Monday, December 2, 2013

My Grapefruit is corked!

Yep, you read that right!

I'm a sucker for red grapefruit and I noticed that our local supermarket has one of its regular "3 for €2" deals running that includes nets of red grapefruit. Each net has 4 or 5 grapefruit - so for €2 you can get 12-15 red grapefruit. Not bad...but if it seems to good to be true, then....

Every single one I have tried has been "corked". Exactly the same smell and taste as a wine tainted with TCA. Even my fingers smell of cork taint after peeling one. So I Googled "corked fruit" and it turns out I'm not going loopy (well, not on this occasion anyway) and it's possible for fruit to be affected by TCA in the same way as wine - with fruit it's the wooden boxes it comes in or storage that can cause the problems.

Maybe it's just our local shop, and just my bad luck, but my guess is that there's a reason you can buy 12-15 of them for €2....

So if you've never had a corked wine and you also like red grapefruit (I suppose that narrows the numbers down a bit) nip out to your local supermarket and see what you're missing! You might be lucky.

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