Fire of the dragon
Saturday March 02nd 2024, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Life

I once saw a very old cookbook in a used bookstore with the exciting news printed across its upper cover that, Yes! It had recipes! For this rare tropical fruit. Are we excited?!


I remember that every time I think–or used to think–how glad I am that rambutan is so rare. Not so sure about that now; dragonfruit (is that a transliteration? Marketing?) is showing up in the local Safeway these days. I haven’t started carrying an epipen to restaurants but the day could come. The memory of my mouth and throat being on fire and my airway closing so close to entirely shut like that–yeah, you don’t risk that again.

I have family with allergies to foods they have to actively avoid on a daily basis, far more than I ever have to deal with, so I read this with great interest.

The FDA has approved a new med that interrupts the inflammatory cascade, stopping it from becoming fatal. That doesn’t mean go eat a peanut butter sandwich, but.

Being able to eat out without fear on the menu. That’s huge.

Man, am I glad my taxes help pay for medical research and oversight and, as a dusty old page for Democracy declares in Article 1, “provide for…the general welfare.”

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Yes, that is great news – my mother is also very sensitive to some foods and will avoid types of restaurants because of this. And the broadening availability of formerly rare produce, plus problems with producers changing recipes or processes and not clearly marking the change, having anything that can help those sensitive is HUGE.

Comment by Margo Lynn 03.03.24 @ 7:34 am

Ah, I hope they figure it out!

Comment by ccr in MA 03.03.24 @ 8:42 am

Yes, quite interesting. A friend developed a mild sensitivity to peanuts during pregnancy. After menopause it turned into an epi-pen necessity allergy. Thanks for the reminder that my taxes help a bit.

Comment by DebbieR 03.03.24 @ 9:46 am

Yes, taxes are the way we can all afford the things we can’t all afford!

Comment by Ellen 03.04.24 @ 6:16 pm

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