Kiki learned about tropical fruits. I put pictures of different kinds on a piece of paper. There was coconut, kiwi, passion fruit, star fruit, pineapple, mango, etc. Then we headed to the grocery store to see them in person.
On the way to the store I stopped to get gas. As I stood there watching my wallet get lighter Kiki banged on the window from inside the van and excitedly said, “Look up there”. So I looked up at the sign over the pump. Wouldn’t you know it – a picture of a papaya and pineapples.
The perks of having my hubby be the produce manager are many. This time he just happened to have an old mango on him and let the girls taste it. Mmmm, one of my favorites! Then we went up and down and aisles and matched the picture of her tropical fruit to the real fruit. How fun to feel a fuzzy kiwi, rough hairy coconut, and smooth papaya. The only one we did not get to see was the passion fruit.
For lunch we tried the crunchy and juicy pear apple (closest we can get to the asian pear), the sometimes sweet and sometimes sour kiwi, and compared a regular banana to a plantain (fried). The asian pear was a big hit with Lulu. Kiki liked that too as well as the kiwi and banana. Lulu had a love-hate relationship with the fried plantain and Kiki did not care for it at all. Me … I love it all!