of the recently added fruits, mamonesare by far my favorite addition. Kids generally aren’t allowed to eat these as they do pose a chocking hazard, but boy are they tasty. The tamarind, not so much. Here’s the updated list, in alphabetical rather than numerical order.

39 Africot, Black Velvet
91 apple, ambrosia
82 apple, arkansas black
67 apple, cortland
64 apple, crab
92 apple, granny smith
81 apple, haralson
72 apple, honey crisp
80 apple, northern spy (2011)
65 apple, paula red
101 apple, water
61 apple, WI gala
87 apple, winesap
14 Apricot
26 Asian pear
17 Avocado
6 Banana
44 banana, red
31 Blackberries
18 Blueberries
58 cactus fruit
29 Cantaloupe
46 cherries, dark sweet
28 cherries, Rainier
38 cherries, sweet red
37 Clementine
77 cranberry
70 date, medjool
51 eggplant
56 gooseberries
104 granadilla
98 grape, muscat
32 Grapefruit
50 grapes, black
55 grapes, concord
20 grapes, green seedless
10 Grapes, seedless red
5 Guanabana
7 kiwifruit
84 kumquats
52 lemon
78 lemon, meyer
100 lemon, orange, CR
34 lime
42 lychee nuts
102 mamones
62 mandarin, daisy
89 mandarin, gold nugget
96 mandarin, royal
2 Mango
60 mango-nectarine
110 melon, galia
109 melon, honeydew orange flesh
53 melon, horn
47 melon, sprite
36 mulberries
103 nance
15 Nectarine
41 nectarine, white
106 noni
83 orange, blood
90 orange, moro
12 orange, navel
4 Papaya
9 passion fruit
11 Peach
54 peach, donut
99 pear, abate fetel
43 pear, bartlett
86 pear, bosc
88 pear, comice
24 pear, D’anjou
108 pear, forelle
76 pear, Harrow’s delight
85 pear, luscious
30 pear, Packham’s Triumph
27 Pear, red Anjou
73 pear, seckel
63 pear, star krimson
107 pear, taylor gold
71 pear, tosca
97 pear, ya
113 peas, snow
112 peas, sugar snap
25 pepper, bell (red)
33 pepper, jalapeno
74 persimmon
35 pineapple
22 plum, black
48 plum, dapple dandy
66 plum, egg
3 Plum, purple
21 Plum, red
45 plum, yellow
23 Pluot
40 Pluot, Red Velvet
75 pomegranate
59 prune plum
95 pummelo
79 quince
13 Raspberries
57 star fruit
8 strawberries
111 string bean, purple
105 tamarind
94 tangerine, murcott
93 tangerine, pixie
19 tomato, grape
69 tomato, heirloom
68 tomato, roma
16 tomato, vine on
1 Watermelon (May, 2010)
49 zucchini

500 Fruits: update #6

As I put up my 2011 to do list the other day, I thought it might be helpful to also update my fruit list here, as one of the things I’d like to do is try 100 new fruits this year. The hard thing though, is that I lost my printed out fruit list. When I do a major update to my spreadsheet, I print out a new version, fold it up nice, and stick it in the little card holder on my key chain. This way I can remember what I’ve had when I’m standing in the store, and I have a place to hand write new fruits. Thankfully I only ‘lost’ 9 fruits. Well, 8 of them because I can’t remember 8 of the 9 I know I had hand written on my list. For whatever reason I remember having the meyer lemon. I have a feeling a few of them were pear and apple variants. Oh well, it just means I get to have them again. Just in case. So I ended 2010 at 79 (quince was the last one). And I’m off to a good start in 2011, as I’ve already had four more, and I’ve got kumquats sitting in the fridge. Here’s my up to date list. I also added that #1 started May 2010. And #80 starts 2011.

39 Africot, Black Velvet
82 apple, arkansas black
67 apple, cortland
64 apple, crab
81 apple, haralson
72 apple, honey crisp
80 apple, northern spy (2011)
65 apple, paula red
61 apple, WI gala
14 Apricot
26 Asian pear
17 Avocado
6 Banana
44 banana, red
31 Blackberries
18 Blueberries
58 cactus fruit
29 Cantaloupe
46 cherries, dark sweet
28 cherries, Rainier
38 cherries, sweet red
37 Clementine
77 cranberry
70 date, medjool
51 eggplant
56 gooseberries
32 Grapefruit
50 grapes, black
55 grapes, concord
20 grapes, green seedless
10 Grapes, seedless red
5 Guanabana
7 kiwifruit
52 lemon
78 lemon, meyer
34 lime
42 lychee nuts
62 mandarin, daisy
2 Mango
60 mango-nectarine
53 melon, horn
47 melon, sprite
36 mulberries
15 Nectarine
41 nectarine, white
83 orange, blood
12 orange, navel
4 Papaya
9 passion fruit
11 Peach
54 peach, donut
43 pear, bartlett
24 pear, D’anjou
76 pear, Harrow’s delight
30 pear, Packham’s Triumph
27 Pear, red Anjou
73 pear, seckel
63 pear, star krimson
71 pear, tosca
25 pepper, bell (red)
33 pepper, jalapeno
74 persimmon
35 pineapple
22 plum, black
48 plum, dapple dandy
66 plum, egg
3 Plum, purple
21 Plum, red
45 plum, yellow
23 Pluot
40 Pluot, Red Velvet
75 pomegranate
59 prune plum
79 quince
13 Raspberries
57 star fruit
8 strawberries
19 tomato, grape
69 tomato, heirloom
68 tomato, roma
16 tomato, vine on
1 Watermelon (May, 2010)
49 zucchini

2011 to do list

Every year for the past 7 years I’ve made a yearly to do list. This isn’t resolutions. Rather, if there is something I think I’d like to change, rather than resolving to change it, I think of something I can actually do to get to that end, and then that item gets added to my list. I also include things that I generally think I would like to, or think I should, do over the coming year. I’ve gotten better at making the items on my to do list achievable, if I actually aim to get them done. I usually hit around 50% completion, and that’s good enough for me.

So here is this years to do list. There are a few items you’ll see a number for, but no item. These are things that I don’t feel comfortable making completely public. This year I’m also experimenting with dividing my list into things that I think should be easy for me to complete, somewhat challenging, and a few things that I think will be hard to do.

Easy
1. Ride my bike to campus when the weather is nice.
2. Visit a state I’ve never been to before.
3. Go to Picnic Point.
4. Go to a concert on the square.
5. Go to a hockey game.
6. Go to a women’s basketball game.
7. See the butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Garden.
8. Get Rascal to the vet.
9. Get Thor to the vet.
10. Make an educated vote in a local election.
11. Get my license switched to Wisconsin.
12. Read 12 books.
13. At least 3 books should come from the banned book list.
14. At least 2 should be science books.
15. One should be in Spanish (can be a kids book).
16.
17. Continue my savings plans. (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec)
18. Donate $ every month. (automated for the year)
19. Finish the edges on the bed frame.
20. Put the last coat of finish on the end table I built.
21. Write to two of my elected officials.
22. Learn to build a fire and actually build a fire.
23. Take a dance course (not one class, but a 5-6 week series).

Medium
24. Be able to do 30 sun salutations.
25. Complete the 100 push ups program.
26. Get my weight back below 150.
27. Do an East Coast trip #3.
28. See my parents at least once.
29. Finish putting my pictures in the album I started.
30. Go to the dentist.
31. Celebrate my birthday.
32. Host an actual dinner party, Thanksgiving can’t count this year!
33. Get no parking tickets.
34. Get no speeding tickets.
35. Get two new stamps in my parks book, one local, one out of the area.
36. Only charge to my credit card what can immediately be paid off.
37. Pay off $3500 of my student loans.
38. Try at least 100 new fruits.
39. Make a list of things to do when I’m depressed that might help me feel better.
40. Do the ten things ten days of gratitude.
41. Be able to carry on a decent conversation in Spanish.
42. Do something for at least 12 friends birthdays that lets them know they are important to me.
43. Build a liquor cabinet.
44. Roll over my traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
45. Start a CD ladder AND/OR contribute some of that money to my Roth IRA.
46. Learn how to swim under water without holding my nose.

Hard
47. Stop picking my skin.
48. Run a 5k.
49. Make one new friend.
50. Discover one new thing that brings me joy.
51. Let my parents know what I want done with my body if/when I die.
52.

Butternut squash with pecans and vanilla

Simply Recipes is known for some pretty solid recipes, and her Butternut squash with walnuts and vanilla was no exception. I made some changes based on what we had on hand and how I know we like to eat. This was served with the ribs I mentioned in the previous post along with a baked sweet potato with cinnamon butter. It was quite tasty and has left me full for a majority of the evening (though I also did sample the ‘dessert’ I made).

Butternut squash with pecans and vanilla
This is how I did it and a few of my notes.

1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
2. Peal and chop the remainder of the butternut squash you have from making crimini butternut sqush risotto. Pealing and chopping a butternut squash is kind of a bitch. Be patient and take your time.
3. Toss the squash with some olive oil and a bit of salt. Enough to coat but not drench the squash pieces.
4. Roast squash for 30-40 min and realize it isn’t browning. As dinner will be ready soon, just go with it.
5. In a deep skillet, cast iron in my case, brown a cup plus of pecan pieces.
6. Belt in 3 T butter.
7. Add a small knob of chopped finger, maybe the size of your thumb tip, from the first joint.
8. Add 1 t vanilla and about 1/2 t lemon juice.
9. Add 1/2 t thyme (or maybe a bit more?).
10. Add in another T butter and serve.

500 Fruits: update #5

Since I last updated, I’ve had to alphabetize my list. At more than 50, I was already buying ‘new’ fruits only to realize I had already tried them. And I ended up with white nectarine on my list twice. At 67 70, here is my now alphabetized list. (Apparently I’ve forgotten a few times to add some things to my list, as I’m sure I’ve had more tomato variants than I have on my list, but I can’t remember what kinds, and I know I’ve had a few squash…).

39 Africot, Black Velvet
67 apple, cortland
64 apple, crab
65 apple, paula red
61 apple, WI gala
14 Apricot
26 Asian pear
17 Avocado
6 Banana
44 banana, red
31 Blackberries
18 Blueberries
58 cactus fruit
29 Cantaloupe
46 cherries, dark sweet
28 cherries, Rainier
38 cherries, sweet red
37 Clementine
70 date, medjool
51 eggplant
56 gooseberries
32 Grapefruit
50 grapes, black
55 grapes, concord
20 grapes, green seedless
10 Grapes, seedless red
5 Guanabana
7 kiwifruit
52 lemon
34 lime
42 lychee nuts
62 mandarin, daisy
2 Mango
60 mango-nectarine
53 melon, horn
47 melon, sprite
36 mulberries
15 Nectarine
41 nectarine, white
12 orange, navel
4 Papaya
9 passion fruit
11 Peach
54 peach, donut
43 pear, bartlett
24 pear, D’anjou
30 pear, Packham’s Triumph
27 Pear, red Anjou
63 pear, star krimson
25 pepper, bell (red)
33 pepper, jalapeno
35 pineapple
22 plum, black
48 plum, dapple dandy
66 plum, egg
3 Plum, purple
21 Plum, red
45 plum, yellow
23 Pluot
40 Pluot, Red Velvet
59 prune plum
13 Raspberries
57 star fruit
8 strawberries
19 tomato, grape
69 tomato, heirloom
68 tomato, roma
16 tomato, vine on
1 Watermelon
49 zucchini

And if you’ve been wondering how I keep track of this… I’ve been printing out my list every once in a blue moon, then I hand write new additions to the list, update the typed list every once in a while and reprint it, rinse repeat. I fold up the printed list and keep it in the small card holder on my key chain so that I always have it with me.

500 Fruits: Update #4

Now that I’ve hit 50, I think I’ll slow down a bit on posting these updates, perhaps every 20 or so. We’ll see. Apparently going on vacation is helpful when you want to try new fruits. I’ve still got two more sitting on my counter waiting for me to eat them (in fact, all but one of the updates were bought in PA). Perhaps tomorrow evening.
Other than the obvious of getting to try new things, and giving myself permission to be adventurous, I think the thing I’m enjoying about this project the most is talking to other people about it. The first question I usually get is “Are there even 500 different fruits?” to which the short answer is “Yes.” Then I start talking about fruit varieties (would you say a pink lady apple is the same as a green granny smith?). Then, depending on the person, they either start talking about their favorite fruits, or weird fruits they’ve tried. My coworkers and I had probably a 10 minute conversation about this over lunch today (and this is a topic we’ve already covered). Then I got everyone to try yellow plums that I bought in Pennsylvania. For one of my coworkers, this may have been his first plum ever.

50. black grapes
49. zucchini
48. dapple dandy plum
47. sprite melon
46. dark sweet cherry
45. yellow plum
44. red banana
43. bartlett pear
42. lychee nuts
41. White nectarine
40. Red Velvet Pluot
39. Black Velvet Africot – probably one of my favorites so far
38. Sweet red cherries
37. Clementine
36. mulberries
35. pineapple
34. lime
33. jalapeno
32. Grapefruit
31. Blackberries
30. Packham’s Triumph pear
29. Cantaloupe
28. Rainier cherries (we think)
27. Red Anjou Pear
26. Asian pear (which will not be making it’s way into my usual rotation) **turns out the one I had likely wasn’t ripe enough, I’ve been advised to try one again, but make sure it’s ripe.
25. Bell pepper (red)
24. D’anjou pear
23. Pluot
22. Black plum
21. Red Plum
20. green seedless grapes
19. grape tomatoes
18. Blueberries (crappy blueberries, but none the less, they still count)
17. Avocado (though the one I had in Costa Rica was *WAY* better)
16. vine on tomato
15. Nectarine
14. Apricot
13. Raspberries
12. Navel orange
11. Peach
10. Seedless red grapes
9. passion fruit
8. strawberries
7. kiwifruit
6. Banana – Oh, so THIS is what a banana tastes like!
5. Guanabana
4. Papaya
3. Plum – Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a plum before. Shame because I might actually like ‘em.
2. Mango
1. Watermelon