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Okay...so someone has to describe what an Asian pear SHOULD taste like. I bought one YEARS ago
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Posted to Thread #30341 at 1:20 pm on Jun 12, 2018
at the oriental grocery store in Orlando and it had that white, stretchy, meshy "I'm gonna protect you no matter what" girdle around it.
And it was terrible. Mushy and bruised (see apparent failure of safeguards listed above) with an off-putting whiff of mold and yet...somehow, no taste at all. Just a watery....nothingness.
I had that same tasteless experience with dragon fruit, which is GORGEOUS, but VACUOUS in taste. Kind of like some of the folks that come out of Hollywood.
So, ya...I never went for another one even though my coworker's Korean wife loved them. But then she liked fermented fish, so who's to know. But Lisa is saying it would be a GENIUS substitute--and I trust her--so now my curiosity is piqued. I'm near Asheville with WF and TJ and I'm sure a better source with ethnic ingredients turn-over. Plus I had great success with newbie celeriac and the neighbor loved my virgin experience with rhubarb (still on the burner for another attempt for me), so should Asian Pear be my next Iron Chef ingredient?
PS: It's gonna get a second chance because my FIRST experience with jicama was also horrible. It tasted like I shaved tree bark into my salad. Michael in Phoenix explained (after I bit*ched about my experience) that it was probably an old, dried out root (tuber?)...and that a new one would be crisp and not woody. So I tried it again, following his hints on selection and he was absolutely right.
Jesus saves. Buddha recycles.
Other messages in this thread:
- 30341. Called every store within 30 miles, no one carries jicama! - CynUpstateNY - 3:23pm on 06/11/18 (17)
- Water chestnuts are often a good substitute for jicama but Asian pear might be - Pat-NoCal - 3:50pm on 06/11/18
- PS: Trader Joes often carries jicama (already cut into sticks) in their refrigerated section. [NT] - Pat-NoCal - 3:56pm on 06/11/18
- HaHa, not worth driving 120 miles round trip for jicama! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 4:12pm on 06/11/18
- Ha, yep...that's rather far. ;-) [NT] - Pat-NoCal - 4:55pm on 06/11/18
- I think Asian Pear would be a lovely sub [NT] - deb-in-MI - 4:30pm on 06/11/18
- Great suggestion, Deb! - colleenmomof2 - 1:43pm on 06/16/18
- I vote for asian pear too.(nt) [NT] - mistral - 4:44pm on 06/11/18
- Thanks! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 4:48pm on 06/11/18
- I was going to suggest just a radish. Here is what came up on google - Charley - 1:04am on 06/12/18
- I think Asian pear is a genius idea - I'll bet it might even be better than jicama. [NT] - LisainLA - 4:00am on 06/12/18
- Okay...so someone has to describe what an Asian pear SHOULD taste like. I bought one YEARS ago - MarilynFL - 1:20pm on 06/12/18
- :-) thought it genius because an Asian pear is a very similar texture, but more - LisainLA - 2:54pm on 06/12/18
- Very familiar with Asian Pears here but it is the wrong time of the year - CathyZ from Kauai - 3:47pm on 06/12/18
- I'd use small sweet turnip [NT] - Melissa Dallas - 11:32pm on 06/12/18
- I used the Asian pear and added more lime juice to the dressing to cut the sweetness. Delicious! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 5:53pm on 06/13/18