Not too long ago, my husband had an animated conversation with our neighbor while they were at the gym. The neighbor is into all kinds of healthy stuff and he shared his love for an exotic fruit that I for one have been trying to look for but to no avail. My husband was so excited to share the news to me, and I was so glad to find out that I can easily buy that fruit from a nearby fruit and vegetable store not that far from where we live.
It became my mission to go and buy the fruit. I was forewarned that it is not always available but they have it regularly, it’s just a matter of being there at the perfect time.
Lo and behold! It was there that very day that I went.
I’m pretty sure that to those of you who grew up in a tropical country (like the Philippines), you’re able to easily identify the fruit. Here in the US, it’s called soursop – guyabano in my birth country, the Philippines. I had to wait for the fruit to ripen. All it took was three days. My husband who has never had the chance to taste this fruit was so excited when it was ready to be devoured.
I felt like I was reunited to a familiar taste. My husband liked it too but not enough to love it at this time. I’m sure that in time, he will eventually love it just the way he’s so in love now with bittermelon (ampalaya).
I hope I can get it whenever I head down to the fruit and vegetable store. The only drawback is the fact that this fruit is expensive. It is priced at $7 per pound and I paid $19.57 for one fruit. I’m lucky enough that my family brought tons of bags of the tea when they visited us a few months ago and it’s been part of my daily tea time.
Whenever I visit the Philippines, I will really make sure to enjoy this fruit without abandon. Who would have thought a fruit like this one which is not that popular even back home is this expensive? Admittedly, I never liked it that much when I was living in the Philippines. But knowing all the health benefits now, I’m willing to fork out that much money just to have this fruit every once in a while.