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The Sharon Fruit. And Spam.

I feel generally creepy about eating foods named for people.  Granny Smith apples (Julia, please tell me you’d seen the Eddie Izzard bit about Mrs. Smith not making it big in the apple business until she encouraged her daughter to have a baby…), The Roker, or Eggs Benedict.   But I may have found an exception to the rule.

The Sharon fruit.

This delicious Sharon fruit is a kind of persimmon and is bright orange with a thick waxy skin and pulpy interior.  … hmmm, I just read what I wrote for a description and it doesn’t exactly sound delicious.  But it is.  Chris read about it in one of his fitness magazines and he bought some at the grocery store.  We both ate one and decided these were tasty, unique, and the perfect thing to devour before a gym workout as they seem to help keep my sugars steady throughouTasty bits, these.t an intense cardio workout. 

And damnit, these little fruits are so tasty!  They’re like fancy, fruity tomatoes.  (Again, maybe that doesn’t sound completely delicious, but describing their taste is a bit tricky.)

These are now my new favorite snacky bit.  I know there is dissention within the diabetes community about whether or not fruit is the best snacking option, but it works for me.  And I refuse to inundate myself with low-carb snack bars and other processed bits when an organic Sharon fruit is working just fine.  

RANDOM EDITOR’S NOTE:  Unbelievable amount of spam in the comments these days.  So far, I’ve been offered 15 different ways to increase penis size, hints on how to make her love me like no other man, and advice on how to start an online casino.  These spammers are getting trickier and trickier.  They leave comments ranging from “Nice site!  I love it!” to “Not much going on these days.  I’m really bored and just hanging around the house,” to “Pretty colors!  And you, as the blog owner, are terrific!”  Mind you, these comments include hyperlinks to what I’m guessing are the most horrific pornographic sites imaginable and other disturbing pages. 

So I’ve changed the comments function on SUM to require an email address.  Almost everyone does, at this point, but now I’m requiring it to keep the comments section free of offensive, spammy chaos.  If you are a lurker and prefer to remain lurkish, just dummy up an email and pop it in there.  No harm, no foul.  Sorry about the changes!


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With some fruit, I think that reading the number of carbs they claim to have can be misleading because they're fiber or something if they're not quite ripe- I keep going hypo after melons. Haven't had any problems with tomatoes though.
I like the taste of persimmons, but the texture bugs me.

WOW - I see this fruit all the time, and wonder what it is like...and keep on walking.

I'm up for the adventure - next time I see them I'll pick one up!

Average fruit has 70 calories - what % do you figure is countable carb value??? Not sure how much fibre are in them!

Jonah - I like the texture. The waxy outer layer appeals to me, but sounds gross when written. :)

Drea - I've seen it calculated anywhere between 19g - 28g. I'm thinking it's closer to 20g of carbs because 2u of Humalog covers it for me every time, and I'm on a 1:10 ratio.

"They're like fancy, fruity tomatoes"

I may have to start using that to describe some of my friends....

I have been checking out your blog and I have to laugh at your Sharon fruit post. I adore persimmons but have not tried Sharons (now I will). Yes, it is a little odd describing the wonders of these fruits to friends...but I find that "what a tomato wishes it could be" seems to convince the hesitant. Starfruit is great, too, although higher in sugar, I would guess. And though diabetics need to minimize sugar, I feel if you can manage your blood sugar and enjoy a piece of fruit, that's better than the processed garbage being shoved at us every day. Humans weren't meant to eat that stuff, even if it IS low in sugar! Cheers from the gang at Mark's Daily Apple.

Kerri, you may want to consider implementing a security question to control comment spam. It should eliminate all automated spams. Unfortunately, it offers no protection against jerks.

Here's a link to the Movable Type plugin: http://www.sixapart.com/pronet/plugins/plugin/hmpassphrase.html

I've seen the Sharon fruit in grocery stores (aka persimmons). I always try to buy one fruit that we've never had before, and now the Sharon fruit is next.

LMAO about the spam messages.

i think sharon fruit is pretty popular here. i am definitely going to buy one next trip to the grocery store.

Hmmm. I may have to try these. And sadly, no, I haven't heard that Eddie Izzard bit. I'll have to look it up.

Never heard of these before. I wonder if they have them in Australia?

hi, thanks for that! I went to the site, and was suprised to see that South Africa was the chief counter season supplier of this fruit! I only saw thse fruit for the first time some time last year! have been wondering about them... will have to give them a try. Still quite unbelievable that they right here in this country... and the large warehouse - so close to the little town I grew up in!! Well, you learn something new every day...

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