this is a citrus display

*You know that phrase "curiosity killed the cat"? Well, I'm a pretty likely candidate for the cat. curiosity is a double-edged sword. I'm a very curious person—and though I'm sure my curiosity has in part driven my pursuit of knowledge, my interests, and my passions—it has also shaped a lot of my nasty habits, like eavesdropping and spending unnecessary money. The latter habit is applicable mainly to my food-related expenses. When I'm in the grocery store and I stumble across a new item, I have to fight my curiosity determinedly, put down the item, and back off immediately.

*Sometimes this tactic works, many times it does not. For these two specimens of citrus, it did not. It's citrus season right now—a fact i only realized when I went home to California for spring break and was re-familiarized with the idea of seasonal food—an idea not so salient in dining hall food (with the exception of the tons of poorly cooked squash served during the winter months). Here are two types of citrus that I tried for the first time: 1) Ugli fruit (top picture)—yes it's really called that, and 2) Sumo citrus.

*The ugli fruit is originally from Jamaica, and it tastes a lot better than it looks. It has a very refreshing, light taste—like a cross between an orange and a pink grapefruit, minus the bitterness. Very juicy. I liked it.

*The sumo citrus was developed in Japan and is now grown in California. This was also light and juicy—not as tangy as a categorical orange, but when a fruit costs as much as a sumo citrus, the only thing running through your mind (at least my mind) is—does this fruit taste good enough that it was worth shelling out the money I did for it? That thought kind of ruins any unbiased judgment of the taste. That's why free food tastes so good.


  1. i just went through all of your photos and i am so hungry now! your blog is wonderful and so interesting too!

  2. Glad you liked my blog :) it is good to meet a fellow natalie! all of your photos are amazing, i love food photography will definately be visiting more often!

  3. I have never heard of ugli fruit or sumo citrus, but I hope to get my hands on some soon. I eat oranges all the time. I get crazy cravings which my mom attributes to the fact that she "only ate oranges" when she was pregnant with me :)

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog- I am addicted to yours already, your photos are fantastic!

  5. So beautiful.

    I would love to write you a letter, can you send me your address in a mail ?
    Love, Hermine

  6. I've never tried either of these, but they both sound great.

  7. I've never tried either of these but they sound great. Thanks for inspiriing my curiousity!