Saturday, December 10, 2005

In Praise of the Pineapple

John Locke apparently rhapsodized about the mysterious and ineffable flavor of the pineapple in his various essays expounding empiricism.

This reminded me of my undergraduate study when I read a paper also discussing how the taste of Vegimite is unknowable unless one experienced Vegemite. The description of such a taste is always woefully inadequate.

However, I have tasted Vegemite, and I now attempt to do the impossible:

Vegemite has tangy, salty flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of soy sauce. Its texture is thicker though is similar to Nutella or creamy peanut butter.

Obviously, I do not do the description justice since I am relying on analogues to other foods. However, since most of my audience has had soy sauce, nutella, or peanut butter at some point in their lives, hopefully they will now be able to somehow appreciate Vegemite without having to go to a specialty food store and spend $10 for a 10 ounce bottle.

Oh yes, pineapples are refreshing, but they can be a bit overwhelming at times.

Let me just add, the story of the pine-apple is both heartbreaking and uplifiting. A true testament to the human spirit and all that crap.

Link to Pineapple Article


At 2:14 PM, Blogger warm fuzzy said...

I used to hate pineapple, but now I find it quite tasty. Candy that is "pineapple" flavored is also quite good, though not the same flavor at all.

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous cdawg said...

Was this the first time that anyone else realized that the character on "Lost" is named after the great English philosopher John Locke. HMM. I know this has nothing to do with veggiemite, or pineapple, but I realized this trivia while reading the post so thought I would comment.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Squishy Burrito said...

vegemite is disgusting. It makes me think of spreadable beef extract.


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