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salt & pepper on apples and cantaloupe

bbqboy Oct 31, 2008 06:22 AM

Am I the only one who puts S & P on apples?I love pepper especially on Cantaloupe too. I shook
salt on my apple yesterday and my new girlfriend was astounded. And not in a good way.
Am I that weird?

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    mexivilla Oct 31, 2008 06:25 AM

    Not that weird-I always put salt on apples.

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      kmcarr Oct 31, 2008 08:49 AM

      I love salt on apples & cantaloupe! I learned this from my parents so it's not a "new" invention. I've never tried pepper but now I think I'll have to give it a try.

      1. cayjohan Oct 31, 2008 10:10 AM

        Yes, and yes. Also on watermelon. Pepper's delicious on mangoes and peaches as well. Oh, and peppered sliced strawberries - yum.

        Cay

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          chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2008 12:03 PM

          My mother salted her cantaloupe and watermelon. Sometimes I swath mustard on my apple.

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            alkapal Oct 31, 2008 03:34 PM

            i'm 100% with cayjohan. salt brings out the sweetness, imo. pepper is great with salt on the 'loupes. the latinos use lime plus salt on the melons -- at least in sw fla.

            1. re: alkapal
              BeefeaterRocks Nov 3, 2008 04:47 PM

              My first memory of eating honeydew melon is with lime juice squeezed over it.

            2. re: cayjohan
              Vetter Oct 31, 2008 04:35 PM

              Growing up I saw my grandparents salt their watermelon and cantaloupe. I understand it now, I guess, but I can't imagine ever wanting to use the yucky iodized table salt they had.

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              MrsT Oct 31, 2008 12:13 PM

              If that's what you like, who's to say you're weird? I like burnt cheese on toast. I'm sure your girlfriend has some "odd" food combination that you may find strange. If she doesn't like it, she doesn't have to eat it.

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                Blush Oct 31, 2008 12:18 PM

                My fiance salts grapefruite; he got that trick from his dad.

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                  alkapal Oct 31, 2008 03:35 PM

                  yep, salt is good on grapefruit. try grapefruit broiled with brown sugar on top of each half.

                2. BeefeaterRocks Oct 31, 2008 02:52 PM

                  I just cut up a cantaloupe for dinner tonight., always s & p. Tonight we are having Thai so I used schezuan pepper.

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                    nolanani Nov 2, 2008 04:17 PM

                    Your cooking suggestions are so wonderful...I wish you were preparing my dinners and packing my lunches and handing me a treat as I walk out the door to go to work.

                  2. Scargod Oct 31, 2008 03:07 PM

                    You didn't invent this.... My grandparents did this 50+ years ago.

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                      lgss Oct 31, 2008 06:48 PM

                      We don't use black pepper. Growing up we put salt on canteloupe. We didn't put salt on apples, but did put peanut butter on apples and we now make apple peanut butter muffins. When I lived in Asunción, Paraguay, I was surprised that they put sugar on watermelon.

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                        lynnlato Nov 2, 2008 04:05 PM

                        My family loves peanut butter, including on apples. Do u have a recipe for the muffins. They sound fantastic!

                        BTW, I salt cantalope, watermelon, honeydew & pineapple. Pepper is reserved for strawberries, as is balsamic vinegar and sugar. Mmmmm.

                        1. re: lynnlato
                          The Professor Nov 3, 2008 05:15 AM

                          ohhh man....I forgot about balsamic on strawberries...YES. Incredible.
                          Especially if the balsamic has been reduced slightly to a light syrup by boiling. You don't even need the sugar, especially if you've got great, in-season strawberries.

                          Still don't get the whole salt-on-apples thing though...seems to me that it would kill the sweet/tart balance of a good apple. I guess it's just me...

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                            lynnlato Nov 3, 2008 01:08 PM

                            Not just you - I've never had apples w/ salt. It just seem a natural pairing like salt and cantalope. I think you're right, it was offset the sweet/sour balance. Guess I'll have to give it a try to be sure.

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                            lgss Nov 3, 2008 05:46 PM

                            It's in Bette Hagman's "Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread". I should go make a batch before it gets any later.

                        2. soypower Oct 31, 2008 07:12 PM

                          Love salt on fruit....Don't use black pepper, but often a combination of salt and cayenne pepper.

                          1. revsharkie Oct 31, 2008 07:21 PM

                            I always put salt on mushmelon and grapefruit. First time I did it my Oregonian husband looked at me like I had three heads.

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                              bbqboy Oct 31, 2008 08:24 PM

                              Rev, that's interesting since I'm from KC, but now in Oregon. GF is from Brooklyn. Maybe its' a heartland thing.
                              Scargod and others,you are correct-learned behavior from my grandparents and parents. Just didn't expect such a "WTF" from my mate just from shaking a little s&p on some fruit.
                              And Cayenne IS Really good on apples, soypower. Haven't tried on other stuff. I will now.

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                                revsharkie Nov 7, 2008 05:18 PM

                                Must be...I learned about putting salt on mushmelon from my okie grandparents, and my parents both eat half a grapefruit every morning with salt. They all put salt on their watermelon, too, but I don't like watermelon so that's really not an issue for me.

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                                  alkapal Nov 10, 2008 05:07 AM

                                  grapefruit with salt: makes it sweeter! yeah, buddy! my mom's father hailed from oklahoma, too.

                            2. The Professor Oct 31, 2008 07:33 PM

                              Whatever floats your boat. Salt brings out the sweetness, definitely, but it also cuts the tartness...and that is a negative for me, since I live the tartness of a good apple.

                              I have tried salt on watermelon, but again, if it is really good fruit it doesn't need anything on it.

                              Now pepper...never occured to me actually. I'll try it. I've been absolutely hooked on pepper on my popcorn for the last ten years. Never thought to try it on fruit. Hmmmm...

                              1. ipsedixit Nov 1, 2008 12:03 AM

                                My mom sprinkles salt on pineapples.

                                She also adores Taiwanese plum salt on her Asian pears and "yai li" pears.

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                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  alkapal Nov 1, 2008 04:41 AM

                                  ipse: li hing mui powder, like this? http://www.giftshawaii.net/lihimuipo12p.html

                                  "crack seed" center has an interesting history about the chinese "traveling plum": http://www.crackseedcenter.com/MoreWh...

                                  1. re: alkapal
                                    ipsedixit Nov 1, 2008 11:06 PM

                                    Yup.

                                2. DockPotato Nov 1, 2008 01:02 AM

                                  I grew up with salt on apple slices along with some thin slivers of onion alongside.

                                  Pepper? Cantaloupe? Don't know but will try.

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                                    vttp926 Nov 1, 2008 07:29 AM

                                    i love salt on my apples. but not on my cantaloupe. but i like doing something else even more different w/ mangos. if they are still slightly unripe and green it is so good w/ fish sauce and sugar...yum..making my mouth water...

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                                      alkapal Nov 1, 2008 11:32 AM

                                      maybe then i give trader joe's another cut on their "fresh" mango.

                                    2. nolanani Nov 2, 2008 03:46 PM

                                      I have been putting salt on apples, salt on watermelon, and salt and pepper on cantaloupe since I was a kid, some 50 years ago, to the astonishment of friends. I also put mayonnaise and salt and pepper on cottage cheese, which my siser has told me that no one else does.

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                                        Morganna Nov 3, 2008 04:15 AM

                                        I like salt and pepper in cottage cheese (usually I use Lawry's seasoned salt). Never tried mayo in it, but that sounds good, too. :)

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                                          alkapal Nov 3, 2008 04:50 AM

                                          i love lawrey's on cottage cheese. maybe it is a nostalgia thing, but it is great with cc, esp. with good tomatoes.

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                                            lynnlato Nov 3, 2008 01:14 PM

                                            I've never been a fan of seasoned salts, especially not Lawry's after a weird experience I had when my SO and I were dating. He took me home to have dinner with his family. They were in the kitchen making meatballs and sauce. My mother was Italian and a fine cook and I expected the same as SO's dad is Italian also (not mom tho).

                                            They had a pot full of jarred sauce and were rolling ground beef into balls, sprinkling it with Lawry's and then plopping in the pot of sauce. I just stood there, wide-eyed and jaw swingin' off my chest in horror- ha!

                                            1. re: lynnlato
                                              Morganna Nov 4, 2008 04:49 AM

                                              Well you can't blame Lawry's for that! :D

                                              I went to high school in Mason City, IA, and there was a fast food place called Taco Johns (not Taco Juan's, JOHN'S). They had a side dish called "potato oles" Which consists of tator tot tops (the flat disc-shaped ones) deep fried then Lawry's salt shaken over them. ;)

                                              They were good, but not even Ameri-Mex. :)

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                                            BeefeaterRocks Nov 3, 2008 04:49 PM

                                            Sister only puts mayo on cc & fruit with a sprinkle of paprika, s & P with cc & vegies, Spike, Cajun seasoning or Old Bay is also good. In the dark ages when I was growing up our mother used to serve sliced tomatoes with sugar sprinkled on top. Botanically they are a fruit. or more precisely a berry

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                                              lgss Nov 3, 2008 05:47 PM

                                              I don't eat cottage cheese any more but used to put sugar on it as a kid.

                                          3. Emmmily Nov 3, 2008 05:28 AM

                                            I was totally wierded out the first time I saw someone doing this. But it's considered "classy" to put (somewhat salty) cheddar on apples and (very salty) prosciutto on melon, so what's the big difference?

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                                            1. re: Emmmily
                                              BeefeaterRocks Nov 3, 2008 04:49 PM

                                              I used to love apple slices & cumin cheese dipped in Kraft Roka Blue Cheese salad dressing.

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                                                nolanani Nov 4, 2008 05:46 PM

                                                One of my binges was iceberg lettuce with sliced bananas and Kraft Green Goddess Dressing. Yum

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                                              soupkitten Nov 3, 2008 10:41 AM

                                              take the train coach class (sleeper) in southern india, and the vendors come up to the windows selling sliced bananas, guavas & mangoes, etc, with s&p. when you try it, you realize it's an absolutely brilliant concept for the hot climate and the dehydration that travelers frequently suffer from. now i sometimes put s&p on sliced fruit, but only really crave it in hot weather.

                                              op--not to get overly personal, but if your new girlfriend is that weirded out by the concept of fruit being served a different way than she's used to, get ready for some more serious food-related hangups from her. time for the sushi test.

                                              1. raytamsgv Nov 3, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                Yes, you're weird. Just kidding. To each their own.

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                                                  The Professor Nov 3, 2008 10:54 AM

                                                  >>Yes, you're weird. Just kidding. To each their own.<<
                                                  Well, there you go.
                                                  Couldn't have said it better.

                                                2. johnb Nov 3, 2008 04:25 PM

                                                  I believe that black pepper and strawberries is considered by some to be among the classic food combinations.

                                                  I used to fly Eastern Airlines a lot and so got to ride up front regularly, where they often served little cheese plates with grapes. They had little packets of Dijon mustard, and once I accidentally got mustard on the grapes. It was great, so I still do that from time to time.

                                                  1. foodyDudey Dec 10, 2008 03:03 PM

                                                    Salt, pepper and spices are added to fruit in India to make "fruit chaat" so it doesn't seem weird at all. Here is a recipe, you can easily find others now that you know what to look for: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

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                                                      ijusth Sep 4, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                      I took peanut butter that has banana in it and spread it on catalou0pe and pineapple. It was amazing. Try it.

                                                      1. tracylee Sep 4, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                        My Dad has always salt and peppered his cantaloupe. So far none of the rest of us have gone along with it.

                                                        I do add pepper to my cottage cheese in fond memories of the mix from the Alpine Village Inn in Las Vegas. Some day I'll make my own mix to match, I know it's been mentioned here on CH before.

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