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Welcome! Thanks for checking out On Food Stamps.

I created this blog in 2009 when I began working at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. My work at this organization opened my eyes to food justice issues in America, and I had a strong desire to better understand the difficulties many people face when trying to access healthy food on a limited budget. So, I embarked on my own Food Stamp Challenge, living on $31/week as a vegan. I used this blog to chronicle my experience.

While my Food Stamp Challenge project has come to an end, you can see what I learned from it by reading the Greatest Hits posts linked to the right side of the page. Please excuse any out-of-date links, as I am no longer updating this blog on a regular basis.

Stay Hungry,


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dr. Seuss Fruit

Sometimes, when I am eating the local seasonal produce in Southern California I feel like I am living in a Dr. Seuss book.

Have you ever tried a Cherimoya?

These fruits are in season right now and were relatively cheap at one of my favorite farmers' stands. I was skeptical at first - as you can see, the fruit looks pretty ugly from the outside.

The farmer broke one open for me with his bare hands. Inside there is tender white fruit gathered around dark black seeds in a flaky way that feels almost like white fish. I asked him how to eat it. He motioned to me to just stick my mouth into it. I did. It was delicious.

I just finished eating another Cherimoya. This flavorfully rewarding fruit is a reminder that one must be open to trying new things in order to eat seasonal produce from the Farmers' Market.


  1. Oh, how fortunate you are to have a Farmer's Market in the winter months! We have sub zero temps and getting out to a market is just not going to happen on the Great Plains. Your Cherimoya is a treat I am enjoying vicariously. Thanks for sharing!

    Mother Connie

  2. Connie - do you get to have any Farmers' Markets at all this time of year? Are there at least fresh salad greens?

    Tell us what you are making with the produce you DO have available!

  3. I've never even heard of that but I'd try it! I'm gonna have to make a conscious effort to see if we have it around here.