A Twitter argument about the relative merits of honeydew got me thinking. (What, that’s never happened to you?)
Some fruits are reliably good: apples, say, and bananas. Peel a banana, eat a banana, and it always tastes like a pretty-good banana. Unless it’s not ripe, in which case it tastes like sheet-rock, but ignoring that issue, let’s say this: bananas are a reliable, low-risk, fairly-low-reward fruit.
Other fruits are a lot of work, and you don’t really know what you’re going to get at the end. Honeydew, for instance – a pain to prep and get the rindy bits off. And the white-stuff-near-the-rind part that tastes of despair, that’s got to go, too. Work work work. And what you’re left with might be sublime cubes that taste of warmth and that little tide of happiness when you unexpectedly see a friend. Or it might just be vaguely greenish chunks of meh.
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