Re: [gardeners] Taste and smell

George Shirley (
Tue, 12 May 1998 07:34:33 -0700

Well, see, I don't even like Hawaiian pineapple. My favorite comes from the
island of Phuket in Thailand, right in the Andaman Sea. Once you've eaten
Phuket pineapple the rest tastes like, what I imagine, pig swill tastes like.
I'm the same by papaya, I eat the ones from the store but put them in a bag
until dead ripe. I ate my first papaya in Thailand about 20 years ago and after
that ate fruit plates for breakfast every morning.

As for flowers, my sense of smell is so screwed up by sinus infections and
allergies I'm lucky to smell anything. My wife exclaims over the "delicate"
odor of certain plants and I can't even smell them. Ah well, she can't eat hot
chiles but I can, nature compensates. <VBG>


Matt Trahan wrote:

> >George wrote:
> >
> > Nope, can't
> >grow mangoes either, or I say we can't, haven't seen any growing around
> >here and I don't care for them anyway. I do have a one year old papaya
> >growing and hope, if able to save it another year, to get fruit from it. I
> >do like papaya.
> >
> Hi, was just thinking about taste and smell in different people. I can't
> even remember what a really fresh mango taste's like. My sister came to
> visit us while we lived in Hawaii. A few months after she was back in
> Massachuessettes, she called and said all the pineapples she could get
> locally were terrible. Not bad tasting, just no taste. Just like January
> tomatos from California.
>  The mangos at our local supermarket are just as bad. :-(
>  I thought it was interesting that you like papaya instead. To me papaya
> tasted like chugging a bottle of cheap perfume. :-p
>  but I hope you're able to enjoy yours next year  <VBG>
>  A friend of ours was mentioning the 'awful' smell of their astilbe's this
> morning. I went and sniffed them, and they smelled as nice as holly or that
> damned weed privet. Kind of nice, not really overpowering or cloying. Not
> really too interesting for that matter, just sort of there.
>  Russian Olive (a very fragrant evergreen Eleagnus) seems to produce the
> same love it/hate it reaction in different people.
>  And why do all these plants seem to be compared to cat urine by the people
> who dislike them? I know what a litter box smells like before it's cleaned,
> and this isn't it.
>  Ever smell a shasta daisey? Take a good wiff of those pretty flowers. ;-)
>  I was amazed. Didn't discover it till last year when a friend played that
> one on me. It never occured to me before, I never grew them in our garden,
> and I never got that close to them in other people's gardens. They were
> always at the back of the border. Woof!
>  Hope you all enjoy your rest today.
> Matt Trahan  <>
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