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Old 24th Jul 2016, 18:22
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Do you remember the first time as a child?

You were given a pomegranate? (What the hell do I do with this?)
You were given pistachios? (Hardly worth the effort to un-shell)
I won't even mention Artichokes.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 18:38
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I was 35 before I encountered artichokes.

Probably later for pistachios.

I remember pomegranates from about age 8.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 18:45
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Must have been damn near 40 before I had sushi. Now they do it as 'Sushi day' at elementary school.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 19:02
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When I was about 5, my Grandpa, who lives next door to my parents, sometimes takes me to the "Gastronom" grocery store (food supply for railroad workers) at the ground floor of his 5-story building. He bought 0,25 vodka for himself and 100 gram of black caviar for me. Woman in white coat takes caviar from the barrel with steel scoop and put it to the piece of coarse wrapping paper to weight it...

PS: Building is still there, alas no black caviar for small boy any more.

Pomegranates we have quite frequently as they grew somewhere at Black Sea region of USSR, but I don't like it. Definitely no pistachios or artichokes. But there was forest and pine nuts and we don't know that caduus is edible...

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Old 24th Jul 2016, 19:11
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No pomegranates or pistachios as a child.


But my father did grow artichokes on his allotment, so I got taught what to do with them.


Don't think I've been served one since leaving my parents' home though.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 19:59
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I love artichokes dearly, esp. dipped in olive oil and lemon juice.
Super-yummy!
And don't place salted pistachios next to me, or you won't find any in no time.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 20:47
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Peanuts - dock side covered in them about 6 inches deep. Dockers deliberately ripped the sack and would help themselves.

I would scrape off top inch or so, bag from the next few inches and leave ones on the ground. Same with tea though I gave that to my Ps, must have been 6 at the time.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 21:01
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Not me, but my offspring remember my sharing with them at their young age pistachio nuts that I couldn't open as well as a bag of macadamia nuts in their shells direct from Hawaii.

They still have found memories of the macadamias bouncing off the street pavement as they pounded them with hammers and their broken finger nails from trying to prise open the pistachios rejects from my bag.
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Old 24th Jul 2016, 23:16
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Pomegrannets, we had them as kids (this is the 50s) for a treat, mam would give us a half with a pin or needle to get the seeds out with elfnsafety
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 00:03
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First had pistachios at University back in the late 70s, courtesy of an Iranian student with whom I shared accommodation. He was happy to be one of us and was known to all as Persian Mike. The pistachios he brought from home were the best I've ever had, and, thanks to his friendship, I formed a lifelong opinion that Iran, its people and its produce, was a good thing.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 00:10
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First pomegranate age 8, was a rare food in Virginia in the 60's. My older brother and I made a game out of getting the fruity bits out.

First pistachio was in a Baskin Robbins ice cream cone. First time I had to open one myself I was in my teens.

Artichokes: forced myself to eat some in a salad while on a date with a gal I was trying to impress. (Age 19) It was a weird taste. I have since grown to like them in salads and occasionally on a pizza.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 00:13
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Artichokes were often around growing up in California. I believe I must have been 3 or 4, pulling the petal, refusing to dip it in mayonnaise, and pulling the goodness off through my baby teeth. I didn't discover pomegranates until I was in my early teens. Pistachio shells were always cleaved by the parents prior to my having access to the lovely nuts inside.

I recall making fried ham sandwiches for my mother and grandmother at the age of 4. Mother was fit to be tied upon hearing 'lunch is ready' - worried I damaged her new-fangled teflon pan, but I used an 'egg catcher' as I called it - plastic not metal, to manage the frying and the kitchen step-stool to reach to stove.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 00:38
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I don't think I've ever eaten a pomegranate and it's a while since I've been a child.

I remember the local pub banning us from eating pistachios because the shells that hit the floor apparently played havoc with the vacuum cleaner. We were pretty good at cleaning them up too.

As for artichokes, I tried one once and didn't like it, so that's something my wife gets to eat on her own. I don't think I tried one before we got married.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 05:57
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I have vague recollections of being given a Banana in 1950/1 (aged 3/4) rationing was still partially in force on certain items after the War years, up to then the only Orange I every heard or seen was a daily spoonful of a very thick and strong tasting syrup sort of juice poured out from what seemed like a medicine bottle..
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 07:55
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I remember the local pub banning us from eating pistachios because the shells that hit the floor apparently played havoc with the vacuum cleaner. We were pretty good at cleaning them up too.
Not a childhood memory, but I remember a bar on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California where you helped yourself to a handful of unshelled peanuts from a big barrel.
It was de rigueur to drop the empty shells onto the floor to be crunched underfoot by people walking around.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 08:02
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Peter, I too remember well the National Health orange juice. It was collected from the local clinic, along with other stuff such as Scotts Emulsion and that bloody cod liver oil. I enjoyed the orange juice which, if I remember rightly, was diluted to drink. Bananas seemed to appear in a rush in the early 50s and at one stage we were eating (and enjoying) banana butties.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 08:18
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One of my earliest genuine memories has to be the trips to the clinic (in my TanSad push chair) to collect the glass bottles of (delicious) orange juice and (revolting) cod-liver oil.

There were still tins around that had contained 'National dried milk' - but I don't remember receiving any of the milk.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 08:30
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the only Orange I every heard or seen was a daily spoonful of a very thick and strong tasting syrup sort of juice poured out from what seemed like a medicine bottle..
Lovely, delightful, the stuff dreams are made of. Used to come from the NHS, I used to nick my younger brother's. Unfortunately unavailable for many years: bit like Sainsbury's with marble counters and women beating big blocks of butter with wooden paddles.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 08:35
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As a child of the 40s I had me first woodbine before any of this foreign muck came into the shops.
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 09:49
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It was de rigueur to drop the empty shells onto the floor to be crunched underfoot by people walking around.
There's a real ale pub in Truro (Cornwall) which has the same convention.

Not me, but I remember reading about someone who had grown up during WW2 being given his first banana when they reappeared in the shops, and trying to eat it without peeling it!

Stayed in a gite in Brittany one summer when there was a glut of artichokes and the farmer insisted on giving us dozens of the things. Never really fancied one since.
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