Thursday, September 08, 2005

Gambling

I hate to walk past a fruit stall. All the lushly colored fruits just beckon to me. Like a housefly drawn to crap, I’ll be lured in with the promises of a saccharine-filled snack. Strawberries, kiwis, bananas, apples, oranges, custard apples, passion fruits, pineapples, papayas, lychees, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears etc will be gleaming in their skins, shouting out to you to buy them.

So there you will be, pressing and poking the fruits, wondering what to get. Following much deliberation, you finally decided on strawberries. After all, they are in season and should be quite fresh. And they are discounted. And you have just gotten advice from your family and friends in the 3-hour conversation yesterday on the finer points of selecting strawberries. Now you turn more fully towards the strawberry stand and crack your knuckles to begin on a task that requires Mensa-level IQ.

Yep, I remember that they should be bright red and not be damp. Strawberries have a reputation of spoiling fast; therefore only get those that have green bits that are still green. Producers are sneaky fellows; they will put strawberries in these boxes and inevitably, there will be some of the less appealing berries inside every box. Then they poke some holes in the boxes so you can thrust your nose again each and every box and inhale the heavenly scent.

Then, you sniff, probe and ponder over which box to get. After making sure you got the best box in the stand, you go home happily, thinking about the sweet sweet strawberries you will get to enjoy after dinner. They can’t be that bad if they look like this right:


Green bits? Checked. Bright red? Checked (saved for that ONE loser). Firm? Checked. Fragrance? Checked. Not damp? Checked.


THEY ARE BLOODY SOUR! FUCK UP! HOW TO FINISH THE WHOLE BOX! NOW I KNOW WHY THEY SELL IN BOXES!!! TO GET RID OF THEM ASAP! I RATHER EAT LEMON! I WANT REFUND!

4 comments:

bsjj said...

hahahhahahah! i <3 strawberries. too expensive though. heehee

Injenue said...

wahaha sour meh! i hate sour things. i like 'em SWEET. LOL!!

Darth Sidious said...

I don't think I've ever consumed a sweet straberry before.

jllt said...

bsjj: Strawberries are cheap here. I think as low as A$1.70 for a punnett.

injenue: I have no doubt. Sweet plus a little spice in the bedroom eh?

Darth: Then you should come to Aus. They have really sweet strawberries without a tinge of sourness. And still have the strawberry taste. Not like some pineapples in Singapore; sweet until just taste like sugar in pineapple packaging. But good luck with choosing strawberries for their sweetness here though. It's a big gamble.