One hot summer day, when the cupboards were empty, and the kids were beating each other, I created a new activity (purely to save myself before they tired of attacking each other and turned on me). Vultures they are.
This is how the ‘Sharing Picnic’ came to be. We had to go to the grocery store anyway, so each person would get to pick out one food at the grocery story, and then when we got to the park, they would pass it out and share with everyone. And that would be our lunch. The joy was in the freedom to select their food at the store instead of hearing the usual, “No,” throughout the 24 aisle tour.
“No candy,” was the only rule I made. They understood.
The 3 year old picked beef jerky sticks for everyone. He’s kind of a burly kid, so this made sense.
The 7 year old picked a family-sized bag of Ruffles Chedder’n Sour Cream Chips with Ridges. While not at all healthy, these are my absolute favorite junk food, so I approved it.
The 5 year old couldn’t find what he was looking for, but didn’t want to tell me what it was. So, I found a Safeway employee and let my 5 year old ask for help. “Where’s the star fruit, man?” he asked loudly.
My jaw crashed and my neck twitched. Where. Is. The. Star. Fruit. MAN?
Whose kid is this? And where did he learn to talk like that?
So, I felt the need to jump in and explain, “Sorry. He read about star fruit in a book and would like to try it and next time I’ll remind him to say please.” Luckily, the produce clerk was in his 20s and just laughed.
But then he proceeded to tell us the bad news. Star fruit was out of season. There wasn’t any to be found in North America. My 5 year old was nearly in tears in the produce aisle between the grape fruit and the leeks. He’d had this plan to surprise us with star fruit that day, even though he’d never tasted one and then his delicious idea was yanked out from under him.
After we visited the second grocery store and learned that King Soopers didn’t have star fruit either, he finally believed me picked out a package of raspberries.
And, while the Sharing Picnic at the park didn’t go exactly as planned, it was great fun.
Later, we came home and Googled a few star fruit facts to feed his starving mind. And, because you have been waiting so patiently, here is what we learned about star fruit:
- The star fruit originates in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, China and Indonesia
- Domestically, it can be grown in Florida and Hawaii during certain seasons
- Star fruits are a good source of vitamin C and potassium
- The waxy skin can be eaten and is a good source of dietary fiber
- One medium size fruit contains about 40 calories
- Star fruit is called Carambola in other parts of the world
And here are several links where you can learn more: