Shortly after I moved here, I discovered an interesting phenomenon. I have concluded, after much observation, that things rot differently in India. Food rots from the inside-out here.
On several occasions, I would buy perfect-looking potatoes from the little market, only to cut them open to find that the inside was completely brown. The skin would look just fine, there was no indication that anything was amiss.
Same thing with apples…nice, red apple, no soft spots to be found, only to reveal a soft, mealy center upon cutting.
Just when I got used to this strange thing happening with my apples and potatoes, a new vegetable decided to join the elite group of inside-out rotting.
Behold, the Green Pepper….
It looked good from the outside. Green, firm, shiny… offering no warning of the horror that awaited inside.
Perhaps its a sign? A symbol of our moral decay? Maybe its just an omen meant for me alone. Or maybe, in India, even the vegetables are a little different.