Monday, May 06, 2013
One of the fun things about traveling is the new experiences one has - and that includes trying different foods.
So, here is my first (and last) experience with Peru's "humarin" (accent last syllable, and light on the "n")
In 2003, I was with my friend Marleni in Iquitos. I had rented a room, and she was staying with me. We had a little 2 burner setup for preparing meals, although mostly we were invited to eat at the different churches I visited. On one of our excursions we were given a bag with some fruits, including the aforementioned. So one night, marleni and I were going to have a little snack. She invited me to try the humarin, which she particularly liked, while she had an orange. We were chatting like a couple of school girls, and I took the humarin and - since it looked very similar to an avocado - I started to try to cut into it, as I would an avocado, to scoop out its meat. I commented how tough it was, and Marleni suddenly noticed what I was trying to do and began to laugh so hard, she practically fell onto the floor. I couldn't understand what it was she found so funny - and then she pointed out that, unlike its cousin, humarines did not have a lot of flesh - just a buttery layer right under the skin. She explained that people mainly peel it and smear it on bread or just eat the thin layer by scraping their teeth over the pit. Considering the small return for the effort, I told her it wasn't worth the trouble.
I haven't bothered with them since.