Salt and Pepper is the base for all the food we eat. They are considered the king and queen of seasonings. We always associate them with savory foods. But do you know just a sprinkle of salt and pepper can make fresh fruits and veggies taste better.
Salt and Pepper are like soul mates, always found together on table tops. Salt and pepper shakers are always bought as a set, people adore them and collect them. Couples even put their favorite salt and pepper shaker as their wedding cake topper, Which I thought was a wonderful idea because they are inseparable.
My Dad has a special way of eating fruits and veggies he makes my Mom cut them into slices and he sprinkles them with salt and pepper. Surprisingly, it really enhances the taste. He taught my kids to eat this way, it just caught on to them. My younger one takes apples for snack with salt and pepper. One added benefit the salt prevents them from getting brown. How wonderful is that !
Pomegranate is an amazing fruit. Fall is the best season to enjoy them, you get them in abundance in November, right in time for Thanks Giving. So let me start with that first….
Now comes the good old cucumber. I particularly like the Kirby cucumber which is used for pickles. They have this amazing crunch which is so satisfying.
Strawberries are the star of Valentine’s Day, They have this beautiful heart shape even when you slice them. No wonder they are called the love fruit, Couples adore them and exchange them as gifts to express their true love for each other. Who doesn’t love to get a box of Chocolate dipped strawberries from their loved ones.
Look at these baby strawberries, Adorable ! My kids love them. Every year they go on a school trip to the nearest farm for strawberry picking. They bring back a crate full of strawberries and we eat them to our heart’s content.
If want your strawberries to last longer, remove the leaves the minute you bring them home and store it in the dedicated fruit drawer in your fridge.
Chefs are the true appreciators of fruits and veggies. They always say take a minute to adore nature’s abundant gift to us and we earthlings should learn to savor them instead of gobbling them in a rush. I totally agree with them.
Strawberries are very delicate so handle them with care. The best way to wash them is to fill a big bowl with cold water and gently scrub them with your fingers and pat them dry in a kitchen towel. Eat them as whole or slice them, Either way it tastes delicious.
Before we season this, let me tell you a little bit about salt.
There are so many varieties of salt each one has a very distinctive taste.
Sea salt is the most natural form of salt used in cooking , it is considered the best salt and has the rough crystal shape.
Flaked salt is sprinkled on top of pastries, caramel squares and chocolates. Which is very light in texture.
Then there are Smoked salt, Black salt and Himalayan pink salt which adds depth to your salad dressing.
I particularly like this crystalline sea salt, let me tell you why ? the crystals have a smooth texture, It doesn’t dissolve that quickly so it doesn’t water down your fruits and veggies and you get a salty crunch here and there, without overpowering the fruit.
The fruit which still reigns at top of the chart is the one and only Apple. The infamous apple which tempted Eve. The apple which keeps the doctor away. Apple, which is every amateur artist’s first model. Needless to say, Apple is the favorite fruit of all.
Apples are given as gifts to teachers in appreciation of their hard work. Students bring apples in many different forms. Some bring fresh apples, Candy apple, Realistic ceramic apple, Apple pins or Jeweled apple brooches. Some kids draw a picture of an apple, glitter it up, put it in a frame and take it as a gift on Teacher Appreciation Day. Teachers cherish them since it makes them feel loved, respected and rewarded.
I like to cut them into thin slices, season it with crystal salt and cracked pepper…
A study says many of us don’t eat fruits because we are too lazy to wash and cut them. Why do you think we all are drawn towards fresh cut fruits in a salad bar or a buffet, They are washed, cut and ready to eat. So always take time to cut the fruits and present them in a appealing way.
Cherish your salt and pepper, they are the Yin and Yang of all the condiments. Even though they are totally opposite in nature they tend to compliment each other very well. This applies to every single couple on earth, remember you are meant be soul mates.
Together you make everything better. 💞
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