A Fruit and Cheese Course for Culinary Class

 In Ocean Academy

By: Ms. Kara/Instructional Paraprofessional

Developing a taste for new foods is an important aspect of learning how to cook.  As someone who loves to cook myself, it has always been exciting to try new things.  While to some, this is a scary thought.  To others it is an adventure.  Trying anything new requires a certain bravery and the students in Ms. Catalano’s culinary class got to experience this firsthand during their taste testing of exotic fruit and an assortment of cheeses.

The students’ first culinary journey challenged them to try exotic fruits.  While some were familiar with the flavors of fruits like the clementine and kiwi, students got to try their first dragon fruit and prickly pearStudents quickly learned that this was not just an exploration into flavor, but texture as well.  The perfect example of students being conflicted in their opinion between texture and flavor came when students tried pomegranate for the first time.  The sweet and tart juice of the fruit was enjoyed by most while the crunchy, tough center of the seeds proved difficult to get past.

Cheeses were next on the culinary journey for students at OA.  Again, students were familiar with some of the cheeses presented to them such as cheddar and Parmesan.  Both fresh and smoked mozzarella were also on the menu, giving students a great opportunity to compare differences and form new opinions on their preferences.  The daring OA students also got to try some funky blue cheese which seemed to be the unanimous least favorite cheese of the day. The surprise favorite cheese however was the cranberry Stilton, a salty, sweet cheese students couldn’t get enough of.

Watching the reactions of students experiencing new flavors for the first time was both entertaining and exciting.   Students were surprised when they liked a new fruit or cheese and even came back for seconds, proving to them they can always be expanding their culinary palette.  This was the perfect lesson about being open to new things which is not just a culinary lesson, but a lesson for life.

Special thanks to the Para’s in Ms. Catalano’s room for preparing the fruit and cheese for tasting! 

Showing 22 comments
  • Rob Austin

    I think that it’s awesome that the students of OA are exposed to new and different things.

  • James Dolan

    I don’t like cheese all that much, but fruit is better!

  • Mrs. Teresa

    Fantastic!! I’m excited the students were brave enough to try new foods. I do love blue cheese so I’d have to disagree them.

  • Tierney

    This was very fun.I liked trying all the new foods.

  • Tierney

    This was very fun.I liked trying all the new foods although I did not like some of them.

  • Carlos Gomez

    I think that this class was delicious because it had a lot of other tastes. I also liked the fruit tasting. :0

  • ricky

    I liked the star fruit it has a sweet but tangy flavor.

  • Noah Horton

    I don’t like cheese. I hate cheese it is really bad.

  • ciara

    I did enjoy trying new foods!

  • Dylan Dagner

    Some of the cheeses were kind of weird. But they were still fun to try.

  • Michael Sambucini, Jr

    I think it’s pretty cool that they got to try some new and exciting foods. I hope to one day try as many fruits as they did, if not in culinary, then throughout the world.

  • Zachary Syanovitz

    I learned there are some nasty fruit out there. I truly did not like any of them.

  • james dobias

    I wasn’t there for the fruit tasting, but the cheese was good. If I could do it again I would.

  • Anthony Chase

    I didn’t like the fruit. I just don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

  • kaitlyn stewart

    I really enjoyed trying and eating all these different fruits and cheese. I hope we get to do it again.

  • Elijah Spikes

    Wasn’t there, but wish I was there. Looks like it was a lot of fun.

  • Lynn Newman

    What a great experience to try new and different things.

  • bethanie

    It’s always interesting to see others try new things.

  • Judy Crosta

    I am proud of everyone who got out of their comfort zone to be brave enough to try new things!

  • Zachary C

    It looks like everyone had a great time trying new foods. Trying new things can often create very enjoyable experiences.

  • Cynthia Teller

    Even though I wasnt there, it looked like a fun and interesting experience.

  • David Laudien

    I wish I could have tried the fruit!

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