Let me say that my husband is the king of weird food. Maybe it's just me, but when you eat stuff out of the lawn, you're getting a little too organic. Let's take a tour, shall we?
This is our walnut tree. It gives us about 15 pounds of walnuts. Every fall I unleash my inner squirrel and harvest them by the bucket. We start when the peel is splitting, get the rind off, and let them air dry for two weeks, then spend a few days of agony getting them out of their stubborn little shells. It's as if they really don't want to be made into walnut chocolate chip cookies and walnut banana bread and spicy walnut trail mix. Huh. Weird.
*hugs walnut tree*
You can eat the fungus boiled or in tacos. It's apparently very, very good for you and expensive in some areas and in vogue in some restaurants. Don't Google if you haven't eaten lunch yet. I don't care how nutritious it is. It's gross and weird.
Okay, truthfully, this isn't weird at all. It's gorgeous. Pretty baby! Look at you, so purple and heirloom-y shaped! Mmmmmm.... We'll talk later, you and I.
We have plenty of these because he plants in the old Aztec way of Las Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters). You plant your corn (smut!), and your squash (buggy flowers!) and your beans ('nuff said!) together, in one row. So the beans crawl up the corn, and the huge squash leaves shade the ground to keep the soil moist in the hot weather.
It takes about 30 minutes to skim the tiny slivers off. (There. That tells me you shouldn't eat it when it has to be DISARMED first.) Ouch.
Next is my prime argument against cactus. When you start cutting it, the cactus begins to OOZE.
It stretches. Think egg whites. Think aloe vera. Think UGH.
But we'll ignore all the signs that tell us DO NOT EAT THIS and slice some onion, some fresh garlic, and cut it into tiny pieces. Into the pot it goes, to boil! (Excuse my dirty floor. And my feet. And my husband's feet. It was a weird food family portrait.)
When it's done, you mix it with your big bowl of fresh beans (you have those on hand, from the pot you made this morning, remember?) and add some pickled peppers from the can on the left. Ta-dah! A weird dinner!
(And hey, you can see my food in the background. COOKIES. Totally normal.)
Now, before you think I hate anything from cactus, I have to say, I do love a little bit of tuna. That's the fruit that is only in seasons at certain months of the year, usually the rainy season. (Tuna! Really, that's what the fruit is called. Always makes me laugh. Who knew tuna came from cactus! )Here's some cut.
One red, one green. Looks gory, eh?
They're super, super tasty with a flavor that is hard to describe. Something between a cantaloupe and a kiwi. But lots of tooth-cracking seeds. You just have to suck off the good stuff and spit the rest. Not good for first dates. Unless you're cool with that.
So, now that you've graduated from the W.F. tour, go out and eat something UNUSUAL. And let us know what it was, and how you liked it.
This is from my 'Joy of Cooking'. How to skin a squirrel. If you ate something like this, please don't tell me. I'd like to think of you all as very sane, thank you very much. :)
Until next time!