It's no secret that I love to mix it up in my life. I find that it's always more fun when those around me are equally as adventurous -- it makes it easier to get up and go do something new if I have friends willing to do the same. Sometimes, however, it can be very hard to convince others to mix it up, and I have to depend on myself. When I am in that position, I like to surround myself with reminders about the joys of mixing it up.
One great and delicious reminder that I use is hybrid fruits. Hybrids are crosses between two different species or subspecies of plants (or animals, for that matter). They are often created on purpose to produce improvement in seeds, size, or flavor -- modern wheat, for example, is a hybrid of three wild grasses. However, wheat (vital though it is) doesn't have quite the thrill factor that many of the hybrid fruits possess.
Hybrid fruits are often deliciously exotic. Some of my favorites include:
★Tangelo (tangerine + either pomelo or grapefruit), a deliciously sweet-tart citrus fruit
★Plumcot (plum + apricot), a smooth-skinned fruit that tastes like a perfect mashup of its forebears
★Limequat (lime + kumquat), tasting strongly of lime but able to be eaten whole
★Loganberry (blackberry + raspberry). Berries! Yum!
★Grāpple (apple + grape infusion), not a true hybrid, but rather apples treated with a grape liquid infusion. Kind of weird, actually, but fun on a whim.
So the next time you are feeling like the only one mixing it up, grab a hybrid fruit and enjoy not only the health benefits, but also the knowledge that Nature herself mixes it up!