The Fruit Hater Meets The Clementine

One of dearly beloved children really doesn’t like fruit.  He will tolerate apples and pears, but not much else.  However, he lives with many fruit adorers, and they are always befuddled by his dislike.  But this has been true for many years, and we’ve grown accustomed to his not-so-typical way of being in the world.

But the other night, we were discussing the fruit and vegetable crisis in the U.S. (yes, we really were), and everyone was listing their fruit and veggie consumption for the day, and out of the blue, he said, “I’m going to try a clementine.”

I think you could have heard a pin drop at the table.

We all looked at each other, and released a collective, “Really?!?”

“Uh huh”, he said.

And then, his dad went and picked out the perfect clementine from our rapidly diminishing stash, and peeled it for The Fruit Hater.

And then he sectioned it.

And then, The Fruit Hater picked it up.

A sniff, a pause, a second sniff, some tips delivered from the fruit lovers about the best way to eat clementines, and then, the first small bite, a corner.  And then an enormous grin that I really wished I could have photographed spread across his face.

“What do you think?” we all asked.

“It’s good”, he said, “really good.”

And then he finished it all in about 60 seconds.  And got up from the table, and got another one.

And the next night, he had a tangelo.  And he proclaimed that good too.

Wow.  Who knew that the citrus universe would open up for The Fruit Hater in such a joyous manner.

Next up, berries.

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8 Comments to “The Fruit Hater Meets The Clementine”

  1. I’m really enjoying your blogs! Wish I had a similar story for my vegetable haters!

  2. oh my goodness! but this was not your Picky Eater, was it?
    hoping for the day when I have something similar to report…

  3. Nope but her food consumption habits are changing too. There is hope!

  4. Congratulations! That’s a great story. My daughter is evolving too – accepting quiche for dinner last week.

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