Flavours from childhood

By Jane Mauro

Have you ever imagined Nature without fruits?

It would be a pity if they didn’t exist, right? Their shapes, bouquet and flavours inspire us. Their surprising diversity delights us — not to mention their major ecological and nutritional functions.

When I think of fruits, I see them as Mother Nature’s gifts. They come wrapped in a variety of colourful and interesting packages that, when open, reveal their sweet, sour or nostalgia flavours. Flavours from my childhood.

In summertime, my grandma used to offer her grandchildren the peaches with the best tastes and tantalizing aromas I’ve ever seen. Everything picked straight from the peach tree in her farm.

Those memories are so vivid. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the peaches’ perfume and feel the softness of their peel.

In my vacation in the farm, I also used to eat huge watermelons in the hot afternoons to cool off. The adults sliced the fruits, and my cousins and I would share the pieces sitting on the porch.

Another memory comes from grapes. Always sweet, they were picked from the grapevine behind my grandma’s place. By the way, a great place to play hide-and-seek.

No peaches, grapes or watermelons I’ve eaten as an adult have ever surpassed my memories of the fruits from my grandma’s farm. The reason is simple: they were, in fact, pieces of love.

Photo credit: Carlos Gonzalez

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What about you? Do you have any fruits that bring you memories from your childhood? Let us know in the comments below.

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