When I was grocery shopping today, I picked up a special fruit.
I was too excited to get some Tamarinds. They are a delicious fruit that come in a hard seed pod. They are somewhat reminiscent of dates. Their flesh is sticky and kind of tart, and surrounds a hard shiny pit. They are especially delicious rolled in sugar.
They are native to African jungles, and were first brought to South/Central America in the 16th century. Paul and I first tried them in Mexico, when we did that nature expedition through the mountain villages. The ones we had there were significantly smaller than these ones we ate tonight, and also much tarter. These must have been a more mature crop, the difference between eating them in October and January. Eating them really reminded me of how nice that day was, and the pleasant tropic breezes that I'm missing out here in the frigid north.