I haven't brushed my teeth.
The thing about growing vegetables and fruits at home is that one reveals too much. The children have smelled and seen all manner of other creative concoctions that my whim and fancy puts together - worm pee, chicken shit tea, evaporated milk solution, fish emulsion... Most days, my garden attacks my family with smells - sometimes nice and sometimes not. So, when I presented them a plate of xiang gua, they all eyed it suspiciously.
"Come on! Eat!" I said. "It won't bite you! You are supposed to bite it!" And gingerly, under my penetrating gaze, they each take a piece. There were all sorts of ungrateful comments like "Mom, are you sure it can be eaten?" Someone smallish in size even said "Why are you feeding us only the melon skin? What happened to the meat in the middle?"
There IS no meat in the middle, darling! The xiang gua fruit is very interesting. It tastes like honey dew, but its skin can be eaten. When all cut up like in the above, the slices look like left over melon skin to be thrown away.
Anyway, I sat there with my lips pursed and about to unleash the full fury of my " you ungrateful wretches" spiel. The Husband quickly commented how surprisingly sweet the fruit was. The Daughter picks up his initiative with "Ah! Very crunchy mommy!". Little Boy sat there and ate up
So, I guess... 2 months of slushing about with tea and compost and worms and shit was worth it!!