Serious Eats: Talk
Last time you ate something without knowing what it was?
I went to a flea market on the south side of town on Saturday. I saw a small taco-truck type shack with a lady working alone inside. All it said in big letters on the side was "PUPUSAS." It smelled great so I thought, why not.
She was serving pupusas, which (unknown to me until that time,) are basically hand formed pockets of dough stuffed and griddled. I was looking over the options, with cheese, with beans, and one said "con queso y loroco."
I ask the cook what loroco is, and she replies "una fruta." (a fruit.) No further explanation was offered.
So... having no clue what it is, I decided I would try one. I was pleasantly suprised. The loroco was very tasty (sorta like spinach) and according to wikipedia is an edible flower, (though she may have been referring to the buds of the flower.) Not suprisingly it is noted as being most common in El Salvador, where the cook was from.
All in all it was a pleasant experience, and I learned about something new by eating it.
Ever eat anything without knowing what it is? Was it a good or bad experience?