17 May, 2008

Stinky Toe


This pod falls from a tree. I am not sure of its “official” name, but it is called Stinky Toe here. The goopy black stuff surrounding the seeds is edible. You pull out the brown seeds and the black comes out with it and you suck it off the seeds. Personally I think it is super gross plus it wasn’t given it’s nick name because it smells like roses. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if it indeed smelled better, but once you break open the pod, a horrible stench makes its way to your nose. The first time I decided to try it was when the girls brought a couple to school for snack. The way they were devouring it, I figured that I would give it a whirl..it was okay tasting, but since I am not starving and possess free will, I have never had the desire to eat it again.

Unfortunately, Brad found a way to utilize the Stinky Toe in a different way. One evening he was bored and since I was just on my porch laying in my hammock making a basket, he decided to make the TV (me) he was watching, interactive. He began by tossing little pieces at me. I ignored it for a bit, but then decided upon a counter-attack. I quietly gathered the pieces he threw and then bombarded him with my stash. I had to be careful not to hit Amy who was innocently working on her computer. The pieces started getting bigger until he threw a huge chunk which exploded upon contact with my wooden porch. I surrendered and threw the pieces I could find, far off my porch and commenced to my basket making. It wasn’t long before I kept smelling the stench! I realized that there was a big piece under my hammock and an even bigger one that had landed under the porch. I started making gagging noises while waiting for the smell to finally disperse while trying to ignore the snickering from my neighbors.
Life would just not be the same without my neighbors"...

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jackson & Sam want to say that they like these pictures; they are funny pictures. Sam likes the stuff inside the stinky toe. Jackson likes the coffee maker. I think you're a little crazy, but we all love you anyway!!! From Indiana!

Lisa O said...

I was fed part of a "stinky toe" in the town in rural Costa Rica where I'm living this year. (Tastes surprisingly good, if you can get past the smell!) Your page came up in the process of googling to figure out what the heck it is. And I did ... It's a seed pod from a Guapinol tree. Suspiciously close to "guacala" the word they use for "disgusting." Could be a reason ... :)

Melinda said...

Miss you guys, Rachel, and thanks for the info Lisa!