Posted in The Grocery Shop-a-holic, The Joy of Snacks

In Which There is a Bowl of Fruit After the Storm…

Certainly fresh, very fruity, naturally sweet
Certainly fresh, very fruity, naturally sweet

Much as I love cold-weather cooking, now that the sun’s has begun to peek through the clouds, I find myself craving for fresh fruit.

While there are always apples, bananas, and oranges at home, there isn’t much in the way of healthy snacks you can buy at your friendly neighborhood convenience store save for somewhat limp-looking prepackaged salads, tired-looking apple slices (no brown spots, but they’re mealy-textured as opposed to crisp), and grapes just inches away from becoming raisins.  Definitely not something you’d enjoy snacking on for some quick energy.

And then there are the fruit cups from Family Mart.  Reasonably priced between P 49.00 – 55.00 (US$ 1.11 – 1.24), they’re fairly large enough to share with a friend, kept properly refrigerated, and the variety keeps the lot from becoming boring.  Choices include the Triple P (pineapple, pomelo, and papaya), All Melon (muskmelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew), and the one shown above, Dragonfruit-Pineapple.

This nifty, three-chambered, clear plastic cup features red and white dragonfruit and pineapple chunks.  I wasn’t expecting much, seeing how this was a convenience store offering.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised: both kinds of dragonfruit were nicely ripe with a proper, somewhat floral fragrance, and the black seeds in both were nicely crunchy, contrasting well with the almost melt-in-your-mouth flesh.  The pineapple was another surprise: most pre-cut pineapple tends to err on the sour side, but this was deliciously sweet, almost honeyed in flavor.  It was certainly a better, healthier choice than another bag of chips or yet another greasy steamed bun.  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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