Friday, November 25, 2005

Fighting the good fight

As I ate my ugly but tasty breakfast this morning, it occurred to me that some may be unfamiliar with the ‘sitaphal’. It’s the local name for a regional species of the Annona genus, a family of delicious gifts from nature. (Note: It is similar to, but not the same as, the custard apple or the ubitquitous ‘chirimoya’ in Peru.)

The sitaphal is not an easy eat, but it IS worth the effort. The flesh is delicate and butter-soft, fragrant, and very sweet. But you aren’t rewarded without effort. The flesh is segmented around many shiny, black, marble-smooth seeds (but with a nice mouthfeel).

de·li·cious (dĭ-lĭsh'əs) adj.

1. Highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell.
2. Very pleasant; delightful: a delicious revenge.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, pleasing, from Latin dēlicia, pleasure : dē-, intensive pref.; see de– + lacere, to entice.]


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