We often cook pinto beans. Dried pinto beans are cheap, easy to cook, and very accessible. But at my local grocery store last week, they had fresh pinto beans. Fresh! They looked quite different from the dried ones I am used to. Pinker. More plump. And of course, softer.
I was shocked when I cooked them. They tasted NOTHING like cooked dried pinto beans. If I didn't know these were pinto beans, I wouldn't have guessed it. The taste was that different. It always amazes me how different fresh tastes.
If you've ever grown your own tomatoes, you understand the taste difference between a home grown tomato and one you purchase at the store. The difference in taste is usually shocking to those that take their first bite of a home grown tomato. In fact, most gardeners start growing tomatoes as their first vegetable because of all the hype they've heard about how good home grown tomatoes taste.
But, in my garden right now there are no tomatoes. Too cold. Those yummy bites of home grown deliciousness will have to wait a few months. And no pinto beans, either. Although I think those just made my "must grow" list for this summer!
What I do have in my garden right now is a lot of lettuce. Five different kinds. So, is the taste of home grown lettuce as shockingly different than a tomato or a pinto? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
I have grown suspicious of bagged lettuce. Lettuce stuffed in a plastic bag just does not appeal to me. So, when I go to the store, I usually opt for the organic heads that are unwrapped. Still, I always thought that if I could taste a difference, it was only in my mind.
If you asked Mr. Holleygarden, however, you would get a different answer. We don't often go to the local hamburger franchise, but I have to admit that we do occasionally. Mr. Holleygarden has started ordering his hamburgers plain - no vegetables on top.
That's shocking because we eat vegetables like crazy! Why would he order a plain hamburger?
It all has to do with taste. He first quit ordering the tomatoes because he could taste the difference, and he "just couldn't stand the taste of those tomatoes any more". O.K. I understand.
Then he started complaining about the lettuce.
"I just can't take their watered-down, round-up soaked lettuce any more."
Yes, he's right. The lettuce is completely different.
The lettuce we get from the garden is amazingly fresh. Amazingly beautiful. Amazingly crisp. And amazingly tasty. It's shocking, really.
I'm joining The Gardening Blog for Garden Bloggers Harvest Day.
Which vegetable(s) do you think has a shockingly different taste than that you get from the store?