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Oberlin: A Fruit Exposé - Part 2

November 23, 2011

Ruby Turok-Squire ’16

Missed Part 1? Click here.

Warning: Fruit has been harmed in the making of this post.

A student with grapes in her mouth and an apple balancing on her head

So, where were we?

Oh yes. What happens when you put bright young minds together in a unique, inspiring learning environment, like the Oberlin College dining hall? You get fruit innovation!



Apples on a baking tray with cereal filling the centers


Before Baking



So, we got fruit, stuffed it with stuff and baked it! Yum. All of the ingredients in these marvelous baked apples were bought from official Oberlin College stores. This includes raisins (the non-crusty variety), apples (the gorgeous red and white variety), honey, cinnamon sugar, granola, yoghurt raisins and many more exciting things...

And yes, that is a baked orange topped with peanut butter, cheerios, coffee beans and a melted ginger chew that you see before you.

Apples with burnt cereal on top

After baking for about 10 seconds. Turns out, cheerios don't bake. They turn into olive slices. Eureka!


Baked orange was disappointing. It tasted like - hot orange. But the apples were gorgeous. So do try this at home! And then try this:

Plate with cooked fruit

Avant-garde fruit experimentation. Pollock would be proud. Relics of the baked apple shenanigans were arranged on a plate and microwaved to see what happened. Result: ginger chew volcanoes and banana that's lost the will to live. The possibilities are endless!




So, what is the meaning of fruit life? Apparently, a seed. The Oxford Dictionary defines fruit as 'the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seeds and can be eaten as food.' Roll up tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, pumpkins, cucumber and avocado! Join the party. Wait - so that avocado stone is a seed? Wow. Not so space efficient there.

All of these undercover fruits can be found at Oberlin in many shapes and forms. At Stevie, as part of the extensive salad bar (which, by the way, also features mushroom concoctions, smoked tofu and pickled watermelon relish - avoid like the plague), you get:








  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced plum tomatoes and those big beef tomatoes (I wonder if you call them this in the US) for putting in your burgers. I know my tomatoes, and it's an impressive array.
  • Eggplant, making fleeting guest appearances in curries. Sadly, it's never on its own. This is a bad case of over-fruit-manipulation. Remember, chefs, less is more. I would go mad for a plateful of pure, unadulterated eggplant right now.
  • Peppers in everything. Why do the green ones always taste so gross?
  • Pumpkins in pumpkin pie - does that count? Let's say yes.
  • Cucumber in cucumber. Cucumbers + chopped black olives (not cheerios) = delicious. Just a little dining hall discovery that I thought I'd share.



So, I hear you groan, where is the avocado? This is the great Stevie tragedy. I am avocado deprived. But the Science Cart, a little canteen in the Science Centre where we all go to pretend to work, has the most amazing vegan spinach wraps with a hint of avocado. They also have pumpkin cookies. Go there! Also, I've heard that a Mexican restaurant in town does amazing guacamole. But oh, for a whole, ripe avocado. So dreamy.

Let's round this up before it gets out of hand. I know, it already has.

The Final Fruit Verdict

Drum roll...

Overall, I give Oberlin an 8.25 for fruit. The .25 is for that magical day of berries in Stevenson that may or may not have been a dream. Either way, they tasted great. Almost as good as baked apple stuffed with peanut butter.

Student with a plate and a fork
Leah demonstrates.

The only way that I would award a perfect 10 is if Oberlin relocated to the Caribbean, or Africa. Last year, I briefly considered attending the University of Hawaii for similar reasons. But for those of us stuck in more fruitily challenged parts of the world, who still need our daily fix, Oberlin is the place for us!

Oh, well now that song's stuck in my head. Here goes...

There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peach and kumquat and lots of pears
Wait for us

There's a lime for us,
Some day a clementine for us,
Grapes together with melon to spare,
Pineapple, if you care,
Some dates!
Some more pears.

Student eating fruit with plates full of fruit on the table

We'll find a new nectarine,
We'll find a way of fruit-giving,
Somewhere . . .

There's a plum for us,
A kiwi - yum! - for us.
Hold my apple and we're halfway there.
Hold my orange and I'll take you there.
Some how,
Some day,

Two students smiling and holding bananas like smiles

Hi Jane, Annie, Leah and Hannah! Your star quality continues to amaze me with every post.

Finally, let me express my endless gratitude for the unsung heroes of this blog: all of you apples, oranges, melons, grapes and bananas, who so generously gave your time and your insides to this worthy cause. We are forever indebted to you.

Responses to this Entry

Somewhere over the Mango
Way up pie,
There's a lime that I heard of
Once in a clementine.

Somewhere over the Mango
Skies are blue (berries),
And the dates that we dare to eat
Are so good for you.

Someday I'll wish upon a starfruit
And wake up where the molds are far
Behind me.
Where tomatoes melt like lemon drops
Away above the cherry tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the Mango
Blueberries fly.
Figs fly over the mango.
Why then, oh why can't I?

Posted by: J & A on November 24, 2011 12:09 PM

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the salad bar
There's more to eat than can ever be eaten
More to drink than can ever be drunk
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the plum rolling high
Through the blueberry sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It's the Circle of Fruit
And it moves us all
Through des'pear' and hope
Through faith and lemons
Till we find our grape
On the path unpeeling
In the Circle
The Circle of Fruit.

Posted by: Ruby Turok-Squire '16 on November 24, 2011 5:20 PM

YAY! I love this blog post! :) And the pictures. and the fruit. and you :D

Posted by: Hannah on November 25, 2011 12:50 AM

Thank you Hannah!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)

Posted by: Ruby Turok-Squire '16 on November 25, 2011 10:37 AM

Oh my god. This post is so excellent. Baked apples! YUM!

More Oberlin secrets: you can get guacamole on sandwiches at Decafe! They also sell single avocados there in the winter, too. You'll have to split your funds between pomegranates and avos all winter!

Posted by: Ma'ayan on November 29, 2011 11:50 AM

Amazing Grape, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grape that taught my heart to fear.

And Grape, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grape appear

The hour I first believed.

Posted by: 'nie on November 29, 2011 7:32 PM

Ruby, I absolutely loved this post, especially those photos! But honestly, the best part was the song at the end... and also the songs in the comments... was the first song courtesy Jane and Annie?? XD

Posted by: Chelsea on December 2, 2011 12:19 AM

Hey Ruby,
How's everything going? I came across your blogs by chance and I thought I'd send you a message as I haven't seen you for a few years now. What's your email then I can send you a proper message. you're not on facebook are you.
Love Lucy (from school!)

Posted by: Lucy on December 4, 2011 6:14 AM

Hi Lucy! Thanks for the message! To avoid putting my real email address on the web, I made a fake one and then when you email me I can give you the real one! So mysterious. Anyway, the fake one is rubyfruit123@gmail.com :)

Posted by: Ruby Turok-Squire '16 on December 4, 2011 7:52 PM

Wow, that's very clever of you....and a v good idea. I'll email you!

Posted by: Lucy on December 5, 2011 4:12 PM

I wish the fruit trend continued. As a First-Year, I was extremely disappointed with the fruit (and food) trends as the year went on. Either they tried to sell us on Oberlin while we were still new or, and much more likely, ad the weather got colder growing yummy fruits locally became a challenge. The apple are either mushy or taste like chemicals and the pickings have become slim. My risk of scurvy definitely relates to the seasons.

Posted by: Juli on May 3, 2012 2:36 AM

Wow, those are some awesome ideas. Brilliant how you used the avocados. May I borrow some of them for my own website? :)

Posted by: avocado on June 4, 2012 7:44 PM

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