I had some really hilarious comments to my post yesterday about mangoes and the creation story. Most of them were just funny but one in particular was quite useful for those of you wanting to cross-breed some fruit (bow-chicka-bow-bow). I may have mentioned that Strawberry E, a friend from the running group, is a certified strawberry breeder. She went to school for smarty-pants and now works for a big, huge fruit company who shall go nameless. In any event, here’s what she had to say:
“There’s so much I could write here, since you’ve ventured into my area of passion, that I’m not sure where to start! First, the biblical temptation fruit is under much discussion. I’ve heard it argued that everything from bananas to pomegranates to oranges was the ‘real’ apple. However, I kind of like the mango idea, especially because it is in the poison ivy family, and the leaves and skin of the fruit will give a poison ivy type rash to sensitive individuals (me!), so there’s a delicious but dangerous aspect to it. However, I will have to argue that a tree ripened peach is usually better than a mango.
Finally, as for crossing apples and mangoes- going back to the family discussion: apples are in the rose family and mangoes are in the poison ivy family, and while closely related species can often be hybridized, such different crops will probably never be crossed. But we are working on strawberries and blackberries…”
And there you have it. Black-straw-berries are on the way! Sweet!
On the training tip, I did more cycling/biking (which word do I use triathletes?) than running this week. My good buddy Old Wonky has been creeping about so I am playing it safe.* I’m pretty sure it’s because I was in his old stomping grounds, the hills. While he was there, LC and Spiedi were no where to be found.** Ba-dum-dum. Try the veal, I’ll be here all week!
I’m being safe, so that next Saturday (the 31st) I’m not sorry during my first EVER triathlon. Yikes! Tomorrow I will hit up my 10 mile run and see how it goes.
I hope you all have lovely weekends. May your runs be fast, and your weekends go by slow.
I leave you with this cartoon, because I do what I want!
Sorry to hear about Wonky. Glad you are playing it safe! Have a great weekend!
Wow! One week 'till your first tri! I'm so excited for you! Loved the fruit history – you learn something new everyday!
Good luck tomorrow!
You tell Old Wonky to back off! I will not have you sitting out another fall marathon because of him! My boo needs her MCM!
Good ol' Strawberr-E to the rescue with random plant advice! LOL!
And for the record it's your own fault they annoy you by watching in the first place!
Good luck tomorrow! Text me after! We've been slacking on that!
Oh man! I LOVE that Tom and Jerry!
Best post ever!!!! And um.. black strawberries – that kinda sounds gross!
Your posts are always so entertaining! Love it!
Smart decision to play it safe! Good luck prepping for next week!
Woops. Got sided tracked by the dude. I should introduce you to my friend Jen. She's a triath queen!
Hehehe. Glad you enjoyed my comment! Didn't get a chance to get back here till now. Speaking of the evil poison ivy, the pair of shorts I wore yesterday (now in the trash) that have apparently been harboring the nasty oils of the poison oak, in spite of multiple washes, so I'm once again in itch mode. Not cool. And I even bought some mangoes, just to see if they're as good as you say.