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  • hardie karges 11:29 am on March 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Big-A$$ Half-Ripe Avocado Sutra 

    Better It’s Cracked than My Head

    The fruit that hangs from a tree has inspired many memes and metaphors, with regard to its beauty and irony, but the main conundrums remain: How do I know that it will taste good, and how do I get it into my mouth? And these questions define much of the nature of human existence, i.e. desire, fulfillment, and the middle path in between. And then sometimes the answers almost smack you in the face, quite literally. Like when I was strolling through a certain Central American outdoor market recently, when suddenly I see and feel a definite WHOOSH, which was then quickly followed by a definitive WHUMP! It was enough to stop me in my tracks, to say the least. It seems that a rather large avocado has just fallen from the branch of a tree overhead, barely missing my head, and crashing onto the rocky path below, no harm no foul…

    But it could have been otherwise. Because it wasn’t a tiny overripe fruit, past its prime and ready to sprout seed for some future ancestral father figure. No, this was young—and hard, and unthinking, just like we all once were, and it could have really hurt. But it didn’t, because it missed me by inches. Or did I miss it? No matter. No one claimed it, so I did, and ate the soft parts with pleasure. But the hard parts refused to yield, not even to heat. And so we parted company, but the lessons remain: the fine line between pleasure and pain defined by mere inches on a scale of miles. The same object falling from the sky can nourish or cause damage. Life is short, and the dangers are real: live it fully but cautiously. And so every object in life can offer a lesson, if only we are open to it. Like the Buddhist middle path, we tiptoe lightly through a mine field of obstacles, mostly within our own minds…

  • hardie karges 5:33 pm on August 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: avocado, cuisine, fruit   

    The Avocado Problem, Crisis of Cuisine… 



    This is a problem that won’t go away, getting worse and worse by the day, it seems, with solutions hard to find. Please write your Congressman and demand action. No, this is not about David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe, though he may have a dog in the hunt, so to speak (if you’re a Southerner by birth, or a recent convert, not likely, since the jobs are few). David himself seems to be laughing all the way to the bank. But I digress…

    We all know what an avocado’s like when it goes bad, too soft, especially when you didn’t even know that it was yet quite ripe, you a victim of that ‘bad avocado smell’. Words can hardly describe it, as if they could describe any smell, synaesthesia best left to its own devices and the testimony of sense organs themselves. Suffice it to say that you’ll know it when you smell it, God forbid that you should taste it, that dark acrid smell of decay, bad timing and nutrient misuse. It seems to occur on the inner surface of the skin, so that’s one possible way to salvage the fruit, carefully avoiding the skin and removing any pulp in its contact, though if you’ve already smelt the fetid meat first, then good luck, as that smell pervades… (More …)

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